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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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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Unnecessary tax return form item

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 »

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Extend Super Fund Central Management and Control Exemption

Currently, a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) can remain an Australian superannuation fund even where its central management and control is temporarily outside of Australia for up to two years. However, this timeframe is too short in the context of modern work arrangements. Propose the exemption be increased to allow a fund's central management and control to be temporarily outside Australia for up to four years. ...more »

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Productivity and workplace diversity – current measures ineffect

There are currently two FBT exemptions currently available which relate to child care: 1. Exemption for the provision of child care facilities – a key requirement is that the employer must provide the child care facility on its business premises. 2. Exemption for contributions made to obtain priority of access – of little practical value when compared to the cost of child care itself. It is understood that only an exceptionally ...more »

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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 »

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Reinstate an STS Cash Accounting Method

Small Business Entities should be allowed to account for income on a cash basis once again. Prior to the 30 June 2005 financial year, the STS Cash accounting requirement was a feature of the Simplified Tax System that allowed Small Business Entities to account for income and expenses on a cash basis. However prior to the 30 June 2007 financial year, entities that elected to utilise the STS were required to use ALL ...more »

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Payment Summaries

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 »

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