Digital Service Provider (DSP) Operational Framework readiness The ATO has introduced new requirements for digital service providers (DSPs) using ATO digital services as part of the DSP Operational Framework. The DSP Operational Framework was put in place to help the ATO to ensure integrity and security of the taxation and superannuation system. 

New DSPs are required to be certified before they start interacting with ATO digital services while existing DSPs will have to complete their certification within a specified timeframe. DSPs that are already using or wish to use the ATO’s superannuation services will need to start the approval process by 1 June 2017. 

The Full Picture

The ATO has released a publication titled ‘The Full Picture, How the ATO works with and for small business’. It includes an introduction by Deputy Commissioner for Small Business, Deborah Jenkins. It refers to the recent media coverage in respect of the ATO and its relationship with small business and outlines four main topics:

  • ‘Help for small business’ – this topic covers the ATO’s use of technology to enhance interactions, supporting business and focusing on ways to reduce the administrative burden on small business.
  • ‘How we manage debt’ – this topic covers how the ATO is assisting taxpayers to meet payment obligations on time and addressing debts while they are manageable. It also discusses recovery action.
  • ‘ATO approach to ABNs’ – this topic briefly discusses the Australian Business Register and how business may incorrectly use ABNs to engage workers as contractors when they should be classified as employees.
  • ‘How the ATO manage disputes and settlements’ – this topic includes statistics on settlements in dispute resolution, the management of disputes and a reduction in the cost for taxpayers.