Cryptocurrency guidance

Cryptocurrency guidance

The ATO has released some additional (but brief) guidance on some of the key issues that tax practitioners should consider when clients are engaged in cryptocurrency investment or mining activities.  The ATO makes the comment that most people hold cryptocurrency as an...
What happens to your superannuation when you die?

What happens to your superannuation when you die?

Superannuation is not like other assets as it is held in trust by the trustee of the superannuation fund. When you die, it does not automatically form part of your estate but instead, is paid to your eligible beneficiaries by the fund trustee according to the rules of...
Unwinding COVID-19 Relief

Unwinding COVID-19 Relief

COVID-19 support will roll back as states and territories reach vaccination targets. The National Plan, the road map out of COVID-19, does more than provide greater freedoms at 70% and 80% full vaccination rates, it withdraws the steady stream of Commonwealth...
Did Your Super Fund Receive a Compensation Payment?

Did Your Super Fund Receive a Compensation Payment?

Is a financial services compensation payment to your superannuation fund a contribution?Of late, there have been several compensation payments made by financial services providers to customers that were inappropriately charged or overcharged for insurance premiums or...
Divorce, Superannuation and the Gender Divide

Divorce, Superannuation and the Gender Divide

New legislation will help prevent superannuation assets from being hidden during divorce proceedings.From 1 April 2022, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will be able to release details of an individual’s superannuation information to a family law court.The...
What now? Unwinding the Pandemic

What now? Unwinding the Pandemic

Australia’s two largest states and the ACT are in lockdown as the Delta strain of COVID-19 takes its toll while others are standing firm on a policy of eradication. The result is a country at a policy impasse and divided by border restrictions. And, it is not just...
Am I taxed on an insurance payout?

Am I taxed on an insurance payout?

Australia has had its fair share of disasters over the last few years – drought, bushfires and floods – that have ramped up the volume of insurance claims. Most people would assume that if and when they need to claim on their insurance, the insurance payout covers the...
ATO: What’s changing on 1 July 2021?

ATO: What’s changing on 1 July 2021?

There are a few important changes coming up on 1 July 2021. These are important to note especially going into end of year tax planning. 1. Super guarantee rate increase to 10% On 1 July 2021, the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate will rise from 9.5% to 10% –...
Top 10 FAQ by Companies Filing Tax Returns for the First Time

Top 10 FAQ by Companies Filing Tax Returns for the First Time

Starting your business and running a company can be daunting, especially when you have limited accounting experience. However, armed with some basic knowledge and by employing the services of a user-friendly accountant, running your business and paying taxes can be a breeze. An accountant is a powerful ally, and can help you navigate the financial minefield, including the dreaded Australian Tax office (ATO)!