The Australian Government recently introduced new legislation in a bid to maintain its budget surplus. It has extended its Director Penalty Notices (DPN) issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to also include unpaid taxes included in your BAS Returns such as Goods and Services Tax (GST), Luxury Car Tax (LCT) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET). These taxes join PAYG Withholding and Superannuation which are currently subject to DPN’s.
Being a small business owner can be fantastic. You get to be involved in every aspect of your business, from marketing to event planning, from sales to employee development. Being involved in so many areas of your business saves you from boredom and allows you to use skills you might not have known you had.
If you’ve borrowed money from anyone other than a good friend or a family member, there’s a good chance you’re paying him or her interest. You may even be paying your friend or family member interest, depending on how long you’re borrowing for and how much they loaned you. That interest that you’re paying may or may not be deductible: a lot depends on what you’re using the money for. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the interest on the money you’ve borrowed eligible for a deduction.
The ATO has become aware of people in some suburban areas of major cities attempting to encourage others to illegally access their super early (generally for a fee) to help them to purchase a car, to pay debts, to take a holiday, or to provide money to family overseas in need. The ATO advises that anyone approached by someone telling them that they can access their super early, or anyone hearing about it from family, friends or work colleagues:
As accountants, we come across many business owners who haven’t given a lot of thought to what their longer term plans are. Often they are continually bogged down in the daily routine and don’t take the time out to plan for the future.
Do you rent out your holiday home or bach?
The new rules on mixed-use assets could affect you.
Former restaurant owner gets home detention for false income reporting
A former Wellington restaurant owner has been sentenced to five months home detention and 200 hours of community work for filing false Income Tax and GST returns and evading tax.
If you sell your family home and are lucky enough to make a good profit to help with the purchase of your next family home – don’t worry about it – if it’s all straight up and uncomplicated and the time factor is reasonable and you are doing what you say you are doing the IRD won’t be interested as the profits from the sale of a family home are generally not taxable. You will need to declare it on an IR3 – as an individual tax return and tell the IRD what you are doing and how all the figures are worked out.