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Blog | ATO’s ominous “data matching” letters, what to do if you get one!

Australian taxpayers unlucky enough to receive one of the ATO’s ominous “data matching” letters this year are being urged to act quickly or face being thousands of dollars worse off. The tax man uses sophisticated technology to sift through mountains of data from third-party institutions such as banks to sniff out whether any information, such…
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Blog | Who Owns the Assets of a Trust?

It’s not uncommon for people to put assets such as their family home into a trust, particularly professionals working in litigious fields or family groups wanting to protect assets. A recent case highlights some of the tax problems that can occur. The taxpayer in this case had become the owner of their main residence as…
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Laundry Expenses Hung Out To Dry

  The ATO is airing the ‘dirty laundry’ on work-related clothing and laundry expenses warning that it is closely reviewing claims. “Last year around 6 million people claimed work-related clothing and laundry expenses, with total claims adding up to nearly $1.8 billion. While many of these claims will be legitimate, we don’t think that half...
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60, 000 Tax Cheat Tip-Offs

  Tip-offs to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have reached an all-time high with close to 60,000 tip-offs received between June and May 2019 – almost double the number of the previous year. The ATO thinks the number of tip-offs will reach around 70,000 for the full financial year. Common problem areas that people feel...
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Tax time: Are you in the ATO’s sights?

  A consistent theme this tax time is overclaiming and under reporting. With the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) getting more and more sophisticated in its data matching approaches, taxpayers can expect greater scrutiny where their claims are more than what is expected. We take a look at the key issues for you, your business and...

Blog | ATO Toughens Stance as Employers Hit with Rolling Superannuation Guarantee Audits

Employers are increasingly being subjected to a rolling series of audits by the ATO where they slip behind on their Superannuation Guarantee (SG) obligations as the Tax Office now taking a harder line on non-compliance, warns a technical expert. Insyt chief executive Darren Wynen said the focus by the federal government on SG non-compliance has...
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