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ABSIA News: 30 October 2015
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IN THIS ISSUE:

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


ABSIA Conference, Melbourne Convention Centre – 18th November

eCommerce Technical Working Group – 19th November

XBRL and ebMS SwD workshops – To be confirmed

Australian Bureau of Statistics Special Interest Group – Expression of Interest (EOI)

E-Invoicing multi stakeholder

ABSIA’s 2016 Event Schedule – SAVE THE DATES!!


PAST EVENTS:


ABSIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) notification – 21 October 2015

ABSIA quarterly update on Government channels webinar – 14 October 2015

ELS2SBR update – round table discussion- 26th October

SuperStream Business Engagement Forum, Sydney – 28th October

Payroll Workshops –Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on 26th, 27th and 29th October respectively

Future Planning Workshop – Sydney 27th October 

Future of the Tax Profession 2020


INFORMATION & GUIDANCE:

Government grants and payments - Introduction of Bill

Superannuation fund interactions and channels document | updated to December 2017 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ABSIA Conference, Melbourne Convention Centre – 18th November
 

The ABSIA Conference held annually in October/November each year. The annual conference will be held on 18 November at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The conference will be a fantastic and memorable event. We look forward to making this another great learning opportunity for our members and colleagues attending the conference. 

With great sessions and events, attendees will have access to a variety of hot topics covering a range of interests.
 
Attending our conference presents great value and an excellent opportunity to meet industry experts, learn about the latest technologies and network with folks who are passionate in our field—particularly those driven to innovate. After returning from the conference, you will be able to immediately apply your new found knowledge to help assure your operation remains competitive in our continued challenging industry environment.
 
Registration is open on our website. Details and our exciting agenda will be posted soon.

Here are some topics that will be on the agenda:
  • Digital Transformation Office (DTO)
  • E-Invoicing
  • SBR
  • Industry Professional’s round table discussion
  • Reinventing the ATO update
  • WGEA
  • Cloud and its impact on the digital economy
  • Voluntary Data retention practices for cloud providers
  • Payroll Tax – What can be done?
  • Reinventing the ATO update

eCommerce Technical Working Group – 19th November
 

The 29th October 2015 eCommerce SWD Technical working group (TWG) teleconference has been cancelled. This has been replaced by a face to face meeting on Thursday 19th November in Melbourne.  

Senior Director Brian Shepherd from the Australian Taxation Office recently participated in ABSIA’s webinar and spoke about the TWG.

Brian discussed the purpose behind changing the name of the working group, this included the view that it should be the key forum for discussing and resolving matters of a technical nature. Software developers are encouraged to participate and actively contribute to the forward agenda.

If you are interested in attending this meeting or would like ABSIA to raise issues at the meeting, please email absia@absia.asn.au

XBRL and ebMS SwD workshops – To be confirmed


The ATO has offered to hold technical workshops to assist software developers with moving into the SBR space. Planned locations include Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and will run from 10:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. The morning sessions will focus on payloads including XBRL and the afternoon sessions will focus on the ATO’s implementation of ebMS.

We will keep you informed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Special Interest Group – Expression of Interest (EOI)
 

As recently presented at our September ABSIA forum in Sydney, ABS have conducted a proof of concept for receipt of information through SBR. To assist with collaboration with the ABS, ABSIA are establishing a special interest group initially focusing on a gap analysis between current ABS reporting obligations and data held within business management software. To submit an EOI email absia@absia.asn.au

E-Invoicing multi stakeholder


The ABR program has been making significant inroads in reusing elements of the SBR standards framework.  The next major reuse program will be e-Invoicing.  ABSIA has been asked to participate in a multi-stakeholder forum (a broad-based industry engagement mechanism).  The forum is expected to help in shaping the e-Invoicing interoperability framework, promoting best practices, addressing barriers and driving broad scale adoption of e-Invoicing. The inaugural meeting is expected to be in late October.

ABSIA’s 2016 Event Schedule – SAVE THE DATES!!


