Banish the BAS – it’s about time it was simplified

Editor’s Note: There have been many varying opinions on the BAS in the media lately, here is one from Bill Lang, Executive Director of

For several years Australian Small Business people have consistently rated simplifying the BAS as one of the Top 2 things they would like to see the Federal government do. In the past, promises were made to do so and then after each election they were forgotten.

Did you know the BAS is now 13 years and it has hardly changed?

Did you know that over 60 percent of business owners would change their vote to a party that will take steps to simplify it?

Small Business Australia has launched the Banish the BAS campaign to allow small business supporters to tell the political parties it’s about time.

It’s about time that all businesses should automatically only have to lodge one simplified statement a year. Payments can still be made monthly or quarterly and then adjusted at the end of the year.

It’s about time to start reducing red tape by removing unnecessary and poorly designed forms, lodgements and distractions from running a business.

As Brian Ferry famously sang, “Come on, come on, let’s stick together”. It’s about time that time wasting, confusing and for some people anxiety creating red tape was more than cut – forms like the current BAS should be banished.

Do you agree or disagree with Bill? Add your opinion in the comments section below.