Client Alert – February 2020

We are pleased to supply you with the February edition of Client Alert, which contains information on a number of important developments up to and including 24 January 2020:

  • ATO backs down from controversial time limit ruling – The ATO has recently withdrawn Draft Miscellaneous Taxation Ruling MT 2018/D1, on the time limit for claiming input tax credits and fuel tax credits.
  • ATO extends bushfire assistance: lodgments deferredThe ATO has announced an extension of the tax assistance package for people impacted by the 2019–2020 bushfires in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.
  • Better consumer protection: new ASIC powers – The government has proposed new enforcement and supervision powers for ASIC to restore consumer confidence in the financial system. These new powers include enhanced licensing, banning, warrant and phone tap powers.
  • Expansion of Tax Avoidance Taskforce activity – The ATO has expanded the activities of its Tax Avoidance Taskforce, originally conceived in 2016 to ensure that multinational enterprises, large public and private business pay the right amount of tax, to include top 500 private groups, high wealth private groups, and medium and emerging private groups.
  • No-cost strategies to increase your super – Strategies to increase your super include finding lost super, consolidating super accounts, and making sure you’re in a quality fund.
  • SMSF sole purpose test and fractional investments – To be eligible for superannuation fund tax concessions, SMSFs are required to be maintained for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits to members (the sole purpose test). However, a recent Full Federal Court decision will provide some flexibility to trustees on certain investments.
  • $10,000 cash payment limit: the facts – The proposed $10,000 economy-wide cash payment limit will make it a criminal offence for certain entities to make or accept cash payments of $10,000 or more. The government has now released information about when the limit would not apply for personal or private transactions.

 

 

Client Alert – February 2020

Explanatory Memorandum – February 2020.doc

Please contact us if you wish to discuss how the points raised in Client Alert specifically affect you.