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The small business tax concessions

  In May 2018, the Board of Taxation (the Board) commenced a review of the small business tax concessions (the Review). Dr Mark Pizzacalla, the Chair of the Review and a member of the Board, recently confirmed in a TaxBanter Tax Yak Podcast (episode...

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Expats with student loans — ATO data matching

  On 5 July 2019, the ATO published a Gazette Notice titled Notice of a Data Matching Program advising that the ATO will acquire overseas movement data from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for individuals with an existing Higher Education Loan...

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Uber v Taxis

On Friday 5 July 2019, the Government’s key component of its election platform, the Personal Income Tax Plan, became law providing further personal tax cuts from 2019.
This article examines the hip pocket impact of the tax cuts on individual taxpayers at different income levels.

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The new personal tax cuts

On Friday 5 July 2019, the Government’s key component of its election platform, the Personal Income Tax Plan, became law providing further personal tax cuts from 2019.
This article examines the hip pocket impact of the tax cuts on individual taxpayers at different income levels.

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STP myth-busting

  Starting to report through STP We are now at the pointy end of implementing STP reporting which has applied to substantial employers (20 or more employees as at 1 April 2018) since 1 July 2018 but has been expanded to include small employers (19 or...

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New instant asset write-off

Background Small business entities (SBEs) may choose to apply the simplified depreciation provisions and calculate deductions for the decline in value of their depreciating assets under Subdiv 328-D of the ITAA 1997 instead of Div 40. This requires them to:...

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Progress of bills pre-Budget

Accompanying podcast Note that our accompanying Tax Yak podcast episode 14 titled Parliamentary status of bills pre-Budget discusses all of these measures. Background As we move closer to a Federal Election (expected on either 11 or 18 May 2019), there are...

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Labor’s tax and superannuation policies

Note: This blog article was edited on 17/04/19 to include recent developments. Timing of election This year, Australian voters will elect members of the 46th Parliament. According to s. 28 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, an election for...

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MYEFO 2018–2019

On 17 December 2018, the Government released the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2018–19 (MYEFO). The MYEFO provides updated information on the Government’s fiscal position and includes policy decisions taken since the 2018–19 Federal Budget was handed...

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2018 Year-end Parliamentary wrap-up

That's a wrap! Now that the Federal Parliament has risen for the summer break, this is an opportune time to take stock of the key outstanding tax and superannuation measures. According to the draft Parliamentary sittings for 2019, Parliament is scheduled to...

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Some movement on Div 7A … at last!

Some movement on Div 7A … at last! On 22 October 2018, the Treasury released a consultation paper titled Targeted amendments to the Division 7A integrity rules. The paper sets out the Government’s proposed implementation of the amendments to improve the...

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Certainty at last for base rate entities … or not?

After a long period of uncertainty, and in the midst of the recent Liberal Party leadership spill, the Senate on 23 August 2018 unexpectedly passed without amendment the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan Base Rate Entities) Bill 2018 (‘the BRE...

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The SG Amnesty: What should employers do?

There is much confusion among tax practitioners and their clients regarding the proposed Superannuation Guarantee (SG) Amnesty, which is intended to run for 12 months from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019. However, the SG Amnesty measures are not legislated yet...

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The Superannuation Legislative Landscape

The Government’s Fair and Sustainable Superannuation Reforms have now been in place for over a year and the measures announced in this year's Federal Budget continue to make changes to the superannuation environment. It is with some challenge that we...

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Tax Fundamentals: CGT Events

  Pop quiz! … How many CGT events are there? Our Tax Fundamentals trainer, Lee-Ann Hayes asks this question often of her groups and enjoys the varying replies she gets back. She has heard everything from five to 200 CGT events. Occasionally, someone is...

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The work-related expenses tax gap

On 12 July 2018, the ATO published the income tax gap for ‘individuals not in business’, comprising around 9.6 million individuals who are not in business and earn income from salary and wages and investments. The estimated net tax gap for these individuals...

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