Tax and Accounting

Investment banking experts at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank are predicting Japanese companies to heavily target the Australian market in 2020 to boost revenue growth. Alex Cartel of Deutsche Bank has cited that as the Japan’s domestic market has been largely driven by an aging population, growth in the local market has been harder to…
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Horticultural Industry Labour Agreement announced The government has announced a new Horticultural Industry Labour Agreement to commence 1 January 2020. From 1 January 2020, horticultural employers will be able to submit an application to the Department of Home Affairs to sponsor a migrant worker to come to Australia and fill one of the 31 approved…
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Year-end (and other) staff parties Editor:  With the well earned December/January holiday season on the way, many employers will be planning to reward staff with a celebratory party or event.  However, there are important issues to consider, including  the possible FBT and income tax implications of providing ‘entertainment’ (including Christmas parties) to staff and clients. …
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PAYG and deductions for payments to workers The ATO has reminded business taxpayers they can no longer claim deductions for certain payments to workers if they have not met their PAYG withholding obligations from 1 July 2019.
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Under the responsible budget regime of the government which became law on 1 January 2017, backpackers are taxed at 15% for earnings of up to $37,000 with the balance taxed at ordinary rates. This tax rate is applicable for people who hold either a working holiday visa subclass 417 and 462.
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Single touch payroll (STP) is an initiative by the Australian government which requires all employers to report their employees’ payroll information electronically to the ATO portal for each payroll cycle, whether this be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
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The ATO has deferred the requirement for large companies and corporate groups to lodge their Reportable tax position (RTP)[1]  until the 2020-2021 financial year. This has been done after consultation and support from private groups stewardship group.
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On 24 May 2018 the government announced a one off 12-month superannuation “amnesty” guarantee which gives employers one off opportunities to disclose any errors in superannuation guarantees to the ATO without the risk of bring penalized. This bill was reintroduced on 18 September 2019 with an amnesty beginning on 24 May 2019.
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In 2017, The government announced changes to deny foreign residents’ access to the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption.
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The government has introduced a housing affordability bill where CGT main residence exemptions will come in to place for foreign residents. Schedule 1  of the bill amends ITAA 97  which will:
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Super guarantee opt-out for high income earners now law From 1 January 2020, eligible individuals with multiple employers can apply to opt out of receiving super guarantee (‘SG’) from some of their employers, to help them avoid unintentionally going over the concessional contributions cap.
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$30,000 instant asset write-off The ATO is reminding businesses that are looking to expand or improve their business and thinking of buying new or second hand assets, that medium sized businesses with a turnover up to $50 million (but at least $10 million) are eligible for the instant asset write-off.
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“Outrageous” deductions rejected The ATO has published some of the most unusual claims that they disallowed last financial year.
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Tax cuts become law The Government has announced that more than 10 million Australians will receive immediate tax relief following the passage of legislation through the Parliament, which increases the top threshold for the 19% tax rate from $41,000 to $45,000 and increases the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022/23.
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‘Cash in hand’ payments to workers no longer tax deductible The ATO has reminded employers that any ‘cash in hand’ payments made to workers from 1 July 2019 will not be tax deductible. ‘Cash in hand’ refers to cash payments to employees that do not comply with pay as you go (‘PAYG’) withholding obligations.
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Many of our business clients like to review their tax position at the end of the income year and evaluate any year-end strategies that may be available to legitimately reduce their tax.   Traditionally, year-end tax planning for small businesses is based around two simple concepts – i.e., accelerating business deductions and deferring income.
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Tax saving strategies prior to 1 July 2019 A good strategy to reduce tax payable is normally to accelerate any income tax deductions into the current income year, which will reduce overall taxable income in the current year. The tax rates for resident (adult) individual taxpayers for the 2018/19 income year are as follows:
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Single Touch Payroll Update Employers with 19 or fewer employees are required to start reporting through Single Touch Payroll (‘STP’) from 1 July 2019. The ATO will be working with employers to support them as they transition to STP, including allowing small employers to start reporting any time from 1 July to 30 September (and…
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Federal Election called! The Federal Election has been called for Saturday 18 May 2019, and the Governor-General has ‘prorogued’ the Parliament from 11 April 2019 until 18 May 2019, and dissolved the House of Representatives.
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