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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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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