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…

To further support businesses and workers ride out the COVID-19 pandemic and minimise the impact on the overall economy, the government has released a second round of stimulus in addition to the initial $17.6bn package. This $66.1bn package is not only aimed at businesses but also includes support for households (including casuals, sole-traders, retirees and…

Following on from the Federal government’s $17.6bn stimulus package unveiled last week for the coronavirus (COVID-19), some State governments have announced various concessions to support businesses and keep the local economy moving during this difficult and uncertain time. – NSW – businesses with payrolls of up to $10m will have their payroll tax waived for…

Victims of the recent natural disasters beware, there is an SMS scam circulating that purports to give you “an 8% bonus” on your 2020 tax return. The scam urges victims to start the process by filling out a form and provides a link to a what looks like the genuine myGov website. According to the…

In an effort to combat the economic effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, the government has released an $17.6bn stimulus package which is expected to provide direct support for up to 6.5m individuals and 3.5m businesses. The package includes the following: – Business investment initiatives – the instant asset write-off threshold will be increased from…

With the advent of the new year, a new measure is now in effect to give first home buyers a leg up on the property market. Starting 1 January 2020, couples that earn less than $200,000 combined, and singles that earn less than $125,000, who have never owned a property and are Australian citizens may…

As the bushfires that devastated large swathes of the country continue on their destructive path leaving shatter communities in their wake, there are glimmers of hope with efforts to support and rebuild these communities starting to gather pace. In conjunction with these efforts, the ATO has announced automatic deferrals for lodgements and payments for taxpayers…

As a testament to the far-reaching consequences of recent residential building defects crisis, the government has recently decided to change the legislation on vacant land deductions to exclude structures affected by natural disasters or other exceptional circumstances such as substantial building defects. Previously, the government had sought to crack down on “land banking” by disallowing…

Did you know that a random audit by the ATO last year revealed nine out of ten rental property owners made a mistake with their rental deductions? In this first of a two-part series, we share some tips on what you can and can’t claim. This article assumes you own a 100% rental property with…

As you sip a drop from the latest vintage you’ve crushed with the toes of your family and friends, is it possible that turning these vines into wine has ventured into primary production, and this happy hobby has become a business? How can you tell? Defining “primary production” and “business” is no problem. Figuring out…

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