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ATO Signals Attack on Trusts

Before we get into today’s main topic – Budget 2022/23 – we wanted to note with you all that earlier this month we were in a Zoom call with over 5,500 other accountants and taxation specialists across Australia, working through some of the curlier aspects of the ATO’s recently proposed changes to family trust distributions.…

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RATs! Still clear as mud

On Sunrise on Monday the 3rd of January 2022, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on the topic of rapid antigen tests (RATs) stated:  “We already make them free to everyone who is required to have one. They are also tax deductible.” The Prime Minister’s comments subsequently prompted a member of the Australian Taxation Office’s ATO Community group to…

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Director ID Troubleshooting

A huge thank you to those of you who have already attempted to apply for your Director IDs and given us feedback on your experience. It’s helpful to know what’s working and what isn’t so we can hopefully help others avoid running into similar roadblocks.  When it comes to verifying your ATO-related details, here are…

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Working From Home Deductions and Changes from 1 July 2021

A few reminders before the end of financial year: Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) users must ensure superannuation payments are received by the SBSCH on or before the 23rd of June 2021 if intending on claiming a tax deduction for payments made to employees in the 2020/21 financial year. We recommend making your payments early so as…

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Rental Properties

As Perth is currently experiencing some of its lowest residential vacancy rates in almost 10 years, we thought the time was right to talk about rental properties and what you should know as a landlord, including: what you can and can’t claim as rental deductions; the difference between rent and board; negative gearing; why you…

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Motor vehicle deductions and questions, Superannuation Guarantee deadline and foreign income disclosure rules

Motor Vehicles You can claim deductions for the use of motor vehicles (including motorcycles) when they’re used for business or work purposes. While your method of deduction will vary depending on your unique circumstances, regardless of how you claim, it’s important to distinguish the applicable work/business-related portion from any personal/private use, and stay on top…

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2021: Opportunities and Risks, JobMaker Deadline Looms, Christmas Parties and FBT

JobMaker Deadline Looms JobMaker enrolments opened on Monday the 7th of December and because of the tight turnaround times, if your business would like to access JobMaker for the first period, it will be important to assess eligibility. Be sure to contact us as soon as possible to get the ball rolling. Wednesday the 6th…

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SCAMS

With the festive season fast approaching, scam activity is on the rise. Here are a few common ones doing the rounds and how you can keep yourself safe. Hello? This is the ATO… People are receiving calls from fraudsters claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office, stating that they have not paid enough tax…

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