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Part 1 – Budget reminders. Under the Hood.
Part 2 – Budget reminders. Under the Hood.
Part 3 – Budget reminders. Under the Hood.
Comprehensive list of COVID-19 initiatives and packages.
Businesses not meeting obligations warned as ATO restarts compliance programs
Employers cautioned over ‘hard and fast’ decline in turnover eligibility
‘Follow the spirt of the law’, warns ATO
$120m in JobKeeper clawed back by ATO, new compliance areas highlighted
Budget 2020 - A very comprehensive break down.
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Temporary home office expenses shortcut extended again
JobKeeper extension – changes implemented
JobKeeper Participants – are “workers”
Commissioner registers updated JobKeeper alternative tests
Varying Pay As You Go (PAYG) Instalments
Reminder of Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS)
September update of latest COVID-19 initiatives.
ATO JobKeeper 2.0 guidance surfaces
Expats Return to Australia – Travel Expenses
Profession to be relied on for post-JobKeeper turnover certificates
Update of Superannuation contribution rules from July 1, 2020
Expats & COVID-19 Impacts on tax residency
Economic recovery could be slower than anticipated: RBA
High Court rules in favour of employers on personal leave accruals
JobKeeper Phase 2 - Latest Update
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Individual Tax Returns – Medical Expenses 2015
Resources on our site to help you and your family.
Retirement Planning becoming more difficult
Salary and Superannuation after the death of an employee
Ambiguity in Shareholder Agreements - what you need to know
Five reasons the RBA will likely cut rates again
Consistency between Income Tax and Business Activity Statements (BAS)
Tax Time Checklist - Individual - 2015
Tax Time Checklist - Company Trust or Partnerships - 2015
Tax Time Checklist - Superannuation Funds - 2015
Consistency between Income Tax and Business Activity Statements (BAS)

The Australian Taxation Office uses various statistical methods to decide upon reviews/audits of taxpayers.


One method is to compare the classifications given by taxpayers on their BAS return for taxable supplies, exempt supplies, capital acquisitions and other acquisitions, as well as many others.



       


A recent case highlighted a minor error in classifications in a BAS return of capital expenditure under the category of other acquisitions.  This return was prepared by the taxpayer.  When the income tax return was prepared by the tax agent, the expenditure was correctly identified as capital and appropriately depreciated.  However, the discrepancy in classification which had no GST impact nor any income tax impact was identified during the audit as the reason for the examination.


An apparently inconsequential in mistake by the taxpayer became time consuming costly exercise, which in the end resulted in no changes.


An effort to save costs by the taxpayer preparing their own BAS return, can be avoided by allowing the tax agent to prepare and lodge or review and lodge or review, subject to accepting the tax agents instructions.


Working together throughout the year is a small investment in “preventative maintenance”. 


 


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