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Consolidating your super Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by editor

Super

Chances are, if you have had more than one job, you will most likely have multiple super accounts. Having multiple super accounts means more fees and less savings. Consolidating all your super accounts into one account can help you to keep track of your super, reduce unnecessary paperwork, and most importantly, save on costs. The first step in consolidating your super is selecting a fund to move all of your super savings into. When comparing funds, consider funds with lower fees; suitable investment options; extra benefits; funds which have performed well over the last 5 years; and provide appropriate insurance […]

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New measure to combat franked distributions funded by capital raisings Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by editor

Tax

The Government has announced a new measure in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook to prevent the distribution of franking credits where a distribution to shareholders is funded by particular capital raising activities. This new measure is intended to address issues raised by the Tax Office’s Taxpayer Alert 2015/2 regarding arrangements used by companies for the purpose of, or for purposes which include, releasing franking credits or streaming dividends to shareholders. The ATO have been reviewing arrangements with all or most of the following features: A company with a significant franking credit balance raises new capital from existing or […]

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Reviewing your trust deed before 30 June Posted on Apr 4, 2017 by editor

Super

With changes to Australia’s superannuation rules coming into play on 1 July 2017, self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees would do well to review their fund’s trust deed. Despite the fact that maintaining an up-to-date trust deed is a vital aspect of managing a SMSF, many trustees fail to do so, usually due to the time and cost restraints associated. However, a SMSF trust deed can only ensure compliance and protect the trustee’s interests if it is regularly updated and reflects current superannuation rules. As part of the super reforms announced in last year’s Federal Budget, tighter superannuation rules will apply […]

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Lump sum payments received by healthcare practitioners Posted on Apr 4, 2017 by editor

Tax

The ATO has provided further guidance for healthcare practitioners dealing with lump sum payments from healthcare centre operators. The Tax Office is concerned with some practitioners who have received lump sum payments and have incorrectly treated the payments as a capital gain. These practitioners have then applied the small business CGT concessions to reduce the capital gain, in many instances reducing it to nil. The ATO has clarified that a lump sum payment from a healthcare centre operator is more likely to be ordinary income of the practitioner for providing services to their patients from the healthcare centre rather than […]

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