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Income protection insurance: An often overlooked tax deduction

Many Australians overlook the fact that they can claim the premiums paid for income protection insurance as a tax deduction. Income protection insurance policies are designed to protect you in the event that you become unable to work due to illness or injury. Most policies will pay you a pre-determined portion of your previous income, meaning that you will be able to maintain necessities such as mortgage repayments and groceries.

It is advisable for everyone to think about whether or not they can afford not to have income protection insurance. However, if you are the breadwinner in your household or have a significant amount of debt, then income protection insurance is an even more critical investment.

The high premiums associated with income protection insurance policies can see a lot of people justifying not purchasing one. However, it is also common for taxpayers to be unaware that they can claim income protection insurance premiums as a tax deduction, thus making significant savings on their overall tax bill.

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What Are The Consequences Of Improperly Lodged Tax Returns?

May 4, 2021

With tax return season approaching quickly this year, you may have already started looking into lodging your income tax return. Ensuring that your details are correct and that any information about your earned income from the year is lodged is the responsibility of the taxpayer and their tax agent. However, if during this income tax return process the tax obligations of the taxpayer fail to be complied with, the Australian Taxation Office has severe penalties that they can enforce.

Australian taxation laws authorise the ATO with the ability to impose administrative penalties for failing to comply with the tax obligations that taxpayers inherently possess.

As an example, taxpayers may be liable to penalties for making false or misleading statements, failing to lodge tax returns or taking a tax position that is not reasonably arguable. False or misleading statements have different consequences if the statement given results in a shortfall amount or not. In both cases, the penalty will not be imposed if the taxpayer took reasonable care in making the statement (though they may still be subject to another penalty provision) or the statement of the taxpayer is in accordance with the ATO’s advice, published statements or general administrative practices in relation to a tax law.

The penalty base rate for statements that resulted in a shortfall amount is calculated as a percentage of the tax shortfall, or in the case of no shortfall amount, as a multiple of a penalty unit. This percentage is determined by the behaviour that led to the shortfall amount or as a multiple of a penalty unit, which are as follows:

If a statement fails to be lodged at the appropriate time, you may be liable for a penalty of 75% of the tax-related liability if:

To ensure that the statements, returns and lodgements are done correctly, and avoid the risk of potential penalties, contact us today. We’re here to help.