The recent boost in funding for the tax office is set to bring about increased review activity, more ATO guidance, and expanded education campaigns. Understanding how the ATO plans to enhance tax revenue in the future is vital for your business's readiness. Here are our insights on the strategies the ATO might employ: Stricter Enforcement of Existing Laws: Expect further crackdowns based on existing legislation, such as ATO guidance on Division 7A and unpaid present

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Australian banks announced big profits over the past several weeks, and have been roundly criticised by many believing the fees charged (including interest rates) are excessive. What is not well known is that banks have passed on only 2.73% of the RBA’s (Reserve Bank of Australia) 4.00% rate increases since early 2022 as at June 2023. This has actually been a cushioning effect for borrowers. Banks have been competing aggressively and on average have not

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There is increasing talk about the type of investing which considers environmental, social impact, and good governance (ESG) factors when making investment decisions. To understand if it is all just hype or whether its an important part of the future of investment let’s explore the topic. What is it? ESG factors can include things like a businesses' carbon emissions, its labour practices, and its board diversity. There are a number of reasons why investors might

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As we approach the tax season, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a statement that they would like to remind taxpayers to exercise caution and avoid rushing the lodgement of their annual income tax return from 1 July. It is important to note that taxpayers who submit their returns before their income statement is marked as 'Tax ready' and before their other pre-fill information is received run the risk of experiencing processing delays and

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Investors and Small Business Superannuation Contributions There are important issues to be aware of regarding your contributions to superannuation this year.  These will affect all those under 75 years of age making contributions to their superannuation for the 2022/23 financial year. Claim a tax deduction on your after-tax contributions. From July 2017, most individuals under 75 may claim a tax deduction for superannuation contributions made from their after-tax savings.  Talk to us and we can

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Individual Salary & Wage Earners   Deductions you can claim When completing your tax return, you're entitled to claim deductions for selected expenses, most of which are directly related to earning your income. To claim a work-related deduction: You must have spent the money yourself and not have been reimbursed; It must be directly related to earning your income; and, You must have a record to prove it. *N.B. If the expense was for both

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