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Welcome to the May 2014 edition of the Spry Roughley Newsletter.
As noted last month, I draw attention to the new SuperStream requirements and what that means for you – as super fund trustee, fund member or employer. These changes come into effect on 1 July 2014 and need to be addressed.  See our article below for the SuperStream Regulations.

The other theme at this time of the year is of course tax planning and some ideas that may help conserve cash. Read on..….            

As usual, please do not hesitate to call us on (02) 9891 6100 should you wish to discuss how any of the points raised in the report specifically affect you, or click here to send us an email.


Warm regards,


Martin Roughley, Director
Spry Roughley Services Pty Limited



SuperStream Regulations – Are you Ready? 

What is SuperStream?

SuperStream is a set of standards introduced by the Government as part of the Stronger Super initiatives prescribing how contributions are to be made to superannuation funds. The standards have been introduced to streamline the methods for sending superannuation payments and the corresponding information to super funds. The new system is fully electronic and will in effect replace cheques, letters and forms.

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Tax Planning

There are many ways in which entities can defer income, maximise deductions and take advantage of other tax planning initiatives to manage their taxable incomes. Taxpayers should be aware that in order to maximise these opportunities, they need to start the year-end tax planning process early. Of course, those undertaking tax planning should be aware of the potential application of anti-avoidance provisions. However, if done correctly, tax planning can provide a number of tax savings for entities.

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Deferring assessable income            

  • Income received in advance of services being provided is, generally, not assessable until the services are provided.
  • Taxpayers who provide professional services may consider, in consultation with their clients, rendering accounts after 30 June in order to defer the income.
  • A taxpayer is required to calculate the balancing adjustment amount resulting from the disposal of a depreciating asset. If the disposal of an asset will result in assessable income, a taxpayer may want to consider postponing the disposal to the following income year.
  • Roll-over relief may be available for balancing adjustments arising from an involuntary disposal of assets where replacement assets are acquired.
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Maximising deductions

Business taxpayers            

  • Taxpayers should review all outstanding debts prior to year-end to determine whether there are any debtors who may be unable to pay their bills. Once a taxpayer has done everything in their power to seek repayment of the debt, the taxpayer could consider writing off the balance as bad debt.
  • The entitlement of corporate tax entities to deductions in respect of prior year losses is subject to certain restrictions. An entity needs to satisfy the "continuity of ownership" test before deducting the prior year losses. If the continuity of ownership test is failed, the entity may still deduct the loss if it satisfies the "same business" test.
  • A deduction may be available on the disposal of a depreciating asset if a taxpayer stops using it and expects never to use it again. Therefore, asset registers may need to be reviewed for any assets that fit this category.
  • Small business entities are entitled to an outright deduction for the taxable purpose proportion of the adjustable value of a depreciating asset, subject to conditions.

Non-business taxpayers            

  • Non-business taxpayers are entitled to an immediate deduction for assets used predominantly to produce assessable income and that cost $300 or less, subject to conditions.
  • The self-employed and other eligible persons are entitled to a deduction for personal superannuation contributions, subject to meeting conditions such as the 10% rule.

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  • Companies should ensure that all dividends paid to shareholders during the relevant franking period (generally the income year) are franked to the same extent to avoid breaching the benchmark rule.
  • Loans, payments and debts forgiven by private companies to their shareholders and associates may give rise to unfranked dividends that are assessable to the shareholders and their associates. Shareholders and entities should consider repaying loans and payments on time or have appropriate loan agreements in place.
  • Companies should consider whether they have undertaken eligible research and development (R&D) activities that may be eligible for the R&D tax incentive.
  • Companies may want to consider consolidating for tax purposes prior to year-end to reduce compliance costs and take advantage of tax opportunities available as a result of the consolidated group being treated as a single entity for tax purposes.
  • Companies should carefully consider whether any deductions are available for any carried-forward tax losses, including by analysing the continuity of ownership and same business tests.

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  • Taxpayers should review trust deeds to determine how trust income is defined. This may have an impact on the trustee's tax planning.
  • Trustees should consider whether a family trust election (FTE) is required to ensure that any losses or bad debts incurred by the trust will be deductible and to ensure that franking credits will be available to beneficiaries.
  • Taxpayers should avoid retaining income in a trust because it may be taxed in the hands of the trustee at the top marginal tax rate of 46.5%.
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Capital gains tax             

  • A taxpayer may consider crystallising any unrealised capital gains and losses to improve their overall tax position for an income year.
  • Eligible small business entities can access a range of concessions for a capital gain made on a CGT asset that has been used in a business, provided certain conditions are met.
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  • For 2013–2014, a $35,000 concessional contributions cap applies for those who were aged 59 years or over on 30 June 2013. The $35,000 concessional cap will apply from 2014–2015 for those aged 49 years or over on 30 June of the previous income year.
  • From 1 July 2013, excess concessional contributions tax has been abolished. Instead, excess concessional contributions are included in an individual's assessable income (and subject to an interest charge). Excess non-concessional contributions tax continues to apply where relevant.
  • Individuals who wish to take advantage of the concessionally taxed superannuation environment but wish to stay under the relevant contributions caps should consider keeping track of contributions and avoid making last minute contributions that would be allocated to the next financial year.
  • Individuals with salary-sacrifice superannuation arrangements may want to have early discussions with their employers to help ensure contributions are allocated to the correct financial year.
  • From 2012–2013, individuals earning above $300,000 are subject to an additional 15% tax on concessional contributions. However, despite the extra 15% tax, there is still an effective tax concession of 15% (ie the top marginal rate less 30%) on their contributions up to the relevant cap.
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Fringe benefits tax            

  • The four rates used in the statutory formula method for determining the taxable value of car fringe benefits are being replaced with a single statutory rate of 20% for fringe benefits.
  • The first $1,000 of the aggregate of the taxable values of "in-house" fringe benefits (ie in-house expense payment, in-house property and in-house residual fringe benefits) provided to an employee during a year is exempt from FBT. However, the $1,000 reduction does not apply to an in-house benefit provided on or after 22 October 2012 under a salary-packaging arrangement.
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  • The current government has proposed to cancel the carbon tax-related income tax cuts that are legislated to commence on 1 July 2015, and repeal the associated amendments to the low-income tax offset (LITO). Under these changes, the tax-free threshold would remain at $18,200 and the maximum value of the LITO would remain at $445.
  • The 30% private health insurance offset has been means tested since 1 July 2012. For 2013–2014, the singles' income threshold for the 30% offset is $88,000 ($176,000 for families).
  • The medical expenses offset is being phased out and will not be available after 2018–2019. Transitional arrangements allow taxpayers to claim the offset from the 2012–2013 income year until the end of the 2018–2019 income year, subject to limitations.
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    – Martin Roughley, Managing Director

    In business, there is so much going on and you don’t always have all the answers. That’s when you need to know who to call. Our clients call us.

    – Shaun Madders, Director

    Going beyond the compliance and routine is what we do. By maintaining open and frank communication we are able to provide valuable insights and assist in driving the changes required to help our clients achieve their goals.

    – Fergus Roughley, Director