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Maximising travel expense claims

Employers and individuals using a vehicle for work may find it useful to consult ATO guidelines when claiming work related travel expenses. Individuals and business owners may be able to claim car travel expenses in the following circumstances: If they have to carry bulky goods or equipment back and forth to work that cannot be le...

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Tax Focus:Common FBT Exemptions

With the Fringe Benefits Tax deadline fast approaching, small businesses should review some of the key FBT issues. The FBT for the year ending 31 March 2013 is 46.5%, on the grossed-up taxable value of fringe benefits provided to employees during the FBT year. Common fringe benefits exempt from the tax include: Newspapers and ...

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GST refund time limit

Small businesses entitled to refunds of GST may not be aware of the four year time limit on claiming those refunds. GST refunds are claimed under the indirect tax laws, which cover GST, Luxury Car Tax (LCT), Wine Equalization Tax (WET) and fuel tax credits. They are a form of ‘outstanding indirect tax refunds’ which are tax re...

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Important tax dates

During this festive time of year we remind you, Friday 20th December 2013 is the due date for lodgement and payment of your November 2013 monthly activity statement.

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ATO now targeting: Motor Vehicle Data Matching

The ATO plans to collect motor vehicle information from state and territory authorities and to match taxpayer records and identify those who participate or operate in the cash economy. More specifically, individuals who do not declare all of their income or are deliberately avoiding their tax obligations. The ATO has announced plans to ta...

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“Building a Better Tax system” What does this mean for you?

The Australian government has launched the Better Tax campaign in order to help inform the public of tax reforms coming into effect. Designed to “better Australia”, here is a look at what this plan is and its meaning for you. What it is:The Better Tax initiative is designed to help prevent bi...
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Payday loan apps and websites; the pros and cons

Personal loans have become a fast-growing financing option for consumers, with payday apps and websites gaining popularity. For aid between paychecks, payday loans can be very helpful for the pay cycle lull. Taking out a loan is not something to enter into lightly though, there are many variables...
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