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Keeping your SMSF compliant while overseas

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 by admin

Travelling overseas for an extended period of time is an exciting adventure. What isn’t so exciting is the prospect of breaking compliance laws in relation to your SMSF while enjoying your trip. There are specific conditions that must be met to deem the self-managed super fund ATO compliant. They are as follows: Fund recognised as an Australian fund The SMSF will be recognised as an Australian super fund provided that the setup of and initial contributions are likely to have been made and accepted by the trustee(s) in Australia or at least one of its assets is located in Australia. […]

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Imported services and GST

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 by admin

Under the new law introduced on 1 July 2017, Australian GST registered businesses that import services or digital products for business purposes do not have to pay GST. These businesses will need to supply their Australian business number (ABN) and a statement that they are registered for GST to the supplier at the time of purchase to ensure they are not charged GST. Overseas businesses registered under the simplified GST system for non-residents do not have an ABN and cannot issue a tax invoice. If a business believes that GST has been charged, they will need to contact the supplier […]

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How does the super guarantee charge work?

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 by admin

Employers who do not pay the minimum amount of super guarantee for their employee(s) by the due date may have to pay the super guarantee charge (SGC). The charge is made up of super guarantee shortfall amounts including any choice liability calculated on your employee’s salary or wages, interest on those amounts (currently 10 per cent) and an administration fee ($20 per employee, per quarter). Employers must report and rectify the missing payment by lodging an SGC statement by the due date and paying the SGC to the ATO. Employers may be able to use a late payment to reduce […]

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Ride sourcing – Claiming car expenses

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 by admin

Those who participate in ride-sourcing (i.e., Uber, GoCatch) as a driver can access a number of tax deductions come tax time. You may be able to claim expenses such as: – Parking fees – Road tolls – Mobile phone costs – Fees or commissions charged the facilitator – Other expenses – to the extent that they relate to work-related travel. Under the logbook method (the business-use percentage of car expenses) include: – Petrol – Depreciation of your car – General vehicle running costs such as insurance, car rego and repairs – Maintenance. Expenses you cannot claim include: – Fines, such […]

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New measures to crack down on super non-compliance

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 by admin

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will receive additional funding for a Superannuation Guarantee Taskforce to crack down on non-compliance by employers. The Government has announced a package of reforms to close a legal loophole used by dishonest employers that short-change employees who make salary-sacrifice contributions to super. Funding for the Taskforce coincides with new data released by the ATO reporting a significant estimated Super Guarantee gap. This gap is the difference between the theoretical amount payable by employers to be fully compliant and actual contributions received by funds. The ATO estimates the net SG gap as 5.2 per cent or […]

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