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A different “End of Financial Year Sale”

As June 30 fast approaches, there is still time to consider the strategies available to you this financial year to build your wealth, some of which are discussed below. Paying interest in advance Borrowing to invest is a tax-effective…

Hands up - who wants to save tax?

Most investors and business owners are aware that the interest paid on an investment loan is generally tax deductible. These deductions can be maximised by prepaying the interest on the loan. To do this contact your financial institution…

COVID-19 and residential rental property claims

Many residential rental property owners have had their rental income affected by COVID-19. As a result of this income year not being business as usual, the ATO has provided answers to some typical scenarios that may crop up in this area for…

Last-minute tax planning tactics

This financial year is almost over, but there are still effective strategies you may be able to employ to make sure you pay the right amount of tax for the 2019-20 year and maximise any refund entitlement. This is still, if not more so, the…

COVID-19 corporate residency concession

The ATO has announced an important tax residency concession for foreign incorporated companies during the COVID-19 crisis. Background On 24 March 2020, the government announced a ban on Australians travelling overseas, using powers…
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Rental (passive) income and ‘carrying on a business’ for JobKeeper eligibility

When assessing eligibility for JobKeeper assistance, the first question that must be answered is whether the entity was carrying on a business as at 1 March 2020. This question is of particular relevance to entities that have solely or predominantly…
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Laws on bankruptcy changed temporarily to help cope with COVID-19

The government has temporarily changed bankruptcy law to help protect people who are facing unmanageable debt as a result of the economic impacts of COVID-19. If you are in financial difficulty, application can be made for temporary debt protection,…

Superannuation tax offsets you may be able to use

Tax offsets (sometimes referred to as rebates) directly reduce the amount of tax payable on your taxable income. In general, offsets can reduce your tax payable to zero, but on their own they can't get you a refund. There are two superannuation-related…
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The new “consumer” rules for GST and online purchases

Australians have been taking full advantage of the offerings on the digital marketplace with gusto for years now, but it has only been relatively recently that the rules for goods and services tax (GST) have caught up. With the purchase…
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Alternatives to a tax invoice for certain GST credit claims

Tax invoices are an essential element of Australia’s taxation system, and serve both to collect taxation revenue related to the goods and services on which GST is levied as well as record the credits that are claimable by eligible businesses. A business…