ATO

Bankruptcy, SMSF trusteeship, and trust deed safeguards

  Bankruptcy is a serious issue for anyone, but additional caution needs to be taken by members/trustees of SMSFs. Jeff Song, solicitor at Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers, says that superannuation law expressly disqualifies any undischarged bankrupt person from acting as a trustee, or director of a corporate trustee, of an SMSF. He also reminds

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Clients’ car expenses claims to get the blowtorch treatment this tax time

  Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson has announced that the ATO is particularly concerned about taxpayers either making mistakes or deliberately lodging false claims in relation to work-related car expenses over tax time 2018. “Last year around 3.5 million people made a work-related car expense claims, and together they totalled about $8.8 billion,” Anderson says. “Now that’s a

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Travel allowance or LAFHA? And how is each taxed?

  That employees are required to travel for work has become increasingly significant, especially with the growing influence of a more global economy, and the sometimes necessary moving of businesses for expansion or reaching out to new markets. Being asked by the boss to travel for work purposes can be demanding on staff — financially,

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GIC and SIC rates change

The ATO has advised that the general interest charge (GIC) rate and shortfall interest charge (SIC) rate, for the April-June quarter of the 2017-18 income tax year, are as follows: GIC and SIC rates change GIC annual rate is 8.77% GIC daily compounding rate is 0.02402740%. SIC annual rate is 4.77% SIC daily compounding rate

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