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Bank levy solution to company tax cut deadlock?

The big bank levy could be the key to curing two of the Turnbull government's biggest headaches: its continuing failure to legislate for company tax cuts and the scandals now emerging from the banking royal commission. However, Any wins for the government around securing company tax cuts would be likely to come on top of personal tax cuts this budget.

Bank levy solution to company tax cut deadlock?

Bank levy solution to company tax cut deadlock?

The big bank levy could be the key to curing two of the Turnbull government's biggest headaches: its continuing failure to legislate for company tax cuts and the scandals now emerging from the banking royal commission. However, Any wins for the government around securing company tax cuts would be likely to come on top of personal tax cuts this budget. … Read More

Corporate beneficiaries and corporate tax rate: How might the new legislation be applied?

Corporate beneficiaries and corporate tax rate: How might the new legislation be applied?

On 18 October 2017, the Government introduced Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan Base Rate Entities) Bill 2017 into Parliament.  The Bill contains amendments to s 23AA of the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to clarify which entities will be eligible for the reduced corporate tax rate for the 2017-18 income year and subsequent income […] … Read More

Professional services firms left in a quandary after ATO suspends risk assessment guidelines

Professional services firms left in a quandary after ATO suspends risk assessment guidelines

As practitioners will be aware, the ATO has suspended the application of its risk assessment guidelines for allocation of profits within professional services firms. The ATO’s risk assessment guidelines previously stated they would be reviewed in 2017. However, writing in Thomson Reuters 2018 Weekly Tax Bulletin Issue 3, Lance Cunningham, BDO National Tax Director, says […] … Read More

Are you tax-ready in 2018?

Are you tax-ready in 2018?

Did you know that most landlords can no longer claim a deduction for travel costs connected with an investment property? So that trip to the Gold Coast to inspect your rental unit is no longer deductible. There are also restrictions on claiming depreciation on second-hand assets used in a rental property. There are exceptions, in […] … Read More

35 tax and related Bills stuck in Parliamentary logjam

35 tax and related Bills stuck in Parliamentary logjam

Federal Parliament might have gone for the year, but there are a substantial number of tax and related Bills that are still before Parliament in respect of which debate will not resume until 2018. They include some important amendments affecting a wide range of taxpayers. Issue 52 of Thomson Reuters 2017 Weekly Tax Bulletin lists 35 such […] … Read More

Outstanding draft tax legislation adds to Government’s “to do” list

Outstanding draft tax legislation adds to Government’s “to do” list

Federal Parliament already has a lot on its tax legislation plate for 2018, and that will only be added to by the finalisation of draft tax legislation into Bills in Parliament. Currently, there is a backlog of important draft legislation awaiting finalisation, including: Controversial GST amendments proposing to give effect to the Government’s 2017-18 Budget […] … Read More