Instalment Activity Statements
Stress less about your IAS
At Hatcher, we support a broad range of clients to fulfill their tax reporting obligations. As a business owner, you’ve probably heard of BAS (Business Activity Statements), but may have less experience dealing with IAS (Instalment Activity Statements).
How are instalment activity statements completed?
The ATO will prompt eligible businesses to complete their IAS ahead of the applicable due dates, so you have plenty of time to gather the information needed. Chat to our team if you think you may be required to complete an IAS, and are feeling unsure where to begin.
Usually, the ATO helps to give businesses a head-start on their IAS reporting, and tends to pre-fill key details such as your entity name, personal information, and so forth.
Despite a push by the ATO to move away from paper-based records, most IAS notices are still printed and completed by hand. That said, some businesses are in fact required to submit IAS electronically, as we’ll outline below.
When should I submit my instalment activity statement?
This answer usually depends on the size of tax ‘withholder’ your business can be described as. The ATO recognises the following thresholds:
- Withhold $25,000 in taxes or less each year
- Report and pay PAYG on IAS quarterly
- Withhold more than $25,000 in taxes each year
- Report and pay PAYG on IAS monthly
- Withhold more than $1 million in taxes each year
- Report and pay PAYG electronically twice each week
- While most Single Touch Payroll (STP) systems will submit information about your business’ gross wages and related tax withholdings, you are still required to complete a formal IAS notice. That said, there are some STP systems that can help to pre-fill your IAS and reduce the possibility of calculating errors.
- Just to keep you on your toes, the answer is yes! Some businesses will be required to file a combination of IAS and BAS notices. This can feel like a complex process, so ask our team for more information.
- At Hatcher, we’ve got the scoop on filing your IAS, BAS, and other tax reporting obligations. Our team of experts can help support your ongoing business needs. When it comes to IAS, we recommend keeping all your financial records up-to-date and readily accessible. To avoid admin headaches and last minute panics, it’s always advisable to stay on top of your required financial reporting and tax obligations. Keep copies of all the necessary paperwork so that you can refer back to previous information, or show the ATO if requested.
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