At the beginning of each financial year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announces a Tax Ruling. This outlines any changes made to the effective lives of assets – typically plant, equipment, and commercial property assets. This year, however, in tax ruling (TR) 2019/5, the ATO detailed several changes to residential property assets. These changes are…

Claiming deductions for personal super contributions Have you made personal super contributions in the last financial year? You may be eligible to claim a tax deduction. In this article, we’ll discuss your eligibility to claim tax deductions, as well as how to make a claim. Let’s jump right into it. What kind of superannuation contributions…

The ATO’s stance on the sharing economy The sharing economy includes any economic activity that takes place via a digital platform (a website or app, for example) where people offer products or services for a fee. Some common sharing economy activities include the following:             Short-term accommodation rentals like Airbnb…

In 2017, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) detailed legal changes in funding arrangements. Although these changes were phased in to minimise confusion, some companies may find they experience errors when claiming personal super contribution deductions. One time of year where these errors are most likely to occur is during the rush to file…

Federal Court Upholds Tax Credit, Despite Non Reporting of PAYG Withheld Amounts It is commonly understood that all PAYG amounts classed as “withheld” from the salary or wages of a taxpayer, must be reported to the ATO. This is a standard element of tax compliance, and is something that the vast majority of Australian tax…

Clarifying ATO Garnishee Notices: Federal Court Rules Out Tax-Related Liability for Non-Compliant Entities It will come as no surprise that the ATO takes overdue tax payments very seriously. Because of this, the tax office is afforded certain legal rights which enable their officers to follow up missed payments, and to collect them in full from…

Changes to ATO policy may mean that your eligibility for tax deductions have changed. The 10% maximum earnings condition for personal superannuation contributions rule was removed under Government changes for the 2017-18 and future financial years. Under this new condition, you may now be eligible to claim personal super contribution (PSC) deductions. Let’s take a…

On December 12, 2018, a new act took effect in Australian employment law. This is the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2018, an updated component of the Fair Work Act of 2009. This latest amendment gives all employees the right to unpaid annual leave following an instance of domestic or family…

Phoenix Task Force and its Role in Fighting Illegal Trading It’s a problem that’s costing the economy as much as $5 billion a year or more, and the Australian Tax Office is prepared to take it on. Unscrupulous business owners every year create what economists call phoenix companies to evade tax, debt, employment, or other…

We have recently been hearing more about a new Scam Alert with callers imitating the Australian Tax Office in an unprecedented way. The Scam goes something like this;  You receive a phone call from “02 6216 1111” number – What does this mean? It means that is the ATO calling you, as that is the…

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