Tax

Authoritative and technically accurate information and guidance on all areas of tax

With property valuations tax, make sure you get an appropriate estimation

Not all taxpayers may be aware of how the use of estimates can impact their annual tax bill. Estimates are most commonly used in apportioning expenses between private and business use.  More importantly however is the use of valuations to estimate the cost of transactions that are not arm’s-length or when no actual cash changes

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ATO crowdfunding guidance raises questions over gratuities, specialty donations

With the Uber-GST stoush earlier this year mostly settled, the Tax Office has offered an olive branch to another high-profile disruptive economy in the form of provisional guidance that promises things will change if they need to. Historically the Tax Office’s stance on crowdfunding has been narrow but definitive. Late last year, the regulator said

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Payday lending – Be wary!

Payday loans, so called because they are meant to tide a person over until their next pay packet, have proliferated over recent times — and appear to be a permanent pothole in the financial landscape that can trip up the financially vulnerable in desperate times. Payday lending – Be wary! The lenders issue small amounts of

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The Tax Office has completely changed its documentation

Over the last few months a lucky bunch of taxpayers road-tested a new suite of paper-based ATO correspondence letters at the regulator’s Co-Design Centre in Canberra. The crash-test results were favourable, so now we can reveal what you’ll get in an envelope from the Tax Office going forward. The Tax Office has completely changed its

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Bank deposit levy dumped

A controversial bank deposit tax proposal has been dumped by federal government following criticisms the tax measure would not encourage bank customers to use wealth creation products. Bank deposit levy dumped. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the levy was a misguided tax on savings accounts rather than the economic safeguard protocol Labor originally intended. “The

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