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COVID 19 and SMSF rental relief

COVID-19 and SMSF rental relief

September 1, 2020

The Federal Government announced a six-month moratorium on evictions of commercial and residential tenants during the COVID-19 health pandemic. This moratorium (and its accompanying code of conduct leasing principles) will inevitably affect SMSFs, which are reasonably heavily invested in real property, according to statistics. Leasing principles A moratorium on evictions means that SMSF landlords face…

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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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JobKeeper amendments and claiming previous year tax losses

JobKeeper amendments and claiming previous year tax losses

September 1, 2020

JobKeeper amendments There have been some changes made to JobKeeper since our last newsletter. Businesses will need to meet one of the decline in turnover tests for the September 2020 quarter alone (rather than for both the June and September quarters as announced in July) to be eligible for JobKeeper for the period 28 September…

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COVID 19 and trust liquidity issues

COVID-19 and trust liquidity issues

September 1, 2020

The ATO has highlighted the fact that due to COVID-19, a trustee may experience liquidity issues that may affect a trust’s ability to satisfy a beneficiary’s entitlement. This may happen where financial institutions impose restrictions that affect the way a trustee can deal with its assets. The ATO states that where a present entitlement arose…

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Where you stand with vehicles and the boosted instant asset write off

Where you stand with vehicles and the boosted instant asset write off

September 1, 2020

The extension of the instant asset write-off from $30,000 to $150,000 until 31 December 2020, as part of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 stimulus measures, provides an opportunity to look at its application to motor vehicles. Note that in addition to the higher write off amount, the business turnover threshold test for eligibility was increased to…

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The JobKeeper scheme gets an update plus an extension

The JobKeeper scheme gets an update, plus an extension

August 3, 2020

The JobKeeper payment, which was originally due to end after 27 September, will now continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) until 28 March 2021. However there are some changes to consider. The JobKeeper payment rate of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees and business participants will be reduced to $1,200 from…

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Has your super fund got you covered for insurance

Has your super fund got you covered for insurance? With COVID-19, maybe not.

August 3, 2020

From 1 July 2019, the government adopted new rules that aim to prevent the unnecessary erosion of people’s retirement savings through inappropriate insurance arrangements. As part of the rules, super providers, excluding SMSFs and small APRA funds, are unable to provide insurance by default when an account has been inactive for more than 16 months.…

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Rental property Tax approach adjusts for COVID 19

Rental property: Tax approach adjusts for COVID-19

August 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed property owners, and tenants in many cases, in unfamiliar territory. Many tenants have been paying reduced rent or ceased paying because their income has been adversely affected. While rental income may be reduced, owners will continue to incur normal expenses on their rental property and will still be able to…

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Claiming a deduction for transport expenses when carrying bulky equipment

Claiming a deduction for transport expenses when carrying bulky equipment

August 3, 2020

As a general rule, expenses relating to travel between home and work (and vice versa) are non-deductible. A number of exceptions to this principle exist, including for situations that require bulky equipment be transported to and from work. In order for transport expenses to be deductible under this “bulky equipment” exception, it is usually necessary…

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Tax return tips Australia July 2020

Tax return tips

July 7, 2020

Despite the current COVID-19 world in which we live, the procedures for completing and lodging tax returns remains pretty much the same. Before we talk with you to go over your tax return, certain information will be needed. Of course these days pre-filling takes care of a lot of the “paperwork”, and if you wait…

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