The ATO has launched a new compliance campaign aimed at driving the lodgement of SMSF annual returns as it chases 80,000 late returns.

ATO Eyes 80,000 Late SMSF Returns: ‘3 Strikes and You’re Out’

The ATO has launched a new compliance campaign aimed at driving the lodgement of SMSF annual returns as it chases 80,000 late returns. Speaking at the SMSF Association National Conference 2021, ATO assistant commissioner, SMSF Segment, Justin Micale said that while the illegal release of super in SMSFs is a continued concern for the ATO,…
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SMSFA calls to reinstate higher contribution cap for over 50s

SMSFA Calls to Reinstate Higher Contribution Cap for Over 50s

The SMSF Association has called for the reinstatement of the $35,000 concessional contributions cap for over 50s, arguing that the current $25,000 cap restricts fund members from contributing to their super at the age where they can most afford to do so. In its submission for the 2019 federal budget, the association said the current…
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ATO reveals STP reporting options for closely held payees

ATO Reveals STP Reporting Options for Closely Held Payees

Employers with closely held payees will now have three options to report payments through Single Touch Payroll, following guidance from the ATO. The ATO has confirmed that STP reporting for closely held payees will commence from 1 July, after it had granted these employers a one-year exemption in the midst of the pandemic last year.…
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NSW Government Announce New Grants Post Lockdown

NSW, WA Governments Announce New Grants Post-Lockdown

The New South Wales and Western Australia state governments have now announced new grants for small businesses affected by snap COVID-19 lockdowns. In NSW, the new $3,000 and $5,000 hardship grants will be available to small businesses in Sydney’s Northern Beaches that were affected by COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas last year. WA small businesses will…
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Aerial view of Suburban Houses promoting property investment

Expert Warns, Invest In Property or Watch Savings Dwindle

Money is cheaper than it’s ever been on the back of a favourable interest rate environment, compelling Aussies to shift away from other types of investment vehicles and into property investment. Non-traditional property investors are looking to pounce on the favourable interest rate environment and dabble their feet in property, founder and director of Rethink…
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ATO extends simplified working-from-home deduction method

ATO Extends Simplified Working-From-Home Deduction Method

Taxpayers continuing to work from home in the new year will be allowed to continue using the simplified working-from-home deduction method following a third extension by the ATO. The 80¢ per hour shortcut method, introduced in April 2020 in response to COVID-19, will now be in place until 30 June 2021. This is the third…
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NSW Government Dine & Discover Vouchers

Christmas Comes Early for NSW Hospitality, Tourism & Art Industries

What a year! I think I can speak on behalf of, well, everyone, when I say that Christmas is upon us and I couldn’t be happier to close the chapter that is the year 2020. It’s the time of year where most businesses are winding down and planning for a little R & R, however…
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Coronavirus grants now tax-free

Coronavirus Grants Now Tax-Free

Legislation aimed at ensuring coronavirus small business grants are not subject to income tax has now passed both houses of Parliament. Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 5) Bill 2020 passed Parliament late on Thursday. The bill amends income tax law to make certain grant payments received by eligible businesses non-assessable non-exempt income so that these…
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JobKeeper deadlines for the second extension period have now been extended by the ATO ahead of the festive season.

ATO Extends JobKeeper Deadlines ahead of Christmas & New Year

JobKeeper deadlines for the second extension period have now been extended by the ATO ahead of the festive season. Completion of the December business monthly declaration, for employers to be reimbursed for payments between 23 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, has also been extended from the usual 14th of each month to 28 January…
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