small business

Substantiation exception for reasonable travel allowance expenses

One of the issues that Tax & Super Australia finds frequently raised by members is the tax treatment of work related travel expenses, as well as the reliance on the “reasonable amounts” prescribed by the Commissioner. In our view, the current ATO guidance may not adequately cover the issues encountered by practitioners and taxpayers. Often,

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Some common FBT mistakes

If a business provides certain benefits to staff, or their associates, the business taxpayer may be up for fringe benefits tax (FBT). But there seems to remain ongoing misconceptions, or at worst misinformation, among many in business about the exemption or otherwise of certain benefits provided to employees. Generally, a condition of exemption is that

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Can your client claim a tax deduction for insurance premiums?

As a general guideline, the ATO will allow a deduction for insurance premiums if it can be shown that the insurance cover relates to earning assessable income.  Income protection insurance is one example of the kind of cover that may provide an allowable tax deduction for premiums – such claims have been allowed by the

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Deductibility of training course fees provided to employees

Running a successful small business sometimes requires an upskilled team. If you need your employees to grow their expertise in a particular area, spotting them for short-courses can be a worthwhile endeavour. When providing staff these courses, Tax & Super Australia has observed the following questions for employers to consider from a tax viewpoint. Can

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