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Latest news about small business accounting and taxation from Billings + Ellis, the small business accountants in Melbourne.
Many more people are working from home in response to COVID-19, even the owners of some businesses. Not everyone is used to being able to claim their home office expenses, and some allowances have been changed by the ATO to make it more simple to claim. There are three methods for claiming home office costs and we’ve explained these below.
On 30 March 2020, the Australian Government published a fact sheet to provide more information on JobKeeper payments as the third stage in stimulus and support packages to assist with COVID-19 impacts.
On 22 March 2020, the Australian government announced the second stage of its economic plan to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus and help build a bridge to recovery. Here is a summary of key points in the government stimulus package.
In response to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Australian economy, the Federal government announced a stimulus package to assist Australian businesses in general and also provide extra support for some individuals. The business benefits are not automatically applied and some action is needed to claim available benefits where eligible.
The super guarantee (SG) amnesty, introduced by the government on 6 March 2020, allows employers to disclose and pay any unpaid super guarantee charges (SGC) that they owe for their employees, from quarters between 1 July 1992 and 31 March 2018, with nominal interest but without risk of incurring potentially huge penalties.
Media reports of wages underpayments by high-profile employers have drawn focus on the importance of wages compliance for small business owners, who may need professional guidance on payroll calculations to ensure peace-of-mind.
The DPN (Director Penalty Notice) regime was extended by legislation passed on 5 February 2020 so that now, a director can be held personally liable if the company has not met its GST obligations, in addition to the pre-existing liability of directors for unpaid company PAYG (pay-as-you-go) withholding and SGC (superannuation guarantee charge) obligations.
On 20 January 2020, the Australian Government announced a comprehensive support package to help small businesses that have been impacted by the bushfire crisis get back on their feet.
As the financial year draws to a close, business owners can still take advantage of any benefits that could be available and ensure the business is in good shape for closing one financial year and entering another. Here are some specific matters to be considered in time for 30th June 2019.
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