Main residence exemption myths and misconceptions

Main Residence Exemption Myths and Misconceptions

The surge in the residential property market continues to attract buyers and sellers, many involving the family home. This article considers the common myths and misconceptions when it comes to being eligible for the main residence exemption. When it comes to taxation, the family home is sacred. It is often the largest asset a taxpayer…
Tax and the Normalisation of Cryptocurrency

Tax and the Normalisation of Cryptocurrency

The Australian Taxation Office recently updated its guidance on tax and cryptocurrency. In early November, the Commonwealth Bank announced that it is now Australia’s first bank to offer customers the ability to buy, sell and hold crypto assets, directly through the CommBank app. You know when the banks come on board, cryptocurrency has become normal.…
ATO WFM Shortcut Method

ATO Guidance: Working From Home Shortcut

The Australian Taxation Office has extended the working from home (WFH) shortcut method to 30 June 2022. The temporary shortcut method has been available for employees who worked from home and incurred some additional running expenses as a result. It allows them to easily work out their WFH expenses from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020,…
The ATO has begun utilising new powers that will allow it to disclose business tax debts to credit reporting bureaus, sparking concerns as businesses reel from ongoing lockdown restrictions.

ATO Utilising New Powers so Businesses Act on Tax Debts

The ATO has begun utilising new powers that will allow it to disclose business tax debts to credit reporting bureaus, sparking concerns as businesses reel from ongoing lockdown restrictions. Businesses with over $100,000 in tax debts have begun receiving letters from the Tax Office, warning them of the agency’s intent to disclose tax debt information…
‘Increase the rate, broaden the base’: Looking at GST 20 years on

Looking at GST 20 years on: ‘Increase the rate, broaden the base’

Consumption tax should be raised to 20 per cent or broadened to cover a wider base, says tax experts as debate over the GST rages on. At a tax reform conference hosted by the Blueprint Institute in Sydney on Monday, a panel of tax experts each had varying suggestions to government on the ways the…
ATO launches new tax residency data-matching program

New Tax Residency Data-Matching Program Launched by ATO

The tax residency status of Australians and foreign residents are set to undergo closer scrutiny by the ATO as it launches a new data-matching program that will cover 670,000 individuals each year. The Department of Home Affairs will now provide the ATO with arrival and departure records of travellers to and from Australia for the…

The 1st July Superannuation Changes

Changes from 1 July 2021 will impact on how much money you can contribute to superannuation and how much you can have in your retirement phase superannuation account. In general, your superannuation is either in an accumulation account (when you are building your super), a retirement account (when you meet preservation age and certain conditions…
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