Taxable Payments Annual Report

Taxable Payments Annual Report

Running a successful small business can be an extremely rewarding endeavour. However, it does come with its fair share of challenges. There are so many things that you need to be aware of and keep on top of to make sure the way your business functions is completely above board, as well as running smoothly.

Over the years, income tax reporting has been growing and changing, as the Government and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) wish to acquire more data. One reporting obligation that has really expanded in recent years is the Taxable Payments Annual Report system (TPAR)

TPAR is the third party reporting of particular tax related information to the ATO by suppliers of certain services. When It comes to small businesses, this usually means annually reporting the payments that are made to contractors when they are hired to help provide your services. The ATO is then able to use this information to cross check contractor’s annual income declarations.

Contractors themselves can also include subcontractors, consultants, and independent contractors. They are able to be operating as a sole trader, a company, partnership or trust.

In general, your Taxable Payments Annual Report is required to be made if these relevant services make up over 10% of your total projected turnover.

Your Taxable Payments Annual Report must be lodged by August 28th each year. If you fail to loge by this date, penalties can be applies.

To know if you are required to supply a Taxable Payments Annual Report you must:

- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Supplied a ‘relevant service’
- Made payments to one or more contractors to provide a relevant service

Examples of the types of relevant services:

- Building and construction services
- Cleaning services
- Courier services
- Road freight services
- IT services
- Security, investigation or surveillance services
- Mixed services

This being said, not all payments need to be reported

Some examples of things that do not need to be declared on your Taxable Payments Annual Report are:

- Payments for materials only
- Payments within consolidated groups
- Pay as you earn withholding payments
- Contractors who don’t proved an ABN
- Payments for private and domestic projects
- Incidental labour
- Invoices that are unpaid as od the 30th of June

Once you have established if you need to submit a Taxable Payments Annual Report, you have a variety of lodgement methods that you can chose from.

Different Taxable Payments Annual Report lodgement methods include:


- Lodging on paper (NAT 74109 form)
- Lodging online
- Lodging via business software

When lodging your Taxable Payments Annual Report, you will be required to supply certain details.

Payee details you need to report:

- ABN
- Business or individual names
- Address
- Total Amounts for the financial year including gross amount paid, total GST an d total tax withheld

Taxable Payments Annual Report are really important and are what help the ATO identify if a contractor has failed to include all of their income on their tax return, failed to lodge tax returns or activity statements, quoted an incorrect ABN on their invoices, or failed to register for GST when they’re required to. It’s a really important process in order to ensure that contractors are meeting their tax obligations.

If you require our help in preparing these TPARs for your business, please content Ascent Accountants on (08) 9356 8033

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