investment

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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Investment guidance, forms, explanations

  Use the links provided to find out more about investing, and find out more about the ATO’s investor’s tax planning tips. Tax planning in general Tax advice website for investors  The ATO’s tax planning website, designed to help investors and tax agents make informed investment decisions. Features a checklist of what to look for

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Can bitcoin be a personal use asset?

  A question was asked of the ATO recently, via its “ATO Community” webpage (find out more about that here) that centred on the viability of deeming bitcoin (or any cryptocurrency) as a personal use asset. The follow-up portions of the question of bitcoin as a personal use asset were as follows: Does a taxpayer

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Can an SMSF invest in property development?

The ATO has been sending some mixed messages about property development involving an SMSF, and has indicated that it is one of the issues on its radar for 2018. So is property development an allowable investment for an SMSF? The short answer yes, but be careful. A longer answer is be very careful — it

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Why the negative gearing issue is not going away anytime soon

Negative gearing is not isolated to property investment, although this is where many if not most Australian taxpayers will associate the mechanism. The fact is that the measure exists within the fundamentals of Australia’s tax system anyway — a deductibility of interest on borrowings made to undertake an investment.  It is nothing more than a

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Property investment options: SMSFs versus discretionary trusts

Astute investors assess many options in choosing a structure for investment, with tax planning being one consideration among many. There are tax advantages in relation to using a discretionary family trust or a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). However, one question that needs to be answered by investors is: “When do you wish to realise any

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