We’ve assembled some important updates for March 2018, from National Tax & Accountants’ Association to help you stay in the loop of accounting and tax updates for you and your business.
New superannuation rates and thresholds released
- The Non-Concessional Contributions cap will remain at $100,000 (although transitional arrangements may apply), and the Concessional Contributions cap will remain at $25,000.
- The Division 293 tax threshold will be $250,000.
Inactive ABNs will be cancelled by the ATO
The ATO has recently advised that, in an effort to maintain accurate data, the Australian Business Register (or ‘ABR’) periodically checks its records for Australian Business Numbers (‘ABNs’) and automatically cancels those that appear inactive.
Ultimately, a taxpayer’s ABN may be cancelled if they:
u have told the ATO they stopped their business activity;
u declared no business income in the last two years; or
u have not lodged a BAS or an income tax return in more than two years.
To avoid cancellation, the ATO has reminded taxpayers that they need to bring their lodgments up to date, and have reminded sole traders that, regardless of their income, they need to lodge the individual tax return with the supplementary section, as well as the business and professional items schedule.
Commissioner’s speech highlights ATO’s focus areas
Recently, the Commissioner of Taxation highlighted the areas in which the ATO has recently increased its focus, including:
- undeclared income;
- individuals’ unexplained wealth or lifestyle;
- incorrectly claimed private expenses;
- unpaid superannuation guarantee; and
- cash-only businesses and those with low usage of merchant banking facilities, with black economy visits to over 2,600 businesses across 8 locations in 2017.
The Commissioner also highlighted ongoing ATO concern with respect to the predicted ‘work-related expense claim gap’, which (at least by the ATO’s estimates) could amount to being greater than the ‘large corporate tax gap’ of $2.5 billion of lost revenue.
Please Note: Many of the comments in this publication are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their particular circumstances.
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