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Federal COVID-19 support developments Additional financial support for child care providers The Prime Minister and the Minister for Education and Youth recently announced new support measures for child care providers that are impacted by extended COVID-19 lockdowns. Child care services in Commonwealth-declared hotspots will be eligible for new fortnightly payments of 25% of their pre-lockdown revenue, and outside school hours care (OSHC) services will be eligible for fortnightly payments of…  Read more

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ATO tax time support: COVID-19 and natural disasters The ATO has a range of year-end tax time options to support taxpayers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent natural disasters. Income statements can be accessed in ATO online services through myGov accounts from 14 July. The ATO also reminds those who may have lost, damaged or destroyed tax records due to natural disasters that some records can…  Read more

Snippets – Client Alert

Temporary COVID Disaster Payment now available The Federal Government has announced a temporary COVID Disaster Payment to assist workers who live or work in a Commonwealth declared hotspot, who are unable to attend work and earn an income as a result of state-imposed health restrictions that last for longer than one week. The payment, available for Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible working visa holders, is up to $500 per…  Read more

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Are you ready for Tax Time 2021? Don’t jump the gun and lodge too early Tax time 2021 is almost here, but it’s likely to be anything but routine. Many people on reduced incomes or who have increased deductions may be eager to lodge their income tax returns early to get their hands on a refund. However, as always the ATO is warning against lodging too early, before all your…  Read more

Federal Budget 2021

PERSONAL TAXATION Personal tax rates unchanged for 2021–2022 In the Budget, the Government did not announce any personal tax rates changes, having already brought forward the Stage 2 tax rates to 1 July 2020 in the October 2020 Budget. The Stage 3 tax changes will commence from 1 July 2024, as previously legislated. The 2021–2022 tax rates and income thresholds for residents are therefore unchanged from 2020–2021: taxable income up…  Read more

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JobKeeper Payments Legislation to Pass Parliament on Wednesday Sunday 5th April,On Sunday Christian Porter, the Federal Attorney General, gave a commitment to Australian businesses that “the JobKeeper Payment legislation would pass parliament on Wednesday, no matter how late the parliament needs to sit to get the bill passed.” “This is one of the most important drafting exercises post WW2, with $130 billion of economy and job saving expenditure to be…  Read more

Client Alert

BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN Introduction “Most people aim at nothing – and they hit it with alarming accuracy.” The Jeffrey Todd & Associates team are here during these difficult times to support and provide positivity to you and your business! As a business owner, there’s one key thing you need to totally focus on now – keeping your business alive during these difficult times. It’s not all doom and gloom either…  Read more

Budget 2019 Snippets

PERSONAL TAXATION Personal tax cuts: low–mid tax offset increase now; more rate changes from 2022 In the 2019–2020 Federal Budget, the Coalition Government announced its intention to provide further reductions in tax through the non-refundable low and middle income tax offset (LMITO). Under the changes, the maximum reduction in an eligible individual’s tax from the LMITO will increase from $530 to $1,080 per year. The base amount will increase from…  Read more

Client Alert – June 2018

Tax planning With the end of the 2018 income tax year rapidly approaching, this issue draws attention to year-end tax planning strategies and compliance matters that you need to consider to ensure good tax health. It focuses on the most important issues for small to medium businesses and individuals to consider. Tip: This is general information, but we’ll take your particular circumstances into account to help you achieve good tax…  Read more

Client Alert – May 2018 – Special Budget Edition

ATO closely examines work-related car expenses The ATO is concerned about taxpayers making mistakes or deliberately lodging false claims for work-related car expenses, and has announced it will be closely examining claims for these expenses in 2018 tax returns. Last year, around 3.75 million people made a work-related car expense claim, totalling about $8.8 billion. The best way for to avoid mistakes is to make sure you follow “the three…  Read more

Client Alert – April 2018

ATO embarking on e-Audits The ATO has recently published information about the “e-Audit” technology it uses as part of its tax compliance activities. These audits involve the ATO performing computer tests on a taxpayer’s own electronic records to verify that the data is accurate and complete and that the taxpayer has complied with relevant tax laws. If a taxpayer is selected by the ATO for an audit or review, the…  Read more

Client Alert – March 2018

Bill to implement housing affordability CGT changes As part of the 2017–2018 Budget, the Federal Government announced a range of reforms intended to reduce pressure on housing affordability. Legislation has now been introduced into Parliament that proposes to: remove the entitlement to the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption for foreign residents; and modify the foreign resident CGT regime to clarify that, for the purpose of determining whether an…  Read more

Client Alert – February 2018

ATO guidelines: profit allocation within professional firms The ATO has become aware that its guidelines on Everett assignments and the allocation of profits within professional firms are being misinterpreted for some higher-risk arrangements, including the use of related-party financing and self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs). The guidelines have been suspended from 14 December 2017 to allow the ATO to consult with stakeholders on replacement guidelines. Anyone considering new arrangements beginning…  Read more

Client Alert September 2017

Work-related expense claims under scrutiny Will you claim work-related expenses on your tax return this year? The ATO now uses real-time data to compare people’s tax returns with others in similar occupations and income brackets. This year it’s focused on identifying higher-than-expected claims for expenses related to work vehicles, travel, internet and mobile phones, and self-education, and may even check people’s work deduction claims with their employers. TIP: Ever heard…  Read more

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

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

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

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