November 2021 - Practice Update

Varying PAYG instalments due to COVID-19 Taxpayers can vary their pay as you go (‘PAYG’) instalments throughout the year if they think they will pay too much, compared with their estimated tax for the year. To assist taxpayers who continue to be affected by COVID-19, the ATO has stated that it will not apply penalties...

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October 2021 - Practice Update

Extra super step when hiring new employees Employers may soon need to do something extra when a new employee starts to work for them. Currently, if a new employee does not choose their own fund, their employer can pay contributions for them to a default fund. From 1 November 2021, if a new employee does...

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September 2021 - Practice Update

Extending administrative relief for companies to use technology The Government has passed legislation renewing the temporary relief that allows companies to use technology to meet regulatory requirements under the Corporations Act 2001. These temporary relief measures will allow companies to hold virtual meetings and use electronic communications to send meeting-materials and execute documents until 31...

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ifa EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2021

Lisa Papachristoforos has been shortlisted for the ifa Excellence Awards 2021.   Lisa Papachristoforos has been named as a finalist in the ifa Excellence Awards for SMSF Adviser of the Year.    The finalist list, which was announced on 24 August 2021, features over 210 high-achieving financial services professionals across 27 submission-based categories. The ifa...

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July 2021 - Practice Update

Super guarantee contribution due date for June 2021 quarter The due date for employers to make super guarantee contributions for their employees for the June 2021 quarter is 28 July 2021. Note that the super guarantee rate in relation to salary and wages paid on or before 30 June 2021 is 9.5%, but the super...

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June 2021 - Practice Update

Cryptocurrency under the microscope this tax time The ATO is concerned that many taxpayers believe their cryptocurrency gains are tax-free, or only taxable when the holdings are cashed back into Australian dollars. ATO data analysis shows a dramatic increase in trading since the beginning of 2020, and has estimated that there are over 600,000 taxpayers...

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May 2021 - Practice Update

Government proposal to modernise business communications The Government has committed to modernising certain laws so that they are ‘technology neutral’, to enable easier communication between businesses, individuals and regulators. The first phase of legislative reform will focus on key areas raised by stakeholders which are implementation-ready (ideally by the end of 2021), including: expanding the...

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April 2021 - Practice Update

JobKeeper comes to an end The ATO has advised that the final JobKeeper payment will be processed in April 2021. Enrolled businesses do not have to do anything when the program closes, although they will need to complete their final March monthly business declaration by 14 April 2021. Also, once a business is no longer...

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March 2021 - Practice Update

Changes to STP reporting concessions from 1 July 2021 Small employers (19 or fewer employees) are currently exempt from reporting ‘closely held’ payees through Single Touch Payroll (‘STP’).  Also, a quarterly STP reporting option applies to micro employers (four or fewer employees).  These concessions will end on 30 June 2021. The STP reporting changes that...

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February 2021 - Practice Update

Staff Update After 7 years at reception, Kay has decided to leave Hughes O’Dea Corredig, her last day being 25th February 2021. We wish Kay all the best for the future, words are insufficient to express our gratefulness and appreciation of all that Kay has done at reception and at Hughes O’Dea Corredig during this...

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January 2021 - Practice Update

New insolvency rules commence Important changes to Australia’s insolvency laws commenced operation on 1 January 2021. The measures apply to incorporated businesses with liabilities less than $1 million and are expected to cover around 76 per cent of businesses currently subject to insolvency. The new rules do not apply to partnerships or sole traders. The Treasury’s...

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December 2020 - Practice Update

JobKeeper Update In welcome news, the ATO is extending the due date for lodgement of the December JobKeeper business monthly declaration to Thursday 28 January 2021 (instead of 14 January 2021).  The key dates are as follows : Between 4 January 2021 and 28 January 2021 – complete the December business monthly declaration (this is an extension...

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November 2020 - Practice Update

Tax cuts pass Parliament The Government announced various tax measures in the 2020 Budget on 6 October 2020, and it was able to secure passage of legislation containing some of the important measures very shortly afterwards, as summarised below. Tax relief for individuals The Government brought forward ‘Stage two’ of their Personal Income Tax Plan...

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September 2020 - Practice Update

Superannuation guarantee rate increase update Recently, arguments both for and against increasing the rate of compulsory superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) have continued to be tossed around! The SG is the compulsory amount of superannuation an employer must pay into an eligible employee’s chosen super fund. The rate of SG has been frozen at 9.5% of an...

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August 2020 - Practice Update

JOBKEEPER UPDATE On 21 July 2020, the Government announced that the JobKeeper Payment (‘JKP’) would be extended until 28 March 2021 (i.e., for a further six months beyond its original end date of 27 September 2020). As a result, JKPs would now be made over two separate extension periods, being: Extension period 1 – which covers the...

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July 2020 – Practice Update

COVID19 Update and 2020 Tax Returns We are running our next webinar exclusive for Hughes O’Dea Corredig clients on 16th July at midday via Zoom. The webinar will discuss the 2020 tax preparation, how our office will be operating this year due to COVID-19, what information you will need to provide prior to appointments, and...

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June 2020 – Practice Update

JobKeeper declaration due 14 June Businesses that have enrolled in the JobKeeper Scheme and identified their eligible employees are reminded that they will need to make a monthly declaration to the ATO to ensure they continue to receive JobKeeper payments. The monthly declaration must be made by the 14th day of each month to claim...

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April 2020 – Practice Update

Coronavirus: Government announces new tax measures The Government has announced a number of economic responses to the Coronavirus (or ‘COVID-19’) pandemic, including economic stimulus packages worth billions of dollars. Some of the key tax measures include: From Thursday 12 March 2020, the instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 (for businesses with an...

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