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QLD Absentee land tax

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Governments have been cracking down with increased taxation on non-residents that own land here in Australia. That’s happening at a Commonwealth and State level. From July 2018, the Queensland Government implemented Absentee land tax rules. Usually, somebody’s home is exempt for land tax purposes. If you are undertaking expatriate duties overseas, it’s important with these relatively new Absentee land tax rules to check your status against the criteria to make sure you don’t get a surprise land tax bill. The recent 2019 Queensland State Budget contained both “carrots” and “sticks” here with a carveout for Australian citizens and permanent residents…

Payroll tax update for Queensland

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This is good news for small and particularly regional employers, and includes the following changes: • Reduction in tax payable for small businesses by increasing the exemption threshold to $1.3m • A 1% rate reduction for regional employers • A temporary rebate of up to $20,000 for businesses taking on new employees • Continuing the 50% payroll tax rebate on the wages of apprentices and trainees until 30 June 2021 and • Increasing the payroll tax for employers with taxable wages above $6.5m. The Government is delivering a package of targeted payroll tax measures to drive employment in Queensland businesses,…

Tax advantages for celebrities, sports people and entertainers

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This video is about Government moves to prevent high profile sportspeople, celebrities and entertainers from gaining income splitting tax advantages by licencing their fame or image to a related company or trust. There was a budget announcement, consultation paper but, as yet, no legislation. Nonetheless, high profile people should take care with licencing arrangements with related entities as the Tax Office has changed its interpretation of existing law and removed earlier guidance that provided a “safe harbour”.

Australians setting up business in the USA – does it make sense?

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The USA is a huge wealthy market with high demand for innovative products and services and Australia has largely been unaffected by the imposing of tariffs on other US trading partners. There are sophisticated supply and logistics capabilities and the world's best technology, however, America's litigious reputation and restrictive immigration can be a downside from a business perspective. There are complex federal, state, county and city taxes and estate and gift taxes, with those negatives somewhat balanced by a low headline corporate tax rates and the flexibility of check the box elections. There are unusual arrangements for corporate residency and complex foreign…

Should I set my business up in Hong Kong?

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The “freest” economy in the world even though it is under the overall control of mainland China! Hong Kong has a low corporate tax regime, simple taxation system and a highly entrepreneurial culture and heritage. At seven million people, the domestic market is small, but it is a gateway to mainland China with its huge population. There is no obligation to have a resident director for a Hong Kong small company, but a resident company secretary and audit requirements are mandatory. Australian’s should not forget that they need to navigate the Australian company residency and control foreign company rules. There…

Election promise on reporting thresholds for large proprietary companies

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Earlier this year, we filmed this video about some key tax and regulatory, election promises. The first two topics have been superseded but from 2:00 we explain Government moves to change the thresholds for being classified as a large proprietary company. This change has now been put into effect  through the Corporations Regulations for the year beginning July 2019. It’s a good change that will reduce reporting and auditing costs and competitive disadvantages for our large private companies, by not exposing the accounts of as many companies to the scrutiny of competitors or others.

Setting up business in Singapore?

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Singapore is a close neighbour to Australia and has many benefits for the establishment of a new business. Nonetheless, it is a foreign jurisdiction and complexities arise within the Australian tax system that need to be thought through and dealt with prior to the establishment of a new business. This video covers the Singapore’s major pros and cons across the business spectrum.

Should I set up my new business here in Australia or go offshore?

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There are pros and cons in all the business areas in deciding whether to set up in Australia or taking your business offshore. It’s necessary to consider the small but sophisticated domestic market, close vicinity to large Asian markets and early adoption of technology. Aspects of supply are expensive, but talented people want to live in Australia because it’s a great lifestyle. Taxes are relatively high but there is an absence of estate and gift taxes.

Tax credits for junior minerals explorers

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Investors in junior minerals explorers will benefit from a new tax credit system with Government legislation now under consideration in the Senate. The new rules replace the Exploration Development Incentive and allow junior explorers to sacrifice their carry forward tax losses and distribute a refundable tax credit to new investors. This article will be of interest to mining professionals generally, leadership of junior minerals explorers and investors interested in that sector and that are seeking tax effective securities for their portfolio. You can use this information to keep up to date, monitor the progress of the legislation, optimise the management…

Big tax breaks for investors in new innovative companies

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Sophisticated investors in early stage innovative companies can receive a tax credit of 20% of their investment, up to a limit of $200,000, and subsequent sale of the company shares will be capital gains tax free provided they are held for 12 months to ten years. There are also concessional capital gains tax outcomes if the shares are held for longer than ten years. Smaller investors that don’t meet the “sophisticated investor” test are eligible for the tax incentives only if their investment in early stage innovative companies is $50,000 or less, for any particular tax year. Question: What are…

New rules to help directors save their company

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The Government changed the Corporations Act in September 2017 to provide, so called, ‘safe harbour’ rules to help directors rescue their company if they are concerned that it can’t or may not be able to pay its debts when they fall due. The new rules soften the subsisting insolvent trading regime which sheets home to directors the personal liability for the debts a company incurs whilst trading at a time that it is insolvent and place a responsibility on directors to put their company into administration or liquidation. Personal responsibility for a company’s insolvent trading debts applies: to someone who…

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