Breaking down the complexity surrounding SMSF and delivering a service that enhances tax effective retirement planning
It’s that time of year again – some Self-Managed Superannuation Funds are lodging their income tax returns for the 2020 financial year, and in some instances, this triggers an email and/or text message alert from the ATO. Since February 2020, the ATO has started contacting SMSF trustees directly where certain changes are made to the
Making Superannuation Contributions over the age of 65
Recent changes to superannuation legislation now makes it easier for people over the age of 65 to make contributions to superannuation. From 1st July 2020, you no longer need to meet the work test or work test exemption criteria if you are 65 or 66 years old in order to contribute money into superannuation. This means that members
2020 – End of Financial Year Checklist – Superannuation
Concessional Contributions Cap The concessional contributions cap for the 2020 financial year is $25,000. Concessional contributions can include the following:
NOW OPEN – Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program
The Government grant has been developed to support small businesses which were impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown restrictions. Directly aimed at small and micro businesses to assist with, the preparation of safe resumption of trading, assist with accessing digital technologies to rebuild business operations.
COVID-19, Government Stimulus and JobKeeper Payments
COVID-19, Government Stimulus and JobKeeper Payments The Australia Taxation Office opened the registration for Businesses to enrol for JobKeeper payments yesterday. To be eligible for this first payment registrations must be lodged with the ATO by the 26th April 2020. Whilst you may have already registered interest, you still need to enrol.
Coronavirus land tax relief
The Queensland Government is offering the following land tax relief to eligible landholders: a land tax rebate reducing land tax liabilities by 25% for eligible properties for the 2019-20 assessment year a waiver of the 2% land tax foreign surcharge for foreign entities for the 2019-20 assessment year a 3-month deferral of land tax liabilities for the 2020-21 assessment year.
Business Survival During COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed the way we perform so many activities. Poole Group is here and is working to ensure we are supporting all of our clients. The Government has released various Stimulus Packages to obtain details of these Government packages, please click on the link below https://poolegroup.com.au/poole-group-la…nment-stimulus/
LATEST UPDATES ON GOVERNMENT STIMULUS
Poole Group is here to support you, your family and your business, guiding you through the details of the stimulus packages. If you have not yet been in contact with us to discuss the various Government Stimulus Packages available please click on one of the following and it will take you directly to our website to obtain
COVID-19 Update – Employees working from home & What you can claim
New 80c/hr to cover ALL costs (for hours work between 1/03/2020 to 30/06/2020) To make it easier for people to claim deductions for working from home, the ATO has announced a new shortcut method which will allow taxpayers to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate
Self-Employed Support – JobKeeper Payment
Self-Employed Support – JobKeeper Payment Over the weekend the has Government provided clarification on the eligibility of the JobKeeper payment for business owners themselves. A significant number of business owners aren’t paid a salary or wage. They receive income as a partner or by way of a trust distribution or dividends.
COVID-19 – Child Care and Early Childhood Education Relief Package
Provided by the National Tax and Accountants Association April 2020 The Federal Government has announced a relief package for the child care and early childhood education sector (‘child care sector’).
COVID-19 JobKeeper Payment Scheme
The JobKeeper payment scheme announced by the Federal Government has been designed to assist employers (inc self-employed) affected by the Coronavirus pandemic to continue to pay their workers. The legislation governing this program is currently being finalised and will come before Federal parliament in the week of 6 April 2020. Employers registered for the JobKeeper scheme
Employees working from Home
With Covid19 so many of us are working from home. Did you know that you can claim a tax deduction? That’s right. Employees who work from home can claim the work-related proportion of their running expenses. These expenses are the cost of using equipment and utilities at your home for work. If you are an employee please,
Australian Government – Job Keeper Payment – INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS
Yesterday, 30th March 2020, the government has made the announcement about this new Job keeper payment. Please find attached information put out by the Australian Government. We don’t have any further information with the details as the legislation is still to go through parliament. If you feel you may be entitled to it, below is
Can Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) landlords provide rent reduction to a related party without breaching the SIS Act due to COVID-19?
The ATO have confirmed that SMSFs can provide ‘a temporary rent reduction’ to tenants, including a tenant: who is a related party or related trust where a member, relative or a member or related party/trust has an underlying economic interest in the tenant. Although this would normally trigger a range of SIS Act compliance breaches,
Centrelink/Services Australia If you already receive Centrelink, DO nothing, don’t call or go to the Centrelink offices. The phone lines and offices are experiencing high numbers. Both of the recently announced payments of $750 x 2 payments for concession holders and an extra $550 coronavirus payments will be automatically applied to you if you are
Poole Group is here to support you!
Poole Group is here to support you! Whilst we are continuing to operate as usual, we only have skeleton staff working at our office. The majority of our team is now connecting securely to our server from their home. This ensures minimal disruption to providing you with our standard quality services.
Keep up to date with Poole Group – Government Stimulus – Current information as at 23 March 2020
On Sunday 22nd March 2020, the Commonwealth Government released the second stage of its economic plan to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and provide support to businesses and individuals.
COVID-19 – We are here to assist you & our staff
On Wednesday 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. We are here to assist any clients who are being directly or indirectly affected by this Pandemic, please contact our office for assistance to speak with your adviser regarding current Government Stimulus package, business
ATO SMS text message alerts for changes made Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) information
From 3 February 2020, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will now be sending an SMS and/or email alert to SMSF trustees when changes are made to SMSF details. The SMS text messages will be issued to alert trustees of SMSF when any changes have been made to the fund. These changes include; financial account
OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED – 6th December 2019
Our Poole Group office will be closed the 6th December 2019, to allow all our staff to participate in our Christmas Activities. We will have an answering service which will be able to take messages which we will respond to when we return to our usual working hours on the 9th December 2019.
Super Fund Lookup – SMSF Status
SMSF status to change on Super Fund Lookup if the annual return is lodged late ATO have stated from 1 October 2019 if the SMSF return is overdue more than two weeks on any annual return and hasn’t requested a lodgement deferral they will change their status on Super Fund Lookup (SFLU)
Is your SMSF investment strategy meeting diversification requirements?
A new Australian Taxation Office Campaign As part of their latest campaign, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is contacting Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Trustees directly where 90% or more of their SMSF’s investments belong to the same asset class (Eg. property).
Generation Wealth Gap
If you read the business pages of the newspaper, you may have seen the term ‘inter generational wealth transfer’ starting to appear more frequently. That’s because an estimated $3 trillion of wealth is predicted to change hands over the next two decades, from households of Australians age 55+ to younger generations.[i] This represents a massive shake-up
New Scam Alert
We have been made aware of a new scam that appears to be targeting SMSF Trustees. In this instance, a caller purporting to be from the ATO made contact with an SMSF Trustee advising them that they had been underpaid by the ATO and were owed an additional $180.00.
SMSF Post-Election Update
SMSF Post-Election Update With the Federal Election called in favour of the Liberal Party, SMSF Trustees are likely to be spared from some of the more significant changes that were proposed by the Opposition Leader in the May Budget. The proposed change that perhaps gained the most media attention, and the one that we received
Franking Credits Proposal
Hot Election Topic explained – Franking Credits Proposal What is the proposal? The House of Representatives Standing Committee on economics has announced an inquiry in the implications of removing refundable franking credits. The inquiry is going to report on the use of franking credits and who franking credits support and who would be impacted if
ATO Text Messages
Australian Taxation Office Text Messages Over the last week we have been contacted by some concerned clients who have received ATO text messages. The ATO recently advised they will contact taxpayers via text message for overdue form lodgements or overdue payments of GST or Income Tax. However, the ATO will never ask you to respond via
5 Estate Planning tactics to preserve Family Wealth
Over the years we have witnessed first-hand what can happen when a client’s Estate Plan hasn’t been structured correctly. We think it’s important to preserve the Family Wealth and pass assets onto future generations, below are 5 key points to think about and act on.
Smart ways to ease yourself into retirement, pay less tax and boost your Super
Two things first up: (1) If you want to (or have to) work past the age of 55, you need to read this article; or (2) If you know someone else who that applies to, please forward them this article or a link to it. They’ll thank you for it.