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Focus on wealthy Australians

The ATO has received additional Government funding to continue their focus on improving the voluntary compliance of wealthy Australians until 30 June 2017.

The ATO began focusing on wealthy Australians in 2009-10 with the ultimate goal of influencing all wealthy Australians to pay their fair share of tax. The ATO hoped to do this by changing attitudes and behaviours associated with tax manipulation, avoidance and schemes.

Wealthy Australians are defined as Australian residents who control net assets of between $5 million and $30 million.

The ATO’s strategy to influence wealthy Australians includes:

-gaining a greater and more detailed understanding of wealthy Australian’s

-treating systematic tax risk

-heightening ATO visibility in the community through education

The ATO has undertaken direct enforcement action, including comprehensive reviews and audits, as well as engaging with individuals through letter and phone campaigns.

The ATO has also recognised that many people who fall into the category of ‘wealthy Australian’ are asset rich but cash poor. This has led the ATO to work on managing disputed, collectable and insolvent debt.

As a result of their compliance activities, the ATO have exceeded liability targets.

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Reviewing your super

July 19, 2018

The ATO is encouraging taxpayers to review their super this tax time.

Finding lost super or consolidating any unwanted multiple accounts can make a massive difference to your nest egg.

There is over $18 billion in lost and unclaimed super. Those who have changed their name, address, job or lived overseas are at high risk of having lost super.

During the last five years, more than $10.7 billion of super has been consolidated from over 2.1 million accounts through ATO online services.

The ATO is also reminding taxpayers that the new super deduction is available. Most people under 75 years of age can claim a tax deduction for personal after-tax super contributions.

Personal super contributions deductions provide a level of flexibility for young people that change jobs frequently, self-employed contractors, small business employees, freelancers and people whose employers do not offer salary sacrifice arrangements.

To claim a deduction for any personal super contributions made in 2017/18, you must lodge a notice of intent to claim a deduction with your fund and receive a confirmation letter from them before lodging your tax return.