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.
The 2015 Re:think paper discussed the virtues of a US ‘S-Corp’ type entity for SMEs in Australia. CPA Australia is of the view that it would be appropriate for a new type of entity be introduced into our tax regime that would have some of the features similar to that of a S-Corp, such as limited liability and streaming/ flow through of income to beneficiaries, but importantly it would also need the additional feature ...more »
The current pay as you go (PAYG) instalment calculations represent a substantial compliance burden. Simplify the various methods to calculate PAYG instalments by, for instance, basing them off accounting profit figures.
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 »
Australia's current tax system penalises taxpayers on income derived from savings outside the superannuation system. Given the tax-preferred status of superannuation, it has become the preferred savings vehicle for most Australians. This is beneficial for retirement savings, but does little to recognise the necessity for individuals to save income outside of super to afford major capital purchases during their working ...more »
Superannuation is the primary retirement savings vehicle for the majority of Australians, so it is appropriate that tax concessions are used as a policy lever to provide an incentive, encourage desired behaviour and compensate individuals for locking their savings away in the superannuation system. However, there has been considerable public debate in recent times about the quantum, distribution and equity of the tax ...more »
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?