Franking Credits should Labour win the next election

CURRENT AS AT 26 November 2018   With an election year coming up in 2019 and the possibility of a new government should Labour win, it is worth being aware of what tax changes may occur on a change in government.  Bill Shorten has made it clear in his policies that franking credits refunds may be in jeopardy under a … Read More

Trust Vesting

We have had a few situations recently with client’s trusts getting close to the vesting date of the trust. The vesting date of a trust is the date that the assets of a trust vest in the beneficiaries. On vesting, the beneficial interests in the assets become fixed. The ATO issued draft tax ruling (TR 2017/D10) late last year addressing … Read More

Tax issues for Cryptocurrencies

The world is fascinated with cryptocurrencies. While they have been around for several years now, the recent growth and volatility of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has meant they’re now frequently in the news. The ATO has also taken an interest, and has released quite detailed guidance on the tax treatment of crypto-currencies in various scenarios.  Some of these scenarios are: … Read More

Audit, assurance, or something in between?

In recent times, the audit profession has become the subject of increased scrutiny and questions around its purpose, capability and quality of output. There has also been a marked change in the perceptions around the purpose of an audit, and its benefits –it’s now almost a cliché that an audit is perceived as an unnecessary, and sometimes expensive, compliance cost. … Read More

Are you in the building & construction industry?

If you are in the building and construction industry you will need to be registered with the NSW Long Service Corporation. (Other states have similar schemes). The scheme is available to employees, employers and self-employed. It provides portable long service benefits for eligible workers in the building and construction industry. The scheme allows eligible workers to work for different employers … Read More

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

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 returns Individuals with simple tax affairs … Read More

Share Transfer vs Share Buy Back – what’s the difference?

Where two or more unrelated shareholders trade through a company, there often comes a time where they part ways, presenting a need for one of the shareholders to exit the company. Broadly, this can be achieved either by the departing shareholder selling his shares to the remaining shareholder, or alternatively by the company itself buying back the shares held by … Read More

How to access invaluable financial information about your competitors

The regulatory and compliance requirements enforced by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for Companies are often seen to be a burden – but they can also prove to be a useful source of data. Aside from providing investors with safeguards in the manner in which directors carry out their duties in the running of a financially sound company, … Read More

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

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 sources. In the past they have … Read More