Australia to Audit Noncompliant Employers

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By Jared Mondschein and Molly Ward

April 6—Employers who continue to not meet their tax and superannuation obligations will be audited beginning July 2016, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) said April 1.

The ATO is currently running an education campaign for business owners in the bakery, supermarket, car retailing and computer system design industries—an estimated 30,000 employers in total, according to the ATO—with a particular focus on compliance with superannuation, pay as you go, withholding and fringe benefits tax obligations.

While “each year the ATO focuses communications and compliance activities on employers in particular industries,” the ATO also “revisits several at-risk industries that [they] have previously focused on, due to information suggesting ongoing non-compliance amongst employers with their superannuation guarantee obligations,” an ATO spokesperson told Bloomberg BNA April 6. “The ATO considers the nature of employment in certain industries, including the size of employers, cash flow issues and business 'churn,'” the ATO spokesperson said.

The ATO’s information and guidance activities include direct mail-outs email and paper and advertising in industry-specific media, the ATO said.

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For More Information

The Australian Tax Office announcement concerning audits of non-compliant employers is available at

More information on payroll issues in Australia is available in the Australia country primer.