Tax Strategies

Home office fixed rate method

21 March 2023

If an employee or investor uses their home office for work or investment-related purposes, they can claim 67 cents per hour under the fixed rate method.  The 67 cents per hour covers energy expenses (electricity and gas), phone usage (mobile and home), internet, stationery, and computer consumables. No additional deductions are allowed for costs covered…

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Small business tax incentives for digital adoption

13 September 2022

Small businesses can receive a bonus 20% deduction on eligible expenditure supporting digital adoption. Eligible expenditure includes: digital enabling items, such as hardware, software, systems and services that form and facilitate the use of computer networks. digital media and marketing. e-commerce. The tax incentives apply to expenditure incurred from 29 March 2022 until 30 June 2023…

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Cryptocurrencies – The tax consequences of using Bitcoin

17 August 2022

Wikipedia defines a cryptocurrency (also known as crypto-currency, or crypto) as a digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange through a computer network that is not reliant on any central authority, such as a government or bank, to uphold or maintain it. Bitcoin was created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto as the…

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Electric Cars are FBT Free

9 August 2022

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Electric Car Discount) Bill 2022 proposes to remove Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on eligible cars provided by employers to current employees for private use. The exemption applies under the following circumstances: To eligible electric vehicles first held and used after 1st July 2022. To cars with a purchase price below $84,916…

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Eliminate Division 7A problems

18 January 2022

Division 7A is an ATO integrity measure to ensure that private companies don't make tax free distributions of profits to shareholders or shareholders' associates in the form of payments, loans and debts forgiven. These rules only apply where the companies have retained profits. Under Division 7A shareholders or associates who receive payments or loans from…

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Fully maintained associate lease

16 November 2021

A fully maintained associate lease is an agreement where an associate of the employee (typically spouse or partner), leases a fully maintained car to the employee's employer. Under the fully maintained operating lease, the associate agrees to incur and pay for the vehicles' running costs (e.g. fuel, repairs, insurance, and registration). The employer then provides…

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Can I deduct the cost of travelling to see my tax agent?

18 October 2021

A taxpayer can claim a deduction for the cost of travel to obtain tax advice. This travel includes:  Using a taxpayer's vehicle to visit their accountant's office. This can be calculated on a cents per km basis. Out of pocket transport costs incurred, such as airfare or taxi fare. Accommodation and meals incurred visiting their tax agent. (This…

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Structured settlement contributions

17 August 2021

Structured settlement contributions are payments an individual has received and contributed into their super fund. Structured settlement payment is a payment arising from a personal injury claim where two legally qualified medical practitioners have certified that it is unlikely the individual can ever be gainfully employed in a capacity for which they are reasonably qualified or trained.…

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Small business restructure roll-over

13 July 2021

Business entity changes involve transferring a business from its current structure to a more advantageous structure. The most common reasons for business restructure are: Change in ownership: If an existing business is acquired (say a company), then the business structure may be changed (to a trust). Change in management: Taking on a business partner would involve…

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Temporary loss carry back for eligible companies

22 June 2021

On 11 May 2021, as part of the 2021–22 federal Budget, the Australian Government announced it will extend the loss carry back measure.  Companies can carry back losses from 2020, 2021 & 2022 income years to offset previously taxed profits made in or after the 2019 income year. This allows companies to generate a refundable…

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