Unpacking statute-barred debts

  Various tax implications can arise when a debt becomes statute-barred. In simple terms, a debt is statute-barred when it has reached a statutory limitation period where it can no longer be legally recovered by creditors. Each state and territory in Australia contains its own “statute of limitation” provisions that provide a procedural basis for

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The proportioning rule and your SMSF

  When calculating a super benefit, it is necessary to identify and determine the value of the various components that make up the benefit. The law around superannuation dictates that the tax-free component and taxable components of a member’s payment must be paid in the same proportion as the tax-free and taxable components of the

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2 minute quiz: Partnerships

  How well do you understand the taxation of partnerships? Try this 2 minute quiz: Partnerships questions to find out (answers are at the bottom of this screen). Question 1: Which of the following is the definition of a tax law partnership? An association of persons (other than a company or a limited partnership) carrying

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Interest deductibility after income-producing activity ceases

  An issue that sometimes arises for business owners is whether interest expenses incurred on borrowed funds used in a business remain deductible after the business’s income earning activities have ceased. As a general rule, in order for interest expenses to be deductible in the relevant income year, a taxpayer is generally required to demonstrate

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SMSF commutation requests: How to get the green light from the ATO

  The ATO has issued guidance on its approach to commutation requests, which is an essential piece of information for SMSF trustees because it explains which commutation requests will not be subject to an ATO review. The practical compliance guideline concerned is PCG 2017/5. With recently introduced superannuation rules now in effect (from 1 July

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