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07 February 2018

The top priority of Australia’s innovation policy should be to increase business expenditure on R&D to push us to the forefront of the global innovation race.

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15 January 2018

On 18 December 2017 the ATO released a Draft Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2017/D14 to assist employers to identify to what extent they need to determine if an employee's private use of a vehicle is within the concessions for the purposes of the car related Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT...

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18 December 2017

On 24 November 2017 draft law was released in Australia to implement the OECD hybrid mismatch rules to prevent multinational groups from exploiting tax differences across jurisdictions.

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24 November 2017

The vacancy tax has now been substantially enacted after Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 (new law) passed the Senate on 15 November 2017 without amendment. The Bill now awaits Royal Assent.

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23 October 2017

Legislation has been introduced into Federal Parliament that will amend the tax law to ensure that a company will not qualify for the lower company tax rate of 27.5% if more than 80% of its assessable income is passive income.

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11 October 2017

On 11 September 2017 the Government released exposure draft legislation that contains six tax consolidation integrity measures designed to remove perceived anomalous tax outcomes that arise under the tax cost setting rules when an entity joins or leaves a tax consolidated group.

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21 September 2017

In the May 2017 Federal Budget, the Government announced a raft of proposals it hoped would relieve the current pressure on residential property prices.

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12 September 2017

The ATO’s tax treatment of travel expenses is now clearer since it revised and explained its view of the treatment of many common travel expenses. 

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07 August 2017

The Government has announced a legislative solution to the current confusion regarding which small companies will be entitled to the 27.5% small business company tax rate.

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