The Government and the ATO have heralded this a big reduction in red tape for small business but for most it will be the dropping of one number only. The total purchases figure, which you will probably need to have calculated to work out how much GST you paid suppliers.

From 1 July 2017, Simpler BAS is the default reporting method for small businesses with a GST turnover of less than $10 million. They have less GST information to report on their BAS.

Small businesses only need to report:

  • G1 Total sales
  • 1A GST on sales
  • 1B GST on purchases

The following GST information is no longer required:

  • G2 Export sales
  • G3 GST-free sales
  • G10 Capital purchases
  • G11 Non-capital purchases

Simpler BAS does not affect how other taxes are reported (eg PAYG income tax instalments or PAYG tax withheld), or how often you lodge your BAS.

You still need to keep records, such as tax invoices, as proof of any claims you make in your BAS and income tax return lodgements.

This short video provides an overview of Simpler BAS.