Staff parties With the well-earned December/January holiday season on the way, many employers will be planning to reward staff with a celebratory party or event. However, there are important issues to consider, including the possible FBT and income tax implications of providing 'entertainment' (including Christmas parties)...

Scamwatch is warning that scams cost Australian consumers, businesses and the economy hundreds of millions of dollars each year and cause serious emotional harm to victims and their families. Cryptocurrency scams are the most 'popular' type of investment scams, representing over 50% of losses. Often the...

The ATO is reviewing Australian business numbers ('ABNs') to identify potentially inactive ABNs for cancellation, and it has introduced a new automated process to allow taxpayers (or their tax agents) to confirm if their ABN is still required via a secure voice response system. An ABN...

Taxpayers can vary their pay as you go ('PAYG') instalments throughout the year if they think they will pay too much, compared with their estimated tax for the year. To assist taxpayers who continue to be affected by COVID-19, the ATO has stated that it will...

As part of its Digital Business Plan, the Government announced the full implementation of the 'Modernising Business Registers' program. This included recently enacted legislation introducing the new director identification number ('director ID') regime. The director ID is a unique identifier that a director will need to apply...

Due to the continued extenuating circumstances of COVID-19 and lockdowns since 1 July, the 80 cents per hour temporary shortcut method to calculate working from home deductions has been extended to 30 June 2022. For more details, click here: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Home-office-expenses/Shortcut-method/#Eligibility The existing fixed rate method (52 cents per...

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...

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 is using its compliance resources to maintain the integrity of the JobKeeper measure. While most businesses and employees have done the right thing, the ATO has identified concerning and fraudulent behaviour as well as claims by a small number of organisations and employees, and...

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