Superannuation Budget changes

Cleaners and couriers latest black economy targets

Details of Government’s crackdown on cleaning and courier companies revealed. From 1 July 2018, the taxable payments reporting system will extend beyond the building industry to cleaning and courier businesses. This means that these businesses will need to report payments they make to contractors (individual and total for the year) to the ATO. By ‘payment’ the…

common questions

ASIC Trading Name changes

Trading names A trading name was a name used by an entity or person to trade under. A trading name is not a registered business name. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) collected trading names before 28 May 2012. They are currently displayed on the Australian Business Register (ABR). Current situation Since 28 May 2012, the…

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Single Touch Payroll starts 1 July 2018

The ATO is changing the way employers report their tax and super You may need to use Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018. You’ll now be able to report this information to the ATO directly from your payroll solution. If you have 20 or more employees, you need to start using Single Touch Payroll-enabled software to…

audit

ASIC Targets Growing Companies In Audit Crackdown

ASIC is in the midst of a concerted campaign targeting private companies that have outgrown the reporting exemptions. ASIC requires companies to prepare and lodge a financial report and a directors’ report each financial year, and have the accounts audited unless the company is exempt. Most small companies are exempt from the compliance requirements as…

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The Tax Commissioner’s hit list

The Tax Commissioner’s hit list Every so often the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) sends a ‘shot across the bow’ warning taxpayers where their gaze is focussed. Last month in a speech to the National Press Club, Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan did exactly that. Part of the reason for this public outing is the gap between…

17 commonly overlooked ATO tax deductions

To keep a healthy bottom line, businesses need to be smarter and sharper every financial year. It’s a good time to discuss ATO tax deductions – especially those deductions often missed. 1. Prepay expenses With tax deductions, every little bit counts. Prepaying your expenses can attract a tax deduction that is commonly overlooked. You can…

credit rating

ATO adding tax debt to your credit record

From 1 July 2017, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will inform credit rating agencies of businesses that have outstanding tax debts. Given 65.2% ($12.5 billion worth) of these late payers are small businesses, the move will put significant pressure on business operators to prioritise tax debt above other creditors. Announced in the Mid-Year Economic and…