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…

Ten tax myths

Tax myths busted! With tax season underway, the ATO has identified the top 10 tax myths and misunderstandings it says are causing incorrect claims. Helping Australians get their returns right Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson says unreliable tax advice is leaving taxpayers exposed. Top of the list is the myth that everyone is entitled to claim a…

Non-Concessional Contributions (no tax deduction)

1 July super changes

What’s changing on 1 July 2018? Superannuation Event-based reporting for SMSFs – A new reporting regime commences for SMSFs. All SMSFs must report events that affect their members’ transfer balance accounts (for example, when an SMSF member first starts to receive a pension from their fund). Timeframes for reporting are determined by the total superannuation balances of the SMSF’s…

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…

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New laws hold franchisors responsible for vulnerable workers

Franchisors and holding companies could be held responsible if their franchisees or subsidiaries don’t follow workplace laws.  The Government has stepped in to protect workers following months of controversial headlines uncovering poor record keeping, questionable workplace practices and exploitation, underpayments, deception, and superannuation guarantee fraud by employers. The Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill amends the Fair…