Government Extends Early Access to Super for those effected by COVID-19

COVID-19 | Government Extends Early Access to Super

Australians adversely financially affected by COVID-19 will now be given more time to apply for the early release of superannuation. The government’s economic and fiscal update on Thursday has revealed that applications for the COVID-19 early release of super scheme will now be extended to 31 December. Eligible citizens and permanent residents of Australia and…
Tax time 2020: ATO homes in on rental deduction claims

Tax Time 2020 | ATO Homes in on Rental Deduction Claims

Rental deduction hotspots for this tax time have now been identified by the ATO as it anticipates a change in claims because of COVID-19 and recent natural disasters. Rental deduction claims continue to be a focus point for the ATO leading into tax time 2020, with the agency doubling its in-depth audits last year on the back…
Imminent Workplace & ATO Targets for 2021

Imminent Workplace & ATO Targets for 2021

What’s changing on 1 July? Company tax rate reduces to 26% for base rate entities $150k instant asset write-off scheduled to reduce back to $1,000 for small business entities and will no longer be available for entities with aggregated annual turnover of $10m or more, although accelerated depreciation rules apply to certain entities until 30…
ATO Cash Flow Boost Measure for Small to Medium sized Businesses

Tax Office Quizzed on Cash-Flow Boost Backlog

The ATO has denied any systemic issues around the processing of the cash-flow boost measure, noting that it only continues to interrogate claims in a “very small number of cases”. It is now understood that a recalibration of the ATO’s dataset over the past weekend should ensure the cash-flow boost payments are processed more smoothly,…
JobKeeper to address service entities: Josh Frydenberg

COVID-19 | Special Purpose Service Entities Now Included in JobKeeper Scheme

Corporate groups that employ staff in a service entity will now be included in the JobKeeper scheme under a yet-to-be-announced alternate decline in turnover test. Revealed by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Friday night, the government will now provide an alternate decline in turnover test for the eligibility of special purpose service entities that provide employee…
COVID-19 Australias Major Banks agree to 'Bridging Finance" for JobKeeper Payment

COVID-19 | Major Banks Agree to Provide ‘Bridging Finance’ to Help Businesses

Businesses will be given a leg up by Australia’s major banks through sped-up loans to cover upfront staff wages before the ATO reimburses the $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payment each month. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced that Australia’s four major banks have now agreed to provide “bridging finance” to help businesses pay their employees before…
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