The QLD State government implemented more changes than any other state or territory this year in relation to property ownership and acquisition in the Sunshine State. One of the key changes is the news that foreign buyers of QLD based real estate will from 1 July 2018 be hit with a 7% transfer duty, formerly known as stamp duty, up from only 3%. This new duty rate will apply to foreign buyers regardless of legal ownership structure.
The Turnbull Government is now looking to reduce the repayment threshold for university graduates by more than $10,000, which means anyone earning more than $45,000 would make compulsory contributions.
Wednesday 11th April 2018
A submission to a parliamentary committee demonstrates that millions of Australian illegally claimed work related expenses. The ATO has published that such claims have cost the Crown 2.5 billion a year which is more than the cost of multinational tax avoidance.
Thursday 1st March 2018
Due to significant changes in SMSF legislation the ATO has granted SMSF's a tax return lodgement deadline of 2 July 2018 for 2017 Financial Year Returns.
This provides trustees with an additional 7 weeks to consider and make an election on their options in relation to CGT relief as a result of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap.
We recommend contacting your GMD team member to ensure sufficient time is available to prepare your funds requirements, consider your options in relation to CGT relief and undertake your annual SMSF audit.
Tuesday 13th February 2018
The passing of the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 established a Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme in Australia.
The NDB scheme requires organisations covered by the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) to notify any individuals likely to be at risk of serious harm by a data breach.
This notice must include recommendations about the steps that individuals should take in response to the data breach. The Australian Information Commissioner must also be notified.
Organisations will need to be prepared to conduct quick assessments of suspected data breaches to determine if they are likely to result in serious harm.
Wednesday 6th December 2017
FROM July 1, Australian homeowners offering properties above $750,000 will be required to obtain a clearance certificate from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to prove they are not foreign residents before they sell.
Friday 17th November 2017
The ATO has confirmed that people who make money out of delivering for popular online meal ordering and delivery platforms such as UberEATS and Deliveroo will not have to register for and pay GST, unlike their counterparts at Uber, if they fall under the GST threshold.
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The 2018 May budget included many notable and highly publicised tax amendments that impact almost all Australians. Little attention has been paid to the fact that the Commonwealth penalty unit increased from $180 to $210.
Tuesday 26th September 2017