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David McKellar

Share dividend income and franking credits

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Investors in receipt of dividends from their share portfolio often benefit from investing in shares because they usually have franking credits attached. As a general rule, an Australian resident shareholder is assessed for tax on dividends received plus any franking credits attached to those dividends. The shareholder is assessed on the “grossed-up” income and then allowed a “franking tax credit” in respect of the corporate tax paid by the company on the profits from which those dividends are paid. This system is referred to as…

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FBT: What’s new for 2017?

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Its coming up to that time of year again, the end of the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year. It may be the least exciting of the of our ‘New Years’ that we celebrate, but lets have a look at whats new this FBT Year. The Rate The biggest impact to FBT, which carries over from the previous FBT year, is the continued application of a 49% rate. This is due to revert to 47% on April 1, 2017 (therefore applying for the 2017-18 FBT year…

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Tax and the sharing economy

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The concept of a “sharing economy” has been around for long enough now to have had a very real impact on how our financial transactions are conducted. As for the taxation treatment of these transactions, the ATO has found it necessary to provide guidance. By now, most people will have realised that the “sharing” part of the concept does not refer to an absence of any monetary exchange, but rather to the use and access of shared physical or human resources or assets. The means…

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December Newsletter

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With the festive season close at hand, we look at the ways in which the spirit of giving can be extended in a tax effective way. We also look at the details we know so far about the new transfer balance account requirement for SMSFs, and the cap imposed on these accounts. And as the rules around the valuation of assets held under an SMSF have seen a lot of changes, we run over the more important points. Also dealt with is the luxury car…

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Extending the festive cheer (in a tax efficient way)

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The festive season is here again, and as with other years it is always brimming with the spirit of giving. The list of practical ways in which Australians spread goodwill is as endless as a Christmas wreath. The ATO also gets into the spirit of the season, but of course feels required to set some limits. When are donations deductible? A charitable donation is only tax deductible if it meets the requirements in the relevant legislation. In brief, the rules allow a taxpayer to claim…

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Setting up an SMSF: What you need to know

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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, but also the do-it-yourself option of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). Managing your own retirement savings however is a huge responsibility and one that should not be viewed lightly. How you live and how comfortable your life will be when you’re no longer earning an income will depend largely on your efforts of saving…

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Calling time out on your business? The tips and traps

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When you first went into business, either buying an established enterprise or starting from scratch, probably the last thing on your mind was the day you would close the door for the last time. Client calling time out business? The tips and traps But it’s no use ignoring the inevitable, as one day you will leave the business – whether through pursuing another career, retirement, or even due to health reasons. It’s important to know what’s involved, and having a succession or exit plan can…

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Passing the family business to the next generation

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While it might be a tough topic to broach, it is inevitable that someday you will leave your business. You can’t know whether you’ll sell up, retire or leave due to health reasons, so is important that you prepare yourself for any eventuality. A recent nationwide survey by the Australian Centre for Family Business at Bond University found more than 40% of family businesses are looking to transfer their wealth and operations to other people in the next five years. But the survey also found…

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With great power comes great responsibility – Directors Responsibilities

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There is a classic saying that goes: “With great power comes great responsibility”. When it comes to life in the corporate world, that famous old quote rings true for company directors. Generally speaking, members of a company are commonly referred to as “shareholders”, and they own the company. Directors, on the other hand, are responsible for the management of the company’s business activities. As a director, you hold a high level of power when it comes to making these big decisions on behalf of the…

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The biggest mistakes made by new businesses

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From poor business planning to dropping the ball on your cash flow forecasts, we reveal a range of common mistakes your new business needs to avoid. It’s a confronting fact that most new small businesses fail within the first five years. This, in large part, is due to a lack of proper planning, poor business structure and the absence of professional business advice. While it’s natural for new businesses to focus on creating a quality range of products or services in order to attract and…

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