Taxpayer Penalties

What penalties can I be faced with?

Taxpayers who do not meet their tax obligations will face penalty and/or interest charges. To avoid these charges, it is important to pay the full amount of tax you owe by the due date.

The main charges for failing to meet tax obligations are the:

  1. General Interest Charge (GIC) — Applies to a variety of situations, whenever outstanding amounts are due to the ATO.
  2. Failure to lodge on time penalty (FTL) — Administrative penalty which may be applied if you fail to lodge a return, statement, notice, or another document with the ATO by the required date.

Why would I get hit with a fine?

Additional penalties include failing to:

  • Keep or retain required records
  • Retain or produce required declarations
  • Provide access and reasonable facilities to an authorised tax officer
  • Apply for or cancel GST registration when required
  • Issue a required tax invoice or adjustment note
  • Register as a PAYG withholder when required
  • Lodge a required activity statement electronically
  • Pay a required amount electronically

If a taxpayer is audited and an amended assessment is raised, further penalties of up to 75% of the additional tax levied may be applied.

For more information, ring the office on (03) 9585 7555 and ask for Noel or Amanda,
or contact us by email.