Backpacker tax court challenge just launched

Many could be forgiven for assuming that the backpacker tax was a done deal, as it has been about a year since the then newly proposed tax caused quite vocal reactions from various tourism groups and industry bodies that were anxious about the affect the tax would have on both employer operations or on their

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ATO business visits uncover some lax taxation habits

The ATO has been visiting businesses across Australia as part of its ongoing focus on the cash and hidden economy, a campaign it has dubbed Protecting honest business. In particular, it has been focusing on businesses advertising “cash-only” or dealing mainly in cash. The name of its campaign refers to the unfair advantage these cash

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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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Useful tax calculators — (bookmark this!)

The following are useful tax calculators that we have sourced for you. They mostly come from the Tax Office, but also other government agencies. Now you don’t have to sort through endless webpages to find the right calculator or tool. A simple income tax calculator Tax & You Do I need to lodge a tax

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How transfer pricing actually works – and why it’s abused

Multinational tax avoidance is proving to be a sore point for Australians. You’ve heard about the big players – Facebook, Google, Apple – and there is speculation they might be engaging in dodgy transfer pricing practices. The problem is, while everyone’s steeped in a debate about fiscal-moral-legalism, nobody’s explaining the practical implications of a mispricing

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