BUSINESS TAXATION

24-May-2017

Major bank levy from 1 July 2017 The Government will introduce a major bank levy for authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) with licensed entity liabilities of at least $100 billion from 1 July 2017. The threshold will be indexed to grow in line with nominal gross domestic product. The levy will be calculated quarterly as 0.015% of an ADI’s licensed entity liabilities as at each APRA mandated quarterly reporting date (for an annualised rate of 0.06%). Liabilities subject to the levy will include items such as corporate bonds, commercial paper, certificates of deposit, and T..

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PERSONAL TAXATION

19-May-2017

No change to personal tax rates; Budget deficit levy to end The 2017–2018 Federal Budget contained no changes to the personal income tax rates and thresholds. This means that the 2% budget deficit levy on incomes over $180,000 will not be extended beyond its initial three years, and will cease on 30 June 2017. The tax rates for foreign residents for 2017–2018 will be the same as those for 2016–2017, except that the top marginal rate will be 45%, reflecting the removal of the 2% temporary budget deficit levy. The currently legislated low income tax offset (LITO) rates have not chan..

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Does your business import or export goods and services?

11-May-2017

The ATO reminds business owners that if your business imports or exports goods or services in Australia, it is important to be aware of your GST responsibilities so you can get the information on your business activity statement (BAS) right. Exports from Australia are generally GST-free, but special conditions apply in some situations. For example, if it takes longer than 60 days for you to receive payment for your exports, then GST could be charged. When importing, you are generally required to pay GST (10% of the value of the taxable importation). This GST is usually paid to the Depart..

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Higher education HELP changes: faster repayments and threshold changes

10-May-2017

The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, has announced a package of reforms to higher education – the Higher Education Reform Package – to take effect generally from 1 January 2018. The details announced will be confirmed in the 2017–2018 Federal Budget. They include: an increased maximum student contribution from 1 January 2018; no up-front fees or deregulation of fees; a new set of repayment thresholds from 1 July 2018, changing repayment timings and quantities for all current and future Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debtors; a new minimum repayment..

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Tax assistance for people affected by Cyclone Debbie

01-May-2017

The ATO has said it will fast-track refunds for people affected by extreme weather and flooding associated with Tropical Cyclone Debbie and ex-Cyclone Debbie in Queensland and New South Wales, and will allow extra time for those taxpayers and their agents to lodge income tax returns and activity statements. Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said taxpayers do not need to apply for a deferral or a faster refund. “If your business or residential address is in one of the identified affected postcodes it will happen automatically”, Mr Jordan said. “We understand that for many people their tax ..

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