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For SMEs, cash flow is one of the biggest challenges. So when it comes time to meeting tax payment obligations, many businesses end up owing money to the ATO. The tax debt owed to the ATO represents 63 per cent of all tax debt, which was around $13 billion in June 2018. In the 2017-2018 financial year, small businesses had 800,000 of the 1.1 million tax debt payment plans with the ATO.

How have the rules changed recently?

In 2017, the Federal Government announced that the ATO could report outstanding business tax debts to the credit reporting agencies. This meant that businesses with outstanding tax debt could be negatively affected when seeking business finance or trade credit. Originally, the threshold for reporting was over $10,000 in tax debt that was more than 90 days overdue.

Proposed changes announced in July 2019

Under proposed rules published by Treasury, business tax debt of $100,000 for more than 90 days would be reported to credit agencies.

Businesses that are in communication with the ATO, with the aim of resolving or managing their tax debt, would be exempt from disclosure, even if they are above the $100,000 threshold. Additionally, businesses disputing their tax debt would also be exempt.

Businesses managing their tax debt

Many Australian businesses have been effectively managing their tax debts. Having a debt arrangement with the ATO doesn’t mean a business isn’t successful or doesn’t have growth potential.

Many Australian businesses have been effectively managing their tax debts. Having a debt arrangement with the ATO doesn’t mean a business isn’t successful or doesn’t have growth potential.

Funding alternatives to the ‘Bank of ATO’

According to Moula CEO Aris Allegos, businesses will likely seek finance alternatives if the proposed reforms are put into effect, to avoid damaging their credit scores.

According to Moula CEO Aris Allegos, businesses will likely seek finance alternatives if the proposed reforms are put into effect, to avoid damaging their credit scores.

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