News & Views

Should a review of GST be on the table?

Last week we asked about the future of GST in Australia and as we expected, more than 65% of the respondents felt that change is required.

As we come out of COVID-19, revenue collection will be high on the Government’s agenda, primarily to fund the cost of stimulus funding. On numerous occasions, our leaders have stated that they are against increasing taxes and want to encourage consumer spending in Australia. There are media reports of personal tax rate cuts being brought forward to reinvigorate the economy.

​Our GST system is complex and needs improvement. There have been some minor adjustments, such as making certain foreign suppliers of goods and services in Australia being liable for GST, but there is scope to make some targeted changes to improve the efficiency of the GST system. Read more about our thoughts and the options available.

JOBKEEPER 2.0: THE RULES EXPLAINED

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (JobKeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 was recently passed by Parliament to facilitate the extension of the JobKeeper Scheme to 28 March 2021. The Treasurer has subsequently released amended Rules for the Scheme, which were registered on 15 September 2020.

 

Is it time to 'fix' corporate tax rates once and for all?

Last week we asked what the future of the corporate tax system of Australia should look like. More than 64% of respondents felt that Australia should have a single corporate tax rate set at 25%. 

The upcoming Federal budget is going to be important for business. Hopefully the Government will carefully consider some issues which in our view require immediate reform. Read more about our thoughts on the complex dual corporate tax system is complex, and why we should be moving towards a single lower corporate tax rate.

COVID-19 and Fringe Benefits Tax

As a result of COVID-19 and changed working conditions, employers may be providing benefits to employees that are not usually provided in a ‘normal’ year. Fringe benefits tax (FBT) may be applicable if you provide benefits in addition to salary and wages. There are exemptions and concessions available that can reduce (or eliminate) the amount of FBT you pay that are outlined in this article.

Issues company directors should be aware of during COVID-19 and beyond

The last few months have had far reaching implications for many businesses across Australia. Whilst some businesses are starting to show signs of recovery, there are a few ‘ticking’ timebombs you need to be aware of as a company director.

Directors may be personally liable for certain actions by the company including situations of insolvent trading and failure to meet employee (PAYG and superannuation guarantee), or GST obligations (in certain scenarios). The Government has provided some relief for directors in relation to insolvent trading due to the impact of COVID-19, but it is important to look out for issues not necessarily covered by the relief.

LIVE STREAMING AND THE TAX CONSEQUENCES

Live streaming is an increasingly popular activity and these days there are big bucks involved. But what are the tax consequences?
 
A person who is broadcasting their online activity in real time is ‘live streaming’. This form of entertainment has developed into a massive industry for video gamers and other creatives, with recent COVID-19 ‘stay at home’ restrictions leading to a surge in viewership and the number of people streaming online.
 

JobKeeper 1.0: Changes you need to be aware of

The Federal Government recently announced the expansion for the eligibility of the current JobKeeper Scheme.
 
As part of the changes announced, the Federal Government introduced changes for employees eligible for the JobKeeper Scheme from 3 August 2020. On Friday 14 August, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Amendment Rules (No. 7) 2020 (the Rules) were registered which commence from 15 August 2020. 
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