Estate planning & blended family essentials and insights

  Tax-effective planning to minimise disputes between competing beneficiaries depends on knowing all the applicable tips, traps and practicalities. Estate and succession planning involving blended families has its own particular challenges.  An individual often wishes for their second spouse to be looked after, but wants to ensure the children from the first relationship are not

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FBT year ends with some hot issues targeted by the ATO

  If your client is an employer, they will appreciate being advised what the ATO is looking out for, and the fringe benefits they’re expected to report, so they can avoid attracting its attention or making costly mistakes. In this year’s updated ATO list for taxpayers, titled “What attracts our attention”, there are six items

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Tax incentive for investors in early-stage start-ups

  For more than two years now (from 1 July 2016) two key tax incentives have been available for investors considering putting their money behind qualifying start-up businesses — or as the ATO defines them, early stage innovation companies (ESICs). The incentives provide your eligible clients who invest in new shares in an ESIC with: a non-refundable

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The same business test replaced by the “similar business” test

  Among the first batch of tax legislation the government dealt with in the new year was Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprises Incentives No.1) Bill, legislation that contained changes to the “same business” test. It sees the “same business test” supplemented with a more flexible “similar business test” to work out whether a company’s income

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ATO due dates, May 2019

15 May Lodge 2018 tax returns for all entities that did not have to lodge earlier (including all remaining consolidated groups), and are not eligible for the 5 June 2019 concession. Due date for companies and super funds to pay if required. Note: Individuals and trusts in this category pay as advised on their notice of

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