In recent months, parts of Australia have been battered by a combination of fire and floods. As people try to piece their lives together in the aftermath, insurance payouts go a long way in helping rebuild homes and replace lost items. However, you’ll need to beware if you receive an insurance payout in relation to…

Do you know who to turn to when you have a complaint about the way you’ve been treated by the Tax Office? Whether you’re an individual or business, the Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) should be your first port of call. The department has two distinct, yet intertwined functions. As the Taxation Ombudsman,…

In a recent coordinated effort with Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5), the ATO, along with its international partners took part in the first set of enforcement actions to stop suspected facilitation of offshore tax evasion. The J5 was initially formed in 2018 to fight global tax evasion and consists of the tax and…

Foreign residents beware, laws have been passed to restrict your access to claim the CGT main residence exemption on the sale of your home, except in some limited circumstances. This applies to any person that is not an Australian resident for tax purposes at the time of disposal (ie when the contract is signed to…

The ATO has recently withdrawn Draft Miscellaneous Taxation Ruling MT 2018/D1 on the time limit for claiming input tax credits and fuel tax credits. Generally, under s 93-5 of the GST Act, the right to claim an input tax credit expires after 4 years and commences on the day on which the entity was required…

The Tax Avoidance Taskforce has recently been expanded by the ATO to private groups and high wealth individuals. Originally conceived in 2016 to ensure that multinational enterprises, large public and private business pay the right amount of tax, this has now been extended to cover more taxpayers. The taskforce’s main role is to investigate what…

The expansion of the Reportable Tax Position (RTP) schedule to large private companies and corporate tax groups have been shelved by the Tax Office until the 2020-21 financial year (ie 1 July 2020) amid pushback from various stakeholders over the lack of clarity surrounding its practical implementation. The ATO notes it is now working with…

To combat the use of cash in black economy activities, the government has introduced a law which will implement an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000. If enacted, the law will make it a criminal offence for certain entities to make or accept cash payments of $10,000 or more. Understandably this limit has created some…

The ATO now has another “stick” in its arsenal to get businesses to engage with it and manage outstanding tax debts. Laws have recently been passed that allow the Tax Office to disclose tax debt information of businesses to registered credit reporting bureaus (CRBs). The aim of the laws, according to the government, is to…

In a decision that was hailed by various media outlets as monumental, the Federal Court’s decision that a backpacker would not have to pay extra “backpacker tax”, was touted to have wide ranging application to all holiday makers. However, upon further analysis, the impact of the decision is very much narrower than first thought. The…

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