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ATO supports small business mental health awareness::

The Australian Tax Office reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the mental health of small business owners in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October.

The ATO’s Deputy Commissioner for Small Business Deborah Jenkins said “We recognise the enormous pressure small business owners are under when dealing with mental health issues. We want to use this day to reiterate our support to those who need help with their tax and super commitments”.

A mentally healthy workplace is important, as it impacts the day to day running of your business and your overall quality of life.

No-one is immune from feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression. More than one in five people in the workplace experience some sort of mental health condition.

Some of the common warning signs or ‘red flags’ that may suggest you need to reach out for support include:

  • finding it hard to concentrate
  • avoiding necessary day-to-day tasks and obligations
  • feeling irritable, stressed or teary
  • constantly thinking of work, even during personal time
  • being unable to sleep
  • disconnecting from friends and family
  • changing eating and/or drinking habits

If you’re a business owner experiencing any of these feelings check out how the ATO can support you at ato.gov.au/smallbizmentalhealth. Whatever your situation, remember it’s never too late to ask for help.

Support is available in a number of ways, including organising a payment plan or delaying a lodgement or payment. You can call the ATO directly on 13 11 42, or you can ask someone to speak with them on your behalf by nominating them as a representative. They’ll even call you back at a time after hours that suits your busy working life.

If you’re a tax professional representing a small business client who may be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression and is struggling to meet their tax and super commitments, let them know that the ATO can help alleviate some of the pressure by deferring payments, setting up a tailored payment plan and/or organising a call-back or assistance visit. If you as a tax professional are experiencing these issues, you can contact us for assistance through our complex issues resolution service.

Your mental health is important - if you’re experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, visit the beyondblue website at beyondblue.org.auExternal Link or contact Lifeline on  13 11 14 any time.

To find out more about World Mental Health Day visit 1010.org.auExternal Link