Overdue TPAR? Your Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding Penalties and Staying Compliant

Overdue TPAR? Your Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding Penalties and Staying Compliant

Did you miss the Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) deadline? While it’s understandable, neglecting it could put your business at risk of substantial penalties. But fear not! 

This comprehensive blog goes deeper into the TPAR system, outlines the consequences of late filings, and provides you with a step-by-step plan to rectify the situation and ensure future compliance.

Understanding the TPAR

The TPAR plays a vital role in maintaining a fair and competitive business environment. By reporting payments made to contractors for specific services, your business contributes to:

  • Combating under-reported income: The TPAR data helps the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) identify contractors who might be evading taxes. This promotes a level playing field for businesses that report income accurately.
  • Ensuring tax compliance: Filing your TPAR demonstrates your commitment to fulfilling your tax obligations and fosters transparency with the ATO.

Who Needs to Lodge a TPAR?

If your business operates in Australia and makes payments to contractors for certain services, you might need to lodge a TPAR. These services typically include:

  • Cleaning
  • Building and Construction
  • Road freight and couriers
  • Security, investigation, and surveillance
  • Information technology
  • Legal, accounting, and bookkeeping
  • Marketing and advertising

Essential TPAR Information

Overdue TPAR - What Are The Penalties And Who Is Going To Get Affected?

Starting March 22nd, 2023, the ATO implemented stricter enforcement measures for overdue TPARs. If your business falls into any of these categories, be aware of the potential consequences:

  • Missed TPARs: Failing to lodge a TPAR for the current year (2024) or previous years can incur penalties.
  • Repeated Offences: Ignoring reminder letters about overdue reports after the initial grace period significantly increases penalty risks.

Last year alone, over 11,000 businesses faced penalties totalling $18 million for their overdue TPARs. Don’t let your business become another statistic!

Your 7-Step Guide to Minimising Penalties

Even if you’ve missed the deadline, it’s not too late to rectify the situation and minimise the damage. Here’s your roadmap to understand the process:

  1. Assess Your Situation:
  • Gather all relevant details, including the number of missed years, reminder letters received, and total contractor payments for each year.
  • Determine the estimated penalty amount. 
  1. Consider Your Options:
  • File your TPAR immediately: While you’ll still face penalties, filing demonstrates your intent to comply and may help reduce the penalty burden.
  • Seek professional help: Consulting a registered tax agent or BAS agent can simplify the process, negotiate potential penalty reductions, and provide valuable guidance.
  1. File Your Overdue TPAR:
  • Access the TPAR portal on the ATO website.
  • Ensure accurate and complete information for each contractor, including ABN, name, address, and payment details.
  • Submit the report electronically.
  1. Address Penalties:
  • The ATO will calculate and notify you of the final penalty amount.
  • Pay the penalty promptly to avoid further accrual of interest.
  • Consider seeking penalty remission based on reasonable excuse or hardship through the ATO.
  1. Prevent Future Lapses:
  • Set calendar reminders for upcoming TPAR deadlines.
  • Implement a robust record-keeping system for contractor payments.
  • Consider ongoing support from a tax professional to ensure future compliance.
  1. Non-Lodgment Advice (NLA):

If you no longer engage contractors, submit an NLA to inform the ATO and avoid future reminders: [Link to ATO NLA form]

  1. Stay Informed:
  • Regularly check the ATO website for updates on TPAR requirements and deadlines.
  • Subscribe to ATO updates for relevant tax obligations.
  • Consult with a registered tax professional for personalised guidance.


  • Prompt action minimises penalties and demonstrates your commitment to compliance.
  • Seeking professional help can streamline the process and potentially reduce penalties.
  • Staying informed prevents future oversights and ensures smooth interactions with the ATO.


By acting swiftly and leveraging the information in this guide, you can effectively go through the overdue TPAR situation, protect your business from penalties, and build a foundation for long-term compliance. And if you facing issues with TPAR and want to take control, you can reach out to KPG Taxation. Their tax accountants will ensure that your business operates smoothly within the regulatory framework.

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