The ATO says it is increasing its focus on rental property deductions. It says common errors made by rental property owners include:
Claiming rental deductions for properties not genuinely available for rent; Incorrectly claiming deductions for properties only available for rent part of the year such as a holiday home; Incorrectly claiming structural improvement costs as repairs when they are capital works deductions, such as re-modelling a bathroom or building a pergola; Overstating deduction claims for the interest on loans taken out to purchase, renovate or maintain a rental property.
The ATO has also released a series of short videos which explain the tax implications of buying, owning and selling a rental property.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) are contacting businesses in the building and construction industry who have not yet lodged their 2012-13 Taxable payments annual reports. Businesses will be contacted by phone or letter.
If construction industry clients have not yet lodged a 2012-13 Taxable payments annual report, they should do so immediately. Penalties for not lodging may be applied.
If you are not required to report, you can advise the ATO by sending an email to NilReportTPAR@ato.gov.au with the following information for each client:
The reason for not lodging the 2012-13 annual report, either: the business is not in the building and construction industry, or the business did not pay contractors for providing building and construction services.
Owning business premises inside a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) can provide a tax effective outcome and also business continuity security. With certain Capital Gains Tax concessions available, moving premises that are already owned outside of super into a SMSF can be quite attractive. But, there a number of rules and requirements that must be met before the business real property exemptions can be applied. It is important to also understand the key risks and opportunities from a Capital Gains Tax point of view both on the transfer of the property into the SMSF and on the eventual sale of the asset by the SMSF. At A Grade Tax Penrith, we can take you through the fundamental issues around business real property and how to minimise the risks and maximise the outcomes under the Capital Gains Tax and superannuation systems.
With the Federal Government proposing significant cuts in its upcoming budget, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.5 per cent at its May meeting today. The RBA has kept the cash rate on hold since last August, maintaining a period of interest rate stability.
This is good news for property buyers and homeowners, who are taking advantage of low interest rates to get ahead. There has been a lot of activity in property markets across the country, with high auction clearance rates a feature during the busy autumn selling season and investors leading the way amongst buyers.
One of the major factors influencing the RBA to keep the cash rate unchanged at its historically low level is the high Australian dollar, which is impacting our export markets and general economic recovery. Analysts agree that we can expect interest rates to remain low as long as this situation continues.
In light of the low interest rate environment, there is a lot of competition in the loan market. Lenders are offering some great deals to those looking to purchase their first home, invest or refinance. To find out more about how the low interest rates could help you get ahead, give us a call at A Grade Tax Penrith to arrange an obligation free appointment in the comfort of your own home with our mobile finance broker.
The concessional super contributions cap has increased to $35,000 for:
the 2013-14 financial year - for individuals turning 60 years or older the 2014-15 financial year - for individuals turning 50 years or older.
The general concessional cap for everyone else remains at $25,000 in 2013-14.
The higher cap of $35,000 replaces the previously announced cap that was to apply from 1 July 2014 for individuals aged 50 years and over with superannuation balances below $500,000.
Excess concessional contributions made on or after 1 July 2013 will be included in an individual’s assessable income and taxed at their marginal tax rate (plus an interest charge) rather than at the top marginal tax rate.
To assist individuals in paying the additional tax bill and charge, they can release up to 85% of their excess concessional contributions from their super fund. Members will also receive a non-refundable tax offset of 15% of their excess concessional contributions. When an amount is released from the fund, it will no longer be counted as non-concessional contributions.
The existing refund of excess concessional contributions measure now only applies to excess contributions made in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years.
Take advantage of current small business asset write off now
The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has reminded small businesses that the current small business instant asset write off threshold of $6,500 will go back to $1,000 from 1 January 2014 as part of the Government's repeal of the mining tax. Accordingly, the Institute says eligible small businesses should consider taking advantage of the current threshold before it plummets as of 1 January 2014. "It is understandable that the Government needs to find ways to plug the hole left by the MRRT repeal but we would encourage small businesses to do some asset Christmas shopping if they are in a position to do so," said IPA CEO, Andrew Conway. Mr Conway noted the extra accelerated depreciation claim of $5,000 for motor vehicles will also be scrapped.
Contact A Grade Tax Accountants Penrith if you require any clarification or tax advice. Source: IPA media release, 22 November 2013
The Reserve Bank of Australia announced today that it will keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.5 per cent. This is the fourth consecutive month the RBA has elected to keep the cash rate on hold, which is good news for home owners and should help to further boost confidence in our property markets.
The high Australian dollar is one of the major contributing factors influencing the RBA's decision to keep the official cash rate on hold. The economy is showing a slow response to the RBA's fiscal policies and the dollar looks set to impact our tourism, export and commodities markets for some time.
Meanwhile, excellent auction clearance rates throughout the spring period indicate that the Australian property markets are starting to heat up in time for summer. We can expect further improvement in 2014 as interest rates will continue to remain low, at least until the RBA reviews the cash rate again during its next meeting on the first Tuesday in February.
Have you reviewed your home loan this year? If you would like a no obligation review of your home loan, A Grade Tax Penrith can organise an appointment in the comfort of your home with our mobile home loan broker.
Clients intending to lodge a lump sum Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Single Income Family Supplement (SIFS) claim for the 2012-13 financial year must do so by 30 June 2014 due to changes to the claim lodgment period administered by the Department of Human Services.
Also, clients who received or expect to receive Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and/or SIFS for the 2012-13 financial year must lodge their individual income tax returns by 30 June 2014 to receive their benefits.
If any of these clients do not need to lodge an income tax return they must notify Centrelink by 30 June 2014.
Contact A Grade Tax Accountants Penrith for assistance with all your taxation requirements.
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