Why Am I Paying Medicare Levy Excess

We recently got asked this question by a client who wanted to understand Private Health Insurance (PHI) and the Medicare Levy. Let us take it back to basics. Medicare levy Most Australians pay the Medicare levy of 2% of their taxable income as part of their tax to help fund some of Australia’s public health…

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ATO extends simplified working from home deductions

The ATO has extended its temporary arrangements to enable employees to use a simplified method of calculating deduction for working from home.   Maja Garaca Djurdjevic October 02, 2020 Employees working from home as a result of the COVID pandemic can continue to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour by keeping a record of the number…

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COVID-19 Australian Bank Assistance

Darren Stacey , National Leader, Finance Solutions Executive Director, Debt Advisory BDO Australia Given the significant market disruptions now becoming apparent across the country, the major Australian banks have announced how they will assist their impacted business customers. While many individuals are rightly focussing on the health and wellbeing of their own family, the impacts on…

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Government Stimulus Plan In Response To COVID 19 Including Tax Measures

On 12 March 2020, the Australian Government announced its economic response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The ATO also released a series of administrative concessions for taxpayers. The Federal Government has announced a further $66 billion package not listed here. Tax incentives for business investment Instant asset write- off Depreciation Rebate Subsidies Increased threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 Accelerated depreciation to…

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Your Business Survival Checklist for Covid 19, Coronavirus

We live in unprecedented times physically, socially and as businesses: financially and economically. We are phasing an unknown enemy: COVID-19 and how your business will adapt and emerge at the end of this turmoil is tied up to your response, leadership and planning in the time you have NOW. Below are some of the strategies…

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TAX AGENT IMPERSONATORS CONNING VICTIMS TO PAY FAKE DEBTS

TAX AGENT IMPERSONATORS CONNING VICTIMS TO PAY FAKE DEBTS By Emma Koehn (Fairfax Media) Tax agents are being forced to fight fraudsters who are impersonating  tax professionals to con victims into paying fake debts. The Australian Taxation Office advised tax agents this week to inform their clients that scammers may be trying to spoof them. In a…

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Do you import goods worth A$1,000 or less?

Do you import goods worth A$1,000 or less?   From 1 July 2018 overseas businesses that meet the GST registration threshold of A$75,000 will need to charge GST on goods that are: less than A$1,000 (low value) imported into Australia not GST-free (such as most basic food, alcohol, tobacco, or tobacco products). How will this…

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More Australians entitled to payments from July 2018

In March, July and September of each year, the federal government changes the rules for claiming the Age usually for the better! Currently, the Age Pension income test thresholds and the Age Pension assets test thresholds are adjusted three times a year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index. Effective from 1 July…

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Superannuation Reforms Passed

On 23 November 2016, some of the most far-reaching superannuation reforms of the past decade were passed by both Houses of Parliament. The superannuation reform package was announced in the 2016-17 Budget and amended following consultation.

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