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Income Tax Planning Stuff

Moving from cash to accruals

Since the Henderson Case it has been clear that there is only one appropriate way to return income for a year – either cash or accruals. TR 98/1 covers which one is correct for each year. But what happens to your debtors when in year one you were correctly on cash and in year two […]

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Income Tax Part IVA Planning Stuff Rulings

Part IVA and partnerships of discretionary trusts

The most annoying habit of the Commissioner is to let everyone do something for years and then to finally try to close it down. Take the Commissioner’s announcement on 16 December 2009 that an unpaid present entitlement from a trust to a corporate beneficiary is a loan to which Division 7A applies. So 12 years […]

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FBT Planning Stuff Tax Policy

The post the salary packagers do not wanted you to see…

Go to any salary packager’s website and they will have a calculator. After you complete or the details the calculator will tell you how much you will save in tax by salary packaging a car. THIS NUMBER IS ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH. I don’t mean the calculation is wrong in any way at all. What I mean […]

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Tax Policy

Finding extra revenue in the tax system? Where?

I think I have a right to say this as I gave up a high paid job as a tax advisor and spent three years working in the Treasury, on the Henry Review and in the office of the Assistant Treasurer and most of the time I tried to convince people to remove tax give […]

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FBT Planning Stuff

Even crazier (and legal) salary packaging ideas

In the National Tax Liaison Group FBT Subcommittee (yes I have sat on this committee and it is full of FBT nerds…) in November 2005 the Commissioner confrimed that, as an employer can provide a benefit to an employee for their long service valued at $1,000 after 15 years, increasing by $100 every year after that, and there is […]

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FBT Planning Stuff

Crazy (but legal) salary packaging options…

An expense fringe benefit arises when an expense is reimbursed, irrespective of when the employee incurred the expense that is reimbursed. So if you forgot to salary package an expense that it would have been beneficial to salary package then just get it reimbursed today and the benefit arises. First a silly example… For ten […]

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Income Tax Part IVA Planning Stuff

Part IVA applies to small businesses

I don’t get that so many small business advisors think Part IVA can not apply to their clients. Yes it does not happen often but if it does your business is on the line. And here is where it is most likely to apply… You just read my post below and want to inject income […]

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Article Income Tax

Solar panels and tax – How many people have this wrong???

0010IP_Blue_Journal_Aug (Mansell) By the way, after writing this article I found that I had been placed on the world’s largest “climate denial” database. Now I new thought a tax article could make me politically incorrect?

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Income Tax Planning Stuff

Claiming a deduction for stamp duty?

In the Australian Capital Territory, for a rental property you can claim the stamp duty as a deduction – even though the Henry Review (which I had the misfortune of spend 6 months working on) wanted to remove this anomaly. Why? It’s a lease and not an ownership of all land in the ACT But, […]

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Funny Stuff

What a real tax nerd does on a holiday…