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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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Carrying forward concessional super contributions

Carrying forward concessional super contributions

July 4, 2019

The income year of 2019-20 has just ticked over, which is also the first year in which an individual is able to make additional catch-up contributions to super through the application of unused concessional (before tax) contributions. These are “unused” if the fund member made less than the legislated cap on such contributions, which was…

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Business trading structures

Business trading structures: What’s best for your business?

July 4, 2019

When you have plans for starting a new business, one of the central decisions is which business trading structure will work best for your venture. The general problem however can be that there are both pros and cons with the main options available, so considerations need to be given with regard to the overall situation…

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Event based reporting mistakes lead to more SMSF audits

Event-based reporting mistakes lead to more SMSF audits

July 4, 2019

In the year since event-based reporting (EBR) started for SMSFs (from 1 July 2018) the ATO says an unprecedented number of transfer balance cap reports have required re-reporting. The transfer balance account report (TBAR) is used to report certain events and is separate from the SMSF annual return. The TBAR enables the ATO to record…

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Businesses get increased access to losses

Businesses get increased access to losses

July 4, 2019

In the first quarter of this calendar year, legislation was passed that will supplement the ATO’s current “same business test” for losses with a more flexible “similar business test”. The new test will expand access to past year losses when companies enter into new transactions or business activities. The similar business test allows a company…

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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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Essentials on taxable payments annual reports

Essentials on taxable payments annual reports

June 7, 2019

Operators in some Australian industries as well as select government entities are required by the ATO to lodge a taxable payments annual report (TPAR). The information provided in these reports provides the ATO with the information that allows it to identify contractors who have: not included all their income on their tax return not lodged…

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ATO actions on trusts and tax avoidance

ATO actions on trusts and tax avoidance

June 7, 2019

The ATO says that it recognises that most trusts are used appropriately and for legitimate purposes. It says it will continue to help those who make genuine mistakes or are uncertain about how the law applies to their circumstances. The ATO has a number of “trust risk rules” in place to identify higher risk compliance…

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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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Alternatives to a tax invoice for certain GST credit claims

Alternatives to a tax invoice for certain GST credit claims

May 2, 2019

Tax invoices are an essential element of Australia’s taxation system, and serve both to collect taxation revenue related to the goods and services on which GST is levied as well as record the credits that are claimable by eligible businesses. A business registered for GST will generally be required to hold a tax invoice for…

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