Profit-making “intention” of asset ownership can influence tax outcome

A profit that arises from the carrying out of a profit-making undertaking or plan (that is, one with a profit-making intention) will be assessable as statutory income where the proceeds of the profit-making undertaking or plan are not otherwise assessable as ordinary income. Any capital profit on the disposal of assets acquired before 20 September […]

ATO waves a red flag on deductions for holiday rentals

Just when many Australians are considering getting away for a mid-winter break, the ATO is reminding taxpayers that it is paying close attention to rental properties located in popular holiday destinations around Australia. The ATO recently issued a statement saying that last year it identified a large number of mistakes with deductions for rental properties, […]

The CGT implications of subdividing and building on the family property

Given the state of the property market in Australia these days, a not-uncommon situation can arise where a residential property owner seeks to demolish and subdivide the block containing the family home and build residential units. If you have the available land of course, this is a solid strategy. However it can cause headaches from […]

Active vs passive assets and the small business CGT concession

The small business capital gains tax concessions are extremely valuable, and for small business owners who need to dispose of assets that have risen in value during the time they have owned them, accessing these concessions can mean greatly reducing any consequent tax liability, even to zero. But to access the CGT concessions some conditions […]

Getting a tax valuation from the ATO

We all know that the ATO is the guardian of the tax laws, administers tax regulations and can provide advice and guidance on how they apply. But not every personal situation fits neatly with the tax laws as they stand. Sometimes, an individual may need help understanding and meeting their tax obligations. In such circumstances, […]

Renting out part or all of your home

Generally, if you rent out part or all of your home, the rent money you receive is  assessable. This means that you must declare your rental income in your income tax return, but you can also claim deductions for any associated expenses. However, be warned. If you rent put part of your home, such as […]

Home renovation’s: Overlooked tax deductions for investors

Many investment property owners may be missing out on valuable property depreciation entitlements, simply by not being up-to-speed on what is and is not depreciable. Examples of assets that could qualify for tax deductions may surprise many taxpayers, and can even include items such as kids’ cubby houses or garden gnomes which form part of […]

CGT property withholding rules

New withholding rules on the sale of property by foreign residents have been introduced – which essentially makes purchasers tax collectors. The government says this has been necessary as foreign investment in Australia, including in residential real estate, is increasing at an unprecedented rate. The rules will apply where real property contracts are entered into […]

Top 7 tax tips for investors

The end of the financial year is not all that far away. To help you to prepare for tax time, we provide our top 7 tips for your 2015-16 tax return. This list is not exhaustive, and we will need to review the items in light of your personal circumstances. Tip 1: Dividend Income We […]

CGT building concession

Building a new home? Is this exempt from CGT? It is a widely recognised fact that capital gains tax does not apply to a taxpayer’s main residence.  One of the requirements for the exemption is that there needs to be a building on that land. What is less well known however is that main residence […]