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Australian Federal Budget 2021-22

The 2021-22 Federal Budget is a balancing act between a better than anticipated deficit ($106 bn),...

Most Effective Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

OUR TOP 10 MOST EFFECTIVE BUSINESS TAX PLANNING STRATEGIES The end of the 2020/21 financial year is almost here and now is the time to review what strategies you can use to most effectively minimise your businesses tax. After the year that was many businesses are...

Payment Summaries and STP

Payment Summaries and STP

The introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP) has changed the year end processes for both employers and employees. Payment Summaries (or Group Certificates) are now a thing of the past, with income statements replacing these. Here’s what it means for both employers...

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...

If you have a Family Trust you need to read this

Trust Distributions Resolutions needed BEFORE 30th of June, 2014 - or pay up to 46.5% tax. If you have a Family Trust (also known as a Discretionary Trust) YOU NEED TO READ THIS! From the 2011/12 financial year, Trustees who distribute the income of a Trust through a...

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