Practitioner guidance for puzzling technical issues is available from ATO

The ATO has a section that deals with “complex issues” that tax practitioners will have to struggle with now and then when managing their clients’ tax affairs. The ATO says its Complex issues resolution service is there to help resolve complex administrative issues and tax technical interpretation queries that practitioners may have been unable to

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Expanding the empire (and retaining the CGT main residence exemption)

A question that surfaces now and then from clients in regard to capital gains is whether the main residence exemption extends to additional land acquired after the time of acquisition of the residence. The short answer is yes — provided that certain requirements are met (which in the main pertain to subsections 118-120 and 118-165

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SMSF trustees need to stay alert to survive

Another example of the reason SMSF trustees need to stay alert to survive and must constantly stay on top of developments occurring in the self managed super fund field surfaced earlier this month. The ATO went public with information that SMSF trustees in particular could be targeted by promoters of retirement planning arrangements that —

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What is ‘Sounding Board’, and how can it help your practice?

In the interests of regulatory reform and simpler tax laws, the Australian government has requested the Board of Taxation to seek ideas for tax system improvement from its stakeholders, businesses and the community. What is ‘Sounding Board’, and how can it help your practice? The resulting initiative Sounding Board is an innovative online collaboration platform

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ATO’s top 10 tips for rental property owners common tax mistakes

The ATO has issued a list of tips that should help rental property owners avoid what it has found are their 10 most common errors. It says that avoiding these common mistakes will save many taxpayers time and money. A downloadable PDF of this advice is available for you to distribute to clients (click here).

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