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Small Business Tax Cuts

Company Tax Rate Cut Small companies with an annual turnover up to $10 million will receive a tax cut this financial year with the tax rate decreasing from 30% to 27.5%. This will be followed by tax cuts for companies turning over up to $25 million in 2017-18, and up to $50 million in 2018-19. The tax cut announcement is …

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Small Business Benchmarks

Small business owners can benefit by using the Tax Office’s small business benchmarks to compare their business performance with industry averages. What are Small Business Benchmarks? The small business benchmarks are financial ratios that have been extracted from more than a million lodged income tax and BAS returns. What are Small Business Benchmarks used for? The benchmark data is used …

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“Trusts” Explained Simply

A simple definition of a trust is: “A relationship in which one person (the trustee) holds assets (money, property, a business) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary).” Other parties in a trust structure include a “settlor” who contributes the initial trust asset (which may be anything, including a nominal $10 cash or even a house) to bring the trust …

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Renting out part or all of your home

Generally, if you rent out part or all of your home, the rent money you receive is assessable. This means that you must declare your rental income in your income tax return, but you can also claim deductions for any associated expenses. However, be warned. If you rent out part of your home, such as one room, you also may …

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Real Estate Buyers become Tax Collectors

Withholding rules on the sale of property by foreign residents have been introduced. This potentially turns property buyers into tax collectors. The rules apply where real property contracts are entered into on or after July 1, 2016, but only apply to sales of residential property where that property has a market value of $2 million or more. Withholding will not …

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Company Cars & Novated Leases

SalarySalary packaging a car is a popular choice. Doing so by salary sacrifice often raises the topic of novated leases. l;llllllllllllfgfrgg pacSalary Packaging a Car using a Novated Lease What is a Novated Lease A novated lease is a way for an employee to buy a car and have their employer make the repayments to an agreed financial supplier. Basically, …

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Depreciation Tax Deductions for Property Owners

Many investment property owners are missing out on substantial tax deductions every year because they are simply not aware of all their depreciation entitlements What is a Depreciation Deduction? Depreciation is the reduction in value of an asset that occurs over time due to everyday wear and tear. Savvy Property Investors know this and claim tax deductions for that decrease …

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Last Minute Tax Tips

Here are a few quick tips to help you minimise your tax. Bad Debts Review your debtors and write off the bad debts before 30 June to get the deduction. Consumables Buy any necessary loose tools, stationery, printer toners, paper, water etc before 30 June. Defer Income Delay issuing the last week of June bills to customers until 1 July. Employee Bonus Consider committing …

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Keep Better Accounting Records for Greater Success

Research shows businesses that are good at meeting their GST and activity statement obligations tend to run more successful businesses. This can be because the systems and processes they use to keep financial records and manage their tax affairs also help them keep track of their business performance and make sound business decisions. By maintaining proper records of dates, sales, …

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Employee or Contractor ?

The Undercover Employee  The Tax Office’s ongoing compliance efforts have some constant focus. One of these is the often flawed characterisation of an employee as a contractor by businesses.   Characterisation is fraught with elements of complexity. For instance, entitlement to annual leave, sick leave and other benefits may arise. An employer’s liability to work cover and payroll tax in …