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July 2017 Newsletter

Be Prepared: What you need to bring to your tax return appointment

If you are coming in soon to discuss your tax return for yourself or business, try and not turn up empty handed, at least turn up prepared with some records or electronic access to them. If you use an online accounting solution data should be available online for us to access. Below is a brief checklist of things to prepare for your tax return appointment. Not all of the following will be relevant for everyone, but will depend on your own circumstances.

End of Financial Year

Please ensure that superannuation for employees are paid today to ensure deductibility and any bonuses paid to staff.

Pay wages today and any last minute capital assets you need to buy.

PAYG Withholding Variation

Please send your PAYG withholding variation information to us as soon as possible so your payroll officer can deduct the correct amount of tax.

April 2017 Newsletter

The following topics were discussed:

  • Reduction in FBT rate from 1 April 2017
  • Lump sum payments received by healthcare practitioners
  • Tax officers “hit the streets” to “help small businesses”
  • Planned changes to GST on low value imported goods
  • Company disallowed $25 million of carried forward tax losses
  • Super changes may require action by 30 June 2017!
  • Working holiday makers – 2017 early lodgers

March 2017 Newsletter

Tax News | Views | Clues

March 2017


Client who have yet to do their 2016 returns or prior time is running out as the ATO are not hesitating in issuing penalties for late lodgements.


Re-characterisation of income from trading businesses


August 2016 Newsletter

Client Alert

August 2016


ATO small business benchmarks updated

The ATO has announced the latest benchmarks for small businesses. Based on the data from 2014 income tax returns and business activity statements, the benchmarks cover over 1.3 million small businesses. ATO Assistant Commissioner Matthew Bambrick said one of the great things about the benchmarks was that they gave a lot of small-business owner’s peace of mind.

July 2016 Newsletter

Client Alert
Tax News | Views | Clues
July 2016


June 2016 Newsletter

Last-minute tax planning tactics for individuals

The current financial year is almost at an end, and with an election to be held two days later the recently announced federal budget measures will of course have no chance to take effect until sometime into the next financial year, if at all.

But in the meantime there are still many strategies you may be able to put into play to ensure you pay not one cent more tax than is necessary for the 2015-16 year.

April 2016 Newsletter


Deadline looming for SMSF collectables compliance

The ATO has reminded trustees of self managed super funds (SMSFs) that if they have investments in collectables or personal-use assets that were acquired before 1 July 2011, time is running out to ensure their SMSFs meet the requirements of the superannuation law for these assets.

Assets considered collectables and personal-use assets include artwork, jewellery, antiques, vehicles, boats and wine.

February 2016 Newsletter

Single Touch Payroll pilot and tax offset proposed