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FBT & portable electronic devices

FBT & portable electronic devices

From 1 April 2016, small business owners with a turnover of less than $ 2 million per annum will no longer need to pay Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on any portable electronic devices provided to employees for work-related use. The devices can include laptops, tablets, calculators, GPS navigation receivers and mobile phones, and the benefit may be in addition to…read more →

Christmas Tax Checklist

Christmas Tax Checklist

Here are our top tips for a generous and tax effective Christmas season! For your business – What to do for customers? The most effective way of sharing the Christmas joy with customers is not necessarily the most tax effective. If, for example, you take your client out or entertain them in any way, it’s not tax deductible and you can’t…read more →

Tax time scam alert

Tax time scam alert

DON’T GET CAUGHT! Have you been contacted recently by someone CLAIMING to be from the ATO regarding monies owed or payable? Before you act, contact us to ensure the caller is legitimate! SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging individuals and small business to be aware of scammers taking advantage of tax time to initiate a new round…read more →

Worker definitions

Worker definitions

It is important to know if a worker is an employee, independent contractor or volunteer of your organisation, as this status may affect the tax treatment of dealings between the individual and the organisation. You should always consider the facts and circumstances of each individual when determining whether they are a volunteer, employee or independent contractor. Employee – definition Generally,…read more →

Superannuation Guarantee contribution cut-off date – 28 July 2015

Superannuation Guarantee contribution cut-off date – 28 July 2015

This is a reminder that if you have not already made your quarterly superannuation contributions, payments must be received by Tuesday 28 July 2015. Superannuation Clearing House If you are using the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House, your superannuation obligations are met as soon as your payment and instructions for your employees are accepted by the Clearing House. Email reminders…read more →

Missed the SuperStream deadline? Act now!

Missed the SuperStream deadline? Act now!

If you are an employer with 20 or more employees and haven’t implemented SuperStream, it’s not too late to get SuperStream ready. Employers making genuine attempts to get ready are being offered flexibility to become fully SuperStream compliant by 31 October.  The ATO has noted that where necessary, they will work with employers having difficulties to help them transition into…read more →

Payment summaries for workers due today!

Payment summaries for workers due today!

Generally, you must give each of your workers a payment summary by 14 July each year even if the withheld amount is nil. If you have paid an Employment Termination Payment (ETP) to a worker you must give them an ETP payment summary within 14 days of making the payment. If you lodge your PAYG withholding reports online you can give your…read more →

Live chat for the not-for-profit sector

Live chat for the not-for-profit sector

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is running a live chat for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector on 22 July 2015 from 2 pm to 3 pm. The one-hour live chat will be an online, non-audio, interactive text conversation between participants and the host, Rod Walker. The ATO is seeking feedback on methods of communication with the NFP sector and possible future discussion topics,…read more →