2017 by Aspen Corporate
Aspen Corporate specialises in business transformation. Our advisors have years of combined experience turning around poor performing businesses and growing fledgling start-ups into large scale, successful enterprises.
2017 by Aspen Corporate
Aspen Corporate's new website, Are you simplified BAS ready?, Confused about the $20K instant asset write-off?, Alert: What you need to tell the ATO about your SMSF, New laws hold franchisors responsible for vulnerable workers, Safe harbour for directors of struggling companies, Tax benefits for investing in affordable housing
2017 by Aspen Corporate
Cloud accounting - five things you need to know, Taxing Bitcoin, Cleaners and couriers latest black economy target, New legislation restricts access to the reduced company tax rate, How small subsidiaries are being caught by Australia's new multi-national tax crackdown, ASIC penalties 'the cost of doing business'
2017 by Aspen Corporate
Merry Christmas, Protecting your business - what you need to be asking your internal accounts team, Santa's Tax Crises, Why 'property flipping' is the next ATO target, Foreign property owners slapped with a fee for vacant property, The Uber Driver GST surprise, ACCC gets tough on credit card surcharge.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The ATO is very upfront when it comes to their compliance activity. Every year they publish small business benchmarks that outline what a typical business 'looks like' in different industries. If your business falls outside of those benchmarks, the ATO is likely to take a closer look at why that is.
2018 by David Scott
Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new reporting requirement currently being implemented by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and will become compulsory for employers with 20 or more employees on 1 July 2018, and it is planned by the ATO to be
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year ends on 31 March. We've outlined the key hot spots for employers and employees.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The other business influencer that can make or break you Did a Kardashian really just wipe US $1.3bn off the share price of Snapchat?
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The big changes for developers and purchasers
2018 by Domenic Tartaglia
If you're using fuel as a regular part of your business operations, then it may be possible for you to claim a Fuel Tax Credit.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
A recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Tax Deductions created some fairly sensational headlines about what and how deductions are being claimed - $22 billion worth to be exact.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
From 1 July 2018, new laws come into effect allowing first home buyers to use their super to help buy a home, and at the other end of the spectrum, downsizers to contribute proceeds from the sale of their home to super without many of the normal restrictions.
2018 by David Scott
Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – comes into effect from 1 July 2018.
2018 by Rob Lo Presti
The ATO has shown its intentions in relation to Utes and commercial vehicles. Most taxpayers have assumed that as long as a vehicle has a carrying capacity of greater than one ton or carries more than 9 passengers that their Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) obligations were easier to satisfy.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The family home of foreign residents and expats may be taxed if legislation before Parliament is passed by the Senate.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The Government has announced that the maximum number of members an SMSF can have will increase from four to six.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
Every year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) compiles the tax data they collect. The recently released 2015-16 'tax stats' encapsulate the data from 16 million income tax returns lodged for the 2016 income year for 13.5 million individuals, 940,000 companies, as well as superannuation funds, partnerships, and trusts.
2018 by Domenic Tartaglia
Details from the State and Federal Budgets
2018 by Aspen Corporate
1 July 2018 is the start date for the seven year income tax plan announced in the recent 2018-19 Federal Budget. The seven year plan benefits low and middle income earners in the first few years before expanding out to a broader restructure of the tax rates and brackets for everyone.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
No one wants to pay more tax than they need to or face unnecessary risks. We've compiled a list of our top tips for you.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
What changes come into effect on July 1 for individuals, businesses, and superannuation.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
Employers that have fallen behind with their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations will have 12 months to "self-correct" under a new amnesty announced late last month.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
New award wages and allowances come into effect from 1 July 2018.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
One of the interesting approaches to tackling the black economy in the recent 2018-19 Federal Budget was the announcement of a $10,000 limit on cash payments to business.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
An issue that many business owners and investors will need to grapple with is uncertainty on the tax rate that applies to companies for the year ended 30 June 2018 and the maximum franking rate on dividends paid during the 2018 income year.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
New personal income tax rates come into effect from 1 July 2018.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The ability for small business entities to claim an immediate deduction for assets costing less than $20,000 has been extended for another 12 months until 30 June 2019.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The cash sitting in your superannuation fund can be tempting, particularly if you are short of cash. But, the reality is there are very few ways you can take advantage of your superannuation once it has been contributed to the fund – even if you change your mind.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
Overcoming the biggest problems in business often comes down to the simple things. Here are a few simple things you can do to capitalise on your opportunities and reduce your risks.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The Australian Taxation Office is closely examining work-related clothing and laundry expense claims of taxpayers submitting their 2017-18 tax returns.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
In the same month that desperate farmers made headlines preparing to destroy starving flocks and pleading with the public to pay a few cents more for their dairy products, Dick Smith's nationalistic brand announced its closure. The question is, will Australians pay more for a cause?
