The borrowing cost threshold of $100 has not been changed for years. Back when this figure was set most borrowing costs were under that threshold. It should be raised to $1,000. It is cumbersome to have to keep schedules of borrowing cost amortisation.
Too taxing: reducing red tape
For payg income instalments, if these are varied and/or it is applicable to choose Option 1 or 2 (due to new income assessment year), the original has to be signed and sent to the ATO by the due date for lodgement . My question is, why in this world of technically and online portals - that this form cannot be digitally signed and uploaded via a link in the business portal to the ATO. Why do we still need to post anything... more »
Maybe as little as 10 years ago there used to be a lot of talk about removing the need for individuals to lodge tax returns. This talk seems to have disappeared in recent years. While I agree that the boat has probably sailed on that idea, I think there is a way to simplify individual tax returns by reducing the need for S&W individuals to claim work related expenses. This could be done using tax cuts to 'give' individuals... more »
There are a number of categories of expenditure which can be either capital or revenue in nature (depending on case law) or are capital items with write off provisions attached (eg borrowing costs). Someone actually made this suggestion in the context of a senate inquiry a few years ago - why not simply have statutory maximums set for these kinds of expenses so that people can treat these items as revenue and write them... more »
Currently if your total borrowing expenses are more than $100, the deduction is spread over five years or the term of the loan, whichever is less. i.e. $20 per year - to me this is immaterial and a waste of time to require a whole process to keep track off/carry forward this information. It adds time/cost to the client to do it correctly. I think we should increase this to say $10,000. There is no loss to the revenue,... more »
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 »
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 »
Currently there seems to be no way for tax agents to access taxpayer superannuation contribution details that the ATO holds. The ATO applies this info in assessing Div293 tax but the tax agent cannot accurately estimate for a client what the Div293 liability will be because tax agents cannot access the info that the ATO holds about contributions made on behalf of a taxpayer for a financial year. The tax agent can guess... more »
Would it be possible to enter Payment Summary information through the ATO Business Portal/Tax Agent Portal and then being able to print payment summaries as pdf files (ideally with immediate email to employee functionality). Currently micro businesses are completing paper copies. These forms are getting more elusive to access. Most micro businesses do not have payroll functions included in their accounting software. Where... more »
At present BAS agents can only access and perform functions on the ICA account of their client. It would be very useful if BAS agents could view only the other ATO accounts associated with that entity for eg Income Tax account, FBT account. This would assist with many bookkeeping processes that a BAS agent usually performs for their client and would also reduce time and resources used in following up on this information... more »
Currently you cam only use an email address for one my gov registration. While the rationale is understandable. It doea not work effectively. This practice stops children from assisting parents or relatives to lodge tax returns. This is an easy fix which provides greater flexibility and will increase participation with My Gov
Companies carrying on a business or deriving property income in Australia are required to have and must appoint a public officer for the company. Amongst other things, the appointed public officer is the only person who is entitled to sign the company tax returns. The legislation does not allow for the appointment of multiple public officers for a particular company. There should be opportunity to appoint more than one... more »
The term "approved stock exchange" is used in various places throughout the income tax laws and affects, amongst other things, whether companies are "widely held" for the purposes of the tax laws. Ensure taxpayer certainty by updating the list of approved stock exchanges in Schedule 5 to the Income Tax Regulations 1997 so as to take account of acquisitions and/or name changes of stock exchanges previously on the list.... more »
Total salary and wages expenses is one of the financial information disclosures on income tax returns of entities carrying on business. This disclosure is unnecessary because the ATO already gets this info from PAYGW disclosures on the business's BAS. Having to work out the payment summary equivalent figures to disclose on a tax return of an entity with a substituted accounting period can be very time consuming. Most... more »
A combination of new transparency and reporting by large businesses, IT systems investments at ATO and the rise of data analytics creates an environment for ATO, in collaboration with large businesses, to review and update the C Form to eliminate reporting duplications (e.g. IDS), lower compliance costs and provide more useful information that could be accessed directly from accounting systems.