compliance

TFN report? You MUST LODGE — maybe … wait, what?

Readers will recall that the ATO has reminded trustees of closely held trusts that they must comply (our emphasis) with the TFN reporting requirements.   Recently, a diligent member of Tax & Super Australia decided that she would ensure that this was undertaken for all of her clients. However, she was unsure as to whether the

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Illegal early release from SMSFs on ATO’s high-risk watch list

In a speech given earlier this year, the ATO’s Assistant Commissioner for Superannuation, Dana Fleming, focused on the risk areas that the ATO had identified as being of most concern — and as being most in need of action. Each year the ATO analyses its data to identify the key risk areas that then form

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Board of Taxation review into FBT compliance costs

  The Board of Taxation has recently announced that it is launching a comprehensive review to determine whether there are opportunities for compliance costs to be reduced that are associated with employer obligations under FBT. In order to understand the sources of compliance costs, the Board of Taxation (BOT) is conducting focus groups, online surveys

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Government commits more funding to TPB, but look where it’s coming from

  On the night the 2018 Federal Budget was tabled, the Chair of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB), Ian Taylor, distributed a media release welcoming the Budget announcement of ongoing additional funding for the TPB, which he said would “ensure that the TPB is able to continue to meet its legislative responsibilities and protect consumers of

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A modern solution for the annual SMSF audit

  Rosie Squibb is a Chartered Accountant operating her own practice in the Nambucca Valley on the mid-north coast of NSW and provides tax and accounting services and advice to SMSF trustees. As readers will know, Section 35C of the SIS Act requires all superannuation funds, regardless of size or type, to be audited on

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Transfer balance account report (TBAR) update

  The ATO requires SMSF trustees to use the superannuation transfer balance account report (TBAR) to advise it when a transfer balance account event occurs. It uses this information to adjust a fund member’s transfer balance account so it can correctly apply the transfer balance cap provisions. SMSF trustees are required to report the following

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More SIS compliance headaches on the way for SMSFs

  Trustees of SMSFs may be soon required to add the creation of a “retirement income strategy” alongside existing compliance requirements centring on investment and insurance. This would similarly require review on a regular basis. The covenants of investment and insurance strategies exist in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS), with an additional retirement

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Three-year SMSF audit cycle proposal stirs debate

  The proposal in the Federal Budget to change the requirement for SMSFs to have an annual audit, moving instead to a three-year auditing cycle, has been met with mixed reactions from the marketplace. Naturally, SMSF trustees have generally welcomed the news, at first glance — welcoming the justification used in the budget papers that

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Clients’ car expenses claims to get the blowtorch treatment this tax time

  Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson has announced that the ATO is particularly concerned about taxpayers either making mistakes or deliberately lodging false claims in relation to work-related car expenses over tax time 2018. “Last year around 3.5 million people made a work-related car expense claims, and together they totalled about $8.8 billion,” Anderson says. “Now that’s a

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