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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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January/February 2015 Practice Update

ATO data matching programs Editor: The ATO is carrying out two new data matching programs to identify non-compliance with registration, lodgement, reporting and payment obligations, i.e., looking for tax avoiders. Motor vehicles The ATO has announced a new “Motor vehicle data matching program” to collect details of individuals or businesses that have purchased or acquired a vehicle costing $10,000 or …

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December 2014 Practice Update

Year-end and other staff parties Editor: With the December/January break on the way, many employers and businesses will be planning to reward staff with a celebratory party or event. However, important issues for our clients to consider are the possible FBT and income tax implications of providing ‘entertainment’ (including Christmas parties) to staff and clients. FBT and Entertainment Under the …

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November 2014 Practice Update

Can you access your super fund for medical procedures? Editor: The following relates to a newspaper article that appeared recently in a national newspaper and was then subsequently picked up by national TV and radio. As it concerns a taxpayer withdrawing all of her $30,000 balance from her superannuation fund for weight loss, a tummy tuck and breast implants, clients …

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October 2014 Practice Update

Mining tax repeal & other notable tax changes With the abolition of the mining tax from 1 October 2014, a number of other tax measures have come into force: Abolition of the company loss carry-back concessions from 1 July 2013. Reduction of the instant asset write-off for small business entities from $6,500 to $1,000 – that applies from 1 January …

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September 2014 Practice Update

New ATO initiatives for small businesses Editor: In a recent speech, the Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan, announced some new initiatives for small business. The following are excerpts from his speech. Red Tape The Commissioner stated that the ATO was trying to reduce the amount of red tape because it understands “that meeting your obligations takes you away from your …

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August 2014 Practice Update

Some important tax changes from 1st July Medicare Levy The Medicare levy rises from 1.5% to 2%. 2% Deficit Levy The new “Deficit Levy” (tax on high income earners) applies to taxable income in excess of $180,000. Tax rates for the 2014/15 income year are as follows: The above rates do not include the Medicare levy of 2%. SGC The …

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