The recent Federal Court case on the GST treatment of Ubers decided to adopt a common sense definition of taxi and thus have the same GST rules apply to taxi and Uber travel. However the FBT law defines a taxi as a "motor vehicle that is licensed to operate as a taxi". It would seem therefore on a literal reading of the FBT law, that the exemption given to certain taxi related travel given to employees does not apply... more »
Tell it to the Tax Office
Significant global entities are required to prepare and submit a Country by Country ("CbC") report with the ATO pursuant to Sub-division 815-E unless an exemption is granted by the ATO. The ATO has released exemption guidance which states that an exemption is not automatially provided to entities that do not need to lodge an IDS (i.e entites that do not have cross border transactions > $2m). Instead, entities need to... more »
There are several common reasons why a tax agent would call the tax office, if some of these reasons can be made available online it would save time for both the tax agent and ATO staff. Suggestions for portal improvements could include: The ability to see, download, and amend the annual payroll summaries and taxable payments summaries lodged by a business (and other uploadable files), ability to make payment arrangements... more »
The ATO should consider reviewing the usefulness and relevancy of its advice and guidance in respect of schemes to provide certain benefits (section 45B of the ITAA 1936) and update it as required.