Boutiques seize the opportunity to offer tax-effective investments

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Centuria Life has partnered with independent investment house, Mason Stevens, to create another bespoke product in its recently launched TaxAstute series – in this case, a credit bond. The Tax Astute series offers investment professionals a vehicle that combines the highly tax effective structure of a traditional insurance bond, with an underlying asset mix of... Read more continue reading

Small business needs certainty on tax treatment of trusts

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The Federal Government should move to finalise reform to laws governing the taxation of trusts, with interim legislation passed by the previous government hampering the small business sector, according to leading Australian accounting firm, Crowe Horwath. Five weeks ago the government stated that it would review 92 announced but unlegislated tax and superannuation measures. Reform... Read more continue reading

FPA welcomes fairer taxation of excess contributions in super

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Yesterday’s tabling of a Bill to provide for fairer taxation of excess contributions in super is a welcome measure designed to create greater equity for lower and middle income earning Australians. Yesterday’s Tax Laws Amendment (Fairer Taxation of Excess Concessional Contributions) Bill 2013 provides a fair and considered response to resolving a fundamental imbalance for many... Read more continue reading

Warren Buffett knows that tax rates matter

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There are important questions we need to answer about taxes. How progressive or regressive? How should rates vary on different  forms of income? How much of fixing our fiscal problems should come from raising revenue versus cutting spending? I have my  opinions and you are entitled to yours. But some basic truths, old fashioned as... Read more continue reading

Hundreds of tax cheats convicted

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In the last quarter, 465 individuals and companies were convicted for tax and superannuation criminal offences resulting in over $1.56 million in fines and penalties. “The ATO pursues tax cheats to the full extent of the law to ensure people who pay their fair share of tax are not disadvantaged,” Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo said.... Read more continue reading

Time running out to lodge tax

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Do your clients prepare their own tax return? If so, they only have a week until the 31 October lodgment deadline. “I urge anyone worried about not meeting the deadline to call 13 28 61 as soon as possible, to discuss their situation,” said Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo. “It is important to lodge before 31 October... Read more continue reading

ATO: take care what you declare!

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So far this tax time the ATO has already stopped 58,000 income tax returns containing suspected over claimed or fraudulent refunds. “Each year our ability to match data gets better, making it more likely people will be identified if they leave anything out or incorrectly report items on their tax return,” said Tax Commissioner Michael... Read more continue reading

No escape for tax cheats

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Two thousand individuals and companies were successfully prosecuted for fraud, tax and superannuation offences in the 2011-12 financial year. “Tax cheats are trying to get an unfair advantage, adding to the burden on the majority of people who do the right thing and meet their tax obligations,” said Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo. “Our tax and... Read more continue reading

ATO warns of sophisticated structured financial products

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The Australian Tax Office today released a taxpayer alert warning people to be cautious about sophisticated structured financial products that claim to offer franking credits and other tax benefits. “These complex highly-structured investment products claim to offer investors exposure to a portfolio of listed securities but use a derivative instrument, such as a swap to... Read more continue reading

ATO prosecutes 1,500 for tax & superannuation offences

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The Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) prosecution of more than 1,500 people for tax and superannuation offences sends a clear warning to tax cheats that they can expect to be caught. Speaking at the release of the ATO’s third quarter update of prosecution results, Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo said the figures show that there are significant... Read more continue reading