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Tax and the kids savings

Tax and the kids’ savings

September 2, 2019

If a child is under the age of 18, and they earn income on their savings account, remember that the ATO considers that the person who “owns” the interest depends on who uses the funds of that account (no matter what type of account it is or the name of the account holder). The ATO…

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Tax when youre headed overseas

Tax when you’re headed overseas

August 7, 2019

Most people’s “to-do” list when they are planning a trip overseas will likely include items such as travel insurance, phone chargers or taking photos of their passport — but probably the last thing on anyone’s minds will be their likely tax situation before, during or after that trip-of-a-lifetime. There are a few simple considerations, taken…

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Penalty interest can be deductible under specific conditions

Penalty interest can be deductible, under specific conditions

July 4, 2019

A new ruling has been released by the ATO on the deductibility or otherwise of “penalty interest”. The term penalty interest refers to an amount payable by a borrower under a loan agreement when the lender agrees to an early repayment of a loan. The amount payable is commonly calculated by reference to the number…

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Records for claiming work related expenses

Records for claiming work-related expenses

June 7, 2019

Records for claiming work-related expenses When completing your tax return, you’re entitled to claim deductions for some expenses, most of which are directly related to earning your income. To successfully claim a deduction for work-related expenses, it’s important that you must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed, it must be directly related to…

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Personal deductions for car parking expenses

Personal deductions for car parking expenses

June 7, 2019

Car parking fees incurred in the course of producing assessable income are generally deductible, but special rules apply if the car is used by an employee to commute between home and work or the car is provided to the employee by the employer. Non-employees Self-employed persons, partnerships or trusts are entitled to claim deductions for…

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Can the ATOs public rulings help your outcomes

Can the ATO’s public rulings help your outcomes?

May 2, 2019

The ATO can issue public rulings that provide guidance on the interpretation of various tax laws. Public rulings generally deal with priority issues that have been found to require clarification, so if you have a concern about a particular area of tax law, you may find that many of your concerns are shared by others…

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ATOs living expenses tool to help tackle the cash economy

ATO’s “living expenses” tool to help tackle the cash economy

May 2, 2019

It’s known by a variety of names, such as the black economy, or even the cash or hidden economy. But whatever the label, its existence is a pebble in the ATO’s shoe that it is forever looking to prise out. As part of that ongoing effort, it has settled upon certain “averages” of what constitutes…

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tax deductions available for interest dividends

The tax deductions available for interest, dividends and other investment income

April 2, 2019

Photo by Sean Pollock on Unsplash The tax rules allow investing taxpayers to claim some deductions related to some of the expenses and costs that are generated when earning interest, receiving dividends or gaining other investment income. Remember, interest from a bank or other financial institution is part of your assessable income for the year.…

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Deductions for donations

Deductions for donations

April 2, 2019

Photo by Melissa Walker Horn on Unsplash As most of us know, donations of $2 or more are deductible, and there is flexibility in the rules around donating to emergency relief bodies in that no receipt is required if giving less than $10 (so called “bucket” donations). To be able to claim a tax deduction…

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Removing tax deductibility of non compliant payments

Removing tax deductibility of “non-compliant” payments

March 1, 2019

From 1 July 2019, businesses will only be able to claim deductions for payments that are made to workers (employees or contractors) when the employer has complied with the pay- as-you-go (PAYG) withholding and other tax reporting obligations for that payment. If the PAYG withholding rules require a business to withhold an amount from a…

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