2018 by Domenic Tartaglia
Do you know the signs to look out for to protect yourself against scammers claiming to be from the ATO?
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The extra income earned by people taking part in car sharing services such as Car Next Door or DriveMyCar has come to the attention of the ATO.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
When someone inherits a dwelling there are some special rules contained within the main residence exemption provisions that can provide a full exemption if certain conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, the beneficiary might face a nasty capital gains tax (CGT) bill for their good fortune.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The Government has moved to put an end to 'eternal students' who constantly study and never earn an income and speed up the payment cycle for those with outstanding debt.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
Legislation passed by Parliament late last month introduces a new test that will restrict some companies from accessing the lower company tax rate from the 2017-18 financial year.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced a new data-matching program targeting taxpayers earning income from the exploding popularity of short-term rentals available on platforms like AirBNB and Stayz.
2018 by Domenic Tartaglia
The Fair Work Ombudsman has been conducting surprise visits to Perth businesses in recent months.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
A recent speech by the ATO's Assistant Commissioner for Superannuation demonstrates the very practical problems with the new superannuation rules.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
Legislation that passed Parliament last month will enable primary producers to claim an immediate deduction for fodder storage assets such as silos and hay sheds used to store grain and other animal feed.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The cents per kilometre car expense rate increased from 66 cents to 68 cents per kilometre from 1 July 2018
2018 by Aspen Corporate
As the bilateral trade war between the US and China heats up, we look at what this might mean to Australia caught between its cultural and military ties to the US and its strong economic relationship with China.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
For a while now, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been concerned about tax deductions individuals have been claiming for a whole host of expenses. The latest on their 'hit list' are home office expenses. We guide you through what you can and can't claim if you work from home.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
From 1 July 2017, new rules came into effect that prevent taxpayers claiming a deduction for expenses they incur travelling to and from their residential investment property.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
Small business is still a vote winner with the Government and Opposition teaming up to accelerate tax cuts for the sector by 5 years impacting on an estimated 3.3 million businesses.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
In Australia, around 34 million gift cards are sold each year with an estimated value of $2.5 billion. On average, an estimated $70 million is lost because of expiry dates.
2018 by Bernadette Smith
Across Australia, entrepreneurs are starting innovative business, and according to the last Census, women make up more than 33% of them. At Aspen Corporate, we work every day with women who are passionate about building and running a business which gives them the flexibility and control over their life and work.
2018 by David Scott
If you purchase a new phone, or need to factory reset your phone, you need to do some things first BEFORE destroying, resetting, selling your old phone.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
New laws passed by parliament last month directly target the behaviour of taxpayers that don't meet their obligations.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
A former Foodora Australia delivery rider, Joshua Klooger, recently won an unfair dismissal claim despite a service agreement that classified him as an independent contractor. We explore the implications of the case.
2018 by Aspen Corporate
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is utilising data provided by the Australian Investments and Security Commission (ASIC) to data match share trades.
2018 by David Scott
Do you find you need to open multiple files at the same time?
2018 by Sergio Di Vincenzo
Christmas means different things to all of us. Whether it be religious beliefs, celebrations with family & friends, gifts, holidays or Father Christmas, it is a great time of the year to wind down, enjoy life and be thankful for what we have.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
What changes did the 2019 New Year bring with it?
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Do you earn income overseas? A recent case highlights why you might pay more tax than you thought on foreign income.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Another year, another scam. While data driven crime is more sophisticated and difficult to address than ever, human error and judgement remains one of the major problems.
2019 by Domenic Tartaglia
At the end of last year the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, announced that small businesses with 19 or less employees would have access to a grants for certified cyber security health checks.
2019 by Rob Lo Presti
Life does not always go to plan. While we logically know that, most of us don't plan for the worst - it's all a bit morbid and time consuming.
2019 by Domenic Tartaglia
As of 1 July 2019, businesses will only be able to claim deductions for payments made to workers when they've met the pay as you go (PAYG) withholding obligation for that payment.
2019 by David Scott
From 1 July 2019, single touch payroll – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – will apply to all employers. What employers need to report will also be extended to include certain salary sacrificed amounts.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
A budget, an election and the legislation that hasn't made it through. The February 2019 Parliamentary sitting days were the last opportunity before the Federal Budget for the Government to introduce or push through new legislation.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
If your business assists employees during an emergency, for example floods, bushfires etc., then fringe benefits tax is unlikely to apply to the assistance you provide.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Women and girls make up just over half (50.7%) of the Australian population. While women comprise roughly 47% of all employees in Australia, they take home on average $251.20 less than men each week (full-time adult ordinary earnings). The national gender "pay gap" is 15.3% and it has remained stuck between 15% and 19% for the past two decades.
