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11-Sep-2017

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Further guidance for tax losses via a new “similar business” test

The ATO has released a draft guideline on how they will apply the new “similar business test” to supplement the existing “same business test” used for testing whether a company can utilise an earlier year tax loss.

11-Sep-2017

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Foreign resident CGT withholding: early recognition of tax credit

The Commissioner has made a determination to modify the time at which the vendor is entitled to a tax credit in respect of an amount withheld under the foreign resident CGT withholding rules.

11-Sep-2017

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Budget changes to foreign resident CGT: draft legislation

Draft legislation has been released to implement 2017–2018 Federal Budget measures relating to the CGT liability of foreign residents.

11-Sep-2017

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Bill to increase Medicare levy

The Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 has been introduced to implement the Government's 2017–2018 Budget announcement to increase the Medicare levy by 0.5% to 2.5% from 1 July 2019 in order to help finance the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

16-Aug-2017

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Companies should consider reporting tax liabilities: AASB

Sometimes it’s unclear how tax law applies to a company transaction or circumstance and how the ATO will treat it. New guidance from the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) explains how companies should reflect this uncertainty in their accounting for income taxes.

16-Aug-2017

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ASIC takes action on super fund disclosures

Under Australia’s superannuation law, super funds must disclose transparency information on a website and keep it up to date at all times.

16-Aug-2017

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Tax assessments confirmed for undisclosed business income

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has ruled that the ATO was correct to issue tax assessments of $3.7 million and penalties of $3.3 million to a business taxpayer that had underreported its income and failed to lodge several years worth of tax returns. The taxpayer, PSI Pty Ltd, argued that it owned and rented out several Sydney properties, but did not engage in other business activities or receive the significant amounts of income that the ATO had assessed to it.

16-Aug-2017

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Federal Court rules on PAYG avoidance

The Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal have agreed with the ATO that a business, Sunraysia Harvesting Contractors Pty Ltd, was making use of a “sham” arrangement with three other companies to avoid pay as you go (PAYG) and payroll accounting responsibilities

16-Aug-2017

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Tax debts: setting up a payment plan

Does your small business have a tax debt? The ATO encourages you to get in touch to set up a payment plan. If the debt is $100,000 or less, you can use the ATO’s self-help service to easily arrange paying by instalments.

16-Aug-2017

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Asset write-offs

Small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million can get an immediate deduction for assets that cost up to $20,000 each in their 2016–2017 return. The $20,000 threshold now applies until 30 June 2018.

16-Aug-2017

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Working holidaymakers and tax returns for 2017

If your business employs working holidaymakers – or you’ve been one yourself this year! – you need to know about the “backpacker tax” changes that came into effect from 1 January 2017.

16-Aug-2017

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Employee travel expense deductions

The ATO has also released new guidance on work-related travel deductions. To claim for transport or other employee travel expenses (like accommodation and meals) in your tax return, you must have incurred the expenses as part of gaining or producing your taxable income. Private and domestic travel expenses, including the costs of your ordinary home-to-work travel, aren’t claimable.

16-Aug-2017

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Work-related expense claims under scrutiny

Will you claim work-related expenses on your tax return this year? The ATO now uses real-time data to compare people’s tax returns with others in similar occupations and income brackets. This year it’s focused on identifying higher-than-expected claims for expenses related to work vehicles, travel, internet and mobile phones, and self-education, and may even check people’s work deduction claims with their employers.

14-Aug-2017

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What can I claim against my tax?

Please take just 2 minutes to read this article. We’ll explain:

• Deductions you can claim
• The importance of a fantastic tax accountant
• The “tax trap” you need to avoid
• Links to more information about specific deductions

09-Aug-2017

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Improve the transparency of tax debts

The Government has announced that it will allow the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to disclose tax debt information to registered credit reporting bureaus (CRBs). The ATO will only be able to disclose tax debt information of a business where certain criteria are met.

