Crowdfunding: is it income?

(01/11/2019) You may have heard the ridiculous story of a man who wanted to raise US$10 for a potato salad and ended up with US$55,000 from complete strangers. Or perhaps you’ve heard stories of shameless couples who wanted to people to fund their lavish weddings or honeymoons? Crowdfunding has fast become the go to place […]

Super guarantee opt-out…?

(08/11/2019) Under the superannuation guarantee framework, employers are required to contribute a minimum percentage (currently 9.5%) of their employee’s ordinary time earnings into superannuation. Employers that fail to do so will be liable to a penalty called the superannuation guarantee charge, payable to the ATO. If you’re a high-income earner with multiple employers, this requirement […]

Non-commercial losses: does it apply to you?

(01/11/2019) Do you run a side business in addition to your main employment? This could be in primary production (ie a farm or winery), retail or any other profession, trade, vocation or calling, provided it is not in a role of an employee. If you do, you may be subject to non-commercial loss rules, which […]

Tax relief for drought-stricken farmers

(25/10/2019) As the ongoing effects of the drought sweeps across the nation, the financial effects are no doubt weighing heavily on the minds of farmers and other primary producers. While the government cannot make it rain, it is doing its bit to ease the financial strain by giving those affected by drought more time to […]

Genuine redundancy payment: age increase

(25/10/2019) With everyone retiring later in life and working longer, the government has been playing catch up to align some outdated age provisions in the tax law to today’s standards. One such change brings into line the genuine redundancy payment’s qualifying age with the age pension age. In real world terms, it means the qualifying […]

Beware of insurance changes in super…

(18/10/2019) Insurance within superannuation has always been a mixed blessing, good for some who enjoy having cheaper insurance, while others see as an erosion of their super balances. It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into, the recent changes to the way super funds provide insurance may impact you depending on your super balance, age, […]

Closing the tax gap: ATO focus on…

(18/10/2019) As this year’s tax time comes to a close, the ATO has warned that it will scrutinise every individual tax return lodged to seek out incorrect claims. In particular, it will be on the lookout for under reported income as indicated by third party data, and deductions that appear high compared to people with […]

Unpaid super: amnesty update for employers!

(11/10/2019) The government is getting tough on employers’ unpaid compulsory super guarantee (SG) contributions that may be affecting more than 2.8 million workers. Fortunately for businesses, it has recently announced a revised “grace period” to rectify past non-compliance. All businesses should review their super compliance to consider what action they may need to take. Compliance […]

Selling shares: how does tax apply?

(11/10/2019) Did you know that when you sell your shares, the size of your capital gains tax (CGT) bill is affected by how long you’ve held the shares, and how you offset your capital gains and losses? Knowing the tax rules can help you plan your trades effectively. Each time you sell a parcel of […]

Health insurance and your tax…

  (04/10/2019) If you don’t hold private hospital cover – or are thinking about dropping it – make sure you understand the financial consequences. You could be hit with an extra tax surcharge of up to 1.5% or cost yourself extra premiums in future. Don’t get stung! Medicare levy surcharge The Medicare levy surcharge (MLS) […]