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Tax Deduction

Confusion over personal income tax changes – what are you really entitled to?

Confusion over personal income tax changes – what are you really entitled to?

The recent income tax cuts that passed through Parliament do not mean everyone automatically gets $1,080 back from the Government as soon as they lodge their income tax return. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been inundated with calls from taxpayers wanting to know where their money is and how they can access the $1,080 they now believe is owing to them.

Are you ready for the end of financial year?

Are you ready for the end of financial year?

The end of financial year is upon us again (yep sneaks up doesn’t it!). Are you ready? Have you considered what you can do to maximise your opportunities at this time of the year? There are many ways to take advantage of tax planning initiatives to manage taxable income.

ATO extends data matching program

ATO extends data matching program

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is utilising data provided by the Australian Investments and Security Commission (ASIC) to data match share trades.

Tax Deductions: the danger zones

Tax Deductions: the danger zones

A recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Tax Deductions created some fairly sensational headlines about what and how deductions are being claimed - $22 billion worth to be exact. 

Things to think about this tax time

Things to think about this tax time

It is that time of the year – yep…tax time.

Whilst many of us put off the inevitable, we thought it would be worthwhile pointing out a few things that you should consider when preparing your information for your accountant at tax time:

It's tax time - check out our taxation check lists to make life easier!

It's tax time - check out our taxation check lists to make life easier!

Taxation can be a major cost to you and/or your business. To make your life easier we have provided the following checklists that you can download. For individuals, download and complete the various fields; for businesses, this is a reminder checklist so you can be sure to be organised!

Tax write offs for small business explained

Tax write offs for small business explained

Small business tax write-off measures that were introduced in a previous Federal Budget allowing small businesses with a turnover up to $2million to immediately deduct assets of up to $20,000 per item, instead of having to claim deductions over a number of years has been proposed to be extended until 30 June 2018.  

Are you a tradie? Here's some tips about what you can claim as tax deductions

Are you a tradie? Here's some tips about what you can claim as tax deductions

If you work in a particular trade that involves manual labour then you are undoubtedly a tradie…or trades person.

Any financial outlay that you have in order to be able to carry out your job is classed as an expense. Tradies have many costs in doing their business, including transport, tools and safety or particular types of clothing.

What will change on 1 July 2015

What will change on 1 July 2015

For Business

  • Small business tax cut - 1.5% for companies and 5% tax discount for unincorporated small businesses under $2m (capped at $1,000)*
  • Employee share scheme rule changes to make the schemes more attractive particularly to start-ups (covered in our April update)*
  • 'Fly in fly out' and 'drive in drive out' (FIFO) workers will be excluded from the Zone Tax Offset (ZTO) where their normal residence is not within a 'zone'*
  • Start-ups able to immediately deduct a range of professional expenses required to start up a business – such as professional, legal and accounting advice.*
  • The way work related deductions for car expenses are calculated will change. The '12% of original value method' and the 'one‑third of actual expenses method' will be removed. The 'cents per kilometre method' will be modernised, replacing the three current engine size rates with one rate set at 66 cents per kilometre to apply for all cars.

Superannuation

  • The terminally ill will be able to access super earlier*
  • Employers with 20 employees or more must use SuperStream for employee contributions.

Individuals

  • Changes to family tax benefits – income test changes, add on child payment removed, and changes to large family supplement.
* announced change not yet law. 

“This information has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this, you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs”.