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Simpler BAS for small businesses

The ATO have introduced a simpler BAS to take effect from 1 July 2017 to help reduce GST compliance costs for small businesses.

From 1 July 2017, small businesses will only need to report GST on sales (1A); GST on purchases (1B) and Total sales (G1) on their BAS. Businesses will no longer need to report Export sales (G2), other GST free sales (G3), Capital purchases (G10) and Non-capital purchases (G11).

Newly registered small businesses will have the option to report less GST information on a simpler BAS from 19 January 2017.

Small businesses registering from 19 January 2017 will need to do the following:
– If ‘quarterly’ GST reporting cycle is selected when registering for GST, you will need to select ‘Option 2: Calculate GST quarterly and report annually’ on your first BAS.
– If a ‘monthly’ GST reporting cycle was selected at registration, you can insert ‘0′ at G2, G3, G10 and G11 on your BAS.
– If an ‘annual’ GST reporting cycle was selected at registration, you can leave G2, G3, G10 and G11 blank on your Annual GST Return.

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Tax on super death benefits for dependants vs non-dependants

July 9, 2020

A super death benefit is the super paid after a person’s death, usually to a nominated beneficiary. These benefits are subject to different tax treatments, depending on whether the beneficiaries are dependant or non-dependant.

Superannuation death benefits will generally be received tax-free by tax dependants, who are considered to be:

Dependants will not have to pay tax on the tax-free component of their super in the event that they:

However, they will be taxed at their marginal rate if they receive a capped benefit income stream and:

Not all super death benefits are subject to tax; for non-dependants, there is a taxable portion. This component is largely made up of after-tax super contributions that the deceased member has made.

Super death benefit payments are subject to tax when:

Non-dependants must calculate how much money in the super account is a:

The amount of tax non-dependants pay will be based on their marginal tax rate, however, this amount may be reduced by tax offsets. For the taxed element of the taxable component, the effective tax rate is your marginal tax rate of 17% (whichever is lower). For the untaxed element of the taxable component, the effective tax rate is 32% or your marginal tax rate (whichever is lower).