Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

On 24 May 2018, the government announced the start of a Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty. The Amnesty will be available retrospectively from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019, subject to legislation passing.

The Amnesty gives employers a one-off opportunity to self-correct past super guarantee (SG) non-compliance without penalty. Catch-up payments made in the 12 month period will be tax-deductible.

To be eligible for the Amnesty and avoid harsher penalties the government requires employees to:

  • disclose their SG shortfall amount including nominal interest to us within the 12 month Amnesty period, and
  • not be subject to an audit of their SG for the relevant periods.

This won’t be final until the legislation is passed through Parliament however you can read more information about the government’s plan here.

Once the legislation is passed, we will be talking with clients that we believe may find this amnesty useful, or you are welcome to approach us for assistance.

Is it Goodbye to Rental Property Travel Expenses?

From 1 July 2017, an individual’s travel expenses relating to a residential investment property are not deductible, so you will not need to calculate kilometres and expenses when sending in your 2018 tax information.

Those who have commercial or industrial rental properties, or running a business of property investing will still be eligible to claim travel expenses as will companies that own residential property.

Increase your Superannuation before 30 June 2018

From 1 July 2017, all eligible Australians under the age of 75, including employees, are able to claim a personal tax deduction for extra superannuation contributions deposited to their superannuation fund before 30 June 2018 – providing you don’t exceed the superannuation cap of $25,000 and satisfy the work test if you are aged between  65 to 75.

So if your employer has contributed less than $25,000 into superannuation for you, or you are self-employed and have made no contributions so far this year, now is the time to consider topping up your superannuation fund.

Superannuation contributions that you claim as a personal tax deduction pay 15% tax which is collected and paid by your superannuation fund.   This can be lower than your personal rate of tax.

Your Superannuation fund will be able to give you details of how to make the extra contribution but remember it MUST be received by the super fund by 30 June 2018 so it’s a good idea to do it a few days early just to make sure it gets there on time. Also you will need to complete some paperwork and submit it to your Superannuation fund in order for them to be tax deductible.

GST & Properties – new changes for the purchaser

If you are thinking of buying a newly established residential property, or a subdivided property, you may need to remit GST on the purchase directly to the ATO. The following article provides a quick guide to this new legislation, and what to do if you are affected.

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2018/19 Budget Updates

The Treasurer handed down the Budget 2018/2019 on 8 May 2018. While there are a lot of proposed changes that will potentially affect individuals such as a 7 year Personal income Tax Plan to lower the income tax liabilities for individuals, there is no certainty as to whether they will become law in future. Meanwhile, let’s recap on the ones that are now law, and will affect taxpayers, especially small businesses immediately. The most important of these is the extension of the less than $20,000 immediate asset write off concession to 30 June 2019 for eligible small businesses.

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