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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

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

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; and
  • whether interactions with the ATO have changed over the years.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Paul Meissner
linkedin.com/in/meissnerpaul/
fromthetrenches.com.au/
freedommentoring.com/

Recorded: 26 February 2019

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 published a TaxBanter Blog that summarises those Bills which have passed and those which remain before Parliament. This can be accessed from our Banter Blog page.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Nicole Rowan
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-rowan-78437b44/

Recorded: 25 February 2019

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-messner/

Recorded: 15 February 2019

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
simonc@webbmartinconsulting.com.au
https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-calabria-0a257613/

Recorded: 21 January 2019

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/arfitzgerald/
www.practiceconnections.com.au

Recorded: 21 January 2019

Tax Yak – Episode 10: Adios 2018, Hello 2019 – A tax wrap

In this final episode of Tax Yak for 2018, host Robyn Jacobson yaks with TaxBanter director, Neil Jones, to wrap up the year of tax.

In what has been a particularly tumultuous year in Federal politics, Robyn and Neil discuss what has been achieved during 2018, what is still outstanding as we head into the Summer break, and what we can expect in the New Year with limited Parliamentary sitting days until the Federal Election.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Neil Jones

Recorded: 17 December 2018 (pre-release of MYEFO)

Tax Yak – Episode 9: Tax Agents riding roughshod

There are plenty of stories about tax disputes with the ATO. Do tax agents always get it right when they handle tax disputes?

In episode 9 of Tax Yak, host Robyn Jacobson yaks with Arthur Athanasiou – partner at Thomson Geer, accredited tax law specialist, author, conference presenter and commentator on taxation – about his experience in handling tax disputes for tax agents and the ATO’s increased focus on tax agents.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Arthur Athanasiou

Recorded: 29 November 2018

Tax Yak – Episode 8: Myth-busting Work-related expense claims

Our newest Tax Yak episode is now live! The most popular Banter Blog of all time covers work-related expenses, so we recorded an episode of Tax Yak for those of you interested in learning more about the topic. Listeners will get the insights of host Robyn Jacobson and special guest Jenny Daborn, both of whom are senior trainers here at TaxBanter.

Host: Robyn Jacobson

Guest: Jenny Daborn

Recorded: 3 December 2018

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