Deductions

June 5, 2019

Changes to the Instant asset write off thresholds for Businesses

This article highlights the instant asset write off concession and the changes the Government have announced (which are now law) regarding this concession and the eligibility requirements.   We note, we now have a tax system with three ways to claim deductions on asset purchases. What is the instant asset write off? The instant asset […]

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February 27, 2017

Deductibility of expenditure on a commercial website

The ATO has released a public taxation ruling covering the ATO’s views on the deductibility of expenditure incurred in acquiring, developing, maintaining or modifying a website for use in the carrying on of a business. Importantly, if the expenditure is incurred in maintaining a website, it would be considered ‘revenue’ in nature, and therefore generally […]

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Can a UPE be written off and claimed as a bad debt?

‘UPE’ (or ‘unpaid present entitlement’) arises where a trust makes a beneficiary entitled to an amount of the trust’s income (and therefore the beneficiary may have to pay tax on their share of the trust’s taxable income that year), but that amount has not been physically paid to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary never receives […]

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May 30, 2016

ATO focusing on repairs vs. improvements

The Australian Taxation Office is paying particular attention to claims that investment property owners make for repairs to rental properties. All clients should note repairs are deductible, improvements are not. Though improvements may add to the cost base. There are many examples of case law to assist in differentiating between repairs and improvements and the […]

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