The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers a range of assistance to help individuals and businesses living and working in drought affected areas.
The ATO understands that drought can put extra pressure on people and businesses. They also realise that it’s not just farmers who are affected, with sustained periods of drought impacting entire communities. With this in mind, the ATO is offering a range of support measures to people living and working in drought-affected areas.
Support available from the ATO
If you are struggling to manage your tax the ATO can help with:
- more time to pay
- waiving penalties or interest charged at a time you were affected by drought
- payment plans with interest free periods
- adjusting pay as you go (PAYG) instalments to better suit your circumstances
- tax incentives for primary producers
The ATO is committed to understanding your situation and working with you to find a solution.
It’s important you lodge statements and returns on time – even if you don’t think you can pay. This helps the ATO know where you’re at before they can help you move forward.
Remember to keep in touch with the ATO throughout the process, as working together will make it easier for you to manage your tax.
Get in touch – stay in touch
To discuss your situation, call the ATO on 1800 806 218 or you can find out more at www.ato.gov.au/drought.