Tag: business deductions

The idea of making allowances to cover the cost of necessary travel by employees is not a new area of tax, but it had become significant — before the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Businesses had been increasingly moving staff around to achieve expansion and build greater ties across greater distances, and one assumes (after the pandemic is under control) that the trend will pick up where it left off.

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As a tax concept, “entertainment” can be relevant not only to fringe benefits tax (FBT), but also to income tax and even goods and services tax (GST). For a business, whether a business expense is “entertainment” will generally also determine whether the cost is deductible. If the expenditure can be shown to be directly connected with the carrying on of a business, it should be deductible. So could your client be missing out on some “entertainment” business deductions?

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This non-exhaustive checklist of business deductions is designed to provide an easy reference guide to the types of deductions that might be claimed by businesses. (more…)

In the 2015-16 federal budget, the government increased the small business immediate deductibility threshold from $1,000 to $20,000, which was originally due to end at June 30, 2017. (more…)