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A checklist for setting up your SMSF Posted on Oct 30, 2018 by admin

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Setting up an SMSF can be complex, which is why a checklist is useful to streamline your process. Before you set up your SMSF, first determine if having an SMSF is a commercially viable option. Once a decision is reached and you are about to start your SMSF, here are the basic steps to get things started:. Determine which members will be in your fund? Decide if you will you seek professional help to assist your set up? Decide whether the fund should have individual trustees or a corporate trustee Establish a suitable trust and trust deed Register your fund […]

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Tax implications of a business restructure Posted on Oct 30, 2018 by admin

Tax

Tax exemptions may apply to small businesses going through a restructure provided they meet certain criteria. Typically when a business is sold, you would have to pay income tax due to transferring assets. However, when a business is restructuring, the ownership of assets remains unchanged, and there is instead a rollover. This allows you to transfer assets as a part of the restructure without having to pay income tax on that transfer. Your business may be eligible for the small business restructure rollover provided that: The change is a genuine restructure as opposed to an artificial or inappropriately tax-driven scheme […]

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ATO update: Check for $17.5 billion in lost super Posted on Oct 26, 2018 by admin

Super

The ATO’s new data revealed that although the total amount of lost and unclaimed super reduced by $420 million in 2017-2018, there is still $17.5 billion left to be found. The ATO has prioritised reuniting people with their lost super spread across over 6.2 million accounts. In the past financial year, the ATO was successful in merging $3 billion into active super accounts across the country. Typically people lose contact with their super funds when they change jobs, move house or forget to update their details. Although some people may intentionally maintain multiple accounts, those who are unaware they have […]

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When can the ATO issue a default assessment for overdue lodgements Posted on Oct 26, 2018 by admin

Tax

A default assessment is an assessment of taxable income for overdue tax returns or the net amount or assessable amount-for late activity statements. Although the ATO’s preferred approach is to work with taxpayers to help them meet their lodgement obligations, a default assessment will be issued if this collaborative approach fails. PenaltyThe administrative penalty of 75% of the tax-related liability will be applied for each default assessment issued by the ATO. The penalty increases by 20% for taxpayers who have a pattern of non-compliance and the ATO may also apply for another penalty for failing to lodge on time. Assessment […]

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Event-based reporting framework for SMSFs Posted on Oct 19, 2018 by admin

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The event-based reporting (EBR) framework for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) commenced on 1 July 2018. The initiative allows for the administration of the Transfer balance cap (TBC). Under the EBR framework, you need to report to the ATO, when the first member of your SMSF begins a retirement phase income stream. The SMSF annual return is to be kept separate from the transfer balance account report. The TBAR enables the ATO to record and track an individual’s balance for their TBC and superannuation balance. The ATO does not provide ‘special circumstances’ discretion for contraventions of the TBC which is why […]

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ATO reminder: fuel tax credit rates have increased Posted on Oct 19, 2018 by admin

Tax

Fuel tax credit rates have increased on 1 August. The ATO reminds you to use the new rates to calculate claims on your next business activity statement (BAS). How to simplify fuel tax credit claimsIf you claim less than $10,000 in fuel tax credits each year, you can use the ATO’s simplified methods to keep records and calculate your claims. Keep in mind the following tips: Keep accurate business records to help you claim all fuel tax credits you are entitled to Use the ATO tax fuel credit calculator to work out your claim Registered tax agents and BAS agents […]

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Managing risk in your SMSF Posted on Oct 12, 2018 by admin

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SMSFs provide the trustee autonomy and an increased opportunity to maximise your retirement savings. However, an investment strategy must be accompanied by a risk management plan should some of your investments come up short. Consider the following risk management strategies: DiversificationDiversification reduces risk by investing in many different assets including property, annuities and equities. By spreading your earnings across several investments you minimise the risks to your retirement nest egg that can occur if one investment suffers a loss or a disappointing return. Organise your target returns according to your asset class and establish the accepted variation range from this […]

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ATO announces $20,000 instant asset write-off Posted on Oct 12, 2018 by admin

Tax

The ATO has extended the $20,000 threshold to 30 June 2019. If you buy an asset and it costs less than $20,000, you may write off the business portion in your tax return. To be eligible to use the simplified depreciation rules and claim an immediate deduction for the business portion of each asset costing less than $20,000, you must: Have a business turnover less than $10 million (increased $2 million on 1 July 2016) The asset was first used or installed ready for use in the income year you are claiming it in. If your asset costs more than […]

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Choosing the right super risk profile Posted on Oct 5, 2018 by admin

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Choosing the right super risk profile at the right time can drastically increase your retirement savings. The following considerations will help you invest wisely when it comes to building your retirement nest egg. Types of investment optionsYour super fund should offer a range of investment options to consider. Here is what to know about each kind of option: Aggressive options are high risk, and you may have to sustain significant losses hoping to maximise your return in the long-term Growth options aiming for higher returns over longer terms may sustain some losses in poorly performing markets Balanced options provide moderate […]

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Claiming tax when working from home Posted on Oct 5, 2018 by admin

Tax

The ATO is seeking to increase their attention on home office expenses due to the high level of questionable claims made by taxpayers. There has been an increase in the number of Australians claiming deductions for costs incurred from working from home. The ATO reports that in the last tax year 6.7 million taxpayers claimed a record $7.9 billion in deductions for ‘other work-related expenses’, including expenses relating to working from home. The main mistakes stem from individuals claiming the whole instead of the work-related portion of expenses for bills related to phone, internet, printing and stationery. The ATO has […]

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