07-Aug-2017

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Are you using the correct award rates?

As we are now well into the new financial year, it’s time to ensure that you’re paying up to the correct award rates.

Here is a quick how-to-guide that we've put together to make sure you are up to date with the current rates!

31-Jul-2017

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New draft GST guidelines issued

Draft Law Companion Guideline LCG 2017/D4 (the Draft) deals with how the ATO intends to apply the Netflix and low-value imported goods measures to supplies made through electronic distribution platforms (EDPs).

31-Jul-2017

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“Netflix” tax: who is an Australian consumer?

From 1 July 2017, the supply of services, digital products or rights are connected with Australia (and so potentially liable to GST) if made to an Australian consumer by an overseas-based supplier. This is referred to as the digital import or “Netflix tax” rules.

31-Jul-2017

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Single Touch Payroll operative for early adopters

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is here. It had a “soft” or voluntary start on 1 July 2017. From that date, employers may choose to report under STP. For those who qualify (ie employers with 20 or more employees), STP will be mandatory from 1 July 2018.

31-Jul-2017

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SMSF annual return: key changes for 2016–2017

The ATO has released the 2017 self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual return and instructions.

31-Jul-2017

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Super reforms: changes to TRIS, CGT relief, pension cap and LRBA integrity rules

The Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No 2) Act 2017 makes a range of technical amendments to the super reform legislation.

31-Jul-2017

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Work-related deductions denied: lack of documenting evidence

A pipe fitter has been denied deductions by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for work-related expenses. The AAT disallowed the claims because the taxpayer was unable to produce adequate documentary evidence.

31-Jul-2017

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ATO update on Manage ABN Connections

The ATO says feedback from tax professionals on the Manage ABN Connections identified that further work is required to meet their needs.

31-Jul-2017

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Instant asset write-off extended for small business entities

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Accelerated Depreciation For Small Business Entities) Act 2017 extends the period during which small business entities (SBEs) can access accelerated depreciation. The extension is for 12 months, ending on 30 June 2018.

31-Jul-2017

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Tax cut for small businesses: ATO will amend returns

For the 2016–2017 income year, the company tax rate for small businesses decreases to 27.5%. Companies with turnover of less than $10 million are eligible for this rate. The maximum franking credit that can be allocated to a frankable distribution has also been reduced to 27.5% for these companies.

23-Jun-2017 Anderson & Associates

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Your 2017 EOFY Tax Minimisation Tips

With another financial year finishing, there are many obligations that business owner's need to consider and action.

Some of these action items will help to minimise your tax. We have outlined these points below to assist you.

02-Jun-2017 Anderson & Associates

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Is it tax deductible?

Everyone wants to pay less tax right? To do that you need to know what you can claim… and what you can’t.

15-May-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017-2018 Federal Budget Update

In prior years, there were many changes to superannuation and small business taxation. This year’s Budget only had a few changes in these areas.

11-May-2017 Anderson & Associates

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Depreciation – the tax deduction lots of property investors forget to claim.

There are lots of property related tax deductions that all investors claim: council rates, water rates, property management fees, repairs. But depreciation is one that many people don’t even know about.

12-Apr-2017 Anderson & Associates

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Do you have your tax debts under control?

From 1 July 2017, a new tax measure will come into play for small businesses, and we’re here to help prepare you for this tax change.

23-Mar-2017 Anderon & Associates

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What every employer needs to know about fringe benefits

On 31 March 2017, the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year ends. The ATO will be reviewing whether all employers who should be paying FBT are, and that they are paying the right amount.

