There are a huge number of tax laws that may change this year as a result of the upcoming 2019 Federal Election.
The ATO is reviewing GST payments for arrangements where property developers acquire land from government entities.
The ATO has begun issuing determinations for individuals’ excess concessional contributions to super for the 2017–2018 financial year.
The Federal Government intends to align genuine redundancy and early retirement scheme payments with the Age Pension qualifying age.
The ATO has released updated guidance on tax-deductible home office and electronic device expenses.
From 1 July, a new 12-month exemption from the work test for new retirees aged 65–74 with total super below $300,000 will give many older Australians extra time to boost their super.
The Federal Government intends to make it easier, cheaper and quicker for small businesses to resolve tax disputes with the ATO.
Homeowners may have to pay CGT where there is a formal agreement for a family member to reside in their home; the Board of Taxation will review this treatment.
The ATO has issued tips for avoiding common errors when reporting net small business income and claiming the small business income tax offset for unincorporated small businesses.
The Federal Government has allocated $1 million to set up 10 tax clinics at Australian universities under a trial program.
An electronic information-sharing mechanism to allow super assets to be more swiftly and accurately identified during family law proceedings.
The ATO has warned taxpayers and their agents to be on high alert for tax scams.
Taxation Determination TD 2018/15 considers the CGT consequences of granting an easement, profit à prendre or licence over an asset.
The ATO has issued guidance to provide information about how the First Home Super Saver and downsizer contribution schemes work.
The Government will amend the super tax laws to to address some minor but important issues, as part of the ongoing super reforms.
The Government has announced it will establish new funds to provide longer-term equity funding for small businesses.
Some businesses are making simple mistakes reporting their GST.
Eligible corporate taxpayers will pay 25% in 2021–2022, rather than from 2026–2027.
The ATO has reported a decline in the overall value of work-related deductions for tax time 2018.
The ATO expects that 200,000 people could miss out on a tax refund this year because they haven’t lodged a tax return.
The ATO has started issuing excess concessional contributions determinations for 2017–2018.
The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and the IPA Deakin SME Research Centre have recommended a range of tax reforms
Electronic sales suppression tools that misrepresent or hide business income are now banned.
The Government and Labor have agreed to bring forward planned small business tax cuts; reductions in the corporate tax rate and small business offset have also been accelerated.
Non-business travel costs connected to residential rental properties are not deductible; the ATO has released new guidance.
The ATO has published information about how tax applies for people who receive compensation from financial institutions.
ATO Assistant Commissioner Superannuation Tara McLachlan has given a speech on “Administration issues under the transfer balance cap”.
The Government will extend the current instant asset write-off ($20,000 threshold) for small business entities (SBEs) by 12 months to 30 June 2019. This applies to businesses with aggregated annual turnover less than $10 million.
A closer look at the methods that help to process tax returns and correct mistakes.
Closing submissions on super entities set out the relevant evidence in relation to the 17 entities examined
ATO education campaign to help correctly claim work-related expenses using its guides and tool kits.
The ATO has updated its tax guidelines for cryptocurrency transactions.
Public examinations of more than 45 entities have commenced in the Federal Court.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue’s report on taxpayer engagement with the tax system recommends transitioning towards a standard tax deduction and a “push return” tax system.
ATO Assistant Commissioners’ update on SMSF issues and practical considerations
Observations from the ATO Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation, at the National SMSF Conference in Melbourne.
The ATO is running a 12-month pilot to extend its independent review service to certain small business taxpayers.
Taxpayers should be on “high alert” for tax-related scams at tax time.
The new stand-alone service provides a simpler and clearer way to register a business.
The proposed new rules will ensure offshore sellers of hotel accommodation in Australia calculate their GST turnover in the same way as local sellers.
Taxpayers are urged to be aware of scammers who promise to organise access to retirement savings for a fee.
The ATO estimates the annual direct impact of illegal phoenix activity and establishes a hotline for reporting phoenix behaviour.
The Board of Taxation’s recently published report makes recommendations to modernise and simplify the rules.
KPMG has released a submission in response to the Treasury position paper on the proposed retirement income covenant announced as part of the 2018–2019 Budget.
Funds in the “growth” category continue to provide strong positive returns.
The ATO has estimated the size of the “tax gap” between the tax the ATO collects and the amount it would collect if all taxpayers fully complied with the law.
The ATO has updated the information on its website dealing with capital gains tax and cryptocurrency.
The Government is establishing a new Advisory Board to support its reform agenda to disrupt the black economy.
Bank lending practices for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were in the spotlight when the Financial Services Royal Commission (FSRC) held its third round of public hearings in late May. These hearings focused on the conduct of financial services entities providing credit to SMEs.
This tax time, the ATO will be closely examining claims for work-related clothing and laundry expenses.
The legislation to enact the Government’s seven-year personal income tax reform plan, as announced in the 2018 Federal Budget, passed Parliament on 21 June 2018.
With the self managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual return lodgment deadline upon us, minds should have already turned to meeting compliance requirements. The 2016–2017 financial year includes a few twists and turns which trustees should factor in to avoid late lodgement.
The Productivity Commission has released a draft report that recommends a range of changes to improve Australia’s superannuation system.
The government has announced that it is introducing a one-off, 12 month amnesty for historical underpayment of the super guarantee.
The ATO has started issuing excess transfer balance (ETB) tax assessments to self managed super fund (SMSF) members, or their agents, who had previously received an ETB determination and rectified the excess.
The ATO is concerned about taxpayers making mistakes or deliberately lodging false claims for work-related car expenses, and has announced it will be closely examining claims for these expenses in 2018 tax returns.
