ATO has made Major changes to the way you can calculate Home Office expenses from 1 July 2022

ATO has made Major changes to the way you can calculate Home Office expenses from 1 July 2022 Eligibility to claim To claim working from home expenses, you must: be working from home to fulfil your employment duties, not just carrying out minimal tasks, such as occasionally checking emails or taking calls incur additional running expenses as a result of working from home have records that show you incur these expenses. To calculate your deduction for working from home expenses, you must use one of the methods set out below. Where you incur running expenses for both private and work purposes, you need to apportion your deduction. You can only claim the work-related portion as a deduction. Additional running expenses Running expenses relate to the use of facilities within your home. These expenses are generally considered private and domestic expenses. You can claim a deduction for additional running expenses you incur as a direct result of working from home. Additional running expenses may include: electricity or gas (energy expenses) for heating or cooling and lighting home and mobile internet or data expenses mobile and home phone expenses stationery and office supplies the decline in value of depreciating assets you use for work – for example office furniture such as chairs and desks equipment such as computers, laptops and software the […] read more

The tax-free threshold for low-income earners

The tax-free threshold remains as $18,200, however, the low-income tax offset has been significantly reduced from 01.07.2022 to a possible $700 down from the possible $1500 in 2021/2022 If your taxable income is under the tax-free threshold, there are reasons why they may still need to lodge an income tax return. The most common reason would be that you have pay as you go (PAYG) tax and do require to complete complete a tax return to claim any monies. Income tax rates 2021/2022 ATO tax rates are Contact the team at South East Access for more information on your personal income tax return. read more

Home office expenses calculator

You can claim a deduction if you carry out income producing work at home and incur expenses in using your home for that purpose. read more

Do you employ occasional, casual or short term staff?

Do you employ occasional, casual or short term staff? Hiring occasional employees? Be aware of important recent changes to super Employers: If you hire staff as a one off, or on an occasional basis, you need to be aware of recent changes to super guarantee (SG). These changes mean that more of your occasional employees may be eligible for super. These SG changes started on 1 July 2022, so you will need to pay super for employees at a rate of 10.5%, regardless of how much they earn. This is because the $450-per-month threshold for SG eligibility has been removed. Example: Yiana is a 20-year-old seasonal fruit picker on a produce farm. She works 15 hours a month for 3 months of the year. Yiana earns $435 before tax. With the removal of the threshold Yiana is eligible for SG, which is to be paid on her ordinary time earnings at a rate of 10.5%. This change doesn’t affect other eligibility requirements for SG. Workers who are under 18 still need to work more than 30 hours in a week to be eligible. For example, Lee is 17 years old and works at the same produce farm as Yiana. As Lee didn’t work more than 30 hours in the […] read more

2022 Tax Return Questionnaire

2022 Tax Return Questionnaire Please complete this form to assist us in completing your income tax return 2022 Tax Return Questionnaire (pdf) 2022 Tax Return Questionnaire (doc) South East Access services is always of exceptional quality, focusing on: Business Development & Support Management Accounting Tax Return Preparation Stress-free reporting to the Australian Taxation Office read more

From 1 July 2022 important super guarantee changes will apply to businesses

super growth From 1 July 2022, two important super guarantee (SG) changes will apply to business. the rate of SG is increasing from 10% to 10.5% the $450 per month eligibility threshold for when SG is paid is being removed. What this means for you These changes mean from 1 July 2022: you’ll need to make SG contributions at the new rate of 10.5% employees can be eligible for SG, regardless of how much they earn. You may have to pay SG for the first time for some or all of your employees. We’re working with digital service providers (DSPs) to make sure payroll software is updated in time. We are aware of these changes and able to assist you. What you need to do Check that your software is updated to correctly calculate your employees’ SG entitlement from 1 July 2022. If the removal of the $450 threshold means you’ll be paying SG for one or more employees for the first time, you’ll need to give them a Standard Choice Form. If your employee does not provide you with a choice of super fund, review the Stapled Super Fund information on the ATO website for guidance on what you need to […] read more

