Tax and Accounting

Super contribution caps to rise   The big news story for those contributing to super is that the contribution caps are set to increase from the 2025 income year.
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ATO’s lodgment penalty amnesty is about to end   The ATO is remitting failure to lodge penalties for eligible small businesses.  Businesses which have not yet taken advantage of the ATO’s lodgment penalty amnesty only have until 31 December 2023 to do so. Businesses must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for…
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Tax issues for businesses that have received a support payment   Taxpayers who have received a government support grant or payment recently to help their business recover from COVID-19 or a natural disaster should check if they need to include the payment in their assessable income. Grants are generally treated as assessable income, and taxpayers…
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Appointing an SMSF auditor   The ATO reminds SMSF trustees that they need to appoint an approved SMSF auditor for each income year, no later than 45 days before they need to lodge their SMSF annual return.
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Claiming GST credits for employee expense reimbursements   Employers may be entitled to claim GST input tax credits for payments they have made to reimburse employees for expenses that are directly related to their business activities.
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Many business clients like to review their tax position before the end of the income year and evaluate any strategies that may be available to legitimately reduce their tax.  Traditionally, year-end tax planning for profitable small businesses is based around accelerating deductions and deferring income.  Small Business Entities (‘SBEs’) – i.e., those with an aggregated…
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Tax saving strategies prior to 1 July 2023 A strategy often used to reduce taxable income (and, in turn, tax payable) in an income year is to bring forward any expected or planned deductible expenditure from a later income year.  However, any individuals with potentially reduced income for the 2023 tax season may want to…
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2023/24 Budget Update   On 9 May 2023, Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the 2023/24 Federal Budget. Some of the measures announced by the Government (including some which were actually announced prior to the Budget), include: from 1 July 2026, employers will be required to pay their employees’ superannuation at the same time as their…
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Last chance to claim deductions under temporary full expensing   Deductions under ‘temporary full expensing’ are only available in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 income years, and are expected to come to an end on 30 June 2023.
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Government announces changes to proposed Changes ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts Despite previous assurances, and after much speculation, the Government has announced tweaks to the ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts that will apply from 1 July 2024. More particularly, the Government proposes to:  reduce the 19% tax rate to 16%; reduce the 32.5% tax rate to 30%…
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Taxpayers need to get their ‘rental right’   The ATO reminds rental property owners and their tax agents to take care when lodging their tax returns this tax time.  When preparing their tax returns, taxpayers should make sure all rental income is included, including income from short-term rental arrangements, renting part of a home, and…
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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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