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New insolvency rules commence

February 1st, 2021

Important changes to Australia’s insolvency laws commenced operation on 1 January 2021. The Federal Government has called these the most important changes to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years. The measures apply to incorporated businesses with liabilities less than $1 million. The intention is that the rules change from a rigid “one size fits all” [...]

Small businesses: don’t forget your FBT concessions

February 1st, 2021

If you own a small business still recovering from the COVID-19 induced downturn, remember that you can take advantage of FBT concessions to lower the amount of FBT you may need to pay. The concessions include exemptions for car parking in some instances, and work-related portable electronic devices. All this could mean more cash to [...]

JobMaker Hiring Credit rules and reporting

February 1st, 2021

With a range of government COVID-19 economic supports such as the JobKeeper and JobSeeker schemes winding down in the next few months, businesses that are seeking to employ additional workers but still need a bit of help can now apply for the JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme. Unlike the JobKeeper Payment, where the money has to [...]

Working from home deductions: “shortcut” rate until 30 June 2021

February 1st, 2021

The ATO advises that the “shortcut” rate for claiming work-from-home running expenses has been extended again, in recognition that many employees and business owners are still required to work from home due to COVID-19. This shortcut deduction rate was previously extended to 31 December 2020, but will now be available until at least 30 June [...]

COVID-19 Supplement extension to 31 March 2021

February 1st, 2021

The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services has now registered the legal instrument that ensures the COVID-19 Supplement will continue to be paid until 31 March 2021 for recipients of: •    JobSeeker Payment; •    Parenting Payment; •    Youth Allowance; •    Austudy Payment; •    Special Benefit; •    Partner Allowance; and •    Widow Allowance. It will [...]

ATO warning: watch out for tax avoidance schemes

February 1st, 2021

Tax planning or tax avoidance – do you know the difference? Tax planning is a legitimate and legal way of arranging your financial affairs to keep your tax to a minimum, provided you make the arrangements within the intent of the law. Any tax minimisation schemes that are outside the spirit of the law are [...]

JobMaker Hiring Credit up to $200/week: draft rules

December 7th, 2020

The Federal Government has released an exposure draft of the rules for the JobMaker Hiring Credit, which was announced in the 2020–2021 Budget in October. JobMaker will take the form of a payment to employers for each new eligible job they create over the next 12 months. It is estimated that the scheme will cost [...]

ATO post-COVID expectations for businesses

December 7th, 2020

The ATO has recently outlined its expectations for businesses post-COVID. Overall, it warns companies against using loopholes to obtain benefits from the various government stimulus packages and urged them to follow not only the letter of the law, but also the spirit of the law. Specifically, it reminds taxpayers that measures such as the expanded [...]

ATO advises of PAYG instalment and company tax rate error

December 7th, 2020

On 10 November 2020, the ATO advised that the recent reduction in the company tax rate had not been applied correctly in its systems from 1 July 2020. The error, which resulted in pay-as-you-go (PAYG) instalments being calculated using the former rate of 27.5% and not the correct 26%, affected companies that are base rate [...]

Additional $250 Economic Support Payments on the way

December 7th, 2020

Two additional Economic Support Payments of $250 each will soon be available to people who get any one of the following: • Age Pension; • Carer Allowance; • Carer Payment; • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; • Disability Support Pension; • Double Orphan Pension; • Family Tax Benefit Part; or • Pensioner Concession Card. TIP: The [...]


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