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Is your business ready for the super guarantee rate rise?

On 1 July 2021, the super guarantee rate will rise from 9.5% to 10%. If you have employees, you will need to ensure your payroll and accounting systems are updated to incorporate the increase to the super rate.

If you need help to work out how much super you need to pay for your employees after 1 July, you can use the ATO’s super guarantee contributions calculator (first link below). […]

A business industry code may help with your tax outcome

The ATO has a business industry code (BIC) tool to help small businesses speed up their tax return lodgement. The BIC is a five-digit number required for tax returns and schedules. Using the correct code helps businesses avoid delays by ensuring their return is lodged in the correct category. It is derived from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes. […]

Checklist for employment-related tax deductions

This checklist contains a general list of general and specific employment-related deductions and should be used as a guide only. The results may vary depending on individual circumstances. The individual should also have the relevant written evidence where required. Also, how much of the expense is allowable as a tax deduction will depend on the extent the expenses are incurred in earning the person’s assessable income. […]

Independent audit review for small businesses

From 1 April 2021, the ATO’s independent review service has been made permanently available for eligible small businesses with a turnover less than $10 million. The service provides an additional option to achieve early and fair resolution of an audit dispute. […]

Voluntarily repaying JobKeeper and the ATO’s approach to tax treatment

The ATO has stated that eligible businesses that received JobKeeper payments do not need to repay those amounts. However, some businesses may choose to voluntarily repay an amount. This amount can be equivalent to some or all the JobKeeper payments received.

The ATO says that voluntary repayments do not reduce the amount of JobKeeper a business received, and these payments must be included in a business’s assessable income.

A voluntary repayment of JobKeeper may be deductible only in limited circumstances and only if the voluntary payment is clearly appropriate to achieve, or directed at achieving, the business objectives of the business. […]

Director resignations have new laws to follow

ASIC has announced that the Federal Government has introduced new laws to help combat illegal phoenix activity. From 18 February 2021, a company director will not be able to backdate their resignation more than 28 days or resign if it means the company would be left without a director. Backdating resignations was a common tactic used by directors to engage in illegal phoenix activity. […]

ATO says it will not impose penalties for SMSF asset valuations during COVID-19 due to lack of evidence

When SMSF trustees prepare the financial statements and accounts for their fund, they must report the fund assets at market value to comply with regulation 8.02B of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SISR). Before this came into force on 7 August 2012, unless the fund was paying a pension or held in-house assets, trustees could provide a valuation for fund assets every three years. This was considered no longer sufficient, and assets must now be reported at market value every year with evidence to support the valuation. […]

ATO to allow extended time for minimum yearly repayments on Div 7A loans

In these COVID-19 times, concerns about Div 7A applying are understandable. Some borrowers are facing circumstances beyond their control, and even making the minimum yearly repayments required under complying loan agreements may be out of reach.

The ATO has now announced that it is going to allow extensions to the repayment period for those borrowers who are unable to make their minimum yearly repayment (MYR) by the end of the lender’s 2019-20 income year under section 109RD. […]

SG penalty remissions: How not to trip up, post-amnesty

The ATO has published draft law administration practice statement PSLA 2020/D1 – remission of additional superannuation guarantee charge.

With the SG amnesty now expired, so too has the ability of the ATO to remit part 7 penalties in full (which can otherwise amount to 200% of the SG charge). To provide guidance to its staff around the remission of Part 7 penalties post-amnesty, the ATO has released this practice statement. […]

Top 5 ways to trip up with SMSF annual returns

The ATO has compiled, from many years’ worth of annual return data supplied by self managed superannuation funds, what it says are the top five errors committed by SMSF trustees when lodging their annual tax return.

Knowing where other SMSF trustees have tripped up in the past can go a long way to make sure you don’t commit the same mistake. […]