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Tax on shares

ATO extends data matching program The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is utilising data provided by the Australian Investments and Security Commission (ASIC) to data match share trades. The ATO is accessing more than 500 million records detailing price, quantity and time of individual trades dating back to 2014. The information complements information that the ATO…

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Investment property

Travelling to and from your investment property From 1 July 2017, new rules came into effect that prevent taxpayers claiming a deduction for expenses they incur travelling to and from their residential investment property. The Government restricted travel deductions to curb “widespread abuse around excessive travel expense claims relating to residential investment properties….This will stop…

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…

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…

Superannuation Budget changes

1 July changes

What’s changing on 1 July 2018? Individuals Personal tax bracket changes – The top threshold of the 32.5% personal income tax bracket will increase from $87,000 to $90,000*. Introduction of the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset* providing a tax offset for those with taxable income of up to $125,333. GST on property developments and…

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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…

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Car claims in ATO crosshairs

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning taxpayers that they are paying close attention to claims for work-related car expenses this tax time. Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson wants taxpayers to avoid getting tripped up by making claims that they can’t justify, citing ‘standard’ claims as a common error. “Some people think they are entitled to…