As the financial year end rapidly approaches, now is a great time to consider how technology can assist in relation to your company’s employment tax obligations.
In the current environment, it will be a minimum expectation that employers are embracing technology to reduce cost, reduce risk and identify savings. We set out below our top technology tips for this year-end.
It is well publicised that the Australian Taxation (ATO) has changed the way ESS information must be reported.
If developing a technology solution in-house, or looking at commercially available products to meet the new requirements, you should ensure that the tool eliminates the manual manipulation of data that is often required to identify the correct amounts to disclose, provides sufficient additional detail to reduce employee queries regarding the reported amounts, and supports your payroll tax obligations.
The ATO and State Revenue Offices continue to increase their data sharing and analytics capabilities to detect non-compliant taxpayers.
Employers should be using similar techniques to identify material areas of risk and potential tax savings. The findings should also be used to develop a framework that provides effective and efficient future employment tax compliance.
Common opportunities and problem areas identified during recent reviews include:
We have developed various solutions to support employers in this regard. For more information see Employee Share Scheme reporting made simple.