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Is taxation ethical and fair?
When is it ethical to levy a tax and what are the ethics of seeking to minimise, let alone trying to avoid, your tax obligations?...
Bitcoin bonanza – or tax-time headache?
Investing in cryptocurrencies, even by SMSFs, is now more common, with up to half a million taxpayers actively in the market last year. But tax authorities are warning they will track down crypto...
Does the ATO’s digitalisation mean the death of compliance?
Many experts say the ATO’s move to a digital platform will mean accountant’s compliance work will dry up. But is that true?...
Corporate tax wins for ATO
Corporate giants now accept that shifting millions in profits to havens such as Bermuda is “not right”, says ATO chief Chris Jordan...
Measuring Australia's GST gap
Tax gap estimates track the performance and integrity of the tax system – but how accurate is it?...
ATO powers up with data-matching tech
More powerful data-matching tools from the ATO are catching out more tax avoiders. What can accountants do to comply?...
The strangest excuses for not paying your tax on time
Each year people fail to pay their tax on time. We asked the Australian Tax Office and New Zealand’s Inland Revenue for some of the strangest excuses they have received...
Australian Budget 2017-18 wish list
Eight key things Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison needs to address when he hands down Budget 2017-18...
New ATO scrutiny for corporates
An Australian Taxation Office (ATO) submission to a Senate inquiry signals a focus on surging thin-cap manipulation and details other measures to reduce the corporate tax gap...
Get ready for Tax Time 2018
CAs need to be prepared for questions from clients about how the tax policies of major Australian political parties could affect their future tax status...
New Deputy PM to revive regions
Former media man and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has a primary goal – to grow Australia’s regions with the help of big-ticket train transport...
Simplifying single touch payroll
The new single touch payroll system comes into effect on 1 July this year. What do accountants need to know and tell their clients?...
Tax agents still least happy with ATO service
The ATO scores high on integrity but lower on service and technology in its latest survey, which shows little improvement in community perceptions...
Budget 2017 wrap
A detailed look at the key components of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s 2017 Budget, handed down on 9 May, 2017...
ATO's 2018 hit list targets smaller tax avoiders
In an interview with Acuity, Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan FCA spells out his new agenda for 2018, where he sets small business and big spenders in his sights...