The ATO urges people in bushfire-affected communities to focus on getting their affairs in order, and not worry initially about their tax obligations.
As many local government areas (postcodes) have been granted access to the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, the ATO will automatically grant deferrals for activity statement lodgements and payments for anyone in these locations.
When people in fire-affected communities are ready and need help with their tax affairs, they can call the ATO on 1800 806 218 and staff will work with them to get back on track.
This phone line is also available for those who are outside the identified impacted areas.
More information about ATO assistance is available at ato.gov.au/naturaldisasters