The Banking Royal Commission has wrapped up its two weeks of hearings focused on financial advice.
From 1 July 2018, GST will be imposed on the supply low value goods from outside of Australia to Australian consumers. Businesses need to be ready for this change.
A person’s Australian tax residency status may be about to assume a whole new meaning.
More than 100 Australians have been identified as “high risk” and will be subject to ATO investigation because they have links to Swiss banking relationship managers who are alleged to have actively promoted and facilitated tax evasion schemes.
Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer has announced the authorisation of the new financial dispute resolution scheme, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), which will start accepting complaints from 1 November 2018
In response to recent Senate Economics References Committee and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Enforcement Review Taskforce reports, the Federal Government has agreed to increase the civil penalties for corporate and financial misconduct (white-collar crime), for both individuals and bodies corporate.
Recent changes to Australian tax law mean that individuals, self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) and “private” trusts and partnerships can longer claim tax deductions for non-business travel costs related to their residential rental properties
Important annoucements relating to business taxation from the 2018 Budget announcement which may affect you.
Important announcements from the 2018 budget regarding superannuation which may affect you.
Important announcements regarding Tax Compliance and Integrity from the 2018 Budget which may affect you.
In the 2018–2019 Budget, the Government announced a raft of new measures relating to personal taxation, please find the important announcements below which may affect you.
In welcome news for superannuation members, the government has announced plans to simplify the payment of transition to retirement income streams (TRISs) so that they will always be permitted to automatically revert to a dependant upon the death of the original pensioner
The ATO has recently published information about the “e-Audit” technology it uses as part of its tax compliance activities.
The ATO has released its latest small business benchmarks, providing over 100 different industries with average cost of sales and average total expenses.
The foreign resident capital gains tax (CGT) withholding regime requires purchasers of Australian property to withhold an amount from the purchase price (for remission to the ATO) if the vendor is a foreign resident.
The Federal Court has ruled that pay-as-you-go (PAYG) amounts were “withheld” from a taxpayer's salary payments so that she was entitled to a tax credit, despite the amounts never being remitted or notified to the ATO by her employers.
From 1 July 2018, goods and services tax (GST) will apply to some offshore supplies of goods valued at $1,000 or less that are purchased by consumers and brought into Australia.
The ATO is urging employers with 20 or more employees to start preparing now for the Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting regime, which will be mandatory from 1 July 2018
The ATO has released a fact sheet explaining its compliance approach to employers who fail to meet their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations.
We summarise some of the key superannuation rates and thresholds for the upcoming financial year:
The ATO has advised that is now sending out excess transfer balance (ETB) determinations to individuals who have exceeded their superannuation transfer balance cap and not taken steps to remove the excess amount.
A Bill has been introduced into Parliament that, when passed, will require purchasers of new residential premises and new subdivisions of potential residential land to pay the goods and services tax (GST) on the purchase directly to the ATO as part of the settlement process from 1 July 2018.
As part of the 2017–2018 Budget, the Federal Government announced a range of reforms intended to reduce pressure on housing affordability
Treasury has released draft legislation to make sure that taxpayers will only be able to access the small business CGT concessions for assets that are used (or held ready for use) in the course of a small business or are an interest in a small business
The ATO has provided an update on its latest focus areas and the compliance projects it is undertaking to reduce corporate tax avoidance.
The Black Economy Taskforce was established in 2017 “to develop an innovative, forward-looking whole-of-government policy response to combat the black economy in Australia, recognising that these issues cannot be tackled by traditional tax enforcement measures alone"
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has released its proposed means testing rules for pooled lifetime retirement income streams.
The Full Federal Court has dismissed a taxpayer’s appeal and held that a Commonwealth grant of almost $2.5 million for the establishment of a windfarm was an assessable recoupment (Denmark Community Windfarm Ltd v FCT  FCAFC 11).
The ATO has become aware that its guidelines on Everett assignments and the allocation of profits within professional firms are being misinterpreted for some higher-risk arrangements, including the use of related-party financing and self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs).
The Federal Government has released draft legislation and a draft legislative that will authorise the ATO to disclose a business’s tax debt to registered credit reporting bureaus.
The ATO has issued guidance for employers on determining an employee’s private use of a vehicle.
The ATO has released further guidance on when SMSFs need to report events affecting their members’ transfer balance accounts (by making a transfer balance account report, or TBAR) for the purposes of the $1.6 million pension cap.
Legislation has been passed to implement the 2017–2018 Federal Budget housing affordability measures. The following will start on 1 July 2018:
The Government has released a consultation paper and exposure draft legislation to give effect to the following superannuation taxation integrity measures it announced in the 2017–2018 Federal Budget:
The ATO has issued a long-awaited ruling on trust vesting, including changing a trust’s vesting date and the CGT and income tax consequences of vesting
The ATO has made a new determination that dividend equivalent payments made under an employee share scheme (ESS) are assessable to an employee as income when they receive the payment for or in connection with services they provide as an employee.
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The ATO says nil activity statements can be generated early in some cases. Under normal bulk processes, activity statements generally issue from the ATO by the end of the month.
Despite wide publicity on the issue, the ATO has reminded taxpayers that it is increasing its scrutiny on work-related expenses. Last year over 6.3 million people made a work-related expense claim for clothing and laundry expenses, totaling almost $1.8 billion.
Draft legislation has been released to implement 2017–2018 Federal Budget measures relating to the CGT liability of foreign residents.
Treasury has released draft legislation to implement the 2017–2018 Federal Budget superannuation measures aimed at improving housing affordability by the establishment of the First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS).