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Preparing for the second half of the financial year

Posted on May 8, 2013 by admin


Businesses should start reviewing whether their accounting systems are keeping track of all revenue and expenses, together with any private use of business assets. Planning ahead can save significant tax penalties, which start at 25 per cent of the unpaid tax to as high as 75 per cent. There are a few key areas business owners should focus on. –       Go through each employee and check whether contractors are actually employees, as the ATO has flagged this as an issue they will be cracking down on. –       Look at whether any new business equipment needs to be bought in order to take advantage of the new $6,500 instant write off. –       Review quarterly PAYG instalments. If profit is down considerably from last year businesses may wish to reduce their instalments. –       Businesses may also wish to review personal loan agreements and trust deeds to make sure they comply with the law and that company distributions to owners are properly treated for tax purposes.


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Business Fraud

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Last year business fraud over $100,000 hit the courts more than 61 times, totalling more than $131 million. There are a few ways to minimise the potential of business fraud happening. –       Start at the recruitment phase. Look for employment gaps in the potential employees history, do an internet search to see whether someone left under improper circumstances. –       Notice different or anti-social behaviour of employees. Also look for circumstances changing, such as their partner losing their job or an illness in the family. These things happen to everyone, but it can cause a lot of stress and anxiety and may cause them to find risky solutions to their problems. –       Check on the accounting systems in place. Avoid having all the business asset eggs in one basket. Separate responsibilities for those who record and those who have power to confirm any changes. – Regularly review bank reconciliations to check for a growing discrepancy between accounting records and actual cash and be aware of who can authorise payments and change accounting records.


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Penalty interest deductibles

June 24, 2019

The ATO has recently replaced the Taxation Ruling (TR) 93/7W on whether penalty interest is deductible to the new TR 2019/2. This new ruling highlights the circumstances in which penalty interest is deductible and the situations where it is not.

“Penalty interest” refers to an amount charged by a lender to a borrower under a loan agreement if instalments are not paid. The payable amount is then calculated by reference to a number of months of interest that would have been received.

TR 2019/2 says that penalty interest is generally deductible under section 8-1 where:

Penalty interest that is incurred to discharge a mortgage is also deductible under section 25-30, to the extent that borrowed funds were used to produce assessable income. The ATO makes a note that unlike the general deduction provisions, there’s no influence from the expense being capital or revenue in nature.

You cannot deduct a loss or outgoing under section 8-1(2) to the extent that: