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Despite wide publicity on the issue, the ATO has reminded taxpayers that it is increasing its attention, scrutiny and education on work-related expenses. Last year over 6.3 million people made a work-related expense claim for clothing and laundry expenses, totalling almost $1.8 billion. Claims for...

The ATO has released Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2017/D6 on the deductibility of employee travel expenses. This lengthy draft ruling covers transport expenses as well as expenditure incurred when travelling away from home (accommodation, meal and incidental expenses). The draft ruling sets out general principles...

The ATO has warned taxpayers to avoid making incorrect claims for work-related expenses at tax time this year. This year, the ATO is using real-time data to compare taxpayers with others in similar occupations and income brackets, to identify higher-than-expected claims related to expenses for...

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Accelerated Depreciation For Small Business Entities) Act 2017 extends the period during which small business entities (SBEs) can access accelerated depreciation. The extension is for 12 months, ending on 30 June 2018. SBEs will be able to can claim an immediate deduction for depreciating...

From 1 July 2017, the supply of services, digital products or rights are connected with Australia (and so potentially liable to GST) if made to an Australian consumer by an overseas-based supplier. This is referred to as the digital import or “Netflix tax” rules. GST Ruling GSTR 2017/1...

For the 2016–2017 income year, the company tax rate for small businesses decreases to 27.5%. Companies with turnover of less than $10 million are eligible for this rate. The maximum franking credit that can be allocated to a frankable distribution has also been reduced to...