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Increased Scrutiny of Home Office Claims

According to the ATO, a record number of claims have been made for expenses incurred whilst working from home. Reportedly, due to high number of mistakes, errors and questionable claims for home office expenses,the ATO has recently advised that it will be increasing...

Payroll Tax Grouping Provisions

It is often assumed that payroll tax grouping only applies in the context of related parties.  While this may serve as a starting point in considering grouping matters, recent court decisions have shown how easily companies and trusts which are not commonly owned can...

Watch Out for Certain Trust Issues

In addition to tax issues, there are several practical issues that need to be considered when dealing with trusts. Unpaid distributions are an asset It is important to recognise that unpaid distributions are an asset in the hands of the beneficiary. While...

Interest Deductions for Beneficiary of a Discretionary Trust

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a Taxation Determination which considers the deductibility of interest expenses incurred by a beneficiary of a discretionary trust where borrowed money has been on-lent to the trust on interest-free terms. The...

Peer to Peer Car Sharing

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently updated their website to advise and/or remind taxpayers that when they rent, hire or share their car through a ‘peer to peer’ car sharing platform (i.e., such as Car Next Door, Carhood or DriveMyCar Rentals,) they may:...

What is a Blind Trust?

This special type of trust has numerous meanings. In the UK and other parts of the world, a blind trust operates like any other trust but the beneficiary of the trust has no knowledge of what assets are kept within the trust. In Australia, a blind trust is the term...
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