Deductions for expenses incurred while working from home

Do your homework when working from home Technology-driven changes to the employment market are seeing record numbers of Australians claiming deductions for expenses incurred while working from home. But a high level of mistakes, errors and questionable claims has prompted the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to increase attention, scrutiny and education for home office expenses…

BOOKKEEPING & PAYROLL

New era of payroll reporting has started

Successful start for Single Touch Payroll Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting is off to a successful start, with around 40,000 employers already sending tax and superannuation information from their payroll software each time they pay their employees. The STP transition year for employers with 20 or more employees started on 1 July, delivering on the commitment to streamline reporting obligations and…

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Personal income tax

1 July 2018 Personal income tax cuts New personal income tax rates come into effect from 1 July 2018. The top threshold of the 32.5% personal income tax bracket will increase from $87,000 to $90,000. Dovetailing into the tax bracket change is the introduction of the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset for those with…

Super Guarantee Amnesty

One-off Super Guarantee Amnesty Employers that have fallen behind with their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations will have 12 months to “self-correct” under a new amnesty announced late last month. The ATO estimates that $2.85 billion is currently owed in late or missing SG payments. Running from 24 May 2018 for 12 months, the amnesty encourages…

Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty On 24 May 2018, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services announced the commencement of a 12-month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty). The Amnesty is a one-off opportunity for employers to self-correct past super guarantee (SG) non-compliance without penalty. Subject to the passage of legislation, the Amnesty will be available from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019. Employers…

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Fringe benefits and car parking

Car parking We all know how expensive commercial car parking can be. The ATO has noticed that where car parking benefits are being declared (that is, where an employer provides parking to an employee), the value of what is being declared is significantly less than what you would expect to pay. Common errors include: Market…

ATO’s new look SBSCH here in Feb

On 26 February, the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) service will join the ATO’s online services Business Portal. To manage the transition, the SBSCH will be unavailable from Tuesday 20 February 2018 to Sunday 25 February 2018 inclusive. During this time the ATO will be transferring your data across to the new system. Super contribution payments in…