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Interim Allocations   The government has recently announced interim allocations for the below visas, prior to the Federal Budget on 6th October 2020. To date however, NSW for example, is still not accepting nominations for the s190 or 491 visa. State or Territory subclass 190 subclass 491 & 489 Business And Investment visas  ACT 250…
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SUPERANNUATION GUARANTEE RATE INCREASE UPDATE   Recently, arguments both for and against increasing the rate of compulsory superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) have continued to be tossed around! The SG is the compulsory amount of superannuation an employer must pay into an eligible employee’s chosen super fund. The rate of SG has been frozen at 9.5% of an employee’s…
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Latest Covid-19 Developments The Federal government has released details of recent developments in the migration sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:   Travel exemption requirements for individuals in critical sectors or with critical skills An individual exemption may be granted if you are a non-citizen: travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government…
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On 21 July 2020, the Government announced that the JobKeeper Payment (‘JKP’) would be extended until 28 March 2021 (i.e., for a further six months beyond its original end date of 27 September 2020). As a result, JKPs would now be made over two separate extension periods, being: Extension period 1 – which covers the…
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TREASURY LAWS AMENDMENT (2020 MEASURES NO 3) BILL 2020 Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No 3) Bill 2020 has passed both Houses of Parliament and is now law. EXTENDING THE INSTANT ASSET WRITE-OFF This legislation amends the income tax law to allow a business with an aggregated turnover for the income year of less than…
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Migration Planning Levels for 20/21 Financial Year as a result of COVID – 19 pandemic   As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Budget has been deferred until 4 October 2020. This has significant implications for all government departments dependent on the financial allocations made as part of the Budget decisions, including the…
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A new round of applications for the NSW government’s Small Business Recovery Grants are now open to help businesses safely relaunch their operations. The grant is designed to help fund businesses’ marketing and advertising expenses as well as any interior changes and staff training to ensure a Covid-19 preventative work environment. Roughly $260,000 worth of…
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In the past year, the Federal Government has introduced legislation to minimise illegal phoenixing activities by company directors. As part of the Government’s new legislation, all company directors, including foreign and alternate directors, are required to obtain and hold a Director Identification Number (DIN). The introduction of DINs has been on the Government’s agenda since…
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The Federal Government has announced that it will extend the $150,000 instant asset write-off, for a further 6 months until 31 December 2020. This is following the expansion of the programme from assets worth $30,000 to $150,000 in response to the March COVID-19 pandemic. The $150,000 write-off had previously been due to expire at 30…
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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).  This year, consideration…
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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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