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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 by admin

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early. A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released. The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so. Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution. The Tax Office encourages those members who have been […]

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Penalty relief for taxpayers

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 by admin

From 1 July 2018, the Tax Office is advising Australians that if they find an error in their tax return or activity statement they will not incur a penalty but will advise of the error and how to get it right next time. Penalty relief will only apply to eligible taxpayers or entities (i.e., turnover of less than $10 million) every three years. These may include: – Small businesses – Co-operatives – Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) – Not-for-profit organisations Eligible individuals will only be given penalty relief on their tax return or activity statement if they make an inadvertent error […]

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ASIC’s view on SMSFs as ‘one-stop property shops’

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 by admin

The Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) has released a new report highlighting its view on the setup of SMSFs for property investments using ‘one-stop shop’ models. ‘One-stop shop models’ tend to promote the purchase of residential property through SMSF borrowing. They are usually arranged by groups of real estate agents, developers, mortgage brokers, financial advisers and so forth. This model creates conflicts of interest that may affect the advice given to set up an SMSF. For example, these businesses take advantage of customers with limited or no knowledge of SMSFs or super and have the potential to cause major financial […]

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Avoid these five common Tax Time mistakes

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 by admin

Tax Time is now upon us, with the ATO Assistant Commissioner announcing the top five mistakes commonly made when Australians complete their annual tax returns. Common mistakes some taxpayers are making include: – Leaving out a portion of their earnings, i.e., forgetting to include a job – income from a temp job, or income earned from the sharing economy. – Claiming personal costs for rental properties, i.e., claiming deductions for periods when they were using the property or claiming interest on loans used to buy personal assets (a car or a boat). – Making claims for expenses unrelated to their […]

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ATO advice for SMSF members with a market-linked pension

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by admin

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently been made aware of circumstances where a member of a SMSF commences a new market-linked pension and unintentionally exceeds their transfer balance cap. An individual may have exceeded their transfer balance cap if they were receiving a life expectancy or market-linked pension just before 1 July 2017 (which was a capped defined benefit income stream) and then commuted the pension on or after 1 July 2017 and the transfer balance debit is nil under the special value rule in Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 subsection 294-1245(1); and then commenced a new market-linked pension. […]

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Personal Income Tax Plan passed

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by admin

The Personal Income Tax Plan announced as part of this year’s Federal Budget has been passed by Parliament. The plan introduces: – a new low and middle-income tax offset to reduce the tax payable by low and middle-income earners in the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 income years – a new low-income tax offset from the 2022-23 income year – changes to income tax rate thresholds in the 2018-19, 2022-2023 and 2024-2025 income years Income tax rate thresholds for the relevant income years are as follows: 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 income years: Increase the top threshold of the 32.5 […]

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SMSFs: reporting change

Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by admin

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are required to provide an accumulation phase value (APV) on their transfer balance account report for 30 June 2017 in certain circumstances. SMSFs should note, APV is often different to the account balance of the SMSF member’s accumulation phase assets. This is due to the exit and administration fees and realisation costs that would be taken into account if the SMSF member would voluntarily close their account. APV is a component of a member’s total super balance which shows the value of the member’s assets in the accumulation phase at 30 June. Providing a member’s APV […]

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Claiming clothing this tax time?

Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by admin

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is cracking down on claims for work-related clothing and laundry expenses this tax time. Last year total claims for work-related clothing and laundry expenses totalled nearly $1.8 billion. The ATO has acknowledged that many of these claims are legitimate. However, it is unlikely that half of all taxpayers would have been required to wear uniforms, occupation-specific clothing or protective clothing. The Tax Office is in the view that many taxpayers are either making mistakes or deliberately over-claiming. Common mistakes that are observed include: – Claiming for something without having spent the money – Not being […]

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Changes to SMSF 2017-18 annual return

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 by admin

There is a number of changes to the 2017-18 Self-managed super fund annual return (SAR) thanks to the super changes which came into effect on 1 July 2017. Transition to retirement income stream (TRIS) accountThe ATO has included a new label for the number of TRIS accounts an SMSF member has in accumulation phase. A TRIS account is in accumulation phase unless the SMSF member has reached 65 years of age or has met another ‘nil’ cashing restriction condition of release (i.e., permanent incapacity, retirement or a terminal medical condition) and has advised their fund. Limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBA)New […]

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Importing goods worth $1,000 or less?

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 by admin

Overseas businesses that meet the GST registration threshold (A$75,000) will be required to charge GST on goods purchased from the 1 July 2018. Specifically, GST will be charged on goods that are: less than A$1,000 (low-value); not GST-free (i.e., alcohol or tobacco products); and imported into Australia. Individuals who purchase low-value goods (which they import) will be required to pay GST if they are not registered for GST or importing goods for personal use (even if they are GST registered). However, individuals can avoid paying GST if they are: registered for GST; import low-value goods for business use in Australia; […]

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