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

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

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