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Tax Guide for Airbnb Hosts

If you are considering joining up with Airbnb in order to rent out a part of your residence, there are important things to consider regarding how you manage your taxes. Rental income The income you earn from Airbnb activities will be assessable income in the eyes of the ATO and should be reported on your […]

Christmas Party Fails – The Top Christmas Problem Areas

Christmas….that time of year when the festivities not only bring joy but excessive expenses, potential harassment claims, and other employer headaches. As Phyllis Diller once said, “What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.” This month, we explore the top Christmas problem areas: Getting beyond merry: parties […]

What’s involved in selling your business?

Selling your business can be a stressful time and unless you’ve done it before, it’s hard to know what to expect or what’s required to get the right result.  We’ve put together the top issues for business owners or investors to maximise their results. Understand what you are selling and the tax implications What you […]

New Tax Rules For Property Sales Over $2M

New rules to prevent foreign residents avoiding tax when they sell Australian property will affect everyone buying or selling property with a market value of $2 million or more from 1 July 2016.  Many transactions involving shares in a company or units in a trust will also be caught. From 1 July, a 10% withholding […]

Why changing your business structure just got easier

New rules that apply from 1 July 2016 mean that small businesses can restructure their business operations without triggering adverse tax implications. Before the introduction of the new restructuring rules, if a business restructured from say, a partnership to a trust, there was a possibility that the change in structure could trigger capital gains tax […]

New Rules for SMSF Collectibles

Does your self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) own a motor vehicle, artwork, wine, coins, jewellery or other collectibles? More stringent rules for how these collectible and personal use assets are managed come into effect for all funds from 30 June 2016.  While it’s important for all SMSFs to ensure that they are compliant with the rules, […]

Capital Gains and Property – Top Questions and Answers

The thought of the Australian Tax Office (ATO) sharing up to 50% of any gain you make on an investment decision is enough to strike fear into the hearts of most people. Given Australia’s love affair with property, it is little wonder that we are often asked about the impact of capital gains tax (CGT) […]

Tax Cuts On The Way?

Who doesn’t like a tax cut when they personally benefit from it? In a recent speech, the Treasurer said that personal tax cuts were required to prevent ‘bracket creep’ – that’s jargon for what happens when the tax rate thresholds don’t keep pace with inflation and more people are pushed into a higher tax bracket […]

Should your SMSF buy property in the United States?

One of the most common questions from clients with a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) is, can I buy property? Followed by the second question, can I buy property in the United States? SMSFs provide investment flexibility for those that understand the rules. They can also be a significant liability if you get it wrong. […]

What now for the GST?

Fifteen years after the introduction of the GST in Australia debate still rages over what should be taxed and whether the GST rate should increase. Unless the Government changes the GST Act, any change requires the approval of the States and Territories. The Treasurers’ workshop late last month resolved to keep the GST rate at […]

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