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Goodbye ELS, hello PLS

The methodical form-by-form closure of the electronic lodgement service (ELS) gateway has just commenced. From early April this year, for example, 2017 and future FBT returns will only be able to be lodged through the ATO’s new practitioner lodgement service (PLS). The in-coming principal electronic lodgment channel for tax practitioners, the PLS is the result

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Updated data applied to small business benchmarks

The ATO has updated its small business benchmarks with information from key financial ratios drawn from information provided by businesses through activity statements and tax returns. The most recent complete data (for the 2014–15 financial year) allows businesses and their tax agents to use the benchmarks to compare business performance against similar business entities. Benchmarks

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Active vs passive assets and the small business CGT concession

The small business capital gains tax concessions are extremely valuable, and for small business owners who need to dispose of assets that have risen in value during the time they have owned them, accessing these concessions can mean greatly reducing any consequent tax liability, even to zero. But to access the CGT concessions some conditions

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Warning: More system outages are coming soon, says ATO

The ATO has issued a warning about upcoming system outages over April and May that it says are required to “provide resilient and stable systems” for tax time 2017. Thankfully the planned outages are to be limited to weekends, but also the longer weekend over Easter (see here for dates and times). The ATO advises

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