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...

Almost one‑third of people made mistakes when claiming their interest deductions. This information will help you get your claims right in your tax return. Remember the following three key points: The property must be rented, or genuinely available for rent at the time you incur the...

The ATO will acquire government payments data from government entities who administer government programs for 2017/18 to 2022/23 financial years. The data items include: service provider identification details (names, addresses, phone numbers, email, dates of birth, service type, ABN, ACN); and payment details (service provider ID,...

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...

The ATO is currently reviewing certain arrangements where Australian taxpayers seek to disguise undeclared foreign income as a gift or loan. Genuine gifts or loans received from related overseas entities (including family members and friends) are sometimes used to fund businesses or to acquire income producing...

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...

Please be aware that ALL income needs to be declared in your income tax return. The ATO has expanded its data matching capabilities across many platforms like Airbnb, Uber, Airtasker, Stayz, Car Next Door, and more. Just because you don't declare this income, doesn't mean the ATO...

The ATO is focusing on property expense claims for investment properties this financial year, in particular, the following areas: Claiming interest on a loan to purchase a rental property is an allowable tax deduction however you cannot claim the use of the loan money for...

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