ATO assistant commissioner Sylvia Gallagher

ATO kicks off ‘soft’ debt collection restart

The ATO has launched a soft restart of its debt and lodgement activities as it looks to re-engage with businesses. Apart from Victoria, where businesses are working towards a staged reopening plan, the ATO has begun reaching out to businesses in other parts of the country as part of its debt intervention activity restart after such…
ATO JobKeeper Audits of Employer Obligations

COVID-19 | Incoming ATO Audits Tipped to Focus on JobKeeper, Employer Obligations

JobKeeper audits are expected to go on for two years, while the ATO’s scrutiny of employer obligations is set to continue over the next 12 months, says one audit insurance provider. Accountancy Insurance director Roman Kaczynski noted that while ATO audit activity is significantly down on previous years due to COVID-19, JobKeeper reviews have continued…
Small Business Owner on the phone and computer looking for help during COVID-19

COVID-19 | What Now? Where to Get Help If You Need It

Help for Business JobKeeper 2.0 The Government has announced further changes to the JobKeeper scheme. The good news is that employees that missed out on JobKeeper because they were not employed on 1 March 2020 might now be eligible. The proposed changes would enable employees employed on 1 July 2020 to receive JobKeeper payments from…
The Garis Group shares information on the $150k instant asset write-off which has now been extended for 6 months

COVID-19 | $150k instant asset write-off extended for 6 months

The $150,000 instant asset write-off has now been extended until the end of the year as the government looks to spur businesses to invest. The instant asset write-off threshold of $150,000 for businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million will now be extended to 31 December 2020. The extension, estimated to cost $300 million…
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…
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…
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