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New ATO guidance on “who is an employee?”

February 9, 2024

The ATO recently issued a ruling which explains when an individual is an 'employee' of an entity for pay as you go ('PAYG') withholding purposes. A useful approach for establishing whether or not a worker is an employee of an engaging entity is to consider whether the worker is working in the business of the […]
Melbourne man sentenced to jail for attempting to defraud the ATO

February 9, 2024

A Wheelers Hill man was recently sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment for defrauding the ATO of nearly $35,000 and attempting to defraud the ATO of a further $458,000, following a joint investigation by the Australian Federal Police ('AFP') and ATO's serious financial crime taskforce. The investigation began in June 2020, after the […]
Sale of land subject to GST

February 9, 2024

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently held that the sale of land by a taxpayer was subject to GST, as it was a supply made in the course of an enterprise being carried on by the taxpayer. The taxpayer purchased a single parcel of land in 2013 for $1.6 million, and he subsequently took steps […]
Deductions denied for work-related expenses

February 9, 2024

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal ('AAT') recently held that a taxpayer should not be allowed deductions for various work-related expenses, largely because the substantiation requirements had not been satisfied. The taxpayer, a real estate salesperson, claimed tax deductions for the 2018 to 2020 income years, during which time he derived income from his employment with a […]
Government announces changes to proposed ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts

February 9, 2024

Despite previous assurances, and after much speculation, the Government has announced tweaks to the 'Stage 3' tax cuts that will apply from 1 July 2024. More particularly, the Government proposes to: reduce the 19% tax rate to 16%; reduce the 32.5% tax rate to 30% for incomes between $45,000 and a new $135,000 threshold increase […]
Reminder of December 2023 Quarter Superannuation Guarantee (‘SG’)

December 14, 2023

Employers are reminded that, in relation to their SG obligations for the quarter ending 31 December 2023, the due date is 28 January 2024. If the correct amount of SG is not paid by an employer on time, they will be liable to pay the SG charge, which includes a penalty and interest component. The […]
Claiming deductions in relation to a holiday home

December 14, 2023

Taxpayers should remember that they can only claim deductions for holiday home expenses to the extent they are incurred for the purpose of gaining or producing rental income. They need to consider the following in determining whether the deductions they wish to claim are valid rental deductions:   How many days during the income year […]
Don’t forget the two further ‘boosts’!

December 14, 2023

Although the 'Technology Investment Boost' has come to an end (it provided a bonus deduction for eligible expenditure incurred until 30 June 2023), it is important to remember that there are two further 'boosts' providing bonus deductions for small businesses, and both apply to eligible expenditure incurred up until 30 June 2024. The Skills and […]
ATO warning regarding prohibited SMSF loans

December 8, 2023

Loans to members continue to be the highest reported contravention of the superannuation laws that the ATO sees in auditor contravention reports. SMSF trustees should remember that they cannot loan money or provide other forms of financial assistance to a member or relative, and if they do, they can incur a penalty of up to […]

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