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SMSF return due date extended

January 22, 2018

The Tax Office has extended to 30 June 2018 the due date for lodging self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual returns for the 2016-17 income year. Thomson Reuters Weekly Tax Bulletin (Issue 3, 19 January 2018) reported that the ATO made this decision in recognition of the major choices that SMSF trustees need to make in this first financial year of […]

SMSF return due date extended

SMSF return due date extended

The Tax Office has extended to 30 June 2018 the due date for lodging self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual returns for the 2016-17 income year. Thomson Reuters Weekly Tax Bulletin (Issue 3, 19 January 2018) reported that the ATO made this decision in recognition of the major choices that SMSF trustees need to make in this first financial year of […] … 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

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

Mentally Taxing: Wellbeing and the Accountant

Mentally Taxing: Wellbeing and the Accountant

October is Mental Health month. Only 3 percent of the world’s finance professionals are able to sleep soundly. The role of Senior Corporate Executive came in at number 7 in Forbes Top Stressful Jobs of 2017. And with increasing pressure from governments, boards and investors to disclose an accurate tax position, we as tax and accounting professionals, have our fair share of reasons to feel stressed, anxious and depressed. So what help is on offer? … Read More

CGT small business concession “significant individual” test requires rethink

CGT small business concession “significant individual” test requires rethink

The “significant individual” test in the CGT small business concessions has proven to be a challenge to both tax practitioners and those involved in tax administration. The test, which comes under the umbrella of the broader concept of “CGT concession stakeholder”, is integral to accessing the concessions where a taxpayer makes a capital gain on […] … Read More