May 2022 Newsletter


  • How to Prepare for your Tax Return
  • What are the new Changes to Super?
  • ATO Releases Resources for STP Phase 2
  • The A to Z of Director IDs
  • How does the Income Tax Offset Work
  • Fuel Tax Credit Change from 30/03/2022
  • Announcements

How to Prepare for your Tax Return

While the end of the financial year is still a couple of months away, you can take action now to help maximise your tax return.
If you tend to not think about your taxes until they’re already due, you could be causing yourself unnecessary hassle and may even be missing out on opportunities to boost your refund.

H&R Block director of tax communications Mark Chapman told nestegg that individuals should take the time to gather the information they will need to help them prepare their tax returns.

What are the new Changes to Super?

The latest changes to super in Australia cover four key areas:

Removal of the $450 threshold for super contributions
Expansion of the First Home Super Saver Scheme
Abolishing the work test for retirees
Expansion of the Downsizer Scheme


ATO Releases Resources for STP Phase 2

The Tax Office has updated its resources to help employers understand the changes and prepare for STP phase 2 reporting. 

These include a fact sheet outlining the key differences between STP phase 1 and 2 reporting, and a to-do checklist for employers.

The ATO offers employers detailed guidelines on STP phase 2 reporting requirements along with webinars about the changes featuring industry professionals providing practical examples and suggestions.


The A to Z of Director IDs

From April 5, director identification numbers start to become mandatory in a move to crack down on illegal business activity.

From that date, anyone appointed a company director for the first time will need to have applied for their director ID prior to their appointment. Recently appointed directors must apply within 28 days while those appointed before November 2021 must apply by the end of November this year. 

Designed to promote the integrity of the corporate system, director IDs aim to cut out false business identities, adverse cross directorships and phoenix companies.


How does the Income Tax Offset Work

More than ten million Aussie workers will receive an extra tax offset of $420 for the current financial year through an increase to the low and middle income tax offset (LMITO).

Under the LMITO, workers with a taxable income of between $48,001 and $90,000 have received a tax offset of $1,080 each financial year since 2018-19.

Fuel Tax Credit Change from 30/03/2022

The fuel tax credit calculator includes the latest rates and is simple, quick and easy to use. You can use it to work out the fuel tax credit amount to report on your business activity statement (BAS).

The following tables contain the fuel tax credit rates for businesses from 30 March 2022 to 30 June 2022.


This month we congratulate Hayley on achieving another work anniversary at Watts Price Accountants!

Important ATO Dates

Lodgement Program  Date
Fringe benefits tax (FBT) return – Final date for lodgment and payment if required 21/05/2022
April monthly activity statements 28/05/2022


Other News

Tax Planning

It’s not too early to be thinking about Tax Planning. With 30 June just around the corner we encourage you to think about applying legitimate tax strategies now to minimise your tax obligation.
To book an appointment please contact our team:
Watts Price Accountants
P: 03 5382 3001
Knights Accounting
P: 03 5385 5330

SMSF Audit Changes

Please note that the Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) auditor that we have used for the last 20+ years, Peter Monaghan, is retiring as at 30 June 2022.
We have sourced a new auditor, Richard Smith of ASF Audits, who will take over from 01/07/2022.
For those SMSF clients where we arrange the audit please note the following important change from 01/07/2022. When we send out the pre-audit documents you will need to sign and return the Members Statement as soon as possible as the audit can not be completed until these have been sighted by the new auditor.  

Accountant / Bookkeeper

Watts Price Accountants is currently seeking an accountant or bookkeeper to join their team. For the successful candidate the position could be part or full time to suit their lifestyle.

A copy of the Position description can be viewed below.

