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Tax time tips for small business

Posted by Team AVS on 19 Jun, 2019  0 Comments

 

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is lending a helping hand to nearly four million small businesses to get their tax right this tax time.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Holt said the ATO understands that small businesses have a lot on their plate with the day-to-day running of their business. “That’s why we’re focusing on addressing common issues we see when small businesses lodge their returns so that we can support them to g

Is Penalty Interest Deductible? Yes, And No, And Maybe

Posted by Team AVS on 11 Jun, 2019  0 Comments

A new ruling has been released by the ATO on the deductibility or otherwise of penalty interest.

The term “penalty interest” refers to an amount payable by a borrower under a loan agreement in consideration for the lender agreeing to an early repayment of a loan. The amount payable is commonly calculated by reference to a number of months of interest payments that would have been received but for the early payment.

The new ruling stress

EOFY Last-Minute Tax Planning Tactics For Individuals

Posted by Team AVS on 4 Jun, 2019  0 Comments

This financial year is almost over, but there are still tactics you may be able to employ to make sure you pay the right amount of tax for the 2018-19 year. While the best strategies are adopted in July (that is, as early as possible in a financial year and not at the end), it’s worth remembering proper tax planning is more than just sourcing bigger and better deductions. The best tips involve assessing your current circumstances and planning y

FBT’s hot issues targeted by the ATO

Posted by Team AVS on 29 May, 2019  0 Comments

If you are an employer, you may appreciate knowing what the ATO is looking out for, and the fringe benefits you’re expected to report, so you can avoid attracting its attention or making costly mistakes. In this year’s updated ATO list for taxpayers, titled “What attracts our attention”, there are six items that specifically relate to fringe benefits tax (FBT).

These items are:

failing to report motor vehicle fringe benefits, incor

Alternatives to a tax invoice for certain GST credit claims

Posted by Team AVS on 22 May, 2019  0 Comments

Tax invoices are an essential element of Australia’s taxation system and serve both to collect tax revenue related to the goods and services on which GST is levied as well as record the credits that are claimable by eligible businesses.

A business registered for GST will generally be required to hold a tax invoice for any transaction in order for an input tax credit to be claimed. The tax invoice can usually only be issued by the entity that

The budget’s boost to instant asset write-off is now law

Posted by Team AVS on 14 May, 2019  0 Comments

Federal Budget night announced an increase in the instant asset threshold, and also an extension of which businesses could access the measure. Now the Treasury Laws Amendment (Increasing and Extending the Instant Asset Write-Off) Bill 2019 has achieved Royal Assent.

The instant asset write-off threshold increased from $25,000 to $30,000 from Budget night to 30 June 2020.

The threshold applies on a per asset basis. As a result, eligible busi

Scammers impersonate ATO phone numbers

Posted by Team AVS on 8 May, 2019  0 Comments

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about the continuation of unprecedented numbers of pre-recorded phone calls experienced last year which impersonate legitimate tax office phone numbers.

Assistant Commissioner Gavin Siebert said that scammers have adopted ‘Robocall’ technology to target taxpayers across the country. “Scammers are sending pre-recorded messages in record numbers and are manipulating caller identification so t

Tax office to double audits of dodgy rental deductions

Posted by Team AVS on 26 Apr, 2019  0 Comments

Rental property owners are being warned to ensure their claims are correct this tax time, as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announces it will double the number of audits scrutinising rental deductions.
In the 2017–18 financial year, more than 2.2 million Australians claimed over $47 billion in deductions.
Assistant Commissioner Gavin Siebert says that this year, the ATO has made rental deductions a top priority. “A random sample of

Accessing your income statement or payment summary information online

Posted by Team AVS on 18 Apr, 2019  0 Comments

You may not receive a payment summary from your employer if they are reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP).

Your payment summary information will be available in ATO online services through myGov. It is called an 'income statement'.

If you use a registered tax agent, they will receive the information they need to complete your tax return. This has not changed.

Not all employers are reporting through STP. You will continue to get a

The tax deductions available for interest, dividends and other investment income

Posted by Team AVS on 10 Apr, 2019  0 Comments

The tax rules allow investing taxpayers to claim some deductions related to some of the expenses and costs that are generated when earning interest, receiving dividends or gaining other investment income.

Remember, interest from a bank or other financial institution is part of your assessable income for the year. Even if the funds earning the interest are not subject to tax, the interest that this money earns is.

For example, if you won som

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