$3000 grants for small business

Current as at 20 August 2020 Another small level of government assistance, this time from the NSW state government. Eligible small businesses, not-for-profits, and other business types that have fewer than 20 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff as at 1 March 2020 can apply for recovery grants of $500 to $3000. This grant helps small businesses get back to business by meeting the costs … Read More

ATO uses Data Matching to crack down on share income, capital gains

CURRENT AS AT 26 November 2018   The ATO is once again extending its data matching program, this time focusing on share data. In a recent media release the ATO announced that it would start the task of checking if taxpayers were properly disclosing income and capital gains on sale of shares. This means data matching over 500 million records, … Read More

Directors now protected from insolvent trading

CURRENT AS AT 28 AUGUST 2018   Is your company unable to pay its debts? Section 588G of the Corporations Act 2001 imposed a duty on a director to prevent a company from engaging in insolvent trading. If a director allowed their company to continue trading after it became insolvent and allowed their company to incur debts, then they became … Read More

Another ATO crackdown

Current as of July 2018   It seems the Australian Tax Office (ATO) are never happy with the amount of tax we pay. A recent ATO announcement may actually support this theory and is probably sufficient evidence to support their latest crackdown, where there will be an increased scrutiny of expenses claimed in individual income tax returns for the 2018 … Read More

More tax savings for small business

Current as of February 2018   From 1 January, 2018 certain types of insurance for small business are no longer liable to stamp duty. To qualify as a small business, the entity must: Be carrying on a business, and Have aggregated turnover of less than $2 million The exception will apply to: Commercial vehicle insurance (being motor vehicle insurance for … Read More

How long do I have to keep my tax records for?

Current as of October 2017   By law, you must keep business and taxation records generally for five years from the later of when they are prepared, obtained or the transaction is completed. For those with very simple affairs you may be able to retain your records for only two years, however things are not necessarily that straightforward. Simple individual … Read More

Use of social media can open you up to a Tax Audit

Current as of April 2017   Posting images and content online showing your latest holiday or purchase seemed like a good idea at the time! Just remember who might be looking at your social media as well. The ATO has always looked at different ways to data match what taxpayers declare in their tax returns against information available from other … Read More

Are you ready for the 1 July 2017 super changes?

Current as of March 2017 Part 3: Interaction of the $1.6m pension transfer cap and death benefit payments In last month’s Part 2 of the super changes newsletter, “I have more than $1.6m in pension phase so what are my options?” http://stanleywilliamson.com.au/ready-1-july-2017-super-changes-part-2-1-6m-pension-phase-options/, we discussed the $1.6m Transfer Balance Cap (“TBC”) and “Transfer Balance Account (“TBA”). Not only does this TBC affect … Read More

Helpful App to track your Deductions

Current as of March 2017   The ATO now has an app which will be very helpful in tracking the deductions that you are able to claim against your tax. It is available from both the Apple and Android stores. The app is packed with lots of features as you will see below: For Individuals There is a tool called … Read More

February 2017 Newsletter

Current as of March 2017   ATO TO REPORT BUSINESS TAX DEBTS TO CREDIT REPORTING BUREAUS From 1 July 2017 the ATO will be allowed to disclose tax debt information to Credit Reporting Bureaus. To avoid being impacted by these new measures you should read our full article. SMSF PROPERTIES – WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DONE TO THEM? Are … Read More