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RAT and PCR Tests – Favourable tax treatment for employers

March 1, 2022

Finally, some good COVID-19 news (at least on the tax front) for employers! Ever since the arrival in Australia of the Omicron variant in late 2021, the recommended test for detecting COVID has been the rapid antigen test (RAT). Indeed, for some employees, returning a negative RAT has been an ongoing condition of returning to…

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ATO extends COVID-19 relief measures for SMSFs

November 8, 2021

SMSF trustees that are financially impacted due to COVID-19 because of extended lockdowns in certain States and Territories will be granted extended relief to cover the 2021-22 financial year. The relief was originally offered by the ATO to SMSFs for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years where certain situations may have caused SMSF trustees to…

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Time is running out to claim NSW and Victoria COVID-19 Disaster Payments

November 8, 2021

With the opening up of NSW and Victoria on reaching the 80% double vaccination rates, the Federal Government has announced that the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will decrease over a two-week period for those receiving the full amount of the payment, and over one week for those receiving the $200 payment.

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JobMaker hiring credit: What you need to know

February 4, 2021

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme was passed into law in mid- November 2020. JobMaker was part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget, and will operate until 6 October 2021. It is designed to improve the prospects of young individuals getting employment, by incentivising employers to hire them, following the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the labour…

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A run down of the new loss carry back measure

A run-down of the new loss carry back measure

December 2, 2020

The last Federal Budget carried with it a number of tax changes that were designed to assist the Australian economy recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the changes announced was the temporary re-introduction of the loss carry back rules for corporate tax entities (it was previously briefly in force for 2012-13). The…

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JobKeeper extensions alternative turnover tests

JobKeeper extension’s alternative turnover tests

November 6, 2020

New residential property is a popular investment for many, and can be especially so for self-managed superannuation funds, however the ATO is concerned that not every investor in residential property is fully aware that it is an option that may bring with it unexpected GST obligations. The ATO says that from 1 July 2018, most…

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JobKeeper rules conditions and payment rates have changed

JobKeeper rules, conditions and payment rates have changed

October 2, 2020

Legislation has been put in place to extend the JobKeeper scheme beyond its original sunset date, although the rates of payment and certain other details have been altered. The scheme is now to run until March next year, with one version lasting until 3 January and another version in place from then until 28 March.…

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Fears of Div 7A danger from COVID relaxed loan repayments unfounded

Fears of Div 7A danger from COVID-relaxed loan repayments unfounded

October 2, 2020

The ATO has clarified its position regarding loans, and the repayments of loans that may have been put on hold for the period that COVID-19 has a grip on the economy and our lives. An important sidebar to the ATO’s announcement is the implications regarding Division 7A — just in case you have had some…

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Electronic execution of documents during COVID 19

Electronic execution of documents during COVID-19

October 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted state and territory governments to temporarily ease the manner in which documents are executed. It is now possible under multiple jurisdictions to sign and witness certain documents electronically or via audio visual links. The changes address difficulties in executing documents amid social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions. However the requirements for…

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COVID 19 payments and some issues for companies and trusts

COVID-19 payments and some issues for companies and trusts

September 1, 2020

With many having received cash flow boost and JobKeeper payments, there can arise some unique issues where these amounts are received within a trust or company. The cash flow boost and JobKeeper payment have been flowing to eligible businesses for some time now. These stimulus payments have differing tax treatments, which are: the cash flow…

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