Our articles, tax tips and points of interest are designed to provide our existing clients and new customers with a quick overview of different areas of taxation, including policy and legislative changes. Tax law can be complicated and its application is often very much related to the circumstances of each individual. In other cases it can be very straightforward. Feel free to discuss any of the information in these articles with your Success Tax Professionals accountant. Our accountants use a thorough interview process to discuss benefits, legislative change and tax savings with our clients. Documentation such as receipts, travel diaries, formal paperwork and logbooks are all helpful supporting evidence in assessing tax outcomes. In many cases specific documents are required or potential deductions can not legally be claimed. Some records must also be kept in a certain way and with sufficient detail.  

Make the most out of your tax position by knowing what you can and cannot do and what supporting evidence you must have to validate your claims.

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    ‘Bucket Companies’
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    15 Year Small Business CGT Exemption
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    Accelerated Depreciation for Farmers
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    Accrued Expenses
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    Bad Debts
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    Business or Hobby?
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    Cash vs Accrual Accounting Methods
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    Changing Effective Life of Depreciating Assets
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    Depreciating assets are assets that have a limited effective life and can reason...
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    Commuting a Transition to Retirement Income Stream
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    There are many reasons why people continue to work past age 55. Some need the mo...
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    Concessional Superannuation Contributions
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    Crystallise Capital Losses
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    Death Benefit Employment Termination Payments
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    Deceased Estates Taxed Under s99
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    Deductions against Workers Compensation Payments
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    Workers compensation is a form of insurance payment paid to employees if they ar...
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    Delay Income
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    Cash accounting is based on the cash received and the cash paid out. In cash acc...
  • Leaving Australia
    Departing Australia Superannuation Payment
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  • dividend deductions
    Dividend Deductions
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    Australia has one of the highest proportions of share ownership in the world wit...
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    Division 43
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    Division 43 allows certain capital expenditure incurred on income producing buil...
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    Division 7A
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    Division 7A is an ATO integrity measure to ensure that private companies don’t m...
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    Divorcing Spouses CGT Asset Rollover
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    Double Tax Agreement
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    Double tax agreements (DTA) are agreements between Australia and approximately f...
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    Double the Deductible Super Contributions Limit
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    This strategy allows a taxpayer to claim two deductible superannuation contribut...
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    Eligible Termination Payments
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    Eligible termination payments (ETP) are lump sum payments paid to an employee on...
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    Employee Meal Expenses on Business Premises
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    Employee Share Schemes
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    Employee share schemes are designed to give employees a share ownership in the c...
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    Employee Truck Drivers
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    Employing the Family
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    Environmental Protection Activities
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    Environmental protection activities (EPA) are undertaken to prevent, fight or re...
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    Family Trust Distributions to Adult Children
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    Farm Management Deposits
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    The Farm Management Deposits (FMD) scheme allows eligible primary producers to m...
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    FBT Exemptions and Reductions
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    Film Industry Incentives
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    Five Year Rule for New Residential Premises
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    Most countries, including Australia, structure their welfare systems so that tax...
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    Fuel Efficient Luxury Cars
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    Fuel Tax Credits
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    Genuine Redundancy Payments
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    Holiday Homes
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    Home Office Occupancy Expenses
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    Home to Work Travel
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    Husband and Wife Partnerships
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    Investment Bonds
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    Itinerant Travel
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    Jointly Owned Motor Vehicle
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    Log Book for Motor Vehicles
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    Loss Companies or Trusts
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    Luxury Car Leases
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    Managing Tax Affairs
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    Margin Scheme
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    Negative Gearing
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    Negatively Gearing the Family Home
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    Non Commercial Losses
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    Individuals operating a business, as either a sole trader or in partnership, whe...
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    Non-Residents’ Australian Income
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    Novated Motor Vehicle Leases
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    Overseas Conferences, Courses and Study Tours
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    Overseas Super Transfer
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    Overtime Meal Expenses
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    Partnership of Discretionary Trusts
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    Passively-Held Assets
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    Penalties, Fines and Interest
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    Personal Services Income (PSI)
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    Prepaid Income – Arthur Murray Case
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    This strategy deals with how a taxpayer receiving an up-front pre-paid income fr...
  • prepayment
    Prepayment Deductions
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    Prepayments are amounts paid for by a business in advance of the goods or servic...
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    Primary Production Business
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    A primary producer is an individual, partnership, trust or company carrying on a...
