ATO Payment Plans - A Guide to the Tax Office

ATO Payment Plans - Why use them to pay your Tax Debt?

Regardless of business size, most need to obtain ato payment plans for BAS or income tax at some point. Consequently, if you cannot meet your obligations, the ATO will be assessing if your business is viable and if it should remain open. As such, many businesses close as a result of not meeting ato obligations. For that reason, it is essential to obtain approval for a tax debt payment plans. 

However, there are alternatives to an ATO payment plan. Consequently, these could include finance options such as:

  • Firstly, short term caveat loans and second mortgages that enable you to keep your current home loan lender. 
  • Secondly, unsecured business finance options including invoice factoring, supplier financing and unsecured business loans.
  • Finally, longer-term finance solutions designed to pay an unpaid tax debt.

Changes in PAYG requirements require payment plans for tax debt

The Australian Tax Office is opposed to keeping ongoing tax debt outstanding. As such, don't make a mistake as a result of managing obligations incorrectly. Because what was previously accepted has changed, and the ATO now wants tax paid as you go (PAYG). As such, a business can find these difficult and ato payment plans are required.

It is important to plan your approach and have an understanding of ATO policies. As the ATO will make decisions based on your information provided; ensure you submit accurate information. Also, if your information does not fully meet the ATO policies, the payment plans for ato debt will be rejected, or the payment terms will be inappropriate.

  • Firstly, securing an ATO payment plan can be daunting, causing you to delay. However, leaving a tax account in default or unpaid could cause you more issues. Indeed, as the ATO will make decisions based on that information. Therefore, ATO payment plans should be the first solution sought.
  • Secondly, securing a suitable payment plan can alleviate risk from the Tax Office; plus potentially prevent a large lump sum payment or insolvency.
  • Thirdly, keep in mind that a payment plan for your tax debt may be a temporary fix; as the payments may be over a two-year term and consequently too high to manage long term.

Read on to gain valuable information on the ato payment plans to assess your best move forward.

An Overview of ATO Tax Debt Payment Plans

There are a few general points to remember when planning your tax debt payment plan with the ato. As such, there are some precise policies; however, these are a general overview. Consequently, they are to provide an understanding of what you can achieve and some general options.

  1. Firstly, you can set up automated ato payment plans over the phone for tax debt <100
  2. Secondly, the preferred tax payment term is eighteen months to a maximum two-year term. However, there are exceptions for longer payment terms.
  3. Thirdly, personal circumstance help supports as a reason for tax debt.
  4. Also, all financials will need to be lodged for the current financial year. Indeed, even if your tax debt relates to a specific financial year other than the current financial year.
  5. Also, your bas and other tax obligations will need to be lodged and up to date.
  6. Indeed, your cash flow must be able to meet the ato payment plan + ongoing tax obligations.
  7. Plus, at times a 20% or more upfront payment may be required to enter payment plans or tax debt.
  8. Finally, superannuation debt has more diligent attention and action by the ato.

Read below for further information on establishing an ATO payment arrangement. Otherwise, complete the form below for specialist advice on tax debt payment plans.

If you have failed a payment plan or been rejected for an ATO payment plan then contact Loan Saver Network on 1300 796 850. Certainly, request a free consultation via the form below.

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Automated ATO Payment Plans

If your tax debt is under $100,000, you can contact the ATO and be directed to an automated payment plan service to request, extend, or manage your payment terms. Above all, if your account is deemed as non-compliant you will be redirected to an operator. Therefore, you need will need to be prepared for a conversation with the ATO.

The number to contact the ATO is: 13 72 26

Preparing for discussion with the ATO

  • First of all, check the tax account when determining your amount owed. As such, don't rely on statements from the ATO as they could have added fees, interest and penalties.
  • Know the ATO payment plan repayment you can afford. Also, if you are arranging a lump sum payment confirm how you will make the tax payment.
  • Above all, your tax debt payment plan request should be your lowest affordable monthly payment amount. In this situation, base your payment on the turnover months with the lowest cash flow, and highest expenses. To put it another way, be sure to keep your monthly arrangement without strain.
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Be aware of tax debt payment plan limitations:

First of all, the Australian Taxation Office prefers to have a mitigating circumstance (a personal issue or illness, etc.) to secure a long-term ato payment arrangement.

