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STP extension for small businesses

Posted on Feb 20, 2019 by FP Accountants

The ATO has released a statement in relation to transitioning to Single Touch Payroll (STP) for small employers. Parliament has passed legislation to extend STP to include employers with fewer than 20 employees from 1 July 2019. STP is payday reporting by employers to the ATO as it happens. The initiative is designed to help keep up with advances in technology and firmly establish business reporting. As some small employers do not currently use commercial payroll software, the ATO is working with software providers to develop low and no-cost reporting solutions including simplifying payroll systems. It has been highlighted that […]

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“Building a Better Tax system” What does this mean for you?

Posted on Feb 13, 2019 by FP Accountants

The Australian government has launched the Better Tax campaign in order to help inform the public of tax reforms coming into effect. Designed to “better Australia”, here is a look at what this plan means for you. Individual Tax: New low to middle-income tax offset: Offering immediate relief of up to $530 after an individual lodges their tax return for each income year from 2018-19 until 2021-22. Increase to income tax rate thresholds: Changing over the next seven years so less tax is paid by Australian taxpayers. The first change took effect on 1 July 2018 with future changes in […]

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Travel allowance and expenses

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 by FP Accountants

On the occasion that you are required to travel overnight for work, you may be eligible to receive a travel allowance from your employer for accommodation, food, drink or incidental expenses. The reasonable amount of travel expenses is updated yearly and is based on job type and salary. From this allowance, tax deductions are to be withheld unless specified otherwise. Exceptions are: you’re expected to spend all of the travel allowance paid the amount and nature of the travel allowance is kept separately in accounting records the travel allowance is not for overseas accommodation the amount of travel allowance paid […]

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Instant asset write-off for small businesses to be extended and increased

Posted on Jan 31, 2019 by FP Accountants

As of 29 January 2019, the Instant Asset Write-Off Scheme will be extended to 30 June 2020 for assets purchased under $25,000. The Instant Asset Write-Off affects small businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million a year. It allows business owners to immediately deduct assets costing up to $25,000 which can then be claimed for tax return in that income year. The Prime Minister’s announcement on 29 January stated that “businesses who go out and invest today, whether it’s a vehicle, whether it’s a piece of plant or equipment, all of it, up to $25,000, immediate write down.” […]

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Single Touch Payroll to include all businesses in 2019

Posted on Jan 17, 2019 by FP Accountants

On 1 July 2018, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) rolled out Single Touch Payroll (STP). This changed the way employers with 20 or more employees report their employees’ tax and super information. Generally through payroll or accounting software that offer STP reporting (or through a third-party service provider), employers are expected to report information on withholding amounts, superannuation liability information or ordinary times earnings (OTE) and salary, wages, allowances and deductions. The STP currently affects businesses with 20 or more employees, but just last month, the Senate passed a Bill for the STP to include all Australian businesses, affecting at […]

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Claiming deductions for business travel expenses

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by FP Accountants

You can claim tax deductions for expenses related to business travel provided you follow the ATO’s rules. Eligibility requirementsYou must fulfil certain eligibility requirements for your tax deduction claims to be valid. You can only claim a tax deduction if you: Travel once your business has already started Keep records and documentation to provide evidence for your claim Record keeping rulesThe ATO has strict recordkeeping rules to ensure deductions are accurate. For one or more nights away from home ensure you keep documents like: Boarding passes Booking confirmations Receipts For travellers spending six or more consecutive nights away from home, […]

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Avoid these small business tax errors

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by FP Accountants

Unwanted attention and penalties from the ATO can jeopardise your small business. Protect your business by avoiding these common small business tax errors. Not using an accountantTax laws frequently change, and compliance requirements can be time-consuming and demanding. A registered tax agent will streamline your financial processes, provide advice on maximising your finances and keep you compliant. Inaccurate tax returnsSmall businesses that do not declare their income and deductions accurately will attract the ATO’s attention and financial penalties. All foreign income, capital gains tax, business sales and bank interest must be declared. You must also have legitimate evidence supporting your […]

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Getting to know the ATO Business Portal

Posted on Dec 6, 2018 by FP Accountants

The ATO has introduced the Business Portal to allow small business owners to manage their tax affairs online at their convenience. Connect your ABN to your myGov account or a compatible AUSkey so you can access the business portal. The portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The portal can be used for the following services: Registering for GST or PAYG withholding Lodging, revising or viewing activity statements Requesting refunds or transfers between accounts Updating your business details Tracking the progress of refunds or transfer requests Communicating with us through a secure mailbox Refer to the […]

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ATO update: Tax deduction rules on travel to rental properties

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 by FP Accountants

The ATO has enforced strict guidelines on tax deductions for rental property owner’s travel expenses. As a rental property owner you are not able to claim deductions for travel expenses relating to inspecting, maintaining or collecting rent. If you have already claimed a tax deduction for the cost of travel to and from your property in your 2018 return, you will need to request an amendment. The law change came into effect on 1 July 2017 and affects tax returns from 2017-18 onwards. ExclusionsYou may claim these travel expenses on your tax return if you are carrying on a rental […]

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ATO updates Taxpayer’s Charter

Posted on Nov 26, 2018 by FP Accountants

The ATO has updated the Taxpayer’s Charter which prioritises a relationship with the public built on mutual trust, courtesy and respect in all interactions. Your rights regarding review of ATO decisions are clearly outlined by the Charter if you feel you have been mistreated. The Charter has also committed the ATO to use easy to understand language, so their information is accessible to the public. Some of the changes include: Simplified information about what to expect if your business goes through a review and audit process More details on the ATO’s digital interactions with small businesses Moving away from complex […]

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