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Single Touch Payroll put on back burner: Relief for many small businesses

Since the announcement of Single Touch Payroll (STP) late in 2014, the government says it has been working closely with both software developers and businesses to help it understand the affects the initiative will have in the real world.

Feedback to date has informed government that the proposed start date of July 2016 will simply not be achievable, especially for small and medium sized businesses. There were also concerns regarding resulting cash flow issues.

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The undercover employee

The Tax Office’s ongoing compliance efforts have some constant focus. One of these is the often flawed characterisation by businesses of an employee as a contractor.

The mischief from the Tax Office’s point of view is the avoidance of employer obligations relating to the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding.

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Employee or contractor? 12 common myths

The Tax Office says that it has encountered several myths and assumptions adopted by both workers and employers when it comes to trying to decide the tax status of a job appointment. It found that employers continually rely upon some inaccurate factors when making distinctions about what makes a worker an employee or contractor — and therefore the tax treatment that applies in these cases.

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“Single Touch Payroll” to cut red tape for employers

At the end of 2014 the government announced its Single Touch Payroll (STP) initiative with a promise that it will cut red tape for employers by simplifying tax and superannuation reporting obligations. The application is still about a year away, but STP builds on the ongoing initiatives to build and improve the current Standard Business Reporting products, and utilises the innovation of software developers to provide accounting software solutions that meet the needs of employers.

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Federal Budget 2015: General Business and Tax Administration

General business announcements include: expansion of tax concessions for Employee Share Schemes; changes to the R&D tax incentive; a new tax system for managed investment trusts; streamlined business registration; and facilitation of crowd sourced equity funding. For tax administration: establishment of a Serious  Financial Crime taskforce; the value of penalty units will increase; GST will apply to imported digital products and services; and salary sacrificed meal entertainment and entertainment facility leasing expenses will be capped.

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