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Budget 2013: Monthly PAYG instalments

In an unexpected announcement, the Government has now made it a requirement for all large entities in the PAYG instalment system to make monthly PAYG income tax instalments. The monthly PAYG instalment system will therefore be extended to include trusts, superannuation funds, sole traders and large investors.

The system will be phased in between 1 January 2014 and 1 January 2017 and will come into force as follows:

-Corporate tax Entity with a turnover over $1 billion: 1 January 2014

-Corporate tax entity with turnover over $100 million: 1 January 2015

– Corporate tax entity with a turnover over $20 million and other PAYG entities with a turnover over $1 billion: 1 January 2016

– Other PAYG entities with a turnover $20 billion: 1 January 2017.

Posted on 17 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

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Posted on 17 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

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Posted on 17 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Budget 2013: Self-education expenses capped

The Government announced in last night’s Budget its intention to limit the allowable deduction for self-education expenses by individual taxpayers to $2,000 per annum from 1 July 2014.

The limit will apply to all self-education expenses such as tuition, books, courses, computer equipment as well as travel and accommodation relating to seminars, courses etc.  However, the proposal is far reaching and will impact on individuals wanting to improve their professional qualifications. Small businesses can continue to help staff with additional training and skills by offering any courses or tuition as a fringe benefit, which will be exempt from any caps.

Posted on 16 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Budget 2013: Medical expense tax offset to be phased out

The Government intends to phase out the out-of-pocket medical expense tax offset. Currently, a 20% tax offset can be claimed for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses in excess of $2,060 per annum. For general medical expenses, only taxpayers who claim the offset for the 2013 income year will be eligible to claim in future years.

Individuals who have expenses relating to disability aids, attendant care or aged care will continue to qualify for an offset up to 2019.

Posted on 16 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Budget 2013: Changes to franking credit benefits

Various measures have been introduced by the Government to close the loophole that enables sophisticated investors to engage in double claiming from franking credits.

Under the proposed changes that are due to come into effect from 1 July 2013, the Government will ensure that when an investor sells shares ‘ex-dividend’, and then immediately buys equivalent shares which still carry the dividend entitlement (known as ‘cum-dividend’ shares), the investor will only be able to claim one set of franking credits.  The investor will not be able to claim franking credits otherwise available in respect of one of the two dividend entitlements.

The proposed changes will focus on tightening the 45 day ‘holding period rules’, and on the basis of these changes will not affect small investors with annual franking credit entitlements that do not exceed $5,000.

Posted on 16 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Budget 2013: Fair work receives funding to tackle workplace bullying

The Fair Work Commission has been given $21.4 million over the next four years to fund legal remedies for victims of workplace bullying.

A recent report by the Productivity Commission has highlighted the significant impact of bullying in the workplace, which could cost an estimated $36 billion in productivity each year.

The Fair Work Commission is set to begin hearing bullying complaints from 1 July 2013- although the accompanying Fair Work Amendment legislation is yet to pass through Parliament.

Following the proposed legislation, the Fair Work Commission will have the power to intervene in bullying cases where the complaint could not be resolved between the parties involved.

Small businesses will be updated by business groups in regards to the bullying requirements in the lead up to 1 July.

Posted on 16 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Changes to thin capitalisation rules expected in Budget

With the Federal Budget being released next week, many are speculating that the Government will be cracking down on business concessions with thin capitalisation rules being targeted. The rules which affect large, multinational companies may have unintended consequences for small businesses. For example, if a big business is forced to downsize it could hit smaller suppliers in a domino effect, possibly resulting in closures and creating struggling businesses.  There were expectations by the business community that any changes to thin capitalisation would be offset with a company tax cut; however, this has been ruled out by the Treasurer in light of deficit concerns.

Furthermore, the proposition to change thin capitalisation rules hint at an increase in the capital gains tax which would have far reaching consequences for the entire business community.

Posted on 9 May '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Inflation remains under control

Official inflation figures released for the March quarter show consumer prices for goods and services remain under control.

The inflation figure from the Bureau of Statistics came in at 0.4 per cent, with the annual rate of consumer price increases at 2.5 per cent, slightly up from the 2.2 per cent level in the previous December quarter. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was within the Reserve Bank’s forecast of between 2-3 per cent and was below market expectations, leaving some to wonder whether this will give scope for further interest rate cuts.

The figures released showed a 7.6 per cent rise in the average price of pharmaceutical products, a 6.5 per cent increase in tertiary education costs, 3.7 per cent rise in the price of tobacco and a 1.2% increase in the price of fuel.

However, the cost of household goods and services decreased 1.3 per cent, with furniture and textiles falling to 6.8 and 6.7 per cent respectively. Clothing and footwear was also down 3.9 per cent compared to the previous quarter in December.

As a result of the low inflation figures, the Australian dollar is poised to remain around the US $1.05 through to mid next year.

Posted on 27 April '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.

Increase in Australian business fraud

Australian businesses have lost $373 million dollars due to major fraud in the past 2 years, a three-fold increase in the past 15 years, yet are lagging behind addressing fraudulent behaviour as a serious issue.

There has also been an 82% increase in individual cases of fraud exceeding $1 million, with the finance sector hit the worst, according to an Australia wide survey on fraud conducted by KPMG.

Despite evidence of its continuing problem, only 15% saw fraud as a key risk in their business.

Those most likely to commit fraud tend to have been with the company for a long time, with 91% having a known history of fraud and 82% earning close to $100,000.

The survey also addressed the time it takes fraud to be detected, with an average of 665 days passing before an incident is reported or identified by a business.

The most common fraud methods, according to the survey, included false invoicing, theft of cash and fraudulent tendering. But technology is also playing a bigger part in fraud cases as hackers become more adept at cyber attacking company networks.

1. Australian businesses have lost $373 million dollars due to major fraud in the past 2 years, a three-fold increase in the past 15 years, yet are lagging behind addressing fraudulent behaviour as a serious issue.

There has also been a 82% increase in individual cases of fraud exceeding $1million, with the finance sector hit the worst, according to a Australia wide survey on fraud conducted by KPMG.

Despite evidence of its continuing problem, only 15% saw fraud as a key risk in their business.

Those most likely to commit fraud tended to have been with the company for a long time, with 91% having a known history of fraud and 82% earning close to $100,000.

The survey also addressed the time it takes fraud to be detected, with an average of 665 days passing before an incident is reported or identified by a business.

The most common fraud methods, according to the survey, include false invoicing, theft of cash and fraudulent tendering. But technology is also playing a bigger part in fraud cases as hackers become more adept at cyber attacking company networks.

Posted on 28 February '13 by , under News AUS. No Comments.