If your business has outstanding tax debts, watch out for a proposed new tool in the ATO’s debt recovery arsenal. New laws before Parliament will allow the ATO to report some debts to credit reporting bureaus, who will then be permitted to use this tax debt information in preparing credit worthiness reports. This could adversely…

Investment property owners should heed the ATO’s warning that it will target mistakes with rental property deductions this tax time – especially with over-claimed interest. In our last instalment on rental deductions, we looked at the rules for purchase costs, repairs and improvements. Now, we consider expenses associated with a loan to buy the property….

Looking for opportunities to improve cashflow? If you import goods as part of your business, you don’t have to pay goods and services tax (GST) upfront if you’re registered for the ATO’s deferred GST scheme. Instead, you can defer and offset GST amounts in your next business activity statement (BAS). However, there are some eligibility…

It’s tax time, and as with every year the ATO is warning individuals to take care with their returns. But did you know that the ATO is using increasingly sophisticated data analytics to detect problem claims? It’s more important than ever to get it right. Here are the top four mistakes the ATO says you…

Until recently, a company that had experienced a significant change in ownership or control could only carry forward its earlier tax losses to a later income year if the company carried on the “same” business after the change. However, a new alternative test that applies retrospectively from 1 July 2015 means that now companies only…

There’s nothing as certain as death and taxes, but tax on death is not so clear. Generally, the law says there is no CGT liability for the deceased on the transmission of an asset, specifically a dwelling, to a beneficiary. The beneficiary is considered to be the new owner of the inherited asset on the…

Taxpayers who claim deductions for work-related clothing and laundry expenses may find themselves under the ATO’s microscope this tax time. Even if your claim is relatively small, penalties can apply for incorrect claims. Find out what categories are allowed and what records you need to keep. If your work-related clothing falls into one of the…

Ready for tax time 2019? If you’re an employee, there are a few things you need to know about the ATO’s new “Single Touch Payroll” (STP) system. This system requires employers to report information like salaries, wages, allowances, PAYG withholding and superannuation contributions to the ATO electronically every time they pay their employees. The big…

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