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Employer SuperStream checklist Posted on Dec 7, 2018 by admin

Super

Employers must make superannuation contributions on behalf of their employees. SuperStream is the ATO’s electronic and standardised solution that streamlines the super payment process. Using SuperStream for employers means: You can use one online channel to pay multiple funds Less room for error during data entry, due to fewer steps Transactions reach funds faster ObligationsYou must make contributions to a super fund through a SuperStream solution unless you are eligible for the following exemptions: Personal contributions if you are self-employed or a sole trader and make after-tax contributions to a super fund for yourself Contributions to your SMSF where you’re […]

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Getting to know the ATO Business Portal Posted on Dec 7, 2018 by admin

Tax

The ATO has introduced the Business Portal to allow small business owners to manage their tax affairs online at their convenience. Connect your ABN to your myGov account or a compatible AUSkey so you can access the business portal. The portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The portal can be used for the following services: Registering for GST or PAYG withholding Lodging, revising or viewing activity statements Requesting refunds or transfers between accounts Updating your business details Tracking the progress of refunds or transfer requests Communicating with us through a secure mailbox Refer to the […]

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ATO warns of illegal early super release Posted on Nov 29, 2018 by admin

Super

The ATO has issued a warning to the public regarding illegal early release of super schemes, which are subject to severe penalties. There are strict rules around when you can access your super so your current decisions do not jeopardise your quality of life in retirement. The ATO has reminded the public you may only access your super early if you have experienced severe financial hardship or you have reached the preservation age and have stopped working. How these schemes workThe promoters of these schemes: Encourage you to transfer or rollover your super from your existing super fund to an […]

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ATO update: Tax deduction rules on travel to rental properties Posted on Nov 29, 2018 by admin

Tax

The ATO has enforced strict guidelines on tax deductions for rental property owner’s travel expenses. As a rental property owner you are not able to claim deductions for travel expenses relating to inspecting, maintaining or collecting rent. If you have already claimed a tax deduction for the cost of travel to and from your property in your 2018 return, you will need to request an amendment. The law change came into effect on 1 July 2017 and affects tax returns from 2017-18 onwards. ExclusionsYou may claim these travel expenses on your tax return if you are carrying on a rental […]

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Paying super to contractors Posted on Nov 26, 2018 by admin

Super

The ATO classifies contractors paid for their labour as employees for superannuation guarantee purposes. This is the case even if the contractor quotes an Australian Business Number (ABN). Eligibility requirementsSuper contributions must be made for these individuals if you pay them: Under a verbal or written contract that is wholly or principally for their labour- that is, more than half the dollar value of the contract is for their labour For their personal labour and skills- which may include physical labour, mental effort or artistic effort and not to achieve a result To perform the contract work personally – they […]

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ATO updates Taxpayer’s Charter Posted on Nov 26, 2018 by admin

Tax

The ATO has updated the Taxpayer’s Charter which prioritises a relationship with the public built on mutual trust, courtesy and respect in all interactions. Your rights regarding review of ATO decisions are clearly outlined by the Charter if you feel you have been mistreated. The Charter has also committed the ATO to use easy to understand language, so their information is accessible to the public. Some of the changes include: Simplified information about what to expect if your business goes through a review and audit process More details on the ATO’s digital interactions with small businesses Moving away from complex […]

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SMSF trustee investment strategy checklist Posted on Nov 20, 2018 by admin

Super

SMSF trustees have the freedom to invest as they choose to grow their retirement savings, which is why it is vital that they check in on their investment strategy regularly. Maximising your retirement nest egg depends on how well your investment strategy functions at different phases in your working life. This is why your investment strategy should shift according to your changing financial circumstances. A new job, fluctuating markets, changes in tax laws or your retirement drawing closer may mean it’s time to switch up your investments. Here is a checklist to get you started. Map your risk profiles Consider […]

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ATO provisions for mental health Posted on Nov 20, 2018 by admin

Tax

Small business owners suffering from mental health issues can seek the ATO’s help in meeting their taxation and super commitments. If you are going through tough times take advantage of ATO services that will help keep your finances in check. Get in contact with the ATOGet in touch with the ATO as soon as you realise your mental health is impacting your ability to keep track of your tax. An ATO official can assess your circumstances, advise you on your options and help come up with a solution. The ATO offers an after-hours web chat and an after-hours call back […]

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Trustee reporting obligations checklist Posted on Nov 8, 2018 by admin

Super

Trustees must comply with reporting obligations to avoid penalties from the ATO. The following trustee reporting checklist to make sure you are stress-free at tax-time. Trustees must: Value the funds’ assets at their market value at 30 June Pay any minimum annual income stream payments required under super laws Get an actuarial certificate if required Prepare the fund’s end of year financial accounts and statements Appoint and approve a SMSF auditor not more than 45 days before the SMSF annual return is due Lodge your SMSF annual return by the due date Lodge your transfer balance account reports if required […]

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Record keeping for small businesses Posted on Nov 8, 2018 by admin

Tax

Businesses that fail to keep accurate records may struggle to remain compliant at tax time and incur financial penalties from the ATO. Follow the ATO’s record keeping guidelines to stay organised. Basic organisation tips: Keep records electronically (if possible) Keep evidence of all transactions Take photos of paper receipts to avoid faded records Keep all business records including income, expenses and bank records- you generally need to keep them for five years Keep your business records separate from your personal records Financial tips: Make sure business records include cash, online, EFTPOS, bank statements, credit and debit card transactions Records should […]

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