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Tax Yak – Episode 20: TaxBanter offerings

You may be familiar with our regular Update or Special Topic papers, but are you aware of the full suite of our offerings to the tax profession? In this episode, Robyn yaks with fellow Senior Tax Trainer, Lee-Ann Hayes, about the range of TaxBanter’s products and services, including our online offerings. Robyn also yaks with TaxBanter’s Manager of Content & Projects, Steve Griffiths, about TaxBanter’s Tax Library and also about TaxEd, who provide tax education and support to Government bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Lee-Ann Hayes, Senior Tax Trainer, TaxBanter
Steve Griffiths, Content & Projects Manager, TaxBanter

Recorded: 14 May 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 19: The ATO perspective on WRE and rental property claims

The ATO has made no secret of the fact that it is targeting incorrect claims of work-related and rental property expenses by individuals. In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with Justin Untersteiner, Assistant Commissioner, Individuals with the ATO about the ATO’s focus on WRE claims and rental properties. They discuss some of the positive trends emerging from the ATO’s compliance focus, and the common mistakes taxpayers make when claiming.
Host: Robyn Jacobson
Guest: Justin Untersteiner, Assistant Commissioner, Individuals
Recorded: 9 May 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 18: Single Touch Payroll: Q&A with the ATO

In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with Michael Karavas, Director at the ATO and Design Lead of STP, in a Q&A format, addressing all your questions about the ATO’s approach to transitioning around 750,000 small employers into STP from 1 July 2019. The discussion covers the transitional approach for small employers, micro employers and employers with closely held payees.

Host: Robyn Jacobson
Guest: Michael Karavas, ATO Director & STP Design Lead
Recorded: 17 April 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 17: Single Touch Payroll: A chat with the ATO

From 1 July 2019, Single Touch Payroll is mandatory for all employers, even those with just one employee. This is the most significant change to reporting systems for businesses since the introduction of the GST.
In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with John Shepherd, Assistant Commissioner at the ATO and Program Lead for STP, about the introduction of STP and what it means for employers and employees.
Host: Robyn Jacobson
Guest: John Shepherd
Recorded: 15 April 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 16: Post-Budget and Opposition’s Budget-in-Reply

With a Federal election expected to be scheduled for either 11 or 18 May, Treasurer Frydenberg’s first Budget is a crucial platform from which the Government will unofficially launch its election campaign, as it attempts to convey the message that the economy is strong under its management.
In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with TaxBanter director, Neil Jones, about the key tax and superannuation measures announced in the Federal Budget on 2 April. Their analysis and commentary will provide you with an understanding of how the measures will affect you and your clients. The discussion will also include an analysis of the key statements made by Bill Shorten in his Opposition Budget-in-reply speech on 4 April.

Host: Robyn Jacobson
Guest: Neil Jones
Recorded: 5 April 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 15: Challenges for the profession

How does your firm keep up to date with all the constant tax changes? In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with Paul Meissner, a Chartered Accountant who runs a 21st century accounting firm that uses cloud solutions, upfront agreed pricing and no time sheets.The discussion covers:the state of the profession and the impact of technology such as cloud solutions;the challenges practitioners face in keeping on top of constant changes to the tax law;compliance v advisory work;the value of getting involved in consultations and committees; andwhether interactions with the ATO have changed over the years.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Paul Meissner

Recorded: 26 February 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 14: Parliamentary status of bills pre-Budget

With limited Parliamentary sitting days until the May Federal election, there is uncertainty about the status of a range of tax measures.
In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with fellow TaxBanter trainer, Nicole Rowan, about which tax measures are still before Parliament, which are still announcements, and what we can expect leading up the election.
Shortly after the release of this episode of Tax Yak, we will publish a TaxBanter Blog that summarises those Bills which have passed and those which remain before Parliament. This can be accessed from our website Blog page.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Nicole Rowan

Recorded: 25 February 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 13: An international perspective on tax

How does our tax system measure up internationally? Do you have clients who live and work overseas?

In this episode of Tax Yak, Robyn yaks with a fellow TaxBanter trainer, Michael Messner, about:

* how Australia’s tax system compares with similar jurisdictions and those in the Asian region;
* the issues that arise for the mobile workforce, those who live and work overseas or are moving in and out of Australia;
* how to determine someone’s residency status in today’s modern world.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Michael Messner

Recorded: 15 February 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 12: Tax issues with property contracts

There have been recent changes to GST laws that affect real property sale contracts.

In this episode of Tax Yak, host Robyn Jacobson yaks with Webb Martin Consulting director Simon Calabria about these contracts and the increasing role of tax-related clauses and what they mean for suppliers and vendors entering into sale contracts.

They discuss a range of issues, including GST clauses and standard form contracts generally, and the more recent additions of specific clauses to cater for law changes, such as for the residential withholding rules and foreign resident capital gains withholding rules.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Simon Calabria

Recorded: 21 January 2019

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Tax Yak – Episode 11: The future of tax and technology

In this episode of Tax Yak, host Robyn Jacobson yaks with Alan Fitzgerald, Founder of ‘Practice Connections’ about the future of tax and technology.

Robyn and Alan discuss how the constant evolution and rapid pace of technological change present both challenges and opportunities for tax compliance practices. Alan shares his nearly 20 years of experience working with tax and accounting software, along with his industry insights.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Alan Fitzgerald

Recorded: 21 January 2019

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