Federal Budget Special 2022

The Treasurer, Mr Josh Frydenberg, handed down the Federal Budget for 2022-23 on 29th March 2022. In an election year, the focus of Budget was inevitably on pleasing the electorate, with large amounts spent on lower and middle income earners, pensioners and welfare recipients and a 50% reduction in fuel duty all geared towards capturing the votes of “Middle Australia”. For individuals, the centrepiece was the increase in the low and middle income tax offset, which is welcome. People earning up to $126,000 will get a rebate of $420 in excess of what they would have got anyway through the existing tax offset. All you have to do to get it is lodge a tax return for 2021-22 – so funds should start to flow to taxpayers from 1 July 2022. Unfortunately, this is just a short term measure. Next year, the low and middle income tax offset disappears completely – meaning that people earning up to $126,000 will see a tax rise of up to $1,080. It’s hard to see how that will do anything to help cost of living pressures over the medium and long term. Worse, just as most Australians will experience this tax rise, the wealthiest […] read more

2021 benefits for individuals and businesses from the Federal Budget

2021 benefits for individuals and businesses from the Federal Budget The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, delivered the Federal Budget for 2021 on 11 May. The following is an update of the key tax and superannuation measures. Personal Tax Low Income Offsets – LMITO retained for 2021-22: The low and middle income tax offset (LMITO) will continue to apply for the 2021-22 income year up to the maximum amount of $1,080. Consistent with current arrangements, the LMITO will be received with the notice of assessment after individuals lodge their tax returns for the 2021-22 income year. Low income tax offset: The low income tax offset (LITO) will also continue to apply for 2021-22 income year. The maximum amount of the LITO is $700. Personal Tax Rates unchanged for 2021-22; Stage 3 start from 2024-25 unchanged: In the Budget, the Government did not announce any personal tax rates changes, having already brought forward the Stage 2 tax rates to 1 July 2020 in the October 2020 Budget. The Stage 3 tax changes are expected to commence from 1 July 2024, as previously legislated. Business Tax Temporary full expensing extended by one year: The Government will extend the temporary full expensing measure until 30 June 2023. It was otherwise due to finish on 30 June 2022.  All other elements of temporary full expensing will remain unchanged. Loss carry-back extended by […] read more

Changes to JobKeeper

Hopefully you are aware of the changes to JobKeeper from the end of September but below is a summary just in case. JobKeeper Payment updates Firstly you need to check to see if you still or will now qualify for JobKeeper 2. Do you have staff? Were they working on average more than 20 hrs per week in March and/or June? Businesses should start getting ready for the JobKeeper extension which commences on 28 September 2020. If you are already receiving payments for your eligible employees with JobKeeper 1, you do not need to re-enrol, however you do need to review the hours they work. From 28 September 2020, JobKeeper Payments must be paid to each eligible employee at the new payment rates, determined by the total hours worked during either March or June. Ensure you take action by 28 September and are fully aware of the new payment amounts & conditions, such as reporting employee hours and reducing JobKeeper payments. CHANGES TO JOBKEEPER – ACTION REQUIRED NOW For employers To be eligible for the first JobKeeper payment extension period of 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021, businesses and not-for-profits will need to demonstrate that their GST turnover had […] read more

COVID-19 and Bushfire Support for businesses and individuals

These are very interesting times we live in, to say the least. The Federal and State Governments are trying hard to do what they can to uphold the economy and to enable small business to be able to restart operations as soon as possible after the Coronavirus has run its course. In an attempt to assist our business clients to be up to date with all opportunities for funding, we have prepared a summary of the situation as it stands today. With new announcements every other day, this may change at any time but as of today this is the funding available. Coronavirus Support 1 If you have employed people during the last quarter & paid PAYG on their behalf you are immediately entitled to the Coronavirus stimulus funding. Attached is an information sheet “COVID-19 Australian Government Economic Response” giving a run down of the way it works. You do not need to apply. It is built into the lodgement of your BAS. This is a minimum payment of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000 for PAYG withheld for those who were active at 12 March 2020. The payment will be credited to the BAS and if any credit is […] read more