We are proud to announce our Forum, Conference and Webinar schedule for 2016!
  • March Forum - 2nd March, Melbourne
  • May Forum - 25th May, Sydney
  • September Forum - 7th September, Melbourne
  • November Conference - 30th November, Sydney
ABSIA Quarterly Webinars - 2016
  • February 10th
  • May 18th
  • August 10th
  • November 9th

PAST EVENTS:

ABSIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) – 21 October 2015


ABSIA’s first AGM was held on 21 October 2015 at 10am to 10.45am via teleconference. The AGM was conducted in accordance with the constitution and provided an opportunity for the members to discuss and decide about ABSIA’s road ahead.

Board Directors, Karen Lay-Brew – (Previously Impact Management Group Pty Ltd), Jeevan Tokhi (BGL Australia) and Nicholas Perrott (previously Attaché Software Australia) retired by rotation. Mohit Prasad and Lincoln Tong are retired by resignation.

Deanne Windsor – Pendragon Consultants, Mike Behling – MYOB, Josef Bobinac – Frontier Software and Fergus Porter – ADP were nominated and appointed as Elected Directors in accordance with the ABSIA Constitution.  For more details please contact absia@absia.asn.au

ABSIA quarterly update on Government channels webinar – 14 October 2015


ABSIA hosted a quarterly Government channels update via webinar on 14 October 2015 and was a huge success! During the hour the webinar provided tailored, specific and succinct information on topics that are current and most relevant to software developers. These webinars are a great opportunity to interact and ask questions directly to the decision makers!
If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can view the following presentations via our website:
  • Mick Ferris provided an update on SBR, Plan on a Page, ITR Format Survey and a BDE update;
  • Brian Shepherd spoke about eCommerce Software Developer Technical Working Group, its purpose, some past items discussed over the last 6 months and future items likely to be discussed over the next 6 months;
  • Susan Dredge and Joel Hannaway discussed PAYG instalments voluntary entry and calculators online. Joel provided an interactive example using the PAYGI calculators for individuals and companies on ato.gov.au
We will be conducting these webinars on a quarterly basis with the next webinar being held on 10 February 2016. 

ELS2SBR update – round table discussion- 26th October


New Lodgement Service for the Tax Profession (ELS2SBR) workshop was held on the Monday 26 October 2015.

The first hour (Session 1) provided a summary of the ATO view of readiness based on the ATO’s assessment of program status, current information from developer interaction with the ATO and current information on forms being lodged through the new Practitioner Lodgement Service. 

The following 2 hours (Session 2) captured the views of our partners and their assessment of readiness to establish if there is a need for tailored transition arrangements and what options may be viable and in what timeframes. 
The purpose of the meeting was to gain a common understanding of program status and assess mitigation options to program delivery risks where identified.

For systems implementers, the workshop identified key risks, mitigation and tailored transition options in the SBR enabled Tax reporting system:
  1. Forms & SBR1/SBR2 Connectivity Development;
  2. Pre-lodge and Lodgement operations confidence (with focus on ATO availability & performance);
  3. SBR systems production fixes and Change management.
  4. Explore Marketing opportunities where the ATO may be able to facilitate publishing SwD readiness to the Agent population
 
For Tax practitioners as clients, the workshop identified key risks, mitigation and tailored transition options:
  1. Communications plan covering readiness and ramp up during the transition year and TT16;
  2. ATO compliance support arrangements where obligations and/or penalties requirements are not met through system faults.
 The input from this meeting will contribute to the next planned discussion of the ATO Executive in early November where they have requested more detailed information on possible risk mitigation activities and options.  The outcomes of that discussion and guidance received from the Commissioners would form the basis of the next Future of the Tax Profession 2015/16 Working group in mid to late November early December.

SuperStream Business Engagement Forum, Sydney – 28th October


The ATO held a SuperStream Business Engagement Forum in Sydney on Wednesday 28 October at Luna Park in the Ted Hopkins conference room.
The SuperStream Business Engagement Forum replaced the Contributions Implementation Working Group.
 At the forum, the ATO provided an update on a range SuperStream related topics, including:
  • Contributions implementation progress
  • Our employer outreach program
  • How we will work with medium to large employers finalise their implementation post 31 October – Compliance focus
  • Response messaging
  • SuperStream top issues
  • Future releases – MIG v2.0 and web services
  • Gateway governance
The presentations will be available on the SIPO website shortly.

