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August Newsletter

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Making claims for travel allowances is a handy deduction for many employees, especially as the ATO has seen fit to make an exception to substantiate these claims in many circumstances. However this consideration comes with a warning — get it right, or lose that exception. We run over the particulars.

Did you know that there are deductions that are specific to SMSFs? As usual however, there are conditions. We also look at deductions available for financing rental properties, the interaction between the new super transfer balance cap and child recipients of death benefits, and a tax break available for life policy bonuses held for a certain time.

Please contact us for clarification, or further advice, regarding any of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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July Newsletter

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The ATO is on the warpath over incorrect deductions that many taxpayers try to claim for holiday rental properties, so we take a look at the issues that have been grinding the taxman’s gears.

And if you’re going to soon make an appointment to complete your tax return, we’ve made a general checklist of things to prepare. By the way, you might also be able to claim the travel costs for travelling to see us — we share the particulars for eligibility.

Mobile, home phone and internet costs may be claimed under some circumstances, so we run over the substantiation that the ATO will accept to successfully make these deductions. We also present an overview of streaming trust capital gains and franked distributions.

Please contact us for clarification, or further advice, regarding any of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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May Newsletter – Budget Update

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The budget announcements contain a suite of tax and superannuation measures aimed at increasing housing stock and improving housing affordability. While the government has not gone close to clamping down on the political and social hot potato of negative gearing, it has taken some steps to restrict the travel expense and depreciation tax breaks enjoyed by investors.

Last year, many individual taxpayers received small “cake and coffee” tax cuts (so called because they averaged around $6) which were touted as an important first step to addressing bracket creep; but one year later, the government announces that the Medicare Levy will increase by 0.5% to 2.5%, which will surely eat into those tax cuts (for those lucky enough to have received them).

Last year’s budget was one for small businesses. This year, the small gift is a one year extension of the $20,000 instant asset write-off for 2017-18. Unfortunately, the government will tighten access to the small business CGT concessions.

Please contact us for clarification, or further advice, regarding any of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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May Newsletter

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There can be capital gains conundrums when sub-dividing the family property, so we run through the typical scenarios to dissect the likely tax outcomes. And another perennial head-scratcher is the deductibility of the interest payable on borrowed funds.

A GST exemption is available when a “going concern” business is involved, so we look at the conditions that must be met. And while the recent tax cut for some companies is welcome, thought needs to be given to the change in tax rates when dealing with dividend credits.

Please contact us for clarification, or further advice, regarding any of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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April Newsletter

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There’s nothing wrong with sourcing certain business assets through peer-to-peer websites like Gumtree or even a Facebook group. It’s when it comes to substantiating a tax claim that these sorts of transactions can end up being difficult.

The ATO’s rules regarding deductions claimed for work clothing, or for laundering clothes, are fairly straight-forward, but there are a few grey areas that crop up now and then.

We cast an eye over how simplified depreciation works for small business pools, and also look at the new “total superannuation balance” and what it means for your fund.

Please contact us for clarification, or further advice, regarding any of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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March Newsletter

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FBT and the provision of cars to employees continues to cause potholes in the road to smooth tax compliance for businesses. We run over the usual FBT return problem areas. Also, as the “sharing economy” is becoming more prevalent, the ATO has found it necessary to issue some guidance.

A not-uncommon conundrum for many SMSF trustees is what to do when the fund is found to have breached the in-house asset rules. There are also some common misconceptions about these regulations that keep resurfacing.

We also look at tax and dividend income, and run over the options for salary sacrifice arrangements.

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