Position Description

If you have any queries please contact Richard Kemp on 5382 3001 or via email at


Banklink Changes

Please note that after 20+ years MYOB is effectively retiring Banklink by removing all support for the product after 01/07/2022. After careful consideration we have sourced a newer product to meet your, and our needs.  We wanted to keep the process similar to minimise the disruption to your business with these changes.
What Changes? For clients that receive their coding reports from us either via email or post there will only be a subtle change or two. Firstly, the format of the Coding Report will change from the one shown in diagram 1 to that shown in diagram 2 below.
Postal Delivery – For those that receive their Coding Report in the mail, we will continue to post the coding reports to you (i.e. no change). Email Delivery – For those that receive their Coding Report via email, the coding report email will be sent directly to you from MYOB going forward rather than Joanne or Hayley from Watts Price or Margaret at Knights Accounting. These will be sent out about the 5th of each month going forward. Please ensure you check your Junk folder if it has not arrived within a few days of the 5th and let us know if we need to have it resent. Note: You will still receive an email from us each quarter with the quarterly BAS checklist. Banklink Books or Banklink Notes – for those clients that do their own coding via Banklink Books or Notes, we will be sending you an invite to the new software once it has been setup and contacting you to arrange training. We estimate that we will be up and running on the new software by early April in time to process the March quarter. If you have any queries please contact our office!

Company Folders

With the shift to electronic sending, filing and signing of documents, ASIC has confirmed that we no longer need to hold hardcopies of the Company Folders we hold on behalf of our clients. Therefore we are currently in the process of scanning all Company Folders and relevant documents to our secure in-house server and will maintain an electronic (softcopy) version going forward.
Once scanned we will contact clients and let them know that we are returning the original folder and its current content to them for safe keeping.
Rather than risk losing your folder in the post we will hold these folders at our office for collection next time you drop in.
Please note that this does not change the ASIC compliance services we provide to you in anyway, we are simply maintaining your Company Folder electronically rather than in paper form going forward!

Director Identification Numbers (DINs)

A reminder that all company Directors are required to obtain a Director ID. This is particularly important as failure to comply with these new Director ID requirements may result in both civil and criminal penalties. We recommend that company directors, including those that act as a corporate trustee of their SMSF or family trust, start the application process as soon as possible! How do I apply for a Director ID? Each individual director must apply for their own Director ID directly, to verify their identity via the ABRS website (, where you will click on the heading Apply for your Director ID. When do I need to apply for a Director ID? When you must apply for a Director ID depends on the date you became a director (as outlined below).
Date you were/are appointed          Date you must apply by
On or before 31 October 2021 30 November 2022
Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 Within 28 days of appointment
From 5 April 2022 Before appointed director

Single Touch Payroll Phase 2

  • Your first STP Phase 2 report is required by 31/03/2022 (where not covered by a deferral) or 31/12/2022 (with deferral from your software provider).
  • QuickBooks Online & Keypay deferral ends 28/02/2022.
  • MYOB & Xero deferral ends 31/12/2022.
  • Your software provider will be providing guidance on how to get STP 2 ready.
  • Where Watts Price or Knights Accounting process your payroll we will ensure that you are STP Phase 2 compliant by the appropriate date. Our wages template will be re-issued to accommodate the new pay and leave categories required.

Ventilation Program

The Small Business Ventilation Program is now open. The Victorian Government is providing $60 million for public-facing small businesses to improve ventilation.

This support has been designed to help businesses implement new guidance on building ventilation to reduce the risk of spreading COVID‑19 and to keep customers COVIDSafe.

The Small Business Ventilation Guide is also available, which provides simple tips to help businesses improve ventilation.

Eligible businesses can now apply for funding to invest in equipment, undertake works or engage professional services to improve ventilation in areas of the workplace that are accessible to customers.
Under the program, 2 types of support are available:

Applications are open until 11:59pm Friday 24 June 2022, or until funds are exhausted.
This program is a part of a broader Business Stimulus Package. To learn about other support you could access, visit Business Stimulus Package.


If you have any queries at this time please let us know!   All the best from the Watts Price Team!