As the new financial year approaches, employers need to be aware of two important super changes. From 1 July 2022, employees can be eligible for super guarantee (‘SG’), regardless of how much they earn, because the $450 per month eligibility threshold for when SG is paid...

Taxpayers are reminded not to make the mistake of ‘double dipping’ on deductions (that is, claiming expenses twice) in their tax return this year. Some of the ‘double dipping’ mistakes commonly made relate to the following deductions: Working from home expenses A common mistake involves using the 'shortcut...

Single Touch Payroll ('STP') reporting has been expanded. This expansion, known as ‘STP Phase 2’, means that employers will need to start reporting extra information to the ATO each time they run their payroll. Some digital service providers (‘DSPs’) needed more time to update their products and...

Taxpayers are being warned to be on the lookout for dodgy online ads, often on social media platforms, promising easy GST refunds. The ATO recently issued a media release about large-scale GST fraud attempts exceeding $850 million, that involve customers setting up an ABN without operating...

The ATO is in the process of writing to taxpayers that may be eligible to have their tax debts disclosed to credit reporting bureaus (‘CRBs’). The ATO can potentially report outstanding tax debts to a CRB where the following criteria are satisfied: - The taxpayer has an...

Individuals can now re-contribute amounts they withdrew under the COVID-19 early release of super program without the re-contribution counting towards their non-concessional contributions cap. These contributions can be made between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2030. Individuals can make COVID-19 re-contribution amounts to any fund of...

Changes to Australia’s superannuation laws were passed through both houses of parliament last week and will come into effect on 1 July, 2022. These changes are set to benefit Australian superannuation fund members. 1. The Superannuation Guarantee is legislated to increase from the current 10% to 10.5%....

The Government has recently extended the SME Recovery Loan Scheme by a further six months (to 30 June 2022) to support SMEs adversely economically affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Under the Scheme, eligible businesses can obtain loans through participating bank and non-bank lenders with the backing...

The ATO has reminded taxpayers that it has a range of support available for small businesses experiencing difficult situations, such as natural disasters, mental health challenges or financial hardship. Depending on the business taxpayer’s circumstances, the ATO may be able to: • give the business extra time...

The ATO has reminded employers to consider their tax and super obligations when employees are provided with incentives or rewards for getting their COVID-19 vaccination. When employees are provided a cash payment, including paid leave for employees to get their COVID-19 vaccination (or additional paid leave...

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