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Effect of Low Interest Rates

June 2, 2020

Outcomes for Australia: Several of the banks across Germany and Japan have sought to diversify their revenue streams across geographies, increasing their product offering around the world and gain exposure to higher interest rates – in countries such as Malaysia, China, Hungary, Poland. Also, many of the banks offer corporate bank accounts with negative interest…

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Self managed super fund audit checklist

December 10, 2019

Click here for the ATO checklist for 2019 For further clarification contact the auditors at Barker and Jennings.  

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Employee Salary Sacrificed Contributions

December 10, 2019

From 1 January 2020 employers will be required to provide superannuation guarantee (‘SG’), on the amounts an employee salary sacrifices into their own superannuation fund.   Here is an example:- Tony receives a salary of $100,000 from his employer for his ordinary hours of work per year. His annual allowable SG would be $25,000. Tony…

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Superannuation year end planning for the 2016/17 financial year

June 9, 2017

The end of financial year always seems to crop up faster than it should. Given the impending July 2017 superannuation changes, being on top of your end of financial year planning is as important as it has ever been. This year it is essential that you consider maximizing the existing contributions limits for superannuation before…

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Engage with the ATO on outstanding debt or risk 5 years of bad credit! – Matthew Jess (Worrells)

February 7, 2017

The Federal Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) included an announcement that from 1st July 2017 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) can disclose to Credit Reporting Bureau the tax debt information of businesses that have not effectively engaged with the ATO to manage those debts. This will be a new and unprecedented power of…

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ATO focus on rental property deductions

July 30, 2015

The ATO is increasing its focus on rental property deductions for 2014/2015 and will be writing to rental property owners in popular holiday locations to remind them of their tax obligations. In particular, the ATO is paying close attention to: Excessive deductions claimed for holiday homes Husbands and wives spitting rental income and deductions for…

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Hidden risk in amending BAS

June 3, 2015

These days, with many businesses wanting to save a few dollars, they are calculating and lodging their own BAS. Generally, these BAS’s are prepared from their internal records according to what they believe are the relevant figures. At the end of the financial year, they present their internal accounts to their accountant to prepare their…

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Taxable payments annual report

May 11, 2015

If you are a business in the building and construction industry and have made payments to contractors for building and construction services, you are required to file the taxable payments annual report by 28 August. You can obtain a printed copy of the annual report and instructions by visiting ATO website, referring to Taxable payments…

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Fuel tax credit rates have increased

February 5, 2015

Fuel tax credit rates have increased for eligible fuel acquired from 2 February 2015, due to a rise in the consumer price index (CPI). Rates are indexed twice a year in line with the CPI – generally on 1 February and 1 August. Rates change regularly and we have the following information and tools to…

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Self-managed superannuation funds – new obligations

August 23, 2012

New regulations for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) took effect on 7 August 2012. They require your SMSF trustee clients to: regularly review their fund’s investment strategy consider insurance for members as part of their fund’s investment strategy value assets at market value for reporting purposes. In addition, we are now able to enforce the requirement…

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