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Upcoming ATO open forums

Upcoming ATO open forums. As part of its ongoing engagement with tax practitioners, the ATO will again be holding open forums in a range of locations across Australia between October and December 2016. Open forums are an opportunity for tax practitioners to have an open two-way dialogue with the ATO, and allow it to share

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The ATO and tax practitioners: Bouquets or brickbats?

The office of the Inspector-General of Taxation now and then reviews the functionality of the relationship between the ATO and tax practitioners in general. ATO tax practitioners: Bouquets brickbats? As the Inspector-General (IGT) said in the last such review: “Tax practitioners play an important role in the tripartite relationship with the ATO and taxpayers, as

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Making the most of the ATO’s client communications list

The ATO is working with the government to transfer its services online. And as digital interactions increase, tax practitioners should be able to access more correspondence via the ATO’s “client communication list” (CCL) rather than traditional paper mail. The CCL function in the tax agent and BAS agent portals gives practitioners online access to communications

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Capital gains tax record keeping tool

The ATO’s capital gains tax (CGT) record keeping tool allows you to record and save your asset and CGT event details, and calculate your capital gains or losses. For assets with a CGT event date, the tool works out your net capital gain or loss amount for the year by applying the CGT calculation method

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How to get your clients’ myDeductions data

How to get your clients’ myDeductions data The myDeductions tool in the ATO app helps your individual clients keep track of their work-related expenses, gifts and donations on the go. They can email you a CSV file of the deductions they plan to claim, or upload these details to the ATO. If they use the

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Internal tax documents released — a peek into court interpretations

The ATO has released on its legal database a series of what until recently have been internal ATO documents. Internal tax documents released The release of these documents in an initiative that the ATO has labelled “iNOW!” (a contraction of “interpretation now”) and is, according to assistant commissioner Gordon Brysland, “a reinvention initiative to drive

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Super schemes: If in doubt, check it out

The ATO says about super schemes, if in doubt, check it out. The ATO says it has seen an increase in aggressive tax planning schemes targeting retirement savings, at a time when more than one third of Australians are approaching retirement and are looking at ways to maximise their retirement assets and income. Super schemes doubt

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5 smart things to do with your tax refund

For many people, their tax refund is treated like a mini lottery win. This tax time, consider putting your “gift” from the ATO to good use. Perhaps it’s the modern world we find ourselves in that taxpayers look at their tax refund like it’s a fortuitous windfall gain. But if you look at your refund

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Tax Time 2016: The ATO releases more essential materials

The ATO has released the following Tax Time 2016 essential materials. More will be added as they are available. 2016 standard distribution statement: guidance notes for fund managers Standard distribution statement for use by managed funds to report tax information to resident individual investors for the 2016 income tax year. Includes guidance notes and sample

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