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Submitted by (@moderatorboardoftaxationsecretariat)

Treatment and remediation of excess super contributions

The Board has received the following suggestion during the course of its consultations. The existing process for the treatment and remediation of excess superannuation contributions is unfair and overly bureaucratic. Many directors with contributions multiple organisations and death and disability insurance find it difficult to comply with the existing caps. Where they don't they are required to be advised by the ...more »

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Submitted by (@michaelc)

Adjusted income calculations - double counting of losses

Some odd outcomes can arise when working through adjusted income calculations for certain tax and other purposes. The problem seems to mainly arise when someone has a net investment loss for the year as well as an overall tax loss for the year. For example, for some purposes a taxpayer will need to calculate their 'income for surcharge purposes' (eg, to determine whether Division 293 applies, applying the private health ...more »

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ESS start up options held by associates

Amendments were made to the employee share scheme rules in 2015 to introduce concessions for small start up companies. If certain conditions are met, the discount provided in relation to shares / options is not included in the assessable income of the employee. Section 115-30 has been amended to ensure that for the purpose of the CGT discount, when options are issued under the start up rules the ownership period is not ...more »

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Submitted by (@jenniferfay)

Making it easier to pay taxes

My idea is for a tax system that makes it easier for sole traders and small businesses to pay their taxes as they go without the worry of larger quarterly instalment bills and or large tax return bills. What I would like to see is a simple tax bracket system based on earnings as you go rather than predicting your future earnings which may not be accurate. For example for every invoice payment from a client received ...more »

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Too taxing: reducing red tape

Submitted by (@gcollie)

cryptocurrency registry or autofill function

Many inexperienced investors have plunged headlong into crypto investments, in many instances with little or no record keeping nor in some cases any knowledge of the tax treatment of their investments. It would be of great assistance to taxpayers to be able to maintain a registry of their crypto investments online, with the ATO, which could potentially calculate current liabilities. Similarly, akin to the existing autofill ...more »

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Submitted by (@moderatorboardoftaxationsecretariat)

Allow TFNs to be transferred in a demerger

Under current arrangements shareholders of listed companies are asked to provide their TFN to the investee company. If shareholders do not provide their TFN, the company must withhold tax at the highest marginal rate on any non-fully franked dividends paid to these shareholders. In a demerger situation, the demerging company is not permitted to transfer the TFN of a shareholder that will also have or has a shareholding ...more »

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Submitted by (@smdtag)

Expand foreign income reporting labels: add deductions label

Currently, labels on the income tax returns for reporting foreign income contain only "net income" and "gross income" for various income types. This hides the amount of deductions claimed against foreign income, and in case of individuals - against each income type. It also appears to overly complicate the reporting because the deductions need to be apportioned from D labels for individuals and/or subtracted from income ...more »

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Submitted by (@centrumsolutions)

Tax robots equivalent to NES standards.

In the future taxation revenue may be down due to less manual workers and more automated robotics taking over blue collar jobs. Inevitably more people will be out of work and there will be greater dependancy on government services with potentially less revenue coming in from employee PAYE contributions. I propose to offset some of the lost revenue that the government introduce a automation taxed, where robots would be ...more »

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Submitted by (@peter.j.somerville)

Variable Company Tax Rate

Intent: Income derived from goods and services provided in Australia are taxed in Australia. How: 1. Company tax is either (choice is made by the Company) paid on revenue (at a low rate, say 1%) or profit (at a higher rate, say 30%). 2. Deductions are only allowed for domestic goods or services. Impact: 1. Foreign companies will create domestic companies (“Domestic Shells”) to service other domestic companies so that ...more »

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Submitted by (@smdtag)

Repeal s82A ITAA36 - there is no apparent policy basis for it

There is no apparent policy basis for the $250 reduction in the claim for the self-education expenses. Section 82A ITAA36 creates a set of comparatively complex rules and definitions that impact on the deductibility of self-education expenses. The view is that these rules achieve nothing apart from added complexity. The aim it intends to achieve is not clear and nowadays the $250 is not going to go far in terms covering ...more »

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Submitted by (@ianlwallace)

Personal Income Tax Return processing - time saver

Recommend Private Health Insurance rebate percentages be adjusted, if necessary, as at 30 June each year rather than current onerous 31 March, to reduce the unnecessary volume of extra information processed in almost every personal income tax return! Recommend the Department of Health (or those responsible for the related legislation) be reminded of our financial year end date , being 30 June, so they can align their ...more »

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Submitted by (@brianw)

Unpaid SGL

Unpaid SGL I have found attempting to assist a 22 year client be paid their SGL entitlement for two years work that often involved 50 hour weeks , 6 days a week has been futile. I have a chain of emails of 4 pages long to and from various ATO divisions, the appropriate Ombudsman and our local politician. Despite providing names of the directors and the company name, phone numbers of current business and the directors ...more »

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