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Trustee reporting obligations checklist

Posted on Nov 8, 2018 by admin

Trustees must comply with reporting obligations to avoid penalties from the ATO. The following trustee reporting checklist to make sure you are stress-free at tax-time. Trustees must: Value the funds’ assets at their market value at 30 June Pay any minimum annual income stream payments required under super laws Get an actuarial certificate if required Prepare the fund’s end of year financial accounts and statements Appoint and approve a SMSF auditor not more than 45 days before the SMSF annual return is due Lodge your SMSF annual return by the due date Lodge your transfer balance account reports if required […]

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Record keeping for small businesses

Posted on Nov 8, 2018 by admin

Businesses that fail to keep accurate records may struggle to remain compliant at tax time and incur financial penalties from the ATO. Follow the ATO’s record keeping guidelines to stay organised. Basic organisation tips: Keep records electronically (if possible) Keep evidence of all transactions Take photos of paper receipts to avoid faded records Keep all business records including income, expenses and bank records- you generally need to keep them for five years Keep your business records separate from your personal records Financial tips: Make sure business records include cash, online, EFTPOS, bank statements, credit and debit card transactions Records should […]

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A checklist for setting up your SMSF

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 by admin

Setting up an SMSF can be complex, which is why a checklist is useful to streamline your process. Before you set up your SMSF, first determine if having an SMSF is a commercially viable option. Once a decision is reached and you are about to start your SMSF, here are the basic steps to get things started:. Determine which members will be in your fund? Decide if you will you seek professional help to assist your set up? Decide whether the fund should have individual trustees or a corporate trustee Establish a suitable trust and trust deed Register your fund […]

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Tax implications of a business restructure

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 by admin

Tax exemptions may apply to small businesses going through a restructure provided they meet certain criteria. Typically when a business is sold, you would have to pay income tax due to transferring assets. However, when a business is restructuring, the ownership of assets remains unchanged, and there is instead a rollover. This allows you to transfer assets as a part of the restructure without having to pay income tax on that transfer. Your business may be eligible for the small business restructure rollover provided that: The change is a genuine restructure as opposed to an artificial or inappropriately tax-driven scheme […]

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ATO update: Check for $17.5 billion in lost super

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 by admin

The ATO’s new data revealed that although the total amount of lost and unclaimed super reduced by $420 million in 2017-2018, there is still $17.5 billion left to be found. The ATO has prioritised reuniting people with their lost super spread across over 6.2 million accounts. In the past financial year, the ATO was successful in merging $3 billion into active super accounts across the country. Typically people lose contact with their super funds when they change jobs, move house or forget to update their details. Although some people may intentionally maintain multiple accounts, those who are unaware they have […]

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When can the ATO issue a default assessment for overdue lodgements

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 by admin

A default assessment is an assessment of taxable income for overdue tax returns or the net amount or assessable amount-for late activity statements. Although the ATO’s preferred approach is to work with taxpayers to help them meet their lodgement obligations, a default assessment will be issued if this collaborative approach fails. PenaltyThe administrative penalty of 75% of the tax-related liability will be applied for each default assessment issued by the ATO. The penalty increases by 20% for taxpayers who have a pattern of non-compliance and the ATO may also apply for another penalty for failing to lodge on time. Assessment […]

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Event-based reporting framework for SMSFs

Posted on Oct 19, 2018 by admin

The event-based reporting (EBR) framework for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) commenced on 1 July 2018. The initiative allows for the administration of the Transfer balance cap (TBC). Under the EBR framework, you need to report to the ATO, when the first member of your SMSF begins a retirement phase income stream. The SMSF annual return is to be kept separate from the transfer balance account report. The TBAR enables the ATO to record and track an individual’s balance for their TBC and superannuation balance. The ATO does not provide ‘special circumstances’ discretion for contraventions of the TBC which is why […]

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ATO reminder: fuel tax credit rates have increased

Posted on Oct 19, 2018 by admin

Fuel tax credit rates have increased on 1 August. The ATO reminds you to use the new rates to calculate claims on your next business activity statement (BAS). How to simplify fuel tax credit claimsIf you claim less than $10,000 in fuel tax credits each year, you can use the ATO’s simplified methods to keep records and calculate your claims. Keep in mind the following tips: Keep accurate business records to help you claim all fuel tax credits you are entitled to Use the ATO tax fuel credit calculator to work out your claim Registered tax agents and BAS agents […]

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Managing risk in your SMSF

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 by admin

SMSFs provide the trustee autonomy and an increased opportunity to maximise your retirement savings. However, an investment strategy must be accompanied by a risk management plan should some of your investments come up short. Consider the following risk management strategies: DiversificationDiversification reduces risk by investing in many different assets including property, annuities and equities. By spreading your earnings across several investments you minimise the risks to your retirement nest egg that can occur if one investment suffers a loss or a disappointing return. Organise your target returns according to your asset class and establish the accepted variation range from this […]

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ATO announces $20,000 instant asset write-off

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 by admin

The ATO has extended the $20,000 threshold to 30 June 2019. If you buy an asset and it costs less than $20,000, you may write off the business portion in your tax return. To be eligible to use the simplified depreciation rules and claim an immediate deduction for the business portion of each asset costing less than $20,000, you must: Have a business turnover less than $10 million (increased $2 million on 1 July 2016) The asset was first used or installed ready for use in the income year you are claiming it in. If your asset costs more than […]

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