Payroll Workshops –Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on 26th, 27th and 29th October respectively


The Annual Payroll seminars were conducted in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on 26th, 27th and 29th October respectively.

This event was previously known as the Annual Payroll Workshop, and is now the ATO-SwD Partnership Event – Annual Payroll seminar. The seminar was an opportunity for payroll developers and providers to hear about the changes that will be happening in the next twelve months. Topics that were covered included: Click on the links to view the presentations.

Future Planning Workshop – Sydney 27th October 


ABSIA Directors Karen Lay-Brew, Kevin Johnson and Mike Behling attended the Reinventing the ATO – Software Developer workshop on 27th October in Sydney.

It was certainly an interesting day with the 20 external participants together with ATO staff being spread across 7 tables and then running through brainstorming sessions on 5 topics: excellent working relationships, an evolving environment, integrated digital solutions, ongoing collaboration and tailored engagement. Mike Behling and Karen Lay-Brew were invited to participate in panel sessions allowing them to share their experiences and expectations of the tax and super systems and what they would like to see as part of a future tax experience

Over 100 ideas were generated from the brainstorming sessions, and participants were asked to select their 5 most important pieces of work for the ATO to undertake.

The most popular pieces of work were:
  • One entry point
    • Design contact approach with and through SIPO. There are currently too many alternate contacts e.g. SBR helpdesk, SIPO etc.
  • SBR Version control
    • Identify difference between versions and date stamped packs
    • Put forms in one pact, not multiple
    • Implement a simple cart system
  • Access to Services
    • When the ATO develop retail services, make then available to SWD (wholesale) i.e. deduction benchmark
    • Start with premise of building wholesale and provide retail for % who don’t it.
  • API
    • Just do it! – It’s the core of change
  • One stop shop
    • Co-design a collaboration space for SWD – preference setting for communication alerts and tailors information for SWDs.
  • True Collaboration
    • Co-design solutions with SWD, tax profession, business and ATO together
  • Outsource – Build trust!
    • ATO to outsource some elements of work. Others may develop better options.
The ATO will be releasing a Talk book summarising the key messages from the day, the information gathered from the session will be used to create a 4 year plan.

Future of the Tax Profession 2020

ABSIA Director, Kevin Johnson attended the Future of the Tax Profession 2020 working group workshop held on Thursday 30 July 2015.

Here is a ‘talk book’ prepared to provide a summary of the day, and to assist with the communication of key messages from the workshop.
The ATO are currently looking at the next steps for the working group and will provide further information in the near future. 
 

INFORMATION & GUIDANCE:

Government grants and payments - Introduction of Bill
 

On 15 October, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Small Business, introduced the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 5) Bill 2015 to Parliament. The Bill is now available on the Parliament website.

ABSIA made a submission in response to the discussion paper Improving tax compliance - Enhanced third party reporting, pre-filling and data matching and during the consultation process a number of submissions were made. As a result, the Bill has changed since it was released as an exposure draft. In relation to government grants and payments reporting, the following changes were made:
  • The start date for the reporting measure has been deferred until 1 July 2017 to give reporters more time to prepare. The first report is expected to be due by 28 August 2018.
  • To provide certainty for reporters, reporting will remain on an annual basis until at least 1 July 2020.
  • The term ‘financial benefit’ in table item 2 in section 396-55 of Schedule 4 has been replaced with the term ‘consideration’ as defined in the GST Act.
  • Reporters must submit a corrected report within 28 days of becoming aware of a material error in a submitted report.
We will continue to keep you informed as the law progresses.

Superannuation fund interactions and channels document | updated to December 2017 
 

An updated interactions and channels document outlining changes to APRA fund interactions to support super reform activities. This document shows how superannuation-related interactions will change by channel and file format. The deliverable timeframes have been updated until 2017.

The ATO will continue to update delivery dates as required via consultation with industry. You can view the document HERE.
 
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