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SMSFs warned of risky retirement planning Posted on Nov 22, 2017 by admin

Super

The ATO is warning self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees about the risks of some emerging retirement planning arrangements. Retirees or SMSF trustees who are involved in any illegal arrangement, even by accident, may face severe penalties, risk losing their retirement savings, and potentially, their rights as a trustee to manage their own fund. The Tax Office has released additional information through their Super Scheme Smart Program to help educate retirees and trustees of these complex tax avoidance schemes and arrangements. Super Scheme Smart provides case studies and information packs to ensure taxpayers are informed about illegal arrangements including what warning […]

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ATO’s data matching programs Posted on Nov 22, 2017 by admin

Tax

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has sophisticated data matching programs in place to ensure individuals and businesses are complying with their obligations and to uphold the integrity of the tax system for the community at large. The Tax Office uses data matching to pre-fill tax returns, ensure people and businesses are lodging tax returns and activity statements when required, correctly declaring their income and claiming offsets, and meeting their tax obligations. It helps to detect dishonest individuals and businesses operating outside the tax system, detect fraud against the Commonwealth and to recover debt. The following areas are currently under close […]

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SMSF annual return for pension phase trustees Posted on Nov 15, 2017 by admin

Super

Self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees who are in pension phase must lodge their SMSF annual returns if they remain active, or choose to wind up the fund. The ATO is warning SMSF trustees about their regulatory obligations and is paying close attention to those SMSFs that are not meeting their lodgment obligations. Trustees must lodge a Self-managed superannuation fund annual return 2017 if it was a self-managed super fund on 30 June 2017, or a self-managed super fund that was wound up during 2016-17. Super funds that are not SMSFs at the end of 2016-17 must use the fund income […]

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Using the margin scheme for property sales Posted on Nov 15, 2017 by admin

Tax

Those selling property as part of a business sale may be eligible for the margin scheme. The margin scheme is a way of working out the GST you must pay on the property that you are selling as part of your business. The scheme is only applicable if the sale of a property is taxable. The GST on property sales is generally equal to one-eleventh of the sale price. If the margin scheme is used, the GST is calculated on the difference between the sale price and your purchase price of the property (or the property’s value on 1 July […]

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SMSFs: Stats Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by admin

Super

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has released its June 2017 quarterly SMSF statistical report detailing key SMSF figures. As of June 2017, the number of SMSFs increased to 596,516. The number of SMSF members in Australia is 1,124,453. The estimated value of total Australian and overseas SMSF assets is $696.7 billion. The number of annual wind-ups including both those initiated by trustees and those as a result of ATO compliance and cleansing activity was 1,419 as of June 2017. This is a significant decrease from 10,551 in June 2016. The top five asset types held by SMSFs by value include […]

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Changes to GST on low-value imported goods Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by admin

Tax

Australian goods and services tax (GST) will be implemented on sales of low-value goods imported into Australia by consumers as of 1 July 2018. According to the ATO, business will have to register for GST, change GST on sales of low-value imported goods and lodge returns if they meet the $75,000 AUD registration threshold. These business includes merchants who sell goods, electronic distribution platform operators or re-delivers. Customs duty and clearance charges will be changed to the importer at the border under existing process should goods be imported in a consignment over the value of $1,000 AUD. Through the implementation […]

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SMSF: Capital vs revenue expenses Posted on Nov 1, 2017 by admin

Super

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have access to a range of tax deductions for expenses incurred. Whether the expenses are capital in nature or are considered as revenue will affect eligibility for claiming such deductions. The Tax Office considers an expense that is incurred in establishing or making enduring changes to a super fund’s structure or function as capital and not deductible under the general deduction provision. For example, the costs of establishing an SMSF are capital in nature. An expense incurred in acquiring capital assets is also usually capital in nature. Trust deed amendment costs incurred in establishing a trust, […]

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ATO to focus on cash-only businesses Posted on Nov 1, 2017 by admin

Tax

To protect honest, compliant Australian businesses, the Australian Taxation Office has placed a strong emphasis on targeting the cash and hidden economy. The ATO is visiting businesses that deal predominantly in cash, with a focus on those that: Fail to meet super or employer obligations, and that fail to register for GST or lodge activity statements. Operate outside regular small business benchmarks specific to their industry. Show discrepancies between what they have reported and our collected data relating to electronic payments. Operate and advertise as cash only. Income does not correlate with the lifestyle of the business owner, i.e. assets […]

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