Changes to the residency rules, but will they last?

  The 2019 full Federal Court decision in Harding v Commissioner of Taxation may make it easier for expatriates to prove that they are non-residents for tax purposes. By doing so, only their Australian-sourced income has to be declared on their tax return (not their worldwide income). The Full Federal Court ruled that a taxpayer,

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When are digital products ‘connected with Australia’ for GST purposes?

  With the purchase of digital products such as the streaming or downloading of movies, apps, and e-books and so on becoming exponentially more popular, it is timely to examine the recently-introduced law that applies GST to digital products and services imported by Australian consumers. Effective 1 July 2017, GST now applies to digital products

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The long and short of the super downsizer scheme

    Under the superannuation downsizer scheme, from 1 July 2018, people aged 65 and older can make a non-concessional (post-tax) contribution of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling what was once their family home. Existing contribution caps and restrictions will not apply to the downsizer contribution. The downsizer scheme was one of

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Single Touch Payroll on the horizon — for all

  With Single Touch Payroll (STP) set to become mandatory for all employers in a matter of months, practitioners may find some small business clients have a few questions. Here are the latest developments. As has been reported here before, STP is the government initiative aimed at streamlining employer payroll reporting obligations. The STP regime

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Personal services income: A refresher

  The introduction of the personal services income (PSI) regime in 2000 changed the way income from personal effort earned by contractors, consultants, and individual practitioners such as doctors is dealt with. There are a number of significant tax consequences for clients caught by these rules. Introduction Personal Services Income (PSI) is income that is

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