January 2024 Newsletter
- Annual tax on commercial and industrial property from 01/07/24
- $392 million Industry Growth Program open for business
- My trustee has lost capacity – now what?
- Tough times hit regional businesses
- ACCC lays down 8 principles for green claims by business
- How to increase productivity during the Christmas downtime
- El Niño, commodity prices depress farm confidence
- Save on tax with Education Bonds
The Albanese Government has officially opened the $392 million Industry Growth Program to help start-ups and small businesses commercialise and grow their companies.
The opening of the program takes place as a new report finds that businesses in Australia often face barriers in scaling up.
Latest ATO figures show that over 30% of SMSF trustees are over 70. Inevitably, as we age, we all face an increasing likelihood of mental impairment (for example dementia) which might impact our ability to fulfil our responsibilities as trustees.
So what will that mean for the future of the SMSF?
There won’t necessarily be a clear moment when someone loses capacity.
Small regional businesses are doing it tough with a third rating their overall business health as poor, according to new research.
SME non-bank lender Prospa revealed findings from the latest SME Sentiment Report, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Prospa, which surveyed around 500 small business owners across Australia.
Environmental benefits must be evidence-based, accurate and expressed in clear language, the regulator says.
The ACCC has finalised its guidance on green claims by businesses with a set of eight principles to ensure advertising about environmental benefits is clear and accurate.
Keeping your team motivated in the run to the end of the year can be challenging as a feeling of fatigue starts to sweep through the organisation. Everyone is either laser-focused on cleaning up projects and hitting targets or, with festive season decorations already in all the stores, their brains switch into holiday mode way too early. It’s not unusual to see a drop in productivity well before the office closes for the holidays.
A mix of price movements and seasonal conditions mean most farmers expect incomes to decrease and the economy to get worse, Rabobank survey reports.
Softer commodity prices and the threat of drought has taken the edge of farm confidence according to the latest Rabobank agribusiness survey, with more producers expecting conditions to get worse and incomes to fall this year.
Education bonds appeal to a human desire to do the best by your children. They also appeal to the human desire to reduce the tax that you pay on your investments. So how do they work, and are they worth it?
Education is expensive. The total estimated cost of education for a child starting school in 2023 is around $87,000 as a national metro average for government schools, and $300,000 for independent schools.
Announcements:This month we congratulate a number of team members for completing work anniversaries!
Important ATO Dates
|December monthly activity statements
|Quarter 2 (October–December) PAYG instalment activity statement
|Quarter 2 (October–December) – super guarantee contributions
|TBAR (Transfer Balance Account Report)
Victorian Flood Grant Support ExtendedFor existing applicant(s), please be advised in relation to the Victorian and Commonwealth Government’s Flood Support Package, the final date to submit eligible claims for re-imbursement has been extended from 13 January 2024 to 31 May 2024. Please note with the passage of time, some eligible claims immediately following the flood event are unlikely to be eligible claims if purchased now (e.g. fodder purchase). This extension applies to successful applicants of the:
- Primary Producer Flood Recovery Grant,
- Rural Landholder Grant, and
- Transport Support Program.
ATO Data Matching of Unpaid Employee Super
Bigpond Email Addresses
It has come to our attention that a few clients have been moving from their existing Bigpond email to an alternative of late as they are concerned that Bigpond email addresses are being phased out.
What we have ascertained:
- Telstra stopped providing new Bigpond email address several years ago (2016), new clients are issued with a Telstra email instead
- The hosting of Bigpond email addresses were migrated to a Microsoft server and are not ‘hosted’ by Telstra anymore
- Any Telstra customer leaving Telstra and wanting to retain their Bigpond email would need to pay a $79 annual subscription fee
- TPG recently ceased providing certain email services due to the cost and resources it tied up, this has led to speculation that Telstra may also
- However it seems unlikely that Telstra would just shutoff Bigpond email without providing a viable alternative due to the huge number of customers this might encourage to go elsewhere
- Those considering a change of email need to consider how this will affect logging into the various cloud services they may use where their username is their email address
For those clients that have already changed or are considering changing their Bigpond email address please remember to inform us so we can keep you up to date with any relevant tax information.
Quarterly SMSF Reporting (TBAR)This is a reminder to all Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) Trustees that you may be required to provide quarterly ‘Transfer Balance Account Reporting’ (TBAR) reports if certain events have occurred over the last quarter. These events include:
- Starting a new retirement phase and/or death benefit income stream
- If you paid yourself a lump sum amount from your retirement phase income streams (in addition to your regular pension payment)
- Made payments under a limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) where the payment results in an increase in the value of the member’s interest that supports their retirement phase income stream
- Complied with a commutation authority issued by the Commissioner
- Received a personal injury (structured settlement) contribution