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Guilty as Charged: when your evidence doesn’t match what you tell the ATO

In the world of tax, good intentions only go so far. A recent case involving subdivided farmland before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) reinforces that evidence must support the tax position you are taking. The case involves…
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Taxpayer gets away with claiming a loss on her home

A decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has the tax world in a flurry after the Tribunal found in favour of a taxpayer who sold the apartment she lived in for a loss, then claimed the $265,935 loss in her tax return as a deduction. In…
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A summary of all business tax changes this year

Employers & business Superannuation guarantee increases to 11% from 10.5% National and Award minimum wage increases take effect. The minimum salary that must be paid to a sponsored employee - the Temporary Skilled Migration…

The Billion Dollar TikTok Scandal

$1.7 billion paid out in fraudulent refunds, another $2.7bn in fraudulent claims stopped, around 56,000 alleged perpetrators and over 100 arrests to date. How did the TikTok tax scandal get out of control? “Everyone else got refunds,…
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Why is my tax refund so small this year?

The tax refund many Australians expect has dramatically reduced. We show you why. There is a psychology to tax refunds that successive Governments have been reticent to tamper with. As a nation, Australia relies heavily on personal and…
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Rental Property Reporting Blitz

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has launched a full-on assault on rental property owners who incorrectly report income and expenses. The ATO’s assessment, based on previous data matching programs, is that there is a tax gap of…
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Tax obligations for online content creators

The explosion of OnlyFans, YouTubers, TikTokers and others all offer an opportunity for ‘content creators’ to profit from the audiences they generate. But now the Tax Office has given notice to the booming industry. Back in October…
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$3 million+ Super balance nest eggs will get their tax doubled

The Government has announced that from 2025‑26, the 15% concessional tax rate applied to future earnings for superannuation balances above $3 million will increase to 30%. In a very quick turnaround from announcement to draft legislation,…
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Slower asset write offs, some tweaks & changes to tax, and more money for ATO compliance!

Last year we had a double deal of government budgets, and without even coming full circle yet, it's time for this year's budget. https://vimeo.com/825343630   Businesses have limitations and compliance warnings to be aware of,…
ATO targeting in 2020

ATO targets lifestyle assets

The ATO has requested insurance policy information from 30 insurers for lifestyle assets such as yachts, thoroughbred horses, and fine arts. The review, expected to impact 350,000 taxpayers, reaches from the 2015-16 to 2019-20 financial…
bushfire relief from ATO

Bushfire relief from the ATO

Ten million hectares, lives lost, wildlife on the brink, billions in lost revenue and clean-up costs. For many, returning life to normal is a long way off this summer. Among all the generosity from Australians, celebrities and businesses,…
ATO takes gloves off for overseas income

ATO take ‘gloves off’ on overseas income

Five years ago, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offered a penalty amnesty on undisclosed foreign income. Five years on, the ATO has again flagged that underreporting of foreign income is an issue but this time the gloves are off. How…
Rental Investment

Own an investment property?

Get ready for tax time Tax time has arrived, and we have put together some practical information to help rental property owners prepare and lodge your tax return this year. There are helpful resources available for rental property…

What are PAYG Instalments?

PAYG Instalments, something that alot of our clients get confused about. Pay as you go instalments (PAYG) get issued by the ATO, and you get sent a welcome or adjusted letter. But do you understand it? Shaun Farrugia explains all you need…

How do I know it’s really the ATO calling me?

We have had a few phone calls regarding some scam phone calls from some very dodgy people claiming to be the ATO. It's important that you know what to do, and you don't fall into their trap. So, someone is calling you claiming to be the…