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Important JobKeeper Updates

The ATO continues to roll out much-needed details about JobKeeper Payments, allowing us to advise clients with increasing clarity. Recent information has served to broaden eligibility for some businesses and extend deadlines, opening pathways for more businesses to potentially benefit from the subsidy.

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JobKeeper – Important Updates

The roll-out of the JobKeeper program continues at a rapid pace. Is your business ready for the JobKeeper Subsidy?

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Investment Markets and Economic Updates

We have now updated our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page to include some key insights into investment markets and economic conditions. This will be particularly relevant to our investor and financial planning clients.

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COVID-19 JobKeeper Payment update

The JobKeeper Payment, at $130B, is the single biggest economic support measure in Australia’s history. The more we hear and read, the more confident we are that this measure has definitely hit the mark and will be the saviour for many businesses and thousands of jobs.

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COVID-19 JobKeeper Payments

The third and largest COVID-19 (coronavirus) support package to date is a $130 billion economic injection designed to save jobs for the next 6 months. In this package, businesses may be entitled to receive a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee.

The so-called JobKeeper Payment is designed to keep people in work and the Government expects up to 6 million people will benefit from the subsidy.

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COVID-19 Stimulus & Support Update

The federal government continues to release a range of measures to support both business and individuals as a result of COVID-19.

This update primarily focuses on the government’s second round of stimulus measures. We also outline key concessions announced to date by major banks and provide a brief update on state government announcements.

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COVID-19 Economic stimulus package: key points for your business

Federal and state governments have announced various measures to support the economy in the wake of the impact of COVID-19.

In this summary, we address the key announcements to date, including Tasmanian state government and ATO support.

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Federal Election Promises Compared

With only two more sleeps until the 2019 Federal election, Australians have a plethora of promises to consider. We’ve found a very helpful comparison of the two major parties’ tax policies, released by The Tax Institute.

To a large extent, the parties have sought to differentiate themselves through their tax policies. Their proposals present two different versions of Australia. In the Coalition’s 2019 Budget, we were presented with a long-term plan for “lower, simpler, fairer taxes”. Labor have presented their response as a plan for a “fair go”.

Our views below are simply related to the parties’ tax policies in isolation, and how these might affect our clients. Of course, you will need a  broader perspective to assess the overall merits of each party.

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2017-18 Federal Budget: Economic outlook, infrastructure and development

The 2017-18 Federal Budget delivers an overall optimistic economic and fiscal outlook for Australia. After a 2016-17 budget deficit of $37.6bn, the deficit for 2017-18 is forecast to be down to $29.4 billion. Following that comes a projected surplus in 2020-21 of $7.4bn.

The Budget also anticipates an economic rebound, with growth at 3.0% from 2018-19. Forecast tax receipts for 2017-18 have been revised up by $6.4bn over the forward estimates to 2019-20 due to a range of new policy measures announced in the budget.

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2017-18 Federal Budget: Housing affordability and supply

Housing affordability has been one of the major components of this year’s Federal Budget, which featured a comprehensive package of tax and superannuation measures aimed at increasing housing availability and improving affordability. The government has also reigned in tax breaks enjoyed by many residential property investors in the hope of providing Australians with confidence that tax concessions are correctly targeted. These measures will be complemented by a number of supply-side initiatives including the release of Commonwealth land and housing supply targets.

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