Tax System Improvement

A PAYGI materiality threshold

That a materiality threshold should be included in determining whether or not PAYG income tax is required to be paid quarterly so that businesses with a very low income tax liability are not required to pay quarterly installments. What should this be?

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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 »

Submitted by (@brianw)

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Updating the Approved Stock Exchange List

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 »

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Main residence CGT special market value rule should be a choice

Section 118-192 of ITAA97 provides a special rule under which a main residence (if acquired after 20/8/96) is deemed to have been acquired at market value when it is first used to produce assessable income. Too many taxpayers don't get the valuation at the time (eg. because they thought they were going overseas for max 6 years so could use the absence choice, but ended up staying for 10 years) and there is no guidance ...more »

Submitted by (@robbie)

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ESS and Interests in Foreign Vehicles

Need further guidance from the ATO with respect to Employee Share Schemes (ESS) and whether interests in certain common kinds of foreign vehicles (such as a limited liability company) qualify as 'shares' or 'ordinary shares' under the ESS rules, in particular, subsections 83A-10(1) and 83A-45(2) of the ITAA 1997.

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Ability to appoint multiple public officers

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 »

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GST and Joint Ventures

GST law does not adequately deal with joint ventures (JVs) and in particular, the use of multiple JVs within the oil and gas industry. To reduce complexity and achieve a revenue neutral outcome, propose the amendment of Division 48 of the GST Act to allow commonly operated GST JVs and/or GST JVs involved in common project developments to form a GST Group. Alternatively, amend the existing GST JV provisions of Division ...more »

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tax transparency

Public tax transparency laws should be changed to require the ATO to publish current year accounting profit/loss extracted from the tax return as well as the current total turnover, taxable income and taxes payable figures. This should help in the public's understanding of company tax performance and reduce the chance of the current data being used in a misleading fashion. It also better aligns with what companies ...more »

Submitted by (@taxfacts)

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Align Fringe Benefit Tax Year with Income Tax Year

For small businesses, calculating expenses that confer fringe benefits using a period that overlaps accounting periods adds an additional compliance burden. By aligning the two periods, a business can use their year-end figures to calculate their expenses for FBT

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Changes to the Non-concessional Contribution Caps

As a result of the May 2016 Budget announcement changing the non-concessional contributions (NCC) cap, some taxpayers did not put the previously allowed $540k into their SMSFs as a NCC by 30 June 2016. However, under the revised Government announcement in September 2016, some taxpayers would have been permitted to do so. If a taxpayer turned 65 between the two announcements, the taxpayer could no longer contribute the ...more »

Submitted by (@thetaxinstitute)

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Automatic Country by Country Reporting Exemption

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 »

Submitted by (@simone.lunny)

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New Project Contribution/ levy

Would the board consider making recommendations to the government to introduce a voluntary tax levy (administered through the tax system) whereby the average Australian is offered an option to contribute towards a project ( could be a long term infrastructure project like high speed rail) and get a tax deduction for it. The revenue generated will go into a fund specific for that project. The average Australian will feel ...more »

Submitted by (@nambiarp)

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