Not so many years ago, the concept of raising funds via crowdfunding would more likely be seen as a way to fund community-based, local-issue or “help-your-neighbour” initiatives. But increasingly these days crowdfunding is viewed as a viable source of seed capital, and is no longer regarded as the shy little sister of venture capitalism.

Some quite serious money can be raised through crowdfunding, using internet platforms, mail-order subscriptions, benefit events and other methods to find supporters and raise funds for a project or venture. And generally when these efforts are put in place, the ATO is more likely than not to take an interest and will generally be on the lookout to make sure any tax obligations are not overlooked in the glow of success.

But as crowdfunding has, and continues to be, a rapidly evolving phenomenon, the ATO has found that it needs to keep some nimbleness in its approach to crowdfunding arrangements — as the industry expands or changes, and new developments arise, the ATO is aware that it will need to review and update the information and guidance that taxpayers require. Readmore