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ATO audit activity - Here is one thing you can do to ready yourself.

Any SME dreads the day when the ATO comes knocking. Not because they have done anything wrong, more the expense and resource it takes in order to provide all the answers to what seems a never-ending list of questions. This is often an unbudgeted expense, that can make or break the P&L statement. To date there have been limited avenues that enable you to protect yourself for the costs of a Tax audit. However, now with ARAG’s Legal Expense Insurance (LEI) SME’s can work with their insurance brokers to add Tax Protection, and well as many other legal costs to their armour.

To help you understand what LEI can do to protect you from unexpected audit costs let’s look at an example.

The ATO announced its intention to look at compliance in several industries including the sole trader sector.

Jim’s Electric operates as a sole trader. Even though they had been lodging its BAS statements and Tax returns regularly they were randomly selected by the ATO for a tax audit. After preliminary inquiries the ATO advised Jim’s Electrics book keeper that it intended to audit the BAS lodgements of the business. Having recently taken out a Business Legal Expense Policy on the advice of his broker, Jim’s Electric were able to make a claim under the policy.
ARAG appointed accountants to assist with the audit and demonstrate BAS had been appropriately accounted for. ARAG met all costs of the appointed accountant, other than the excess which was paid by Jim’s Electric to ARAG.

Happy ATO, Happy sparkie!

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