Gifts provided to employees or their associates — that gold, frankincense and myrrh you picked up at the Black Friday sales — will typically constitute a property fringe benefit and therefore are subject to FBT unless the minor benefit exemption applies. Gifts, and indeed all benefits associated with a Christmas function, should be considered separately to the Christmas party in light of the minor benefits exemption.(more…)
The ATO is reminding rental property owners that each year it sees some fairly common mistakes being made with the claims made, and the tax outcomes that result, in regard to investment properties. It has therefore released a list of the top 10 stumbles, and how best to avoid them.(more…)
This financial year is almost over, but there are still tactics you may be able to employ to make sure you pay the right amount of tax for the 2018-19 year. While the best strategies are adopted in July (that is, as early as possible in a financial year and not at the end), it’s worth remembering proper tax planning is more than just sourcing bigger and better deductions. The best tips involve assessing your current circumstances and planning your associated income and deductions.(more…)
Home office expense claims are subject to the same general substantiation requirements as other deductions – that is, records must be kept for five years.
But in practice, full compliance with the substantiation rules may be difficult. It may be simple to keep a receipt for a printer purchased for a home business, but not so easy to prove the deductible proportion of a specific utilities bill. So the ATO has provided some administrative guidelines to ease this burden. (more…)
There are certain behaviours, characteristics and tax issues that the ATO admits will attract its attention.
But as it is more interested to see taxpayers get things right rather than the bother, and expense, of chasing down every misdemeanour, the ATO has spelled out the areas that most concern it — that is, the incidents or details that are more likely to raise a red flag. (more…)