Client Alert

Higher education HELP changes announced The Government has announced a package of reforms to higher education – the Higher Education Reform Package – to take effect generally from 1 January 2018. Under the package the maximum student contribution will increase from 1 January 2018, but there will be no up-front fees and no deregulation of fees. A new set of repayment thresholds will be introduced from 1 July 2018, affecting all current and future Higher Education…  Read more

2017 Federal Budget Summary

PERSONAL TAXATION No change to personal tax rates; Budget deficit levy to end The 2017–2018 Federal Budget contained no changes to the personal income tax rates and thresholds. This means that the 2% budget deficit levy on incomes over $180,000 will not be extended beyond its initial three years, and will cease on 30 June 2017. The tax rates for foreign residents for 2017–2018 will be the same as those…  Read more

Legislation Update

Company tax rate and SMEs: Enterprise Tax Plan Bill passes Senate with amendments   The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 was passed by the Senate late on 31 March 2017 with 6 Government amendments as part of a last-minute compromise deal with crossbench Senators, primarily the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT). Of course, the Bill still needs to return to House of Reps for consideration of, and agreement to, the Senate’s amendments before they…  Read more

Client Newsletter – March 2017

Re-characterisation of income from trading businesses The ATO has released Taxpayer Alert TA 2017/1 to say it is reviewing arrangements that try to fragment integrated trading businesses to re-characterise trading income as more favourably taxed passive income. The ATO is concerned with cases where a single business is divided in a contrived way into separate businesses. The business income expected to be subject to company tax is artificially diverted into…  Read more

Client Newsletter

ATO priority on settling cases – but not at any cost The ATO has advised that it places a high priority on resolving tax disputes early, including through reaching settlements where appropriate, but that it will not settle disputes at any cost. It says “the sensible use of settlements” is part of its commitment to earlier and more effective dispute resolution. In this regard, the ATO has advised that in…  Read more

Client Alert Newsletter – January 2017

Contrived trust arrangements in ATO sights The ATO has cautioned taxpayers against arrangements that seek to minimise tax by creating artificial differences between the taxable net income and distributable income of closely held trusts. Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston said the ATO is investigating arrangements where trustees are engineering a reduction in trust income to allow taxpayers to improperly gain favourable tax breaks, or sometimes to pay no tax at all.…  Read more

Superannuation Changes pass Parliament

Two superannuation bills, which include the proposed introduction of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap and changes to concessional contributions, have been passed by both houses.   The Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 and the Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016 has been passed by both houses, according to the Parliament of Australia website. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 amends five acts including a $1.6…  Read more

Client Alert – November 2016

client alert tax news | views | clues Budget superannuation changes on the way The Federal Government has been consulting on draft legislation to give effect to most of its 2016–2017 budget superannuation proposals. Here are some of the key changes. Deducting personal contributions All individuals up to age 75 will be able to deduct personal superannuation contributions, regardless of their employment circumstances. Of course, such deductible contributions would still…  Read more

Client Alert Newsletter October 2016

Personal middle income tax rate cut on the way The Federal Government has introduced a Bill which proposes to implement its 2016 Budget proposal to increase the third personal income tax threshold that applies to personal income taxpayers. The rate of tax payable on individuals’ taxable incomes from $80,001 to $87,000 would fall from 37% to 32.5%. The non-resident tax schedule would also be amended as a result of the…  Read more

September 2016 Client Alert

Share economy participants reminded of tax obligations The ATO has reminded people who earn income in the share economy that they have tax obligations. The type of goods or services you provide, and how much you provide, will determine what you need to do for tax. Popular sharing economy services include: providing “ride-sourcing” services for a fare; renting out a room or a whole house or unit on a short-time…  Read more

August Client Alert Newsletter

ATO small business benchmarks updated The ATO has announced the latest benchmarks for small businesses. Based on the data from 2014 income tax returns and business activity statements, the benchmarks cover over 1.3 million small businesses. ATO Assistant Commissioner Matthew Bambrick said one of the great things about the benchmarks was that they gave a lot of small-business owners peace of mind. “If a small business is inside the benchmark…  Read more

Tax Planning & Superannuation

It’s tax planning time for our clients which presents an ideal opportunity to review Self-managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) compliance obligations. Whilst SMSF Trustees can use professionals such as Financial Planners, investment advisers, Tax Agents and Accountants to do certain tasks on their behalf, they cannot delegate all of their responsibilities; and all Trustees of the fund are equally responsible regardless of how actively involved in the day to day running…  Read more

2016 Federal Budget

PERSONAL TAXATION Personal tax rates: small tax cut from 1 July 2016 From 1 July 2016, the 32.5% personal income tax threshold will increase from $80,000 to $87,000 in an attempt to address tax bracket creep. The Government expects this will stop around 500,000 taxpayers facing the 37% marginal tax rate and prevent average full-time wage earners from moving into the second-top tax bracket until 2019–2020. Budget deficit levy not extended In…  Read more

May Newsletter – client alert tax news | views | clues

Tax planning There are many ways in which entities can defer income, maximise deductions and take advantage of other tax planning initiatives to manage their taxable income. Taxpayers should be aware that they need to start the year-end tax planning process early in order to maximise these opportunities. Of course, those undertaking tax planning should be aware of the potential application of anti-avoidance provisions. However, if done correctly, tax planning…  Read more

Grow Your Email List Through Personal Contact

When your email list is small or you’d just like to add more people and get higher open rates, it’s smart to grow your list through personal contacts. Begin with the obvious: ask friends, family and business contacts to sign up. Everyone has a pool of people who might be happy to hear about your business via email. All you have to do is remember to ask. Put a note…  Read more

5 Business Benefits Of Customer Loyalty Programs

Customer loyalty programs are surprisingly simple to implement, especially online, and can bring many benefits to your business. Beyond the simple fact of adding satisfaction for your regular customers, here are five ways your business can profit from starting a loyalty scheme. Customer retention The most obvious benefit of a customer loyalty program is that it improves retention. Customers want to accumulate points to get the rewards or exclusive benefits…  Read more

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