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.
In the 2017-18 financial year, more than 2.2 million Australians claimed over $47 billon in deductions and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) thinks that is too much - one in ten is estimated to contain errors.
In general, taxpayers are able to deduct from their assessible income any expenses they incur generating or producing that income. An investment is negatively geared when the cost of owning the asset is more than the return. Negative gearing is not limited to property but can apply to other assets such as shares.
The Federal Budget announced a series of measures, some of which were legislated before the election was called.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is utilising data provided by the Australian Investments and Security Commission (ASIC) to data match share trades.
Parliament passed new laws last month directly aimed at the behaviour of taxpayers that don’t meet their PAYG obligations.
Small business is still a vote winner with the Government and Opposition teaming up to accelerate tax cuts for the sector by 5 years impacting on an estimated 3.3 million businesses.
1 July 2018 is the start date for the seven year income tax plan announced in the recent 2018-19 Federal Budget. The seven year plan benefits low and middle income earners in the first few years before expanding out to a broader restructure of the tax rates and brackets for everyone.
No one wants to pay more tax than they need to or face unnecessary risks. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips for you.
For individuals there are personal tax bracket changes coming from 1 July 2018 - The top threshold of the 32.5% personal income tax bracket will increase from $87,000 to $90,000*.
The 2018 Federal budget was handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison in Canberra on Tuesday 8 May in the midst of Australia experiencing its 27th year of consecutive growth.
Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – comes into effect from 1 July 2018.
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.
The Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year ends on 31 March. We’ve outlined the key hot spots for employers and employees.
On 1 July 2018 Super concessions for downsizers come into effect. If you are over 65, have held your home for 10 years or more and are looking to sell, you can contribute a lump sum of up to $300,000 per person to superannuation without being restricted by the existing non-concessional contribution caps - $100,000 subject to your total superannuation balance - or age restrictions.
ASIC is in the midst of a concerted campaign targeting private companies that have outgrown the reporting exemptions.
Every vendor selling a property needs to prove that they are a resident of Australia for tax purposes unless they are happy for the purchaser to withhold a 12.5% withholding tax. From 1 July 2017, every individual selling a property with a sale value of $750,000 or more is affected.
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:
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!
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.