ATO

Activity statements digitally delivered can cause problems

Tax & Super Australia (TSA) members have identified a significant problem caused by a recent decision of the ATO to change paper-based activity statements to digital delivery from the month of November 2020.  This change in technology is causing problems for tax agents and their clients. TSA’s Tax Counsel John Jeffreys says the ATO is

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Taking advantage of the SG amnesty, for some employers, has one more hurdle

At the time when the superannuation guarantee amnesty measure ran its course (it expired 7 September 2020), the Assistant Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume reported the amnesty resulted in 24,000 employers coming forward, with about $588 billion paid into nearly 400,000 accounts. Your eligible clients who qualified for the amnesty by disclosing unpaid SG before

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A hand up for your small business clients on cash flow

The ATO’s Cash Flow Coaching Kit is a free resource that it has provided for tax professionals and business advisers. It is designed as a value-add advisory service to use with small business clients, but does not replace any existing accounting or financial tools, although it can be used to complement software accounting packages. With

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ATO takes aim at ‘you-scratch-my-back’ auditing arrangements

It has long been an accepted standard that the auditor of an SMSF needs to be independent of that fund, and be a third party entity to the SMSF. This requirement is written into the SISR legislation. There have of course been breaches of this requirement, and instances where auditors and/or fund trustees have suffered

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Daily updates: 9-13 November

13 November NEWSASIC to extend “no action” position in face of continued COVID conditionsASIC has announced that it will extend the deadline for both listed and unlisted entities to lodge financial reports under Chapters 2M and 7 of the Corporations Act (the Act) by one month for certain balance dates up to and including 7

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5 minute tax updates 2-6 November

Seasonal worker taxation fact sheet providedClients missed SG deadline?Ongoing small business focus from ATO revealedMore on exemption from FBT for retraining and reskilling benefitsNew guidance for re-shaped R&D incentiveSignificant SMSF reporting change buried in Treasury’s “portfolio” amendmentsProposal to change rules so super complaints can continue to be dealt withGST and property: Quick ATO guidance for

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If your client’s dire financial straits includes a tax debt

Whether your client is usually running a business, or trying to under these COVID-19 conditions, or is just an individual trying to make ends meet, there is nothing worse for them than to find, on top of everything else, that they have ended up with a tax debt owing to the ATO. This may also

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5 minute tax update: 12-16 October

Data matching and the reporting of asset disposals for CGTIs ATO being put on a cost-of-operation diet?FFC hands decision win in Healius appeal to CommissionerSTP reporting: ATO has compiled a troubleshooting pageWithholding schedule update released post budget rates changesGuideline on SMSF penalty administrationChange made so super providers do not re-use payment reference numbersSMSF auditors reminded

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5 minute tax updates: 5-9 October

Insolvency reform consultation openSmall business tax concessions extended to more SMEsGranny flats to be CGT freeGST BAS toolkit under developmentGST and transaction account acquisitions made outside of AustraliaTPB announces increased service provision for BAS agentsE-invoicing unstoppableBusiness support grants in Victoria to be non-assessable (and could spread)Economy recovery bill introducedAdvisers get to give feedback on code

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5 minute tax updates: 14-18 September

JobKeeper 2.0 rules have been releasedThree legislative instruments released on JobKeeper extensionAll your JobKeeper extension questions will be answeredUpdated guidance on JobKeeper from ATOQuo vardis GST?Land duty valuations: New guidance from Victorian SROFASEA confirms dates and venues for 2021 examsAcquisition of economic entitlements in VictoriaSun will not have set on permitted worker permits, so re-issuing

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