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David Welsh
Australian Entry/Exit requirement changes   From 6 July 2022 Australian entry/exit requirements have changed as follows:
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ATO’s small business focus for 2022 income year   The ATO announced that it will be focussing on the following matters for small business tax returns for the 2021/22 year:
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SC 485 – Provisional skills assessment concessions   Prior to the recent election, previous Minister Hawke’s announced on 25 November 2021 that as a concession during the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay period on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work Stream visa will increase from 18 to 24 months and application requirements would be streamlined…
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ATO priorities this tax time   The ATO has announced four key areas that it will be focusing on for Tax Time 2022:
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‘Legacy’ 457 Visa Holders Age Restriction Waived for s186 Applications.   Reg 186.221(b) allows an exemption from the age requirement for specified persons, in this case legacy 457 workers.
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No reduction in the Private Health Insurance rebate as of 1 April 2022   An event that we have become accustomed to every 1 April, is that the amount of the Private Health Insurance (‘PHI’) rebate decreases.
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2022-2023 Budget Measures that are now law Low and Middle Income Tax Offset   A measure that will no doubt be beneficial for individual taxpayers is the increase in the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (‘LMITO’) for the 2022 income year by $420.  The LMITO is a tax offset which reduces an individual taxpayer’s…
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As is normally the case, there were several announcements associated with the migration program contained in the Federal Budget. These are summarised as follows:
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Australian Agricultural Worker Visa (subclass 403 Stream)   The Australian Agricultural Worker stream visa opened for applications on 5 March 2022.
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Tax deductibility of COVID-19 test expenses   After much speculation, the Government announced that COVID-19 tests, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (‘PCR’) and Rapid Antigen Tests (‘RATs’), will be both:
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