Cyclone Debbie Aftermath Making Things Tough?

If your business has been affected by Cyclone Debbie or ex-Cyclone Debbie the ATO understands that you might have more immediate things to worry about than your tax obligations.

In March 2017, Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused damage to various areas in North Queensland. The cyclone was later downgraded to a tropical low which brought with it damaging winds and heavy rainfall. This led to flooding throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales. If you have been affected by these events, the Australian Taxation Office understands your main priority is keeping yourself and your family safe and secure. The ATO don’t want you to be concerned if you are facing problems with lodging or paying your tax or business activity statements because of this event. Cheesman Applegath and the ATO will work with you to get things back on track once the emergency is over.

For people in highly impacted regions, automatic deferrals are now in place for upcoming lodgment and payment dates:

Affected postcodes

Following are the Local Government Associations and postcodes in Queensland and northern New South Wales that have been granted Australian Disaster Recovery Relief Payments (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (AGDRA). Additional postcodes may be added to the list once damage assessments have been finalised.

Gold Coast City

4207, 4208, 4209, 4210, 4211, 4212, 4213, 4214, 4215, 4216, 4217, 4218, 4220, 4221, 4223, 4224, 4225, 4226, 4227, 4228

Lismore City Council

2471, 2472, 2477, 2480

Logan City

4119, 4123, 4124, 4125, 4127, 4128, 4129, 4130, 4131, 4132, 4133, 4205, 4207, 4270, 4280, 4285

Mackay Regional Council

4737, 4738, 4740, 4741, 4750, 4751, 4753, 4754, 4756, 4757, 4798, 4799, 4800

Scenic Rim Regional Council

4211, 4270, 4272, 4275, 4285, 4287, 4305, 4306, 4307, 4309, 4310, 4340

Tweed Council

2483, 2484, 2485, 2486, 2487, 2488, 2489, 2490

Whitsunday Regional Council

4741, 4800, 4801, 4802, 4803, 4804, 4805

If you have employees, you still need to meet your ongoing super guarantee obligations by 28 April 2017.

All deferrals granted for later dates will still apply.

If you are outside these areas but Cyclone Debbie caused hardship you may still be able to get an extension. Phone us today on 07 4638 1100.

Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie Wind Intensity hours Before Landfall

Tax practitioners, like Cheesman Applegarth and their clients affected by this natural disaster can access additional support. For Additional information, go to ato.gov.au/CycloneDebbie or ato.gov.au/naturaldisastersupport.

 

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