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Entries for May 2017

Superannuation year end planning for the 2016/17 financial year

The end of the financial year always seems to crop up faster than it should.  Given the impending July 2017 superannuation changes, being on top of your end of financial year planning is as impor...

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ATO may delay your BAS refund for verification and checking

Statistics supplied by the ATO indicate that most GST refund claims (98% of them according to its data) are processed without any problem, but the ATO also says that every year it will select a small ...

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Simplified depreciation and the small business pool

The simplified depreciation rules are attractive for small businesses as they allow an immediate write-off for assets costing less than $20,000. In contrast, tax paying entities that do not qualify as...

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Business tax relief package: What’s in it for SMEs?

Parliament has passed most of the business tax relief package announced in the last Federal Budget, but with some amendments. The legislation brings into effect the following changes for small busines...

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Company tax franking implications

The recent cut to the tax rate for incorporated businesses that turnover less than $50 million a year, while generally welcomed, can bring with it some important considerations when it comes to distri...

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Business costs, and the deductibility of interest expenses

If a business racks up an interest bill from borrowing funds to pay for the expenses of running the business, or to acquire other income-producing assets or investments, this expense is generally allo...

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Are personal carer travel costs claimable? It depends

A recent court decision, and subsequent appeal, has ramifications for taxpayers with disabilities, and who are in need of a personal carer. The decision centres around what is or is not acceptable as ...

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Selling up your business? Don’t forget the “going concern” GST exemption

The concept of a “going concern” exemption for the purposes of the goods and services tax (GST) can still cause confusion when businesses are sold.  The sale of a business may be GS...

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The CGT implications of subdividing and building on the family property

Given the state of the property market in Australia these days, a not-uncommon situation can arise where a residential property owner seeks to demolish and subdivide the block containing the family ho...

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