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Deductible personal contributions: a critical trap!

Deductible personal contributions: a critical trap!

In certain cases, members can claim a deduction for personal contributions made to a superannuation fund. In order to claim this deduction, it is essential that the appropriate paperwork is in place. However, there is a trap that many unknowingly trigger, rendering many personal contribution deductions invalid! Background Section 290-150 of the Income Tax Assessment [read more]

Excess contributions tax — the good news continues

Excess contributions tax — the good news continues

True to its word, on 10 October 2014 the Government introduced draft legislation, which proposes practical and long-awaited changes to the treatment of excess non-concessional contributions (‘NCCs’). This article outlines the tips and traps associated with the proposed changes. Details of the draft legislation The draft legislation takes the form of the Tax and Superannuation [read more]

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Independent contractors recent wins against ATO superannuation guarantee assessments

Overview There have been two recent decisions in which taxpayers have won the independent contractor argument in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (‘AAT’). Naturally, if the contractor is an employee, then the PAYG withholding and superannuation guarantee obligations fall on the employer (head contractor). Moreover, other obligations such as those under state and territory legislation regarding [read more]

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Excess Contributions Tax — latest developments

Overview This article provides a brief summary of the excess contributions tax (‘ECT’) regime. It also summarises the latest developments including the May 2014 Federal Budget announcement, the latest statistical information and covers several key recommendations made by the Inspector-General of Taxation (‘IGT’). Brief summary The ECT regime was introduced in July 2007 as a [read more]

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TD 2013/22 & ID 2012/16: ATO confirms that each contribution made to a reserve requires an objection

By Daniel Butler, Director, and Bryce Figot, Director, both of DBA Lawyers The ATO has confirmed that contribution reserving is a viable strategy. The ATO has issued an interpretative decision (‘ID’) ATO ID 2012/16 relating to contribution reserving up to 30 June 2013 and a tax determination (‘TD’) TD 2013/22 in respect of contributions made [read more]