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The Budget 2024

Thursday, May 16, 2024

PERSONAL TAXATION Personal tax rates: Stage 3 (as revised) confirmed from 2024–2025 In the 2024–2025 Federal Budget, the Government did not announce any further changes to the personal tax rates. The Government’s revised Stage 3 tax changes (as announced on 25 January 2024 and enacted into law by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living […]

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The Client Alert April / May 2024

Friday, April 26, 2024

Reactivating old debts: new guidelines for government agencies In response to the ATO’s recent actions on reactivating or offsetting old tax debts, the Commonwealth Ombudsman/ACT Ombudsman and the Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) have jointly issued new guidelines aimed at improving how Australians are notified about debts they owe to the government. The […]

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The Client Alert February / March 2024

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

ASIC’s new alert list offers guidance on suspicious investment “opportunities” As a part of the government strategy to target investment scams, ASIC and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – through the newly formed National Anti-Scam Centre – have published an investor alert list which may help consumers to identify whether entities they are […]

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The Client Alert

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

ASIC’s new alert list offers guidance on suspicious investment “opportunities” As a part of the government strategy to target investment scams, ASIC and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – through the newly formed National Anti-Scam Centre – have published an investor alert list which may help consumers to identify whether entities they are […]

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The Client Alert – October/ November

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

ASIC calls on lenders to support customers With the cost of living crisis and increase in interest rates hitting Australian households, there is growing evidence that many are falling into financial stress. It is with this background that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has issued an open letter to various banks, credit institutions, […]

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The Client Alert August / September 2023

Monday, August 14, 2023

ATO motor vehicle data matching program extended The ATO has extended its motor vehicles data matching program once again to encompass the 2022–2023 to 2024–2025 financial years. For each financial year, the ATO will acquire information from all eight of the state and territory motor registries regarding where a vehicle has been transferred or newly […]

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The Budget 2023

Friday, June 9, 2023

PERSONAL TAXATION Personal tax rates unchanged for 2023–2024 In the Budget, the Government did not announce any personal tax rates changes. The Stage 3 tax changes commence from 1 July 2024, as previously legislated. The 2023–2024 tax rates and income thresholds for residents (unchanged since 2021–2022) are: taxable income up to $18,200 – nil; taxable […]

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Client Alert December 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Looming changes for the “buy now, pay later” market In a bid to protect consumers, the Federal Government has released a consultation paper seeking views on options to regulate the “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) market. Currently the BNPL space is unregulated in Australia and thus not subject to responsible lending standards, despite involving financial […]

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The Client Alert December 2021 / January 2022 Edition

Friday, December 17, 2021

ATO Medicare exemption data-matching continues The ATO has announced the extension of its Medicare exemption statement data-matching program. This program has been conducted for the last 12 years, and has now been extended to collect data for the 2021 through to 2023 financial years. It is estimated that information relating to approximately 100,000 individuals will […]

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Client Alert October 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Federal COVID-19 support developments Additional financial support for child care providers The Prime Minister and the Minister for Education and Youth recently announced new support measures for child care providers that are impacted by extended COVID-19 lockdowns. Child care services in Commonwealth-declared hotspots will be eligible for new fortnightly payments of 25% of their pre-lockdown […]

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