In the 2015-16 financial year, the newly introduced taxable payments reporting system (TPRS) safeguarded an estimated $2.7 billion in the building and construction industry from being swallowed up by the black economy. Now, other industries perceived as ‘high risk’ are on the ATO’s radar. For the financial year 2018-19, services businesses – such as couriers,…

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…

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a method of submitting tax and other payroll information to the government directly from your software system every time you pay your employees. When STP comes into effect If you are an employer with at least 20 employees, you should already be reporting through STP. The only exception is if…

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…

As an approach to passive income that’s gathered popularity in recent years, car sharing applications are used throughout Australia. Recently, the ATO has begun cracking down on those who are generating significant income through their use. If you’re partial to profiting from car sharing, you may want to learn more about your tax obligations. How…

In a significant month for businesses, the tax world saw some interesting changes during August 2018. With an overview of what they were, you can determine how they impact your day-to-day transactions. Income tax residency rules In the past, those who moved away from Australia for work wouldn’t be subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT)…

As of July 1st 2018, if your business employs more than 20 individuals you need to adhere to the new ATO single touch payroll rules. In summary, the rules state that you need to inform the ATO every time you pay your employees. For example, if you pay them on a monthly basis, you tell…

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of everyday Australians using cash transactions fell from 69 percent to 37 percent. Despite this staggering fall, those who wish to avoid their tax obligations continue to use large cash payments to conduct their activities. But, with a new cash spending limit in place, it’s becoming harder for them to…

The Sydney Chocolate Ball is an annual event, celebrating its ninth incarnation this year. Here at Pherrus Financial, we are excited to announce that we attended this year’s event. We are proud to be giving back to our community in such a meaningful way. Here’s what you need to know about the Chocolate Ball. The…

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