Be Careful When Changing Business Structures

While some sectors of the economy is suffering, others are booming, if you’re lucky enough to have a small business in a rapidly growing sector, you may be considering a change from a relatively simple sole trader business structure to a more formal structure such as a company or a trust. Changes such as this […]

End of Super Guarantee Amnesty: What’s Next?

The super guarantee amnesty which allowed employers to come forward to declare any super guarantee (SG) shortfalls and self-correct SG underpayments with reduced penalties has officially ended. For businesses eligible for the amnesty, the work is not over, to retain the benefits of the amnesty, the super guarantee charge amount disclosed in the application must […]

Super Guarantee Opt-out for High Income Earners

If you’re a high-income earner with multiple employers, there is a good chance that you may unintentionally exceed the super concessional contributions cap in any year, which may cause excess contribution issues. To remedy this, laws have recently been passed to allow you to opt-out of super guarantee. All you have to do is apply […]

Non-commercial Losses: Does it apply to you?

If you have a business in addition to your main employment, the non-commercial loss rules could apply to you, which may prevent you from deducting your business losses against your other income. Depending on your business activity, as long as you satisfy certain conditions, your business will not be subject to the non-commercial loss rules. […]

Crowdfunding: Is It Income?

Crowdfunding has fast become the go to place for people in need of large amounts of money quickly, but is the money raised considered to be income and therefore taxable? Campaigns on various platforms range from the shameless (lavish weddings/honeymoons) to ground-breaking (new innovative products), and whether each campaign is taxable depends entirely on the […]

Unpaid Super: Important Amnesty Update for Employers

Unpaid super is a big problem, and the compliance landscape is changing. If you’re an employer, now is the time to take action and protect yourself against penalties. Find out how enforcement activity will pick up under Single Touch Payroll reporting and learn about a new extended amnesty for disclosing past unpaid super. The government […]

Expansion of Tax Avoidance Taskforce

The ATO has expanded the tax avoidance taskforce to include top 500 private groups, high wealth private groups, and medium and emerging private groups. Perhaps the most interesting is the inclusion of medium and emerging private groups which cover around 97% of the total private group population. These consist of Australian resident individuals who, together […]

ATO Debts to Affect Your Credit Rating

Businesses with tax debts beware, the ATO will now be able to disclose the details of your tax debts to credit ratings agencies, which could potentially affect the ability of the business to obtain finance or refinance existing debt. Generally, only those businesses with an ABN and debts over $100,000 and are not “effectively engaged” […]

Future of the JobSeeker

The government has committed to extending the coronavirus supplement beyond the currently legislated end date of 24 September for a further three months to 31 December 2020. However, the supplement of $550 per fortnight which effectively doubled various social security payments will be reduced to $250 per fortnight from 25 September, effectively slashing the JobSeeker […]


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