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November 2015 Practice Update

Immediate deductibility of capital start-up expenses From 1 July this year, new provisions apply to allow certain small businesses, or an entity that is not in business, to immediately claim some start-up costs, including business costs associated with raising capital. Claimable business-related start-up costs Expenses can be fully deductible in the year in which they are incurred if the expenditure …

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October 2015 Practice Update

GST on all (taxable) online transactions from 1 July 2017 The (now former) Treasurer recently announced that the States and Territories had unanimously agreed in principle to reduce the GST threshold on imported goods and services (currently at $1,000) to zero. The new arrangements will apply from 1 July 2017. He said that he had put forward a proposal that …

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September 2015 Practice Update

ATO’s apps and other online tools As a result of user feedback, the ATO has improved their ATO Small Business app and it continues to expand in functionality and usability. The most useful features for small business include:

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August 2015 Practice Update

Data matching to be expanded on individual returns The ATO has advised that last year, it cross-referenced information reported in tax returns against over 600 million transactions provided to it by third parties to identify omitted income and gains, or incorrectly-claimed offsets or entitlements to exemption from surcharges. It also contacted nearly 400,000 taxpayers who had apparent discrepancies in the …

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July 2015 Practice Update

Government moves to get Single Touch Payroll right Under Single Touch Payroll, employers’ accounting software will automatically report payroll information to the ATO when employees are paid. This will eliminate the need for employers to report employee-related Pay As You Go Withholding (PAYGW) in their activity statements throughout the year, and employee payment summaries at the end of the year.

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2014/15 Individual/Business Tax Return Checklist

2014/15 Individual Tax Return Checklist Your Checklist Claims for deductions Receipts for deductions  Car claims and log books  Please review the information below and contact our office if you need assistance. Tax saving strategies prior to 1 July 2015 A good strategy to reduce tax payable is normally to accelerate any income tax deductions into the current income …

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June 2015 Practice Update

ATO warns about aggressive phone scams The ATO is again warning the public to be aware of a phone scam that is circulating, where fraudsters are intimidating people into paying a fake tax debt over the phone. The aggressive scam attempts to force people to pay a fake tax debt immediately by threatening arrest if they don’t comply. Editor: If …

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May 2015 Practice Update

Employers and SMSFs must prepare for SuperStream With the 30 June 2015 deadline fast approaching for medium to large employers to be SuperStream compliant, the ATO is urging these employers to act now to ensure they are SuperStream ready. Editor: For ‘small employers’ with 19 or fewer employees, SuperStream starts from 1 July 2015 and they have until 30 June …

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April 2015 Practice Update

ATO super crackdown – child care, building, cleaning, pubs The ATO has identified employers in the following industries as having a higher risk of not meeting their super obligations: child care services; building and industrial cleaning; and  pubs, bars and taverns. The ATO is currently running an education campaign for business owners in these industries to help them better understand …

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March 2015 Practice Update

Small business company tax cut to go ahead The Prime Minister announced that the government is currently working on a small business and jobs package, and that at the heart of this package was a small business company tax cut from 1 July 2015 which was “at least as big as the 1.5% already flagged”. Editor: In the same speech, …

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