Potential retrospective JobKeeper payments

The Full Federal Court has ruled the ATO’s discretion in denying certain businesses access to JobKeeper and the cash flow boost was applied narrower than it was intended to be.

  This court ruling was handed down in March, with the ATO confirming they will begin a review of certain previous decisions, using the wider discretion deemed appropriate, to assess if a different outcome is possible.

  This broadening of scope will grant further time for a business to hold an ABN, and further time to provide notice to the commissioner of assessable income or supplies. Robyn Jacobson from the Tax Institute expects ‘it [to] affect thousands of taxpayers’ who were told they weren’t eligible.

  This automatic review of decisions by the ATO will only apply to applications that have met all other eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 stimulus payments. Each case will be reviewed by the commissioner and if overturned, ATO will contact taxpayers individually for more information.

  For more information, including how this might affect you and what happens next, please visit the ATO’s website here.

 
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New Year resolutions come in many shapes and sizes and range from the really challenging – I am going to get fit, healthy, drink less, lose weight – through to the less strenuous – stop watching reality TV, meditate more, read some good books, or take a break from Facebook.

For most of us, we are lucky if our New Year resolutions last more than a couple of weeks, at the most. Then, we fall back into our old ways. Sound familiar? This year, being a brand-new year and the start of the “20’s”, we would like to encourage you to spend some time to get your “super” sorted. While superannuation is about as exciting as spending a Saturday night sharpening lawn mower blades, or tidying the underwear drawer, there can be some real financial benefits in getting your super in order.

How do we get our super sorted out in the most painless way?

We all have super. And, for many people, we like our super so much we have multiple accounts! The problem is we lose track of those accounts and don’t really know what we have, where it is, or how much we have saved. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reports that as at 30 June 2019 there was almost $20.8 billion of lost and unclaimed super, spread over 2.8 million separate accounts. That’s a lot of money currently sitting with the ATO. Now, contrary to what you might think, the ATO is keen to reunite all that lost and unclaimed super with its rightful owners.

How did we lose our super in the first place?

Well, we move around a lot. We change address, we change jobs, and we forget to tell our super fund where they can find us. And, even when they try to get in touch by email, we probably tend to ignore those emails any way. Each time we change jobs, it can seem easier to get our new company to deposit super contributions into their “default” fund. As a result, we end up with multiple accounts with a variety of different super funds. After a while, if our super fund cannot find us, our super becomes “lost” and it is transferred to the ATO.

What can we do?

Most of us will now have a “My Gov” account. If you don’t have one, then it is time to get one. This is the way the government wants us to access government services like the ATO, Medicare, and Centrelink. Within your MyGov account, if you select the ATO service you will find an option called “super”. Within that “super” option, you can select “fund details”. Once there, it will show the details of each super account you have. You can even manage your funds from here, including the ability to combine all your super accounts into one if you wish. Doing so may help save on the fees for owning multiple super funds. However, before consolidating your super, make sure to check that you are not losing valuable benefits like insurance. Talk to a financial planner and have them check out the insurance you have or, at the very least, call up each super fund and ask then to let you have details of your insurances.

How much lost super do you think the ATO might be holding for you?

Superannuation is going to become more important as we age. Living a life that is solely supported by the age pension is not going to deliver the lifestyle that many aspire to for their retirement. Now is the time to take control of your super and start to make some progress in adding to your eventual retirement nest-egg.

Take control of your Super this year. Talk to our Financial Planners to get started – contact us here.

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Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a way of streamlining tax and super information to the ATO from your payroll or accounting software. Designed to provide ‘real-time reporting solutions, the implementation of STP will mean employers will now report figures at the time of payroll, and employees can access year-to-date tax and superannuation details as they require them.

So what does this mean for employers and employees alike?

 

For the Employers

All businesses will be required to comply with Single Touch Payroll from 1st July 2019. In the coming months, we will see new software solutions and options enter the market. Early adoption is possible, and some businesses may have seen this already as providers have begun rolling out new software options for those businesses wanting to uptake this method of data processing. Businesses utilising STP will be able to report employees’ salaries and wages, allowances, deductions (for example, workplace giving) and other payments, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information, while eliminating the need to provide end of year payment summaries.

 

For Employees

The main change for employees is the introduction of real-time reporting meaning we will slowly see the reduced need for EOFY PAYG Withholding Payment Summary. This information will now be available via your myGov account, allowing access to year-to-date taxation summaries and super information, continuously being updated in real-time as your employer pays you. You will also be able to continually check your super contributions and receive your tax-ready payment summary information (income statement) via myGov.

For more information, visit the ATO website.

Are you an employer? Are you aware of the recent changes?

As of October 1st 2016 the ATO have put out changes to the PAYG withholding tax rate for employees earning over $80,000 a year.

These changes see the 32.5% Tax threshold increase from $80,000 to  $87,000 in the withholding schedules as a result of  personal income tax relief changes.

If any extra tax was withheld from your employees before the rate change on October 1st, your employees will be credited when they lodge their 2016-17 income tax returns. No employer adjustment or refund is required.

Feel free to contact us at The Hrkac Group for advice on these PAYG tax rate changes and download the updated tax rate tables here.