ATO sent letters to directors who are potentially in breach of their obligations to ensure that the company they represent has met its PAYG withholding, superannuation guarantee charge, or GST obligations.

ATO ramps up heat on directors

Throughout March, the ATO sent letters to directors who are potentially in breach of their obligations to ensure that the company they represent has met its PAYG withholding, superannuation guarantee charge, or GST obligations. These letters are a warning shot and should not be ignored. The director penalty regime ensures that directors are personally liable…
The ATO’s Attack on Trusts and Trust Distributions

The ATO’s Attack on Trusts and Trust Distributions

Late last month, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released a package of new guidance material that directly targets how trusts distribute income. Many family groups will pay higher taxes (now and potentially retrospectively) as a result of the ATO’s more aggressive approach. Family Trust Beneficiaries at Risk The tax legislation contains an integrity rule, section…
ATO launches campaign to target tax withholding on overseas royalties

ATO Launches Campaign to Target Tax Withholding on Overseas Royalties

ATO has embarked on a new campaign to target private wealth groups withholding tax on overseas royalties. The ATO’s International Risk for Private Groups Program has launched a campaign focusing on non-resident withholding tax relating to royalty expenses paid overseas for the 2019 and 2020 income years. Taxpayers who have paid royalties to a non-resident…
Professional Services Firm Profits Guidance Finalised

Professional Services Firm Profits Guidance Finalised

The Australian Taxation Office’s finalised position on the allocation of profits from professional firms starts on 1 July 2022. The ATO’s guidance uses a series of factors to determine the level of risk associated with profits generated by a professional services firm and how they flow through to individual practitioners and their related parties. The…
ATO WFM Shortcut Method

ATO Guidance: Working From Home Shortcut

The Australian Taxation Office has extended the working from home (WFH) shortcut method to 30 June 2022. The temporary shortcut method has been available for employees who worked from home and incurred some additional running expenses as a result. It allows them to easily work out their WFH expenses from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020,…
The ATO has begun utilising new powers that will allow it to disclose business tax debts to credit reporting bureaus, sparking concerns as businesses reel from ongoing lockdown restrictions.

ATO Utilising New Powers so Businesses Act on Tax Debts

The ATO has begun utilising new powers that will allow it to disclose business tax debts to credit reporting bureaus, sparking concerns as businesses reel from ongoing lockdown restrictions. Businesses with over $100,000 in tax debts have begun receiving letters from the Tax Office, warning them of the agency’s intent to disclose tax debt information…
Ato Secures Data Matching Program till 2023

Crypto Crackdown Underway with ATO Data-Matching Program

Over 600,000 Australians who have invested in cryptocurrency will now be unable to hide from their tax obligations as the ATO extends its data-matching program to 2023. The ATO’s cryptocurrency data-matching program, first launched in April 2019, will now scrutinise cryptocurrency transactions and account information from designated service providers for a further three financial years to…
ATO to set its sights on ‘copy-paste’ expense claims

ATO Set’s It’s Sights on ‘Copy-Paste’ Expense Claims

The Tax Office has issued a warning to taxpayers who opt for “copy-pasting” work-related expense claims, like those accrued for travelling between work sites, or laundering uniforms, while they have been working from home. The ATO on Thursday warned taxpayers that it will set its sights on ineligible work-related expense claims come tax time, issuing…
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