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18/04/2016

The most tax effective Business Structures

Business Structures: Family Trusts Trusts for Business Be careful in which “vehicle” you buy or build a business or asset. You can run your business as a sole trader, partnership or through a company via a Family Trust or Unit Trust or a combination of the above. You may buy […]
18/04/2016

Business Succession Planning Manual

Julio and Wendy, have two children. Julio (55) is in partnership with his good friend Peter (32). Julio and Peter run WestParts. It makes great machine parts. Peter does all the sales. Julio is the technical boffin. They make a formidable force. After 7 years of hard work, and frugal […]
18/04/2016

Estate Planning Manual – avoid the 4 Australian Death Taxes

Every year, Australian tax payers voluntarily pay the Tax Office millions of dollars in “Death Taxes”. Are you going to be one of them? Proper Estate Planning ensures that your estate goes to those you care about, and not the Tax Man. Does the “Simple Will” protect your family? Many […]
08/04/2016

Drafting Div 7A Loans – ATO’s 4 concerns

The ATO has just audited my new client’s Div 7A agreement. It did not go well. Many Div 7A Loan agreements are not ‘commercial’ and therefore not valid based on 4 common drafting errors: The Div 7A Loan must be signed as a ‘Deed’ not as an ‘agreement’. 'Agreements' require […]
02/04/2016

A new way of defining Trust Income for fixed trusts – AMIT

A new way of defining Trust Income for fixed trusts - AMIT The Federal Government is kindly giving Trustees of fixed trusts a new way of calculating trust income, distribution and attributions. This is under the AMIT (Attribution Managed Investment Trust) rules. It starts 1 July 2016, but you have […]
29/03/2016

Reversionary Pension to love child

Muriel’s husband died a few years ago. At 54 she fell in love again and was the oldest mother in her city. She called her love child Colin. Her two oldest children, Ian and Brian, are successful engineers. Muriel's assets are all in her Self-Managed Super Fund. As the sole director […]
29/03/2016

Accounting firm faces Court over alleged involvement in underpayment of workers

A Victorian accounting firm will face court over its alleged involvement in the underpayment of two Taiwanese backpackers working for one of its clients. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against EZY Accounting 123 Pty Ltd in the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne. It is the first time […]
29/03/2016

Accountant and his client both sued under Employment law

An accountant acted for an Employer that failed to document an Employment Contract. The Fair Work Ombudsman is suing both Ezy Accounting and its client. Usually only company directors and HR professionals are attacked by the Ombudsman. After all, HR professionals are trained in this area and are responsible for workplace […]