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    Private Health Insurance
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    Property Related Transactions
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    Property Seminars
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    Protective Clothing
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    Provisions and Reserves
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    PSI Entity
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    Personal services income (PSI) is income produced mainly from an individual’s pe...
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    Reducing Super Guarantee Payments
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    Refinancing the Family Home
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    Refund of Division 293 Tax for Temporary Residents Permanently Leaving Australia
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    The Government introduced the Division 293 tax in 2012 to ensure high income ear...
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    Relocation Expenses
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    Rental Property Repairs
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    Research and Development
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    Resident vs Non Resident
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    Determining a taxpayer’s residency status is important as Australian tax residen...
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    Retirement Exemption – CGT Concession for Small Business
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    There are four capital gains tax (CGT) concessions available for small businesse...
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    Rollover from Sole Trader to Company
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    Salary Packaging Private Motor Vehicles
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  • rental expense
    Salary Packaging Rental Property Expenses to Double Dip and Save the GST
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    Investors owning a residential rental property are not entitled to claim an inpu...
  • School building
    School Building Fund Levy
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    A school building fund is a public fund established and maintained exclusively f...
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    Scrip for Scrip Rollover
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    As at October 2015 the Australian Stock market was comprised of 2,216 listed ent...
  • self education
    Self Education Expenses
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    Taxpayers self-education expenses will generally be deductible where they are di...
  • self development seminars
    Self-Development Courses and Seminars
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  • Self managaged super
    Self-Managed Super Fund Borrowings
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    The general rule is that self-managed super funds are prohibited from having any...
  • service arrangement
    Service Arrangement
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    A service arrangement generally has the following features: The taxpayer (an...
  • share buybacks
    Share Buybacks
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    A share buyback occurs when a company repurchases some of its shares from shareh...
  • investment seminar
    Share Investment Seminars
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    The Australian Stock Exchange Ltd (ASX) is an Australian public company that ope...
  • Share trader vs investor
    Share Trader ‘v’ Share Investor
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    Whether a taxpayer is a share trader or share investor depends on the specific f...
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    Small Business CGT Rollover
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    The small business CGT rollover allows a taxpayer to choose to defer all or part...
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    Small Business Income Tax Offset
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    Some 96% of all Australia’s businesses are small businesses, employing over 4.5 ...
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    SMSFs and Shares
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    A self-managed super fund (SMSF) is a trust structure that can be used to manage...
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    Special Disability Trust
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    A Special Disability Trust is a trust established primarily for succession plann...
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    Sponsorship is the financial or in-kind support of an activity, used primarily t...
  • partner super
    Spouse Super Contributions
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    A spouse super contribution involves making a contribution to a spouse’s super f...
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    Streaming Trust Income
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    One of the main advantages of a discretionary trust is their ability to decide a...
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    Sunglasses and Sunscreens
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    Super Co-Contribution
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    The government’s objective with the super co-contribution scheme is to help elig...
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    Tax Consolidation
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    Tax Deductible Dogs
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  • Temporary residents
    Temporary Residents
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    Temporary residents are taxpayers whose normal place of residence is overseas bu...
  • Testamentary trust
    Testamentary Trust
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    A testamentary trust (sometimes referred to as a will trust or trust under will)...
  • thin capitalisation
    Thin Capitalisation
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    The thin capitalisation rules apply to Australian entities investing overseas, t...
  • Transfer personal investments
    Transfer Personal Investments into Super
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    This strategy involves a taxpayer selling listed securities (whether shares or m...
  • Google office
    Transfer Pricing
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    Transfer pricing occurs where a multinational business operates in two separate ...
  • Transfering business
    Transferring Business Premises into a SMSF
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    This strategy involves a business owner transferring their business premises int...
  • Transition to retirement
    Transition to Retirement
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    Transition to retirement income streams (TRISs) help workers transition to retir...
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    Transporting Heavy or Bulky Equipment
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    Some employees need to transport heavy or bulky equipment to and from their work...
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    Travel Between Two Unrelated Places of Employment
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    Employees who use their motor vehicle for work related travel are entitled to a ...
  • main residence
    Two Hectare Main Residence Exemption
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    The main residence exemption applies to the dwelling a taxpayer lives in (which ...
  • unit trust
    Unit Trust
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    A unit trust is a type of trust where the assets are held and administered by th...
  • trading stock
    Valuing Trading Stock
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    Changes in the value of trading stock from year to year will affect the gross pr...
  • pinball
    X-Box, Foxtel, and Pinball Machines
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    Research shows that having fun in the workplace can significantly improve produc...
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    Zone or Overseas Forces Tax Offset
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    The Zone Tax Offset (ZTO) is a concessional tax offset available to individuals ...

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