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…
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…
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…
Small Retail Business Owner in VIC

Victoria Launches Small Business Digital Rebate

Victorian businesses will now have access to a $1,200 rebate to put towards adopting new digital products, including cloud accounting tools, to assist them in their COVID-19 recovery. Victoria’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is now open for registrations until 28 February 2021. The program, part of the state government’s $3 billion Business Resilience Package,…
Small-business coronavirus grants set to be income tax-free under new bill

Small Business Coronavirus Grants Set to be Income Tax-Free under New Bill

A new bill that ensures state and territory grants issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic are not subject to income tax has now been introduced. Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 5) Bill 2020 has now been introduced in Parliament, following the government’s announcement that small and medium business grants announced on or after…
Spreadsheets for Refunds for Tax Losses

Refunds for Tax Losses

If your company has made a loss, you may be able to claim a tax refund for tax previously paid on profits. In the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Government announced that businesses with turnover under $5bn* will be able to offset any losses made between 2019-20 and 2021-22 against previously taxed profits between 2018-19 and…
Man working in cafe and wondering about Tax Deductions For Investing In Your Business

Tax Deductions for Investing in Your Business

Stimulating investment is high on the Government’s agenda. To encourage spending, the 2020-21 Budget introduced a measure that allows businesses with turnover under $5bn* to immediately deduct the cost of new depreciable assets and the cost of improvements to existing assets in the first year of use. This means that an asset’s cost will be…
JobMaker: What we Know So Far

JobMaker Hiring Credits: What We Know So Far

We’ve had quite a few questions about the JobMaker hiring credit announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget. The legislation enabling the JobMaker scheme has not passed Parliament as yet and until this occurs, the JobMaker rules are not certain and may change. More details should be available soon and we’ll let you know as soon…
Jeremy Hirschhorn of ATO Announced $120m clawback of jobkeeper

ATO Claws Back $120m in JobKeeper with New Complaince Areas in Focus

About $120 million in JobKeeper payments have been recovered by the ATO due to businesses making deliberate or reckless mistakes, as fresh guidance on its JobKeeper extension compliance focus lands. Fronting a Senate Estimates hearing on Tuesday, ATO second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn said $200 million in payments had been stopped permanently, with another $100 million…
Small Business Owner unhappy as he misses out on loss carry back

Small Business Shut Out From Loss Carry Back

Thousands of small businesses are set to miss out on accessing the temporary loss carry back provisions due to its limitation to corporate entities. The National Tax and Accountants’ Association has now written to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to call for the expansion of the loss carry back provisions to non-corporate entities such as sole traders, partnerships and trusts.…
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