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“But that is not fair” is not an argument!

When I explain how the tax law works some times I am told I can’t be right as that is not fair… In the case of DGSC and Commissioner of Taxation (2021) AATA 4816 the taxpayer was both an employee and ran her own business. When JobKeeper arose she completed the form from her employer […]

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The Commissioner can get any info he wants…

Yesterday I was asked for advice on whether a compensation payment was taxable. I asked what it was compensation for and was told that that was confidential. I explained that whether compensation is taxable depends on what it is compensation for, and if the Commissioner asks for the compensation agreement he can get it. I […]

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Trust “reimbursement agreements” – the new war with the Commissioner

Since 1978 there has been a scary anti avoidance provision in the back of the trust tax rules in the ITAA36 called “reimbursement agreements” that the Commissioner has generally ignored… What makes it even scarier is in February 2022 the Commissioner is about to start using this section (100A) and his first offensive will be […]

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My Pre-Budget Submission

In March this year we have an election budget… This is what I have asked the Government to promise in the budget to win all our “tax nerd” votes… Changes to the Small Business CGT Concessions Changes to Division 7A Changes to deduction substantiation for employees Changes to trust resolutions Changes to the Rental Property […]