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Payment Summaries and STP

The introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP) has changed the year end processes for both...

1 July 2014 Federal Budget Recap

Individuals Temporary Budget Repair Levy. Adds 2% to the tax rate for every dollar of a taxpayer’s annual taxable income over $180,000 Increase in the Medicare Levy from 1.5% to 2% Superannuation Guarantee charge increases from 9.25% to 9.5%. Aged care reforms...

Employers paying Superannuation Guarantee

Employers can expect a renewed focus from the ATO on superannuation guarantee (SG) payments made to employees. With the SG rate increasing from 9.25% to 9.5% on 1 July 2014, employers will need to make sure that payments are made on time and that the calculations are...

Are your contractors really employees?

The ATO continues to enjoy a high success rate challenging the treatment of contractors under the superannuation guarantee (SG) legislation. Despite recent comments made by the Government that the ATO should ‘relax’ its approach to contractors, the ATO has no reason...

Clear out the old: New Year housekeeping

Ok, no one likes housekeeping. But for business, July is the month you need to make sure you have properly closed off the last year and can start the New Year the right way. Here is the essential checklist to prevent last year overflowing into this year: Reconcile...

Directors personally liable for employee’s super

Directors are now personally liable for unpaid superannuation guarantee charge (SGC) payments to staff. While initially designed to prevent phoenix company activity, the new laws that applied from 1 July 2012, extend well beyond phoenix company activity (whereby the...

Reporting of Employee Payment Summaries

Each year, employers must provide Employee Payment Summaries to Employee by 14 July and also send an Annual Payment Summary Annual Report to the ATO. In the past, employers have been able to lodge their annual report using disks or flash drives. The ATO are closing...

Tax Planning Starts Now

There’s four key things that all business owners MUST consider RIGHT NOW. Two of them are brilliant wealth creation ideas. Please read on! 30 June is only 8 weeks away so we need to make the most of the time we have for tax planning. Too often, we end up suffering...

Key items that means $ in your pocket

How would you like to legally reduce your tax by $500 or $1,000 or $5,000 or more? Here's how to do it: The Strategy behind Tax Planning The tax you pay depends on your taxable income (all assessable income less allowable tax deductions), and the tax rates that apply...

Building & Construction – Industry Annual Reports

The ATO is sending out letters this month to building and construction industry businesses, reminding them that the 2013/2014 Taxable payments annual report is due by 21 July 2014. Businesses affected are those that: Are primarily in the building and construction...

Hire an accountant and ROCK your business!

You are a business person. You’ve got a fantastic product / service to offer to the world.  While you are busy doing so, let your trusted accountant get you started on the right foot. There is a fairly long list of things that an accountant could be handling for you,...

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