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Client Alert August September 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

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% […]

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BUDGET 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 on […]

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Client Alert February / March 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

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 separate […]

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Client Alert December 2016/January 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Contrived trust arrangements in ATO sights The ATO has cautioned taxpayers against arrangements that seek to minimise tax by creating artificial differences between the taxable net income and distributable income of closely held trusts. Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston said the ATO is investigating arrangements where trustees are engineering a reduction in trust income to allow […]

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Client Alert October / November 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Personal middle income tax rate cut on the way The Federal Government has introduced a Bill which proposes to implement its 2016 Budget proposal to increase the third personal income tax threshold that applies to personal income taxpayers. The rate of tax payable on individuals’ taxable incomes from $80,001 to $87,000 would fall from 37% […]

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Client Alert – August / September 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ATO small business benchmarks updated The ATO has announced the latest benchmarks for small businesses. Based on the data from 2014 income tax returns and business activity statements, the benchmarks cover over 1.3 million small businesses. ATO Assistant Commissioner Matthew Bambrick said one of the great things about the benchmarks was that they gave a […]

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Panama Hit List

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Tax Office deal to protect the rich article by : Damon Kitney – The Australian, April 30 2016 _______________________________________________________________________ A number of wealthy Australians named in the Panama Papers, which revealed how the world’s richest and most powerful people use offshore companies to hide their wealth, will not have their historical tax affairs investigated […]

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Client Alert April -May 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tax planning There are many ways in which 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 […]

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

PERSONAL TAXATION Personal tax rates: small tax cut from 1 July 2016 From 1 July 2016, the 32.5% personal income tax threshold will increase from $80,000 to $87,000 in an attempt to address tax bracket creep. The Government expects this will stop around 500,000 taxpayers facing the 37% marginal tax rate and prevent average full-time wage earners […]

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Client Alert February – March 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Tax relief for small businesses that restructure on the way Small businesses are important to the Australian economy, as they facilitate growth and innovation. However, as a small business develops over time, its initial legal structure may no longer be suitable for the business. Where a business has to restructure to accommodate growth, the transfer […]

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