tax

Deductions for vacant land to be wound back

  The government announced in May this year, as part of the 2018–19 federal budget, that it will decrease the scope of allowable deductions for expenses stemming from holding vacant land that is intended to be used for residential or commercial purposes. The measure will apply from 1 July 2019. (See page 42 of the

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Could trust splitting soon result in increased tax obligations?

  A draft taxation determination released in July has triggered some alarm among practitioners that certain previously benign trust re-arrangements may soon lead to new tax obligations being attached. TD 2018/D3 posits that certain trust split arrangements should be viewed as the creation of a new trust over some, but not all, of the assets

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GST and the sale of vacant land

  A frequent query from tax practitioners who contact Tax & Super Australia’s member-only helpline service is whether a sale of a vacant block of land would be subject to GST. In this worked example, we walk through a scenario where a taxpayer disposes of a vacant block of land on which residential property was

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Gig economy danger: Hiring a “contractor” who is really an employee

  If your business client is looking to put on more staff, then by all means congratulate them. But they may also benefit from a follow-up warning. In these days of the “gig economy”, the engagement status of workers has become an even more important distinction – whether they are employees or independent contractors –

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