Child Care Industry News April 15th 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
April 15, 2014
Welcome, this week check out comments on the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Learning and learn about the ATO's new data matching program targeting childcare service and educator payments.

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ATO data matching program
The Australian Tax Office has announced a data matching program targeting Childcare Service and Educator Payments made by the Department of Education (formerly DEEWR).

The records of more than 12,000 people across Australia will be matched under the program.

According to the ATO the program will enable it to acquire the details of people receiving taxable Childcare Service and Educator Payments from the Department of Education for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years. This information will be electronically checked to identify non-compliance with lodgement and payment obligations under taxation law.

In brief the program will enable the ATO to:
  • identify and test the correct taxation reporting by recipients of Childcare Service and Educator Payments from the Department of Education; and
  • identify areas that require improved educational and compliance strategies to encourage voluntary compliance for recipients of Federal Government payments and grants.
The ATO has prepared a document outlining the program and you can receive a copy by emailing and quoting the Childcare Services and Educator Payments data matching program.
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PC releases comments summary
To make it easier for people to comment on the Productivity Commission Inquiry in to Childcare and Early Childhood Learning the Commission enabled people to leave comments on its website rather than requiring them to write a formal submission.

According to the Productivity Commission more than 700 people shared their views via the website and many of those people gave the Commission permission to anonymously share the comments.

The Commission has now collated these comments and has made them publicly available via the Inquiry webpage.

The comments come from people who use early childhood education and care services, those who work in early childhood education and care, those who both use and work in early childhood education and care as well as those who neither work or use early childhood education and care services.

The Commission is still accepting submissions and comments via its website, however, submissions received after 3 February 2014 may not be fully reflected in the final report which is due to be presented to government by 31 October 2014.
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