2019 by Domenic Tartaglia
Once you have taken the time to write your will and have it witnessed, it is important to consider how and where you store your will. An option to consider is the WA Will Bank.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
One of the most common fringe benefits provided to employees is the use of a company vehicle. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently released new guidelines for fringe benefits tax on exemptions to motor vehicles.
2019 by David Scott
The Reckon One bank transactions coding process has changed, which has implications for those who use bank feeds.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
In the 2017-18 financial year, more than 2.2 million Australians claimed over $47 billon in deductions and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) thinks that is too much - one in ten is estimated to contain errors.
2019 by PPSAdvisory
The Personal Property Securities Act is all about protecting suppliers from the insolvency of their customer. For far too long, suppliers of goods/equipment have been treated as unsecured creditors when their customer's collapse, leaving them at the end of a very long line of other creditors and with little likelihood of recovering what they are owed.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
The Federal Budget announced a series of measures, some of which were legislated before the election was called.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
The Tax Office is actively targeting geographic areas for special visits as part of a nationwide crackdown on the black economy.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Trustees (or directors of a trustee company) need to consider and decide on the distributions they plan to make by 30 June 2019 at the latest (the trust deed may actually require this to be done earlier). And Has your trust lodged TFN reports for all beneficiaries?
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Not making your full superannuation contribution? Now you can catch up
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Work related deductions, Cryptocurrency, Rental property deductions and Earning money from the sharing economy
2019 by Aspen Corporate
There are around 3.8 million small businesses, including 1.6 million sole traders in Australia. They employ around 5.5 million people and contribute $380bn to the economy. Small business is also in debt to the ATO to the tune of $15bn.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Single touch payroll (STP) reporting has changed the way businesses report salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
From 1 July 2019, new laws prevent superannuation providers from eroding member balances with unwanted or unnecessary insurance and exit fees. Plus, inactive accounts with low balances will be moved to the ATO to try and unite the unclaimed super with its owner.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
The ATO has extended the deadline for employers with 19 employees or less; and has provided a concession from single touch payroll for payments by small employers to "Closely Held Payees".
2019 by Aspen Corporate
It's not uncommon for people to put assets such as their family home into a trust, particularly professionals working in litigious fields or family groups wanting to protect assets. A recent case highlights some of the tax problems that can occur.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
The ATO is airing the 'dirty laundry' on work-related clothing and laundry expenses warning that it is closely reviewing claims.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
New pay rates came into effect from 1 July 2019 with the minimum wage increasing by 3% from the first full pay period.
2019 by David Scott
Superannuation contributions and tax deductions need to be listed on payslips, it's a common error to make.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Tip-offs to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have reached an all-time high with close to 60,000 tip-offs received between June and May 2019 – almost double the number of the previous year. The ATO thinks the number of tip-offs will reach around 70,000 for the full financial year.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
The recent income tax cuts that passed through Parliament do not mean everyone automatically gets $1,080 back from the Government as soon as they lodge their income tax return. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been inundated with calls from taxpayers wanting to know where their money is and how they can access the $1,080 they now believe is owing to them.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
One of the stranger pieces of legislation to be introduced into Parliament last month is an attempt to ensure that overseas welfare recipients over the age of 80 are in fact, alive.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
From 1 January 2020, the Government intends to restrict the value of cash payments a business makes or accepts to amounts under $10,000. Ignoring the limit will become a criminal offence with penalties of up to 2 years in prison and/ or $25,200*.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
When an employee uses a taxi service for travel to or from work or if the employee is sick, it is generally exempt from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) under the FBT taxi travel exemption.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
By 30 June 2019, five major financial institutions paid $119.7 million in compensation for poor financial advice to 6,318 customers. The question is, how are these payments treated for tax purposes?
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Would you claim the Lego you bought for your kids throughout the year as a tax deduction? One taxpayer did and it made the Australian Taxation Office's 2018-19 list of most unusual claims.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Five years ago, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offered a penalty amnesty on undisclosed foreign income. Five years on, the ATO has again flagged that underreporting of foreign income is an issue but this time the gloves are off.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
The investment strategies of Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) are under scrutiny with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) contacting 17,700 trustees about a lack of asset diversity.
2019 by Aspen Corporate
It's not uncommon for landlords to be confused about what they can and can't claim for their rental properties. What often seems to make perfect sense in the real world does not always make sense for the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
2019 by Aspen Corporate
Last month, the ATO released statistics showing small business is responsible for 12.5% ($11.1 billion) of the total estimated 'tax gap'.
2019 by Domenic Tartaglia
Can your business afford to lose $50,000?

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