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FBT: What’s new for 2017?

By | Business, Compliance, FBT, Tax Planning | No Comments

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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Extending the festive cheer (in a tax efficient way)

By | Deductions, Philanthropy, Tax Planning | No Comments

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

By | SMSF, Structure, Superannuation, Tax Planning | No Comments

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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Seven Essential SMSF Planning Tips for 30 June 2015

By | SMSF, Superannuation, Tax Planning | No Comments

Another financial year is coming to a close and once again we are all busy undertaking tax planning for our clients. Reviewing and planning for your SMSF is just as, if not more, important. – While conducting audits for the 2014 year, I have encountered common problems that could have been avoided with pre 30 June planning. – And unfortunately, a number of the issues could not be fixed post 30 June – resulting in breaches or adverse tax consequences. I have set out below…

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5 things your accountant should be doing for you besides your taxes

By | Business Improvement, Starting a business, Strategy, Tax Planning, Taxation | No Comments

If your accountant is just a tax-time paper pusher, you are missing out on a range of opportunities to grow your business. In addition to filing your tax return and BAS statements, your accountant should be acting as a trusted advisor, delivering valuable advice across business functions to help improve your profits, reduce your costs and streamline your business. Your accountant should be available to you year-round, know your business inside out, and offer regular advice that assists you to improve your profits and grow…

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Year End Guide: Superannuation Contributions

By | Superannuation, Tax Planning, Taxation | No Comments

Superannuation is a highly tax effective environment, where income is taxed at a maximum tax rate of 15% and capital gains, where the asset has been held for over 12 months are only taxed at 10%. In circumstances where the fund is paying pensions to its members, both income and capital gains can be completely tax free. Further, business and certain individuals may be entitled to a tax deduction for contributions made to complying superannuation funds. As a result, superannuation is a significant tax planning…

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Year End Guide: Distributions and Dividends

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Approaching the end of financial year presents a unique opportunity for small business owners to plan for and take action to minimise the income tax payable for that financial year. However, having said that, there are also many considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure that the decisions made are effective and have the desired impact As many small businesses operate using a company or trust structure, this article explores some of the considerations as well as some important requirements when making…

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