What you need to know. If your Queensland business has been impacted by the recent lockdowns, there is government assistance available from today. Applications for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants will open at 12pm (midday), 16 August 2021. All eligible businesses who apply for a grant...

Everybody involved in acquiring or disposing of cryptocurrency needs to keep records in relation to their cryptocurrency transactions. The ATO will acquire account identification and transaction data from cryptocurrency designated service providers for the 2021 financial year through to the 2023 financial year inclusively (relating to...

The ATO has advised that it will engage in two new data matching programs dealing with property transactions, as outlined below: The ATO will acquire property management data from property management software providers for the 2018/19 through to 2022/23 financial years (relating to approximately 1.6...

The ATO is alerting taxpayers that its sights are set on work-related expenses like car and travel claims that are predicted to decrease in this year’s tax returns. Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh noted that COVID-19 has changed people’s work habits, so the ATO expects their work-related...

The super guarantee rate will rise from 9.5% to 10% on 1 July 2021, so businesses with employees will need to ensure their payroll and accounting systems are updated to incorporate the increase to the super rate....

The ATO is concerned that many taxpayers believe their cryptocurrency gains are tax-free, or only taxable when the holdings are cashed back into Australian dollars. ATO data analysis shows a dramatic increase in trading since the beginning of 2020, and has estimated that there are over...

The ATO has advised employers intending to claim a tax deduction for super payments that they make for employees in the 2020/21 income year that any such payments must be accepted by the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House ('SBSCH') on or before 23 June 2021. This...

With the end of the financial year fast approaching here is a final checklist to help you with your tax planning: • Pay your personal Superannuation Contributions prior to 30 June in order to claim them as a tax deduction in the 2021 financial year. Contributions...

The ATO has extended (again) the ability to utilise the "shortcut rate" for claiming home office running expenses to 30 June 2021 (it previously only applied until 31 December 2020). The ATO's guideline allows certain taxpayers to claim a fixed rate per hour (80 cents per...

The ATO has announced it will engage in the following data-matching programs: it will acquire motor vehicle registry data from state and territory motor vehicle registry authorities for 2019/20 through to 2021/22, with records relating to approximately 1.5 million individuals to be obtained each financial...

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