  • Secondly, the ATO prefers to have the debt paid off within 24 months.
  • In contrast, a superannuation tax debt can involve shorter payment time frames, as issues can arise with employees’ investment returns.
  • Ensure you can meet your payments on time. however, if you cannot meet your ATO payment plan obligations contact the ATO immediately.
  • Also, try to make additional payments when you can to put you ahead of your payment plan. As a result, this will allow a buffer in case you face a tough month.
  • Finally, if your ato debt payment plan payment is not feasible; consider negotiating your tax debt balance, tax debt penalties and the general interest charge. Otherwise, paying out your ato debt with a tax debt loan,

You can calculate your ato payment plan payments using the ATO’s smartphone App ¬– search for ATO in your app store for more details, speak to the ATO or seek professional advice.

ATO Payment Plan FAQ's

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ATO Payment Plans

ATO Payment plan terms generally are no longer than 2 years. However, the ATO does have some discretion for increased plan terms in exceptional circumstances. Although, the circumstances to obtain a plan in excess of two years are very few. As a result if you cannot pay a tax debt in 2 years it may be advisable to seek a business loan to pay the tax debt.

You may be able to arrange interest-free payment plans for your tax debt. However, the tax office would usually only;y allow for activity statement debt. Therefore the requirements would be:

  • The activity statement debt must be paid off over 12 months.
  • Secondly, your previous lodgement history and payments have been conducted well.
  • Thirdly, you have only missed one payment on a plan in the last 12 months.
  • Plus you have not been able to secure finance to clear your debt.
  • However, you need to agree to the payment plan payment to be by direct debit for the 12 months.
  • Finally, you have been able to display an ability to meet all of your tax commitments.

In some circumstances, you may be able to be released from tax debt. Though, you would need to display that paying the debt would cause you serious hardship. However, the requirements to meet the ATO policies for serious hardship would be:

  • You wouldn’t be able to provide food and accommodation for your family.
  • However, selling your home would not necessarily constitute an inability to provide accommodation.

You can call the Australian Tax Office directly on 132866 between the times of 8.00 am-6.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Firstly, ensure you prepare for your conversation.
  • Above all, do not allow your payment plan for ato debt or any other ATO arrangements to lapse before calling them.
  • However, If you cannot meet an agreed payment then call the ATO ahead of time.
  • Finally, see the payment plan estimator from the ATO.

There are a number of different loan facilities available to pay a tax debt. Therefore, the various loan facilities may include:

  • Traditional tax debt loans – where you would refinance your home loan and obtain additional money to pay the ATO debt.
  • Additionally, second mortgage loans and caveat loans allow your existing home loan to remain. As a result, the new loan will be set up as an additional business loan behind your home loan.
  • Business Loans secured against a vehicle; these loans can be great however they are limited to the equity available in your car.
  • There is a range of business loans available, see below an overview or this business loans comparison to pay a tax debt.
  • Supplier loans; as the ATO is viewed as a supplier you may obtain a supplier loan to pay the ATO debt. However, these supplier loans are best for loans that are paid off in no more than 6 months. Therefore, they may not be a suitable option if you are seeking a longer loan term.
  • Unsecured business loans; these loans are not secured by the property. However, they usually have an option for a caveat or unregistered mortgage. Although, this may only be lodged in the event that the loan goes into default or payments are not made.
  • Invoice factoring finance where you are able to obtain finance against unpaid invoices. However, you would need to ensure you had sufficient future revenue or working capital to meet your obligations. As you would forego the future business cash flow from that invoice.


Loan Saver Network Can Help

Loan Saver Network can offer advice on ato payment plans, negotiation of Tax debt, help with tax debt loans, and tax debt insolvency issues. If you're looking for professional debt help, contact Loan Saver Network on 1300 796 850 today.