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Latest AAT decision on regulation of approved SMSF auditors: Townshend and ASIC

Ms Janette Townshend was an approved SMSF auditor. However, in 2022 ASIC disqualified her. She applied for the AAT to review ASIC’s decision to disqualify her. The AAT recently handed down the outcome of that application. I do a lot of work with approved SMSF auditors. Accordingly, I read the decision with great interest. Here [read more]


Six simple rules to execute a deed that satisfies ALL Australian jurisdictions

Historically, deeds could not be executed electronically but rather by wet ink and only on paper (or parchment or vellum). However, recent changes authorise electronic execution. Companies can execute documents using electronic means under s 110A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), which expressly authorises a document (including a deed) to be signed using electronic [read more]


NALE changes introduced as Bill on 13 September 2023

On 13 September 2023, Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (Cth) was introduced into the House of Representatives (NALE Bill). The NALE Bill provide guidance on changes to the non-arm’s length expense (NALE) provisions introduced in s 295-550(1)(b) and (c) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 [read more]

Legal document Independent Contractor Agreement on paper close up.

Payroll tax crackdown on professional structures such as medical, healthcare and similar arrangements — Part 5

Overview We have previously issued four prior articles linked to this series focusing on the employee versus contractor distinction. In our article ‘Employee or contractor — Payroll Tax considerations — Part 3’ dated 30 September 2022 (DBA Payroll Tax Article – Part 3) we provided a top-level summary of how the payroll tax regime   applies [read more]


New SMSF case demonstrates how not to have non-arm’s length income

A recent AAT decision illustrates the sorts of evidence that might be necessary in order for an SMSF to not have non-arm’s length income (NALI). Accordingly, advisers working with SMSFs should pay close attention to this decision and the evidence that an SMSF should collect and retain. The decision is BPFN and Commissioner of Taxation [read more]