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Preparing for the second half of the financial year

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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Proposed measures to increase retirement savings 

December 11, 2019

Currently, people aged 65 to 74 can only make voluntary superannuation contributions if they meet the ‘work test.’ This means they must report themselves to be working a minimum of 40 hours over a 30 day period within the financial year to qualify.

The government has proposed that from 1 July 2020, individuals aged 65 and 66 will be able to make voluntary concessional and non-concessional superannuation contributions without meeting the work test. This approach will enable participants nearing retirement to increase their superannuation savings regardless of their working arrangements.

As well as this, the government also proposes to increase the age limit for receiving spouse contributions from 70 to 74, to be implemented on 1 July 2020. Currently, people aged 70 and over cannot receive any contributions made by another person on their behalf, and the change will give older Australians greater flexibility to save for their retirement.