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Areas of concern for SMSF trustees

Areas of concern for SMSF trustees

If you are the trustee of one of the approximately 577,000 SMSFs in Australia at the moment, there are some areas the ATO wants you to pay particular attention to including the sole-purpose test, the in-house asset rules, unlawful schemes and arrangements, and...

Beware of clothing deductions this tax time

Beware of clothing deductions this tax time

Beware of work-related clothing and laundry expense claims this tax time, the ATO is cracking down on individuals making unsubstantiated and exaggerated claims. It has reminded taxpayers that only uniform, protective or occupation-specific clothing that you are...

Downsize to boost your super

Downsize to boost your super

From 1 July 2018, people aged 65 or over will be able to make additional non-concessional contributions of up to $300,000 from downsizing their home subject to certain conditions. This is in addition to the concessional and non-concessional contribution caps. However,...

Pre-lodgement Compliance Review: What you need to know

Pre-lodgement Compliance Review: What you need to know

Pre-lodgement compliance reviews (PCRs) are increasingly being used by the ATO to resolve potential compliance concerns as they arise. Previously, PCRs have only been applied to significant taxpayers such as public companies, international groups, and large Australian...

Tax time focus areas for individuals

Tax time focus areas for individuals

Tax time has come around for another year, and this year the ATO is focusing on “other” work-related expense deductions and work-related car expenses.  It says taxpayer must remember that they are not automatically entitled to claim standard deductions and that all...

Beware of the Superannuation Death Trap

Beware of the Superannuation Death Trap

It is said there are only two things certain in life. Death and Taxes! What happens when they occur at the same time? Death of a loved one is not only a tumultuous time for the deceased family and friends but when the deceased is a member of a self-managed...

It’s FBT time again

It’s FBT time again

FBT season is in full swing with only a month to go until the due date for the lodgement of the return on 21 May 2018. If you haven’t started getting the required information together, now is the time. Remember if you give benefits to any current, prospective or...