ATO defers payment and lodgment dates for flood-affected

THE Australian Tax Office is doing its bit to help people affected by the floods in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said the ATO had deferred the payment and lodgment dates for activity statements for flood-affected people, excluding large PAYG withholders, until April 29.

"You do not need to apply for a deferral or a faster refund, it will happen automatically for people in postcodes affected by the floods. You can visit our website to see the new lodgment dates and check if your region is included," Mr Jordan said.

"People can get more information about assistance at or by calling 1800 806 218."
Individuals who want to help the flood affected areas can also claim donations up to $10 made to disaster relief funds for the recent floods in their 2013 tax return without a receipt.

"Tax matters are the last priority for those affected by the floods - and rightly so. When people are ready, we will work with them to deal with their tax affairs," Mr Jordan said.