July 2022 Newsletter

During COVID-19, the ATO took a softly-softly approach to debt collection, acknowledging the financial impacts of the pandemic. However, with the economy now opening back up, firmer debt collection practices are resuming, including garnishees, recovery of director penalties, disclosure of business tax debts, and legal actions including summons, creditors petition, wind-up and insolvency action. Do you or your business have a tax debt? If so, it’s important to engage with the ATO with our assistance. Their payment plans can be quite flexible.

Employers need to make Single Touch Payroll (STP) finalisation declarations by 14 July each year. As your registered agent, we can assist you in this important, upcoming process. Your employees depend on this process being completed in order to lodge their tax returns.

Meanwhile, the new financial year heralds an increase to the superannuation guarantee (SG) rate for your employees and certain contractors. Low paid workers are now also entitled to SG. This additional employer cost comes with some complexity. We guide you through it.

This feature-rich edition includes pieces on:

  • ATO debt collection – as the economy emerges from COVID-19, the ATO is refocusing on debt collection, including taking firmer action where appropriate. If you or your business has a tax debt, it’s important to engage with the ATO with our assistance.
  • Last minute trust distributions and record keeping – with fresh ATO guidance released on trust distributions, working with us on your distribution practices and the record keeping to support those practices is more important than ever.
  • Super guarantee increases – as the new financial year begins, so too does an increase to the super guarantee (SG) rate from 10% to 10.5%. Although this sounds straightforward, there are complexities involved. The new financial year also sees changes to the SG entitlements for your lower-paid workers.
  • The ATO’s Tax Time focus for small business – the ATO has released its Tax Time focus areas. Declaring income from side-hustles, the three golden rules for claiming tax deductions, and meeting lodgment deadlines are all on the ATO’s radar.
  • Tax scam myths – it’s peak period for tax scams! However, they happen all year round. We debunk some of the myths around tax scams, including that older people are more susceptible to them, and that they are always easy to detect.
  • STP year-end finalisations – these are generally due in mid-July, and are an important employer obligation. As your registered agent, we can assist you in this year-end process.
  • Accessing your super early – although turning 60 and quitting your job, or turning 65, or passing away are some of the most common circumstances that allow you to access your superannuation, there some other lesser-known access points. These include, severe financial hardship, compassionate grounds, temporary incapacity…and more.

 

Please contact us for clarification, or further advice, regarding any of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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