tax

The tips (and traps) of tax when winding up a business

When your client first went into business, either buying an established enterprise or starting from scratch, probably the last thing on their mind was the day they would close the door for the last time. The tips (and traps) of tax when winding up a business But it’s no use ignoring the inevitable, as one

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Save tax (and health) with a salary-sacrificed e-bike

Entering into a remuneration package to secure a vehicle through a salary sacrifice arrangement is a popular option offered to employees (see more on novated leases here). However the ATO has issued a ruling on another particular set of wheels that opens up both a tax and health incentive. Clients may be in a position

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The PLS is looming larger on the horizon

The ATO’s new practitioner lodgment service (PLS) is replacing its incumbent electronic lodgment service (ELS) as the primary lodgment channel (which will be “turned off” at the end of March 2017). Lodgments made using PLS will need to be made with standard business reporting (SBR)-enabled software packages. The PLS is looming larger on the horizon

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Home office deductions: What substantiation will the ATO accept?

Home office expense claims are subject to the same general substantiation requirements as other deductions – that is, records must be kept for five years. But in practice, full compliance with the substantiation rules may be difficult. It may be simple to keep a receipt for a printer purchased for a home business, but not

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Trusts demystified

A dictionary definition of a trust is: “A fiduciary relationship in which one person (the trustee) holds the title to property (the trust estate or trust property) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary).” Why create a trust? One of the big motivations will be to protect assets. Property and assets can be moved into

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