Category: Tax

Coronavirus: Working from home expenses

  • On March 26, 2020
With social distancing policies in full force in Australia due to Covid -19, a lot of employees are required to work from home. Working from home has it own challenges and it definitely leads to increased costs like electricity, heating, cleaning, Mobile  etc.  But thankfully, you are entitled to claim expenses incurred because of working […]

Covid-19 – Concessions by State governments and Banks

  • On March 24, 2020
This article covers the various concessions and grants initiated by the state governments and some banks in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. Victoria Payroll tax waived: Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3 million will have their payroll tax for the 2019-20 financial year waived. Eligible businesses must continue to lodge returns but do […]

Stimulus Package: What You Need To Know

  • On March 23, 2020
Over the past six months, Australians has faced devastating natural disasters including drought, fires, floods, and now, the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Governments, businesses and communities all around the world are facing unprecedented challenges. In the midst of these difficult times and to keep the cash flowing through the economy, the central Government has released […]

The Stimulus Package: What you need to know

  • On March 18, 2020
The Government has announced a $17.6 billion investment package to support the economy as we brace for the impact of the coronavirus. The yet to be legislated four-part package focuses on business investment, sustaining employers and driving cash into the economy. An updated package was announced on 23rd march 2020 For Businesses: Business investment Increase […]

Christmas Parties and Presents – and Tax!

  • On December 17, 2019
Christmas is a splendid time to acknowledge and reward your employees and other associates by celebrating and giving gifts. But don’t get caught out by entertainment rules! Claiming entertainment and gifts as business expenses is not always straight-forward, as there are implications for GST, income tax and fringe benefits tax (FBT). Is it Entertainment? Entertainment […]

Do you run your business from home?

  • On December 10, 2019
ATO has issued some new guidance to businesses claiming home office expenses for home-based businesses. What are Home-Based Businesses? A home-based business can be run at home like a boutique or from home like an electrician who visits the client’s site but does all the admin work from home and stores tools etc. Home Office Expenses Normally, if you […]

Personal Services Income. What is it?

  • On November 29, 2019
This article aims to cover Personal Services Income (PSI) issues faced by contractors, freelancers, medical professionals etc. Though Personal service income act has been in existence for a while, it is still a deeply misunderstood tax act. The article starts by explaining what PSI is and why was it introduced. Then it goes onto cover PSI rules […]

Cash vs Accrual Accounting – It’s All About Timing

  • On September 2, 2019
What are the two methods? Understanding cash and accrual accounting comes down to timing. In a cash-based accounting system you recognise income and expenses when they happen, that is, when the money arrives into or leaves your bank. In an accrual-based accounting system, income is recognised at the date the customer is invoiced and expenses […]

Tips for Buying an Investment Property in Australia  

  • On August 20, 2019
Without a doubt, purchasing an investment property continues to be one of the most popular ways for individuals to invest in Australia. And this is evident from the country’s tax data where 10 per cent of the taxpayers are landlords who have been continuing to invest in properties.    One cannot undermine the significance of investing […]

Are you playing in the Business growth game?

  • On August 15, 2019
What’s your business growth looking like and where were you 12 months ago compared to today? If you haven’t given it much thought it is probably because you’re always stuck in the day-to-day operations. But it is worth spending some dedicated time to do some reflecting and planning. Growth doesn’t need to mean more risk, […]