COVID-19 business changes and TPAR

Does your business pay contractors to provide one or more of these services: cleaning, courier, road freight, IT or security, investigation and surveillance?

Do you charge your customers or clients for these services? If so, you may need to lodge a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) by 28 August.

You may also need to lodge if your business is now offering these services in response to COVID-19 restrictions and you’ve been paying contractors to provide them on your behalf.

Visit for more information on how to prepare, record and report.

Instant asset write-off

The instant asset write-off was expanded in March to support businesses through COVID-19. From 12 March 2020 until 31 December 2020, the instant asset write-off:

  • Threshold for each asset increased to $150,000 (up from $30,000)
  • Eligibility has been expanded to cover businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million).

For more information view

Help your employees get started

The ATO has just released a suite of products to help people who are just starting their tax and super journey. If you’ve got employees who might need to lodge a tax return for the first time, please share these key pieces of info with them. These posters are ideal to put up in your break room/kitchen, or around the office to help get those newbies started on the right foot! 

Accessing your income statement

For most Australians, income statements have replaced payment summaries. This means that instead of receiving a payment summary from their employer, most people’s income statements will be finalised electronically, and the information provided directly to the ATO. To access it you’ll need a myGov account linked to the ATO. Media release – Set yourself up for a smoother tax time

Substantiating your claims
If you are unable to substantiate claims made in your tax returns or activity statements because your records have been lost or destroyed, we can accept the claim without substantiation if it is not reasonably possible to obtain the original documents. Media release – Have natural disasters impacted you this tax time?

STP changes your EOFY processes

If you’re one of the over 700,000 small employers now reporting through STP you’ll need to make a finalisation declaration through your STP-enabled software by 31 July 2020 or by 14 July if you have 20 or more employees. You don’t need to provide payment summaries to your employees for information reported and finalised through STP. Visit for more information.

Get past unpaid super sorted!

We are now over the halfway point of the SG amnesty period which cannot be extended by law. Apply now for this one-off opportunity to correct past unpaid super to avoid administration charges or penalties – even if you can’t pay in full. Applications close 7 September 2020. Visit for more information.



The rich tapestry of neurodiversity

There is a slow shift towards incorporating design aspects that create more inclusive shopping experiences for customers of all neurotypes. Retailers willing to explore this hidden customer segment can deliver a more easy, engaging and inclusive experience both in-store and online.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 15 March 2023

Retail crime continues to be a concern with many businesses recording an increase in shoplifting. 
In the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data coming out of New South Wales, retail theft increased 23.7% year-on-year.  

Retailers have an important role to play in closing the gap

Today is National Closing the Gap Day, a day of action to pledge support for achieving indigenous health equality by 2030. As part of the ARA’s reconciliation journey, we have made a commitment to use our reach to raise awareness with our members about days of significance for First Nations communities, like Closing the Gap Day.