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Reminder of December 2023 Quarter Superannuation Guarantee (‘SG’)

By SEO Jessa | December 19, 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

Claiming deductions in relation to a holiday home

By Warren Kruger | December 19, 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 did […]

Investment Boost

Don’t forget the two further ‘boosts’!

By Warren Kruger | December 15, 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

ATO warning regarding prohibited SMSF loans

By Warren Kruger | December 12, 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 […]

Notice of officeholder data-matching program

Notice of officeholder data-matching program

By Warren Kruger | December 8, 2023

The ATO will acquire officeholder data from ASIC, the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission for the 2024 and 2025 income years, including details such as: their name, address and date of birth; email address and contact phone number; organisation class, type and status, and state of […]

ATO's lodgment penalty amnesty is about to end

ATO’s lodgment penalty amnesty is about to end

By Warren Kruger | December 5, 2023

The ATO is remitting failure to lodge penalties for eligible small businesses. Businesses which have not yet taken advantage of the ATO’s lodgment penalty amnesty only have until 31 December 2023 to do so. Businesses must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the amnesty: had an annual turnover under $10 million […]

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What’s New For Taxpayers

By Warren Kruger | August 19, 2015

Before you complete your tax return for 2015, there are some changes you should be aware of in case they affect you. Mature age worker tax offset You can no longer claim the Mature age worker tax offset (MAWTO) in your tax return. Previously, to be eligible for the offset you needed to be an […]

Travel between home and work and between workplaces

By Warren Kruger | September 2, 2015

While trips between home and work are generally considered private travel, you can claim deductions in some circumstances, as well as for some travel between two workplaces. If your travel was partly private and partly for work, you can only claim for the part related to your work.   What you can claim You can […]

Investment Property – Claiming Repairs and Maintenance Expenses

By Warren Kruger | September 9, 2015

Can you claim the cost of repairs you make before you rent out the property? You cannot claim the cost of repairing defects, damage or deterioration that existed when you obtained the property, even if you carried out these repairs to make the property suitable for renting. This is because these expenses relate to the […]

Gifts and donations

By Warren Kruger | November 4, 2015

You can only claim a tax deduction for gifts or donations to organisations that have the status of deductible gift recipients (DGRs).   Deductions for gifts are claimed by the person that makes the gift (the donor).   For you to claim a tax deduction for a gift, it must meet four conditions: The gift […]

Capital gains tax checklist

By Warren Kruger | November 11, 2015

  The following questions will help you to identify possible capital gains tax (CGT) obligations. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, CGT may apply. Some questions are intended to highlight the possibility of a capital gain or loss arising in the current year, others to alert you to the possibility of a […]

Tax on Super Contributions

By Warren Kruger | December 16, 2015

The tax you pay on your super contributions generally depends on whether the contributions were made before or after you paid income tax, you exceed the super contributions cap or you are a very high-income earner. Before-tax super contributions The super contributions you make before tax (concessional) are taxed at 15%. Types of before-tax contributions […]

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