The data-matching programs just keep coming from the ATO this year, this time it will be focusing on data pertaining to the temporary early access to super due to COVID-19 and the JobMaker Hiring Credit. In relation to the early access of super, the ATO will be acquiring confirmation of government payments from Services Australia (Centrelink) made to those who applied to access their super early for the period of 19 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.
With the other government COVID-19 economic supports such as the JobKeeper and JobSeeker winding down in the next few months, businesses that are seeking to employ additional workers but need a bit of help can apply for the JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme. Unlike the JobKeeper where the payment has to be passed onto employees, the JobMaker Hiring Credit is a payment that the business gets to keep. Depending on the age of the employee, eligible businesses may be able to receive payments of up to $200 a week.
Tax planning or tax avoidance? Do you know the difference? While tax planning is a legitimate and legal way to arrange your financial affairs to keep your tax to a minimum provided you make the arrangements within the intent of the law. Any tax minimisation schemes that are outside the spirit of the law is referred to as tax avoidance and attracts the ATO’s attention.
Castletons is one of the very first accountancy firms in Australia to launch a free mobile Tax App. The great news is that the APP can be downloaded free onto your iPhone,iPad or Android devices. It's packed full of some really useful Tax Tables, Calculators and important financial dates, all of which you will be able to access for free, anywhere you have an internet connection on your device.