There are a number of changes to superannuation starting on 1 July 2017 that are summarised below however, the key question is to decide what has to be done before 1 July 2017.
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SMSF ACCOUNTING NEWS
Latest news about SMSF accounting and taxation from Billings + Ellis, the SMSF accountants in Melbourne.
There were no major superannuation measures in the May 2017 Budget, with slated super reforms commencing 1 July 2017. However, there are now changes to depreciation and deductibility which many residential property investors, including SMSFs with residential property investment portfolios, will need to take into account. There is also encouragement for people over 65 to downsize their own homes to make a non-concessional super contribution from proceeds, the general idea being to help free up the stock of larger homes held by empty-nesters for more effective usage.
If you’re involved in property investment and superannuation decision-making and administration, here are the key points to consider:
The May 2016 Federal Budget announcement has delivered changes that will affect many people of all ages and stages in life. Some changes affect small business owners, and changes to taxation and superannuation (which includes SMSF members) will affect almost everyone. It’s not all bad news, of course! The changes for business owners and wage-earners are generally being received as favourable. Here we summarise the major changes, in easy point form. As always, we’re here to discuss the finer details and implications with you.
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Now the end of the calendar year is fast approaching, and many businesses shut down or partially close over the Christmas and New Year period, it is a good time for business owners to focus on areas they would normally put to the bottom of the pile. These may include:
The Financial System Inquiry recently released its recommendations. Headed by Mr David Murray, the panel aims to lay out a blueprint for the financial system over the next decade. Previous inquiries (Campbell report in 1981, and Wallis report in 1997) were the catalysts for major reform in the Australian financial sector, including floating of the Australia dollar and deregulation of the financial sector, changes to financial services regulations, the creation of Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and changes to ASIC.
A recent study by Xero, a cloud based accounting software provider, showed 14 percent of small businesses in Australia are already using a cloud-based accounting package. Also, the study showed almost half of small businesses who do not currently used cloud-based accounting packages are considering doing so.
The superstream changes start from 1 July 2014 for employers with 20 or more employees, and from 1 July 2015 for employers with fewer than 20 employees. Large employers have until 30 June 2015 to start using the new measures. Failure to do so will not incur penalties before 30 June 2015.
Those employees earning a contracted wage, inclusive of superannuation, will find that their take-home pay is reduced from 1 July 2014.
This is because the medicare levy has gone up from 1.5% to 2.0%, which is to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Superannuation Guarantee has also gone up from 9.25% to 9.5%.
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