The COVID-19 pandemic’s knock-on effect on the economy has meant that many landlords are feeling the strain as their tenants seek to delay paying rent or reducing rent in response to job loss. To reduce the uncertainty for landlords, the ATO has provided some guidance on the deductibility of certain expenses in various situations including…

We’ve always been told that consolidating our super is one of the easiest ways to grow our retirement funds. By reducing the amount of insurance, account-keeping, and investment fees paid in separate accounts, more money is available for super investments. However, recent findings by ASIC seem to suggest that if not done correctly, consolidating super…

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, many routine things have slipped under the radar, one of which is the various data-matching programs still going on at the ATO. One of the more significant data-matching programs currently occurring is on ride sourcing or ride sharing. Ride sourcing or ride sharing is any ongoing arrangement where you make a…

The ATO has released its practical administrative approach to businesses claiming the JobKeeper payment. Generally, it notes that it would only apply compliance resources to what would amount to a “scheme” in terms of the entity and its external operating environment. For example, if an entity’s business has not been significantly affected by external environmental…

SMSFs entering into arrangements which involve the purchase and development of real property for subsequent disposal or leasing should beware, the ATO is keeping a close eye on these types of agreements, irrespective of whether they are with related or unrelated parties. As outlined in a recent regulator bulletin, the ATO is concerned with an…

COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on a global scale, causing almost every country around the world to lockdown their population and close their borders. This has drastically affected international travel and movement across borders, which is causing unintended consequences for individuals that are not Australian residents for tax purposes. One of the most common scenarios…

As a part of the government’s coronavirus economic response package, a provision was inserted into the Corporations Act 2001 to provide temporary relief (safe habour) for directors of financially distressed business from potential personal liability for insolvent trading. This was designed to counter the pressure on boards and directors to make quick decisions to enter…

Prior to the disruptor that is the Coronavirus epidemic, the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator Jane Hume outlined some future government policy and potential changes to superannuation and SMSFs. Senator Hume said the government was still committed to enacting legislation to increase the SMSF member limit from 4 to 6….

If your business is one of the tens of thousands of businesses to register for the JobKeeper payment early, there’s good news, claims for the payment is now open. There are a few steps involved in claiming, so make sure you have all the relevant documents and supporting information before you start. Firstly, you will…

As a part of the second round of COVID-19 stimulus, the government allowed individuals in financial distress to access a tax-free payment of up to $20,000 from their superannuation. While it may be a lifeline for many in these harsh economic times, before you take up this early release offer, it is best to consult…

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