15-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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Tax Planning Starts Now

There are 5 key things all business owners must consider right now. Some of them are brilliant wealth creation ideas. Please read on…

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: ATO develops work-related expenses risk profiles

The ATO has developed work-related expenses risk profiles to help it identify how work-related expense deduction amounts compare for similar taxpayers.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: Onus on taxpayers to show no fraud or evasion: Full Federal Court

Several taxpayers have been unsuccessful in their appeals to the Full Federal Court in which they challenged tax assessments that dramatically increased their assessable income for certain income years.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: No disclaimer of trust interest: unsuccessful appeal

A beneficiary of two trusts whose assessable income was increased from some $70,000 to some $13 million in light of her entitlement to distributions from the trusts has been unsuccessful in claiming on appeal that she had “disclaimed her interests” in the trusts.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: Admin penalties of 75% for failing to lodge FBT returns

The AAT has confirmed that 75% administrative penalties were rightfully imposed on several companies for their failure to lodge FBT returns over a four-year period.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: New ATO data-matching program: ride-sourcing

The ATO has announced a new data-matching program involving ride-sourcing providers. Under the program, the ATO will acquire data to identify individuals who may be engaged in providing ride-sourcing services during the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 financial years.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: Taxation ruling on commercial website deductibility

A new taxation ruling from the ATO sets out the tax deductibility of expenditure incurred in acquiring, developing, maintaining or modifying a commercial website for use in carrying on a business.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: Taxpayer failed to prove that payments were “loans”

In a recent case, the Full Federal Court has found that several taxpayer companies had not discharged the onus of proving that assessments the Commissioner of Taxation issued to them were excessive.

09-Mar-2017 Anderson & Associates

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2017 / FEB: ATO priority on settling cases – but not at any cost

In a new tax determination, the ATO states that a beneficiary is not entitled to a bad debt deduction for an amount of unpaid present entitlement (UPE) that the beneficiary purports to write off as a bad debt.

22-Feb-2017

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Time to take that holiday

‘There are just not enough hours in the day!’ you cry with a desperation rivalling Tom Hanks’ Wilson-I’m-Sorry and fall to your knees in despair.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But if you’re a business owner, I’m sure that sentiment or something like it has at least crossed your mind before. Maybe more than once.

And when you’re working crazy hours six or seven days a week just to get everything done, sometimes a deserted island with only a volleyball for company doesn’t actually sound so bad...

12-Feb-2017 Business.gov.au

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Support available for young Australian entrepreneurs

Learn more about the Encouraging Entrepreneurship and self-employment initiative!

Are you a young Australian with a great business idea? If so, our friends at the Department of Employment have launched the Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment initiative to help young Australians start and run their own business!

09-Feb-2017

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Which Entity Should You Choose to Incorporate Your eCommerce Business?

This guest post is brought to you by our friends at MyCorporation. We’re so pleased they’ve provided simpler answers to a very common small business question!

Should I choose an LLC or Corporation? How about a sole proprietorship? And what’s an S-Corp, anyway? With so many legal structures available, it’s easy to feel stumped when trying to pick a formation to incorporate your eCommerce business. Your search for “the one” is now over — we’ve rounded up the most common entities, along with the ins and outs of what each one does, in our quick and painless guide to legitimizing your eCommerce business.

15-Dec-2016 Anderson & Associates

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The biggest changes to super in a decade – how to capitalise now!

Major changes to tax and superannuation have just been approved by the Government in early December 2016. These are the biggest changes in the last 10 years. They are significant.

28-Oct-2016 WorkflowMax

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Boost Employee Productivity: 10 Secrets Your Staff Want Managers to Know

Are you struggling to motivate your employees? Do you constantly chase after them to get their timesheets in on time or wonder why they aren’t more focused or driven? Is absenteeism, poor morale and failure to meet targets a common occurrence?

03-Nov-2014 goRoster

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Top 10 Tips For Happy Employees

The level of employee retention within a business is always a good testament to the management team.

07-Jul-2014 Receipt Bank

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Receipt Bank: Adding Bank Accounts

Receipt Bank allows you to add in details of your bank accounts and payment methods in order to help us categorise your receipts and invoices even more efficiently!

18-Apr-2014

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