Tax and Christmas party planning

Christmas will be here before we know it, with smarter business owners already planning their end-of-year festivities. Celebrating the season can be team-building or just a bit of fun, but the well-prepared business owner will also know that a little tax planning can help make sure there’s no unforeseen tax problems. The three benefits typically […]

Is the tip you leave on a café table assessable, or consideration for supply?

Have you ever gone to pay for your coffee or lunch and saw the tip jar at the local café counter, and wondered how (or if) the business and/or its staff accounts for tax on that money? Depending on a number of factors, this can add up to quite a sum over a year, assuming […]

Considering ride-sharing for income? Tips and traps

Have you or someone you know considered taking up ride-sharing (also called ride-sourcing) to earn extra income, or even as an alternative form of employment? When providing ride-sharing services through Uber or GoCatch and other facilitators for a fare, there are things you will need to know, and traps you need to be aware of. […]

Small business car parking FBT exemption

A business becomes liable for fringe benefits tax where it provides car parking benefits in the form of a car parking facility for more than four hours on its premises to its employees, and the relevant car parking facility is situated within one kilometre of a commercial car park where the minimum all day cost […]

Trip-ups on the road to a small business CGT concession

The CGT relief concessions that are available to small businesses can be very generous. However they can also be complex and confusing, so knowing a few of the finer details can go a long way to ensuring your small business can take best advantage of them. Look before you leap It’s never too early to […]

Selling up? Don’t forget the “going concern” GST exemption

The concept of a “going concern” exemption for the purposes of the goods and services tax (GST) can still cause confusion when businesses are sold. The sale of a business may be GST exempt if the enterprise is deemed to be a “going concern” — which refers to an enterprise’s ability to continue trading. The […]

The facts about bad debt deductions

A debt to a business that is unpaid and deemed to be a “bad” debt can be an allowable deduction as long as it was included as assessable income in the present or even a previous income year, and that it is written off as “uncollectable” in the same year that a deduction is claimed. […]

FBT and cars – a perennial head-scratcher

The provision of cars by employers to employees remains an issue that continues to create confusion for some business taxpayers. A not-uncommon situation is where the employer fails to identify that a car fringe benefit has been provided. This is typically found in family companies or trusts where a car bought by the business is […]

Luxury car tax explained

You can judge whether a car is luxury or not, according to the government, if it costs more than $64,132 for 2016-17. It’s not an over-the-top s price tag if you’re considering true luxury, but it’s enough to cop an extra tax. So what do I need to know about the luxury car tax? The […]

Don’t let a tax debt put you in a spin

Whether you’re running a business or are just an individual trying to make ends meet, there is nothing worse than finding yourself in a situation where you have a tax debt owing to the ATO, which most likely will also be accruing a general interest charge and perhaps even a shortfall interest charge. The Australian […]