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News 2017

December 2017

client alert      tax news | views | clues December 2017 Consultation paper: combating phoenix activities The Federal Government has released a consultation paper proposing company and tax law reforms to combat phoenix activities. Phoenix activities involve stripping assets from a company that’s in debt and transferring them to another company to avoid paying the first...
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October 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues Bill to increase Medicare levy The Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 has been introduced to implement the Government's 2017–2018 Budget announcement to increase the Medicare levy by 0.5% to 2.5% from 1 July 2019 in order to help finance the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Nine other...
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September 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues Work-related expense claims under scrutiny Will you claim work-related expenses on your tax return this year? The ATO now uses real-time data to compare people’s tax returns with others in similar occupations and income brackets. This year it’s focused on identifying higher-than-expected claims for expenses related to work vehicles, travel,...
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August 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues Tax cut for small business: ATO will amend returns For the 2016–2017 income year, the company tax rate for small businesses decreases to 27.5%. Companies with turnover of less than $10 million are eligible for this rate. The maximum franking credit that can be allocated to a frankable distribution has also been reduced to 27.5% for these companies. The...
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Tax Planning Special Edition

client alert tax planning bulletin Tax planning There are many ways that entities can defer income, maximise deductions and take advantage of other tax planning initiatives to manage their taxable income. Taxpayers should be aware that they need to start the year-end tax planning process early in order to maximise these opportunities. Of course, those undertaking tax planning should be aware of...
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July 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues   Higher education HELP changes announced The Government has announced a package of reforms to higher education – the Higher Education Reform Package – to take effect generally from 1 January 2018. Under the package the maximum student contribution will increase from 1 January 2018, but there will be no up-front fees and...
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June 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues   Tax incentives to promote innovation Innovative companies with an interest in getting involved in the “ideas boom” need to be aware of the Government’s proposed tax incentives to help promote innovation. The Government has released draft legislation to implement more of the proposed tax measures announced as part of its National...
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May 2017 Special Budget Edition

federal budget    |       June 2017 PERSONAL TAXATION No change to personal tax rates; Budget deficit levy to end The 2017–2018 Federal Budget contained no changes to the personal income tax rates and thresholds. This means that the 2% budget deficit levy on incomes over $180,000 will not be extended beyond its initial three years, and will cease...
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April 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues  Ride-sharing drivers must register for GST In a recent decision, the Federal Court has held that the UberX service supplied by Uber’s drivers constitutes the supply of “taxi travel” for the purposes of GST. The ATO has now advised that people who work as drivers providing ride-sharing (or ride-sourcing) services must: keep records;...
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March 2017

Client alert tax news | views | clues   Re-characterisation of income from trading businesses The ATO has released Taxpayer Alert TA 2017/1 to say it is reviewing arrangements that try to fragment integrated trading businesses to re-characterise trading income as more favourably taxed passive income. The ATO is concerned with cases where a single business is divided in a contrived way into...
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February 2017

client alert tax news | views | clues  ATO priority on settling cases – but not at any cost The ATO has advised that it places a high priority on resolving tax disputes early, including through reaching settlements where appropriate, but that it will not settle disputes at any cost. It says “the sensible use of settlements” is part of its commitment to earlier and more...
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