As a part of the crackdown on black economy, the Government is planning to introduce an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000. Any payments made to businesses for goods and services from 1 July 2019 would be captured, and if the transaction exceeds $10,000, payment will need to be made using an electronic system or…

If you have previously claimed work-related clothing expenses and laundry expenses in your tax return, you should beware this tax time because the ATO is cracking down on these claims. According to the ATO, clothing claims went up nearly 20% over the last 5 years and last year around 6 million people claimed expenses totaling…

It’s been a little over a year since the dual changes of the pension transfer balance cap and the reduction of tax concessions for transition to retirement pensions were implemented by the government. Recent research has indicated that these changes has achieved their policy outcome by making almost 25% of previously tax-free SMSF assets lose…

You may have heard all about the small business tax concessions, but do you know how you qualify for them and whether you’re making the most of the tax concessions available to you? Generally, your business would qualify as a “small business entity” if you have, or is likely to have an aggregated turnover in…

It might seem like a horror movie cliché, a monster that follows you wherever you go, but did you know that your higher education debts under the Higher Education Loan program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) or the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debts follow you wherever you go in the world? Prior to 2017,…

Before you head off overseas to work or start a business, you should consider the Australian residency tests. Leaving Australia for a period of time doesn’t mean that your Australian tax obligations are no longer relevant. Australian tax is based on the concept of “residency”. If you’re considered to be a resident of Australia then…

In Australia, there are currently around 7.7m ABNs with over 860,000 new ABNs issued in 2017-18. The ABN system was originally introduced in 2000 as a way to provide businesses with a unique identifier when dealing with the government and to support the introduction and administration of GST. Over the years, the ABN has become…

There’s finally some certainty about the corporate tax rate(s). Legislation has recently passed Parliament and the fate of other proposed changes has also been finalised. The rate of 27.5% applies to corporate tax entities known as “base rate entities”. These are companies which carry on a business and have an aggregated turnover of less than…

A recent interview with Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan revealed details of what the ATO will be paying particular attention to this year. Perhaps not surprising, but the ATO will be targeting businesses that deal in cash. As a part of its cash and hidden economy operation, the ATO has compiled “data-maps” of cash-only businesses and…

In the market to sell your house? Before you call in the real estate agents and home stylists, you probably know that you’ll need to have a contract of sale handy. Did you know that you may also need to get a capital gains withholding clearance certificate from the ATO? This certificate allows ATO to…

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