Parliament has passed the legislation allowing first home buyers to save for a deposit inside superannuation through the First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS), and also allowing older Australians to 'downsize' and then contribute the proceeds of the sale of their family home into superannuation.
From 1 July 2018, a first home buyer will be able to wiCONTINUE READING
The Treasurer has released draft legislation containing new "integrity improvements" to the CGT small business concessions ('SBCs') (i.e., including the 15-year exemption, the retirement exemption, the 50% active asset reduction and the small business roll-over).
Due to the government's "continued support for genuine small business taxpayers", itCONTINUE READING
The ATO has published the key superannuation rates and thresholds for the 2018/19 income year.
Legislation has been passed to “clamp down” on GST evasion in the property development sector.
From 1 July 2018, purchasers of new residential premises and new residential subdivisions will generally be required to withhold the GST on the purchase price at settlement and pay it directly to the ATO.
Property developers will also need to give writtCONTINUE READING
2018 Budget Update
The Government handed down the 2018/19 Federal Budget on Tuesday 8th May 2018. Some of the important proposals include:
Personal Income Tax Cuts passed!
Parliament has passed the Government's Personal Income Tax plan, meaning that the first stage of the proposed income tax cuts will start to take effect from 1 July 2018.
According to the Prime Minister, taxes "will now be lower, fairer and simpler".
The Government's plan has three steps:
(1) The Government will introduce the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (in additiCONTINUE READING
Further company tax cuts deferred (for now . . .)
The Government has decided not to put the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017 to a vote in the Senate ... for the present point in time (it had already passed the House of Representatives without amendment).
The Bill aims to progressively extend the lower 27.5% corporate tax rate to all corporate tax entities by the 2023/24CONTINUE READING
SG Amnesty still pending
The proposed superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) amnesty is a one-off, 12-month opportunity to self-correct past non-compliance (i.e., from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019).
It will apply to previously undeclared SG shortfalls for any period from 1 July 1992 up to 31 March 2018.
The ‘carrot’ currently on the table is that employers who voluntarily disclose pCONTINUE READING
Increased scrutiny of home office claims
Last year, 6.7 million taxpayers claimed a record $7.9 billion in deductions for ‘other work-related expenses’, which includes home office expenses.
Reportedly, due to a high number of mistakes, errors and questionable claims for home office expenses, the ATO has recently advised that it will be increasing attention, scrutiny and education on thCONTINUE READING