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Avoid scams this tax time Posted on Jul 19, 2018 by admin

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The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding individuals to remain vigilant against any scams that may pop up this year around tax time. With over 37,000 scam attempts reported to the ATO this time, last year, individuals need to be wary of scam artists looking to trick taxpayers into either paying for fake debts or giving away their personal details. Common scams include: – The ‘fake tax debt’ phone scam – ‘Fake refund’ – ‘Refund for a fee’ – Email and SMS contact – i.e., asking to click a link, download a file or open an attachment. Avoid being caught […]

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Penalty relief for taxpayers Posted on Jul 13, 2018 by admin

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From 1 July 2018, the Tax Office is advising Australians that if they find an error in their tax return or activity statement they will not incur a penalty but will advise of the error and how to get it right next time. Penalty relief will only apply to eligible taxpayers or entities (i.e., turnover of less than $10 million) every three years. These may include: – Small businesses – Co-operatives – Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) – Not-for-profit organisations Eligible individuals will only be given penalty relief on their tax return or activity statement if they make an inadvertent error […]

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Avoid these five common Tax Time mistakes Posted on Jul 5, 2018 by admin

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Tax Time is now upon us, with the ATO Assistant Commissioner announcing the top five mistakes commonly made when Australians complete their annual tax returns. Common mistakes some taxpayers are making include: – Leaving out a portion of their earnings, i.e., forgetting to include a job – income from a temp job, or income earned from the sharing economy. – Claiming personal costs for rental properties, i.e., claiming deductions for periods when they were using the property or claiming interest on loans used to buy personal assets (a car or a boat). – Making claims for expenses unrelated to their […]

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Personal Income Tax Plan passed Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by admin

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The Personal Income Tax Plan announced as part of this year’s Federal Budget has been passed by Parliament. The plan introduces: – a new low and middle-income tax offset to reduce the tax payable by low and middle-income earners in the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 income years – a new low-income tax offset from the 2022-23 income year – changes to income tax rate thresholds in the 2018-19, 2022-2023 and 2024-2025 income years Income tax rate thresholds for the relevant income years are as follows: 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 income years: Increase the top threshold of the 32.5 […]

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Claiming clothing this tax time? Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by admin

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The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is cracking down on claims for work-related clothing and laundry expenses this tax time. Last year total claims for work-related clothing and laundry expenses totalled nearly $1.8 billion. The ATO has acknowledged that many of these claims are legitimate. However, it is unlikely that half of all taxpayers would have been required to wear uniforms, occupation-specific clothing or protective clothing. The Tax Office is in the view that many taxpayers are either making mistakes or deliberately over-claiming. Common mistakes that are observed include: – Claiming for something without having spent the money – Not being […]

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Importing goods worth $1,000 or less? Posted on Jun 15, 2018 by admin

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Overseas businesses that meet the GST registration threshold (A$75,000) will be required to charge GST on goods purchased from the 1 July 2018. Specifically, GST will be charged on goods that are: less than A$1,000 (low-value); not GST-free (i.e., alcohol or tobacco products); and imported into Australia. Individuals who purchase low-value goods (which they import) will be required to pay GST if they are not registered for GST or importing goods for personal use (even if they are GST registered). However, individuals can avoid paying GST if they are: registered for GST; import low-value goods for business use in Australia; […]

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Preparing for tax time Posted on Jun 7, 2018 by admin

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With the end of the financial year fast approaching, preparing ahead will help to take off the pressure of running your business and organising your tax affairs this tax season. Business owners can benefit from gathering and sorting their records now, including cash, EFTPOS, bank statements, credit or debit card transactions that relate to sales and other business income. Records of expenses that can be claimed as business deductions, such as operating expenses, business travel, staff wages and contractor expenses should also be compiled. For those who have changed over their record keeping software in the past year, now is […]

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Targeted amendments to Division 7A Posted on May 30, 2018 by admin

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The Government is widening the scope of Division 7A to include unpaid present entitlements from 1 July 2019. This will apply where a related private company is entitled to a share of trust income as a beneficiary but has not been paid that amount (unpaid present entitlement). Division 7A is an integrity rule that requires benefits provided by private companies to taxpayers to be taxed as dividends unless they are structured as Division 7A complying loans or where another exception applies. The Government aims to clarify the operation of the Division 7A integrity rule to ensure the unpaid present entitlement […]

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GST at settlement Posted on May 25, 2018 by admin

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As of 1 July 2018, purchasers of new residential premises or potential land are required to withhold an amount from the contract price and pay the amount to the ATO before settlement. A supplier (vendor, seller) of residential premises or potential residential land must notify the purchaser in writing whether they will need to withhold an amount. If the purchaser is required to withhold, the supplier will need to inform them of the amount and when it needs to be paid to the Tax Office. Generally, if the property contract sale specifies an amount that is the price of the […]

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Focus on work-related car expenses Posted on May 17, 2018 by admin

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The Tax Office has flagged work-related car expenses as a concern this tax time. The ATO is targeting those who make mistakes or deliberately lodge false claims. Examples include: – Claiming things they are not entitled to, i.e., private trips such as work to home travel. – Making claims for trips that did not occur. – Claiming expenses that their employer has already reimbursed them for. Advancements in data-matching technology allow the ATO to match individuals with peers in similar occupations, earning similar amounts of income. Analytics is also used to identify claim patterns, i.e., over 800,000 people claimed exactly […]

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