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ATO drills in car-sharing focus this tax time

The tax office has reiterated it will be paying close attention to taxpayers earning income through car-sharing platforms, in line with its focus on the share economy this tax time.

         

 

The ATO has warned that the growing popularity of third-party services such as Car Next Door, Carhood or DriveMyCar Rentals has prompted its interest, noting that it will be taking a close look at taxpayers who leave out such income from tax returns.

ATO assistant commissioner Kath Anderson said there is evidence that some taxpayers who are undertaking sharing activities might not understand the taxation implications, similar to its notice to 200,000 taxpayers who facilitate short-term rental properties, earlier this month.

“No matter how little you earn through car sharing, it is important to include it in your tax return. It’s no different to anyone else renting out an asset, like a house or a car park. You must declare the income and you cannot avoid tax by calling it a hobby,” said Ms Anderson.

“Whether you are a digital native or an electronic illiterate, it will be difficult to avoid scrutiny as the ATO has sophisticated systems and data to help identify where sharing platforms are being used to generate income.”

Taxpayers who rent their cars may also be entitled to claim some deductions, including expenses like platform membership fees, availability fees, cleaning fees and car running expenses, in respect to earning the rental income.

H&R Block director of tax communication Mark Chapman earlier told Accountants Daily that the rise and rush to rental platforms may have caught some clients out in terms of declaring such income on their returns.

“It might seem obvious to those of us in the tax business that this income is taxable, but I’ve certainly encountered taxpayers who had no idea that this income needed to go on their tax return – or indeed, that they can also claim tax deductions against the income,” said Mr Chapman.

 

 

Jotham Lian 
23 August 2018
accountantsdaily.com.au

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ATO Key Dates

MARCH 2018

Date

Obligation

21 March

Lodge and pay February 2018 monthly activity statement.

31 March

Lodge tax return for companies and super funds with total income of more than $2 million in the latest year lodged (excluding large/medium taxpayers), unless the return was due earlier.

Payment for companies and super funds in this category is also due by this date.

Lodge tax return for the head company of a consolidated group (excluding large/medium), with a member who had a total income in excess of $2 million in their latest year lodged, unless the return was due earlier.

Payment for companies in this category is also due by this date.

Lodge tax return for individuals and trusts whose latest return resulted in a tax liability of $20,000 or more, excluding large/medium trusts.

Payment for individuals and trusts in this category is due as advised on their notice of assessment.

APRIL 2018

Date

Obligation

21 April

Lodge and pay quarter 3, 2017–18 PAYG instalment activity statement for head companies of consolidated groups.

Lodge and pay March 2018 monthly activity statement.

28 April

Lodge and pay quarter 3, 2017–18 activity statement if lodging by paper.

Pay quarter 3, 2017–18 instalment notice (form R, S or T). Lodge the notice only if you are varying the instalment amount.

Make super guarantee contributions for quarter 3, 2017–18 to the funds by this date.

Employers who do not pay minimum super contributions for quarter 3 by this date must pay the super guarantee charge and lodge a Superannuation guarantee charge statement – quarterly (NAT 9599) by 28 May 2018.

Note: The super guarantee charge is not tax deductible.

30 April

Lodge TFN report for closely held trusts if any beneficiaries quoted their TFNs to trustees in quarter 3, 2017–18.

Lodge lost members report for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017.

MAY 2018

Date

Obligation

15 May

Lodge 2017 tax returns for all entities that did not have to lodge earlier (including all remaining consolidated groups), and are not eligible for the 5 June 2018 concession.

Due date for:

  • companies and super funds to pay if required.

Note: Individuals and trusts in this category pay as advised on their notice of assessment.

21 May

Lodge and pay April 2018 monthly activity statement.

Final date to add new FBT clients to your client list to ensure they receive the lodgment and payment concessions for their fringe benefits tax returns.

Lodge Fringe benefits tax annual return (if lodging by paper).

26 May

Lodge and pay eligible quarter 3, 2017–18 activity statements if you lodge electronically.

28 May

Pay Fringe benefits tax annual return.

Lodge and pay quarter 3, 2017–18 Superannuation guarantee charge statement – quarterly (NAT 9599) if the employer did not pay enough contributions on time.

Employers lodging a Superannuation guarantee charge statement – quarterly (NAT 9599) can choose to offset contributions they paid late to a fund against their super guarantee charge for the quarter. They still have to pay the remaining super guarantee charge.

Note: The super guarantee charge is not tax deductible.

Use our Super guarantee charge statement and calculator tool to work out the super guarantee charge and to help prepare the Superannuation guarantee charge statement – quarterly.

JUNE 2018

Date

Obligation

5 June

Lodge tax return for all entities with a lodgment due date of 15 May 2018 if the tax return is not required earlier and both of the following criteria are met:

  • non-taxable or a credit assessment in latest year lodged
  • non–taxable or receiving a credit assessment in the current year.

Note: This includes companies and super funds, but excludes large/medium taxpayers and head companies of consolidated groups.

Lodge tax returns due for individuals and trusts with a lodgment due date of 15 May 2018 provided they also pay any liability due by this date.

Note: This is not a lodgment due date but a concessional arrangement where failure to lodge on time (FTL) penalties will not apply if you lodge and pay by this date.

21 June

Lodge and pay May 2018 monthly activity statement.

25 June

Lodge 2018 Fringe benefits tax annual return for tax agents (if lodging electronically). Payment (if required) is due 28 May.

30 June

Super guarantee contributions must be paid by this date to qualify for a tax deduction in the 2017–18 financial year.

Chris Wybenga

B.Bus, CA

Chris is the Managing Director of the Firm who established the practice in August 1994 and has been responsible for its growth and development since that time.

Chris has over 35-years experience in the Chartered Accountancy profession, predominantly spent in small to medium sized firms, advising both small business and individuals in areas such as taxation and accounting as well as business restructuring and superannuation advice.

Chris is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the Firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1980 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1985 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1986 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1988 – Registered as a Registered Company Auditor
  • 1994 – Established Wybenga & Partners (formerly known as Farrar & Wybenga)

Dianne Bechara

B.Bus, CA

Dianne is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the practice.

Dianne has over 25-years Chartered Accountancy experience and has significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to high-net-worth individuals and their associated entities. Dianne also has considerable knowledge in the areas of taxation, business services, superannuation, and compliance.

Dianne is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Dianne is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 1992 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1993 – Commenced employment in acounting profession
  • 1996 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 1997 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Roger Potter

B.Bus, CA

Roger is responsible for the HR aspect of the Firm, cultivating the culture, and maintaining the highly social environment we pride ourselves on.

Roger has over 30-years in the Chartered Accountancy profession and significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to small businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He also has extensive experience in the areas of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and retirement strategies.

Roger is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1985 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1990 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1992 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1998 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Tess Uncle

B.Sc, M.Com, CA

Tess has over 15-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Tess has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients in day-to-day bookkeeping activities and periodic reporting.

Tess is responsible for the Firm’s training and development needs.

Tess is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Tess is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 2001 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time accountancy studies
  • 2004 – Graduated Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales
  • 2005 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2007 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Adam Roberts

B.Bus, B.Sc, CA

Adam has over 13-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Adam has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients with periodic management reporting.

Adam is responsible for the implementation of technology in the Firm and sourcing new areas of innovation and efficiency.

Adam is active in the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing his expertise.

  • 2005 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time Accountancy Studies
  • 2005 – Graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2007 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2010 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2010 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Accounting Cadetships

Each year we offer several school leavers or undergraduates the opportunity of beginning their