• Transposition and calculation errors – can occur when an amount is manually input. The ATO says these errors can be eliminated by double-checking all figures and calculations before submitting a Business Activity Statement (BAS).
• No tax invoice – tax invoices must be kept to claim GST credits on business-related purchases.
• Transaction classification – check what GST is applicable. For example, transactions involving food may be GST applicable.
If a taxpayer finds a mistake made on a previous activity statement, they can:
• correct the error on a later activity statement if the mistake fits the definition of a “GST error” and certain conditions are met;
• lodge an amendment – the time limit for amending GST credits is four years, starting from the day after the taxpayer was required to lodge the activity statement for the relevant period; or
• contact the ATO for advice.
The benefit of correcting a GST error on a later activity statement (where the conditions are met) is that the taxpayer will not be liable for any penalties or general interest charge (GIC) for that error. The ATO says it is generally easier to correct a GST error on a later activity statement than to revise an earlier activity statement. Revising an earlier activity statement that contains an error can incur penalties or GIC.
If you would like to know more please contact one of our accountants on 07 4639 1099 or come in and see us at 14 Russell Street Toowoomba.