From 1 July 2019, single touch payroll – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – will apply to all employers. What employers need to report will also be extended to include certain salary sacrificed amounts.
Employers with 20 or more employees have been required to use single touch payroll since 1 July 2018. The new rules push all businesses with employees into the single touch payroll system. This includes the situation where payments are made to the owners of the business in the form of salary, wages or directors fees.Read More
There are a huge number of tax laws that may change this year as a result of the upcoming 2019 Federal Election.
Individuals could be affected by:
- Losing franking credit refunds to their Self-Managed Super Funds and to themselves
- Paying higher capital gains tax
- Losing tax benefits from negative gearing into investment property
Australian businesses who employ 19 or fewer employees will have until 1 July 2019 to get ready for mandatory Single Touch Payroll reporting.
The requirement is already in place for businesses who employ 20 or more staff, which became mandatory on 1 July 2018.Read More
The small business asset write-off scheme is set to be extended for another 12 months, stretching the deadline to June 2020.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the extension along with a $5000 increase on the total amount claimable, taking the threshold from $20,000 to $25,000.
The increase means businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million will now be able to claim a tax deduction for assets purchased up to the value of $25,000.
The legislation will be introduced to parliament in February with Mr Morrison calling it a “very high priority”.
For more information, contact the Shakespeare team 08 9321 2111 to discuss how the instant asset write-off scheme may apply to your individual business needs.
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The ATO is offering free workshops for small businesses in Perth.
The workshops will be running from now until June and cover topics such as Single Touch Payroll, Record Keeping, Employee Essentials and Tax Essentials.Read More
ASIC has issued a warning about an email scam targeting ASIC customers.
The scam emails pose as ASIC correspondence, asking victims to pay to renew their business or company name.
The emails may contain links to malware or to invoices with fake payment details.
Shakespeare Financial Group recently had the pleasure of sponsoring and exhibiting at the Australian Veterinary Association WA Division State Conference.
The conference ran from October 19 – 21 and was held at Perth’s Crown Complex, with delegates from all areas of the WA veterinary community attending.
The event included an industry exhibition, key note speakers and gala dinner over the three day period.
Our team were on hand to chat about all things financial, including our range of veterinary industry specific accounting solutions.
Free Financial Health Checks were on offer to help vets address common financial issues specific to the industry.
With an already existing veterinary client base, Shakespeare Financial Group is in the position to be able to provide industry relevant services and advice to the veterinary community.
Attending the event of behalf of Shakespeare included Directors Leigh-Anne Meyerowitz, Stuart MacKinnon, Josh Parsons, Matthew Robertson and Peter Elkerbout, along with General Manager Tony Da Silva.
19 September 2018
The Senate has delivered some good news for 3.3 million eligible Australian small businesses by passing the extension of $20,000 instant asset write-off scheme.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg recently announced the extension passed through the Senate, giving small business owners until 30 June 2019 to take advantage of the scheme.
The extension was initially announced back in May by then Treasurer Scott Morrison as part of the 2018-2019 federal budget.
What it means for Australian small businesses
A fresh warning from the ATO has been released regarding a reported spike in scammer activity.
Posing as tax agents, scammers have been tricking victims into paying large amounts of money, under the guise of ATO imposed fines.
This particular scam involves a three way phone conversation where one scammer impersonates a victim’s tax agent, while another impersonates an ATO staff member.
ATO Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson has described a recent example of the magnitude of this scam. Read More