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Phoenix falling: New GST measure to fight tax avoidance in the property sector

February 13, 2018

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Following an ATO submission to the 2015 Senate Inquiry on ‘Insolvency in the Australian construction industry’, which reported that $1.8 billion in GST debt had been written off as a result of phoenix activity by property developers, the Australian Government announced drastic changes in the 2017-18 Budget which would attempt to stem the bleed.

Phoenix falling: New GST measure to fight tax avoidance in the property sector

Phoenix falling: New GST measure to fight tax avoidance in the property sector

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Following an ATO submission to the 2015 Senate Inquiry on ‘Insolvency in the Australian construction industry’, which reported that $1.8 billion in GST debt had been written off as a result of phoenix activity by property developers, the Australian Government announced drastic changes in the 2017-18 Budget which would attempt to stem the bleed. … 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

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