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The problem when the evidence doesn’t match what the taxpayer tells the ATO

A recent case before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) highlights the importance of ensuring that the evidence supports the tax position you are taking. The case involves heritage farmland originally purchased for $1.6m that sold 7 years later for $4.25m and the GST debt that the ATO is now pursuing on the sale. In 2013, …

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What changed on 1 July 2023

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Employers & business Superannuation guarantee increases to 11% from 10.5% National and Award minimum wage increases take effect. The minimum salary that must be paid to a sponsored employee – the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold – increased to $70,000 from $53,900. Work restrictions for student visa holders reintroduced to 48 hours per fortnight. The …

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The 120% technology and skills ‘boost’ deduction

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The 120% skills and training, and technology costs deduction for small and medium businesses have passed Parliament. We’ll show you how to take maximise your deductions. Almost a year after the 2022-23 Federal Budget announcement, the 120% tax deduction for expenditure by small and medium businesses (SME) on technology, or skills and training for their …

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What will the ATO be Asking about your Holiday Home?

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Taxpayers claiming deductions on holiday homes are in the ATO’s sights. The ATO is concerned that people with holiday homes are claiming more deductions than they should and have published the starting questions they will be asking to scrutinise claims: The problem is blanket claims for the holiday home regardless of the time the home …

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The ‘Super’ Wars

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A consultation paper released by Treasury has sparked a national debate about the role, purpose and access to superannuation ahead of the 2023-24 Federal Budget. What is the purpose of superannuation? At first glance, the consultation released by Treasury in February titled Legislating the objective of Superannuation sounds innocuous enough. The consultation seeks to anchor …

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The ATO’s final position on risky trust distributions

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The ATO has released its final position on how it will apply some integrity rules dealing with trust distributions – changing the goal posts for trusts distributing to adult children, corporate beneficiaries, and entities with losses. As a result, many family groups will pay higher taxes because of the ATO’s more aggressive approach. Section 100A …

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