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Entries for September 2016

Deductibility of training course fees provided to employees

Running a successful small business sometimes requires an upskilled team. If you need your employees to grow their expertise in a particular area, spotting them for short-courses can be a worthwhile e...

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Centrelink to data match details with ATO records

The Department of Human Services, which overseas Centrelink, has issued a notice of a data matching project that will enable it to compare income data it has on-hand with tax return data that has alre...

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Correcting GST errors and making adjustments on your business activity statements

If you identify a goods and services tax (GST) error for a previous period or on an already lodged business activity statement (BAS), there is always scope to make a correction. The ATO has realise...

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When is refinancing loan interest deductible to a partnership?

About general law and tax law partnerships A general law partnership is formed when two or more people (and up to, but no more than, 20 people) go into business together. Partnerships are generally s...

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Borrowed money to pay a business tax debt? Is the interest deductible?

It was about 1990 when the ATO was asked about the tax deductibility of interest on a loan a business may have taken out to repay a tax debt. It was the third time, according to ATO records, that ...

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What types of legal expenses are allowable as tax deductions?

When a legal expense is incurred in relation to the operation of a business to produce assessable income, it is generally allowable as a deduction. Exceptions are when the legal fee is capital, domest...

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Setting up an SMSF: What you need to know

There are tempting tax incentives for Australians to save for their retirement via the superannuation system, with an array of choice between superannuation funds that can manage your savings for you,...

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Is an SMSF right for you?

Do-it-yourself superannuation, in one form or another, has been around for about 30 years. But it has only been over the last few years that SMSFs have made an indelible mark on Australia's retirement...

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