Improvements to GST risk assessment (21/09/2018)

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) has recently released his review into the verification of GST refunds by the ATO. The review was initially conducted as a response to concerns raised by taxpayers which had their GST refunds delayed as a part of the ATO risk assessment program to verify certain details before refunds are issued. […]

Corporate tax rates: recent changes give certainty (14/09/2018)

There’s finally some certainty about the corporate tax rate(s). Legislation has recently passed Parliament and the fate of other proposed changes has also been finalised. The rate of 27.5% applies to corporate tax entities known as “base rate entities”. These are companies which carry on a business and have an aggregated turnover of less than […]

Super guarantee underpayments: employer amnesty

Do you run a business that’s maybe fallen a little behind on super guarantee (SG) payments for your employees? Perhaps you’ve had some cash flow issues in the past or forgot to make the payments one quarter. Well don’t despair, the Government has announced a one-off amnesty to run until 24 May 2019, which will […]

Are you an Australian resident?

Before you head off overseas to work or start a business, you should consider the Australian residency tests. Leaving Australia for a period of time doesn’t mean that your Australian tax obligations are no longer relevant. Australian tax is based on the concept of “residency”. If you’re considered to be a resident of Australia then […]

Reform of the ABN system

  In Australia, there are currently around 7.7m ABNs with over 860,000 new ABNs issued in 2017-18. The ABN system was originally introduced in 2000 as a way to provide businesses with a unique identifier when dealing with the government and to support the introduction and administration of GST. Over the years, the ABN has […]

Garnishee orders may bring home the bacon

A garnish is an enhancer, something to dress up a plate – think of a sprig of parsley. A garnishee is something entirely different, although it can enhance an otherwise dire situation for a creditor and bring home the bacon. It’s a third party who is ordered by the court to release money to remedy […]

Prepare for Tax Time

To prepare for tax time, we recommend the following Update your client list – It is important that you undertake regular reviews of your client list to add any new clients and to remove those you no longer represent. Lodging a final return or advising a further return is not necessary does not remove the client […]

Non-commercial losses

 Non-commercial losses at the Commissioner’s discretion Division 35 of ITAA 1997 deals with the non-commercial loss provisions for an individual or partnership in a tax year. Under the Act, an individual can offset their business or partnership loss if it is deemed to be a commercial loss.    For a loss to be a commercial […]