The ATO is reducing the amount of information needed to be included in the business activity statement (or ‘BAS’) to simplify GST reporting.
From 1 July 2017, Simpler BAS will be the default GST reporting method for small businesses with a GST turnover of less than $10 million.
In relation to GST, small businesses will only need to report:
G1 – Total sales
1A – GST on sales
1B – GST on purchases.
This will not change a business’ reporting cycle, record keeping requirements, or the way a business reports other taxes on its BAS.
Simpler BAS is intended to make it easier for businesses to lodge their BAS. It should also reduce the time spent on form-filling and making changes that don’t impact the final GST amount.
The ATO will automatically transition eligible small business’ GST reporting methods to Simpler BAS from 1 July 2017.
Small businesses can choose whether to change their GST accounting software settings to reduce the number of GST tax classification codes.
Editor: Call our office if you need help with the transition to Simpler BAS or to decide whether your business will use reduced or detailed GST tax code settings in its GST accounting software.