The report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue into Taxpayer Engagement with the Tax System has been tabled.
The ATO reports that a record number of tax returns were finalised in the first two months of tax time this year, thanks to the ATO’s data prefilling arrangements and correction of mistakes using analytics and data-matching.
On 24 August 2018, the Royal Commission into banking, superannuation and financial services misconduct released the closing submissions setting out possible contraventions by certain superannuation entities.
The ATO has announced that public examinations started in a Federal Court matter on 27 August 2018 in relation to a group of entities connected to a pre-insolvency advisor.
This year, the ATO has launched its biggest ever education campaign to help taxpayers get their tax returns right. The ATO says the campaign, which is running throughout tax time, includes direct contact with over three million selected taxpayers, as well as specialised guides and toolkits for taxpayers, agents, employers and industry bodies.
GST Ruling GSTR 2018/1, issued on 22 August 2018, sets out the ATO’s view on when supplies of real property are connected with the indirect tax zone (ie Australia) under s 9-25(4) of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (GST Act).
The legislative logjam in Federal Parliament is affecting the implementation of a wide range of tax measures, and the ATO is having to implement practical work-arounds for the measures.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its submission in response to the Productivity Commission’s draft report on superannuation efficiency and competitiveness.
The ATO has reminded taxpayers that they need to lodge a tax return for a financial year in which they exceed their non-concessional contributions cap, and may have to pay extra tax.
On 20 July 2018, the Treasurer released draft legislation to ensure offshore sellers of hotel accommodation in Australia calculate their goods and services tax (GST) turnover in the same way as local sellers from 1 July 2019.
KPMG has released a submission in response to the Treasury position paper on the proposed retirement income covenant announced as part of the 2018–2019 Budget.
On 9 July 2018, the Board of Taxation publicly released its initial report on its review of Australia’s individual income tax residency rules.
From 1 July 2018, the ATO is running a 12-month pilot to extend its independent review service to certain small business taxpayers.
The government on 29 June 2018 officially launched the new stand-alone Business Registration Service, providing a simpler and clearer way to register a business.
With the self managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual return lodgment deadline upon us, minds should have already turned to meeting compliance requirements. The 2016–2017 financial year includes a few twists and turns which trustees should factor in to avoid late lodgement.
On 29 May 2018, the Productivity Commission released a draft report recommending changes to improve the superannuation system by addressing unintended multiple accounts and default funds that under perform.
The term “black economy” refers to people and businesses who operate outside the tax and regulatory systems, or who are known to the authorities but do not correctly report their tax obligations.
The ATO has started issuing excess transfer balance (ETB) tax assessments to self managed super fund (SMSF) members, or their agents, who had previously received an ETB determination and rectified the excess.
Kelly O’Dwyer has announced the authorisation of Australian Financial Complaints Limited to operate the new financial dispute resolution scheme – the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) – which will start accepting complaints from 1 November 2018.
From 1 July 2018, GST will be imposed on the supply of goods valued at equal to or less than A$1,000 (ie low value goods) from outside of Australia to Australian consumers.
On 4 May 2018, the Government released its response to the Senate Economics References Committee report into penalties for corporate and financial misconduct and agreed to increase the civil penalties.
With effect from 1 July 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment Act 2017 introduced s 26-31 into the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to disallow deductions for non-business travel costs incurred by individuals, self managed superannuation funds and “private” trusts and partnerships in relation to residential rental properties.
More than 100 Australians have been identified as “high risk” and requiring further ATO investigation because they have links to Swiss banking.
The ATO has called on employers with 20 or more employees to start preparing now for the Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting regime, which will be mandatory from 1 July 2018.
The ATO has issued a fact sheet explaining its compliance approach to employers who fail to meet their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations.
The foreign resident capital gains tax (CGT) withholding regime requires a purchaser of certain Australian property to withhold an amount from the purchase price.
The government has released exposure draft legislation to ensure that a superannuation reversionary transition to retirement income stream (TRIS) will always be allowed to automatically transfer to eligible dependents on the death of the primary recipient.
A Bill has been introduced to amend the A New Tax System, requiring purchasers of new residential premises and new subdivisions of potential residential land to remit the GST on the purchase price directly to the ATO as part of the settlement process.
The black economy includes people who don’t correctly report and meet their tax obligations, and people who operate entirely outside the tax and regulatory system.
Treasury has released draft legislation aimed at ensuring that taxpayers will only be able to access the small business capital gains tax concessions for assets that are used (or held ready for use) in the course of a small business or are an interest in a small business.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has affirmed the ATO’s decision that income a taxpayer earned working for the United States Army in Afghanistan is not exempt from Australian income tax under s 23AF of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936).
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has confirmed that a mechanical engineer with a PhD qualification was not entitled to deductions for various work-related expenses of approximately $60,000 that he claimed in the 2014 tax year.
The ATO has advised that employer registration re working holiday makers has been extended to 31 January 2017. Employers employing working holiday makers will not be penalised as long as they register by 31 January 2017. They can still use the new withholding tax rate of 15% from 1 January 2017.
The High Court has unanimously dismissed a taxpayer’s appeal and held that payments of US$160 million made to him pursuant to an incentive “profit participation plan” after termination of his employment was income according to ordinary concepts.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has affirmed the Commissioner’s decision to refuse a taxpayer’s deduction claim for certain work-related travel expenses.
The Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No 2) Bill 2016 has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The Bill proposes to amend ITAA 1997 to allow primary producers to access income-tax averaging 10 income years after choosing to opt out, instead of that opt-out choice being permanent.
An individual has been unsuccessful before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), where he argued that he was an itinerant worker and was therefore entitled to claim tax deductions for travel expenses of some $38,000 for the 2011–2012 income year.