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HELP Debts & Trade Support Loans

  Do you have HELP Debt or Trade Support Loan? Ensure you are having the correct amount of tax withheld from your wage, don't get caught out at tax time. In the 2019 financial year, once your annual taxable income exceeds $51,957 you will be required to make a repayment of your debt. For more information see here. 

Contractors & GST Registration

  Are you a contractor or sub-contractor? Is your turnover approaching $75,000 for the financial year? You are required to be registered for GST once your turnover exceeds $75,000. See your obligations and how you can register here  

Tax Deductions Available


Unsure of what you can claim as a tax deduction in your occupation?

See the ATO's deductions for specific industries and occupations to make sure you're keeping appropriate records of deductions for your job. ATO Deductions Available


Position Vacant


  We have a position available in our Tax & Accounting team for an Administrator, please see the job description for more details.  

2018 Tax Checklists


With the end of the financial year there are an number of things you can put together to make the completion of your tax return easier.

Please see  our checklists for Salary & Wage Returns and Rental Properties.


 New Victorian long service leave legislation

The Victorian Parliament recently passed the Long Service Leave Act 2018 which will come into effect on 1 November 2018 (unless an earlier date is proclaimed), replacing the current Long Service Leave Act 1992.

The new act updates and modernises Victorian long service leave laws. While the new legislation does not significantly change long service leave entitlements or administration, there are a number of key changes that employers should be aware of. These include:

·         Employees will be able to take long service leave following seven years of service rather than 10 years.

·         Up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave will count as service and unpaid parental leave of greater than 12 months will not break continuity of service.

·         Changes to the calculation of ordinary hours and ordinary pay where employees' hours or rates of pay have changed.

·         Employees will be able to request to take long service leave in blocks of a single day.

If you would like more information please contact us.

Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty


 Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

On 24 May 2018, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services announced the commencement of a 12 month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty). The Amnesty is a one-off opportunity for employers to self-correct past super guarantee (SG) non-compliance without penalty. Subject to the passage of legislation, the Amnesty will be available from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019.

Employers who voluntarily disclose previously undeclared SG shortfalls during the Amnesty and before the commencement of an audit of their SG will, not be liable for the administration component and penalties that may otherwise apply to late SG payments, and be able to claim a deduction for catch-up payments made in the 12-month period.

Employers will still be required to pay all employee entitlements. This includes the unpaid SG amounts owed to employees and the nominal interest, as well as any associated general interest charge (GIC).

The Amnesty applies to previously undeclared SG shortfalls for any period from 1 July 1992 up to 31 March 2018. Employers who are not up-to-date with their SG payment obligations to their employees and who don't come forward during the Amnesty may face higher penalties in the future. Accessing the Amnesty is a simple process. If you are able to pay the full SG shortfall amount directly to your employees' super fund or (funds), then complete a payment form and submit it electronically through the business portal. If you would like more information please contact us.

Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll is an Australian Government initiative that changes the way businesses report on employee payments such as salary or wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation. It is the biggest payroll reporting change in Australia's history.

Under STP employers will need to report employee payments electronically to the ATO with every pay run. It is the direct digital connection to the ATO that is new and requires all payroll systems to be upgraded to accommodate. Employers with 20 or more employees on 1 April 2018 will be required to confirm to these new regulations by 1 July 2018.


A checklist is now available to assist you with the transition Single Touch Payroll get ready checklist (PDF 194KB)This link will download a file  


Please contact us if you would like more information or refer to the ATO website.

Reduced Company Tax Rate Eligibilty

Reduced Company Tax Rate Eligibility

The company tax rate for eligible companies in the 2018 financial year is 27.5%. To be eligible a company must have an aggregated turnover of less than $25 million and be carrying on a business. For further details on the 2018 company tax rate & eligibility click here 


Small Business Depreciation Rules Extended


Small Business Depreciation Rules Extended

The current instant asset write-off threshold for Small Business Entities of $20,000 has been extended until 30 June 2018. These simplified depreciation rules can be used by small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million per year. Please contact us or refer to the attached link for more information

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