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…
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…
JobKeeper: The Next Steps

JobKeeper: The Next Steps

The first tranche of JobKeeper ended on 27 September 2020. We look at the issues for those seeking to qualify for the second tranche of JobKeeper and for those no longer eligible. Wrapping Up JobKeeper If your business is no longer eligible for JobKeeper payments, there are a few things you need to do: Advise…
Peter Holt Assistant Commissioner for ATO

COVID-19 | Trading Conditions could Lead to more TPAR Businesses: ATO

Businesses such as restaurants and cafés that moved to a delivery service model in response to COVID-19 restrictions have been urged to confirm if they fall into the taxable payments reporting system this year. ATO assistant commissioner Peter Holt said ongoing coronavirus restrictions have seen businesses pivot and contract out more services, potentially capturing these…
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,…
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