Being a smart taxpayer means knowing what resources are available to you and understanding how the ATO deals with individuals as tax problems arise. Here are three simple things all individuals can do to help keep their tax affairs as stress-free as possible this tax time.
The small business CGT concessions can save businesses some serious tax – and help business owners significantly boost their superannuation – but it’s essential that you keep the right records, particularly for when the time comes to sell. Find out what your business should be doing now to keep the ATO at bay in the future.
If you run a “bucket company” as a beneficiary of a family trust you will be interested to hear that a new Bill has been introduced in Parliament that will exclude companies that fail a “passive income test” from the lower corporate tax rate of 27.5 per cent.
Are you a business that has had a GST refund held up as a part of the ATO’s risk assessment program to verify GST refunds? The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) has recently completed and released his review into ATO’s practice and the findings are surprisingly good for the ATO. Even so, as a part of the review, the IGT made several recommendations to improve the process which the ATO has mostly agreed to.
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 their status and become taxable.
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?
Sustainability of tax revenue is key to any government's fiscal sustainability, that is, the ability to meet both current and future financial obligations (including debt servicing obligations) without major policy adjustment.
The ATO is reminding ride-sharing drivers of the importance of complying with the tax laws. Assistant Commissioner, Tom Wheeler, said the ATO is, "still working to educate ride-sourcing drivers, but now focus is shifting to drivers who are ignoring their obligations."
Have you looked at your trust deed recently? If you have a trust, chances are it was set up by your accountant or solicitor, and you didn't have to do too much of the legwork. Look closely at your deed and you'll notice that it will specify a date on which the interests in the trust vest and contain a clause which specifies the consequences of that date being reached.