Maximising your personal tax return

There are a couple of things that you can do before June 30 to maximise your personal tax return: 1. Spend up on deductible expenses: By prepaying your tax-deductible expenses for the year, you can bring the deduction forward into the current financial year. 3. Charitable donations: If you are considering donating money to charity,…

Bring forward your tax deductions

If you are looking to reduce your tax bill this financial year, it is a good idea to try to bring forward as many deductions as possible. By thinking about tax deductions that you are eligible to make, and spending the money in the current financial year, you can reduce your taxable income. By reducing…

Crackdown on cash economy

The ATO is cracking down on businesses that operate off the books in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, also known as operating within the black, underground or cash economy. Businesses are known to use a wide range of strategies to skirt their tax responsibilities. This may include underreporting takings and paying…

Crackdown on multinational corporate tax evasion

Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced that he has requested the Tax Commissioner ramp up his efforts to prevent multinational corporations from generating profits in Australia before moving them offshore to avoid tax responsibilities. Tax evasion tactics by multinational corporations have been an ongoing problem in Australia. There has recently been a renewed interest in the…

Using the CGT discount

A capital gain is a profit made from the sale of an asset, for example, real estate investments (the family home is exempt), a business or shares. Your capital gain is calculated as the difference between what you paid for the asset and what you eventually sold it for. A capital gain is considered by…

ATO releases ruling on bitcoin

The ATO has issued its decision on the treatment of bitcoin, and other crypto-currencies, for tax purposes. Bitcoin is a form of virtual digital currency that has been gaining popularity worldwide. Based on the ¬†average number of daily transactions, bitcoin has overtaken western transfer and is fast approaching PayPal as the world’s most popular form…

New law enacted to prevent dividend washing

A new law that prevents taxpayers from benefiting from dividend washing has been enacted. The new integrity rule is intended to help taxpayers understand their tax responsibilities and comply with the legislation. Dividend washing occurs when a shareholder seeks to claim two set of franking credits. This is done by selling shares after a dividend…