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11/01/2019: PAYG withholding: new penalties for non-compliance

Combating the black economy has been a key priority of the government in recent years. To reduce business activity that takes place “under the radar” of the tax system, new laws commencing on 1 July 2019 will prevent businesses from claiming deductions for payments to employees and certain contractors if they fail to comply with...
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11/01/2019: New “work test” exemption for recent retirees

The government has created a new opportunity for some recent retirees to make additional superannuation contributions. From 1 July 2019, a 12-month exemption from the “work test” for newly retired individuals aged between 65 and 74 years with a total superannuation balance below $300,000 means many older Australians will now have an extra year in...
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14/12/2018: Dealing with an excess super contributions determination

The ATO has begun issuing determinations for individuals who exceeded their concessional super contributions cap in 2017-18. Concessional contributions include all employer contributions, such as the 9.5% superannuation guarantee and salary sacrifice contributions, and personal contributions for which a deduction has been claimed. A higher volume of excess concessional contributions (ECC) determinations will be issued...
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07/12/2018: Labor’s election policies: Part 2

  Labor may implement tax policies of negative gearing restrictions, reduction of the CGT discount, and ending excess dividend imputation if it wins government next year. If you hold any investments you may be subject to Labor’s negative gearing restrictions which would likely be limited to newly-constructed housing. The restrictions would apply on a global...
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07/12/2018: Super changes to help women

  In an effort to assist women experiencing family and domestic violence, the government has proposed to extend the ability to access early release superannuation based on feedback from the wider community. Currently, the early release of superannuation can only be provided in limited circumstances such as terminal illness and severe financial hardship. It is...
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06/12/2018: Franking rules and company tax rates

The progressive lowering of company tax rates may have the effect of locking the benefit of any tax paid at a higher rate in the franking account. A company pays tax at a certain rate on the income year and franking debits accrue at that rate in that year. If dividends referable to that income...
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30/11/2018: Lifting standards in the financial advisory industry

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released proposed updates to organisational competence requirements for financial advice licensees, in a bid to lift education, training, and ethical standards in the financial advice industry. The proposal is based on existing draft guidance published by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). Broadly, the new...
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23/11/2018: ASIC enforcement action on SMSF auditors

ASIC, as co-regulators of SMSF auditors with the ATO, has provided details of its enforcement actions against over 100 SMSF auditors to protect consumers and the integrity of the superannuation system. Whilst the ATO is the one that monitors SMSF auditor compliance, ASIC is regulatory body that investigates any compliance matters that the ATO refers...
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16/11/2018: ATO’s use of real-time data for SG compliance

As technology improves, there’s a continual move towards real-time data for enhanced and timely administration of the tax system, particularly in the superannuation sector. The ATO is leveraging this real-time data and event-based reporting to make inroads in ensuring employees receive their full super guarantee (SG) entitlements. In the 2017-18 year, the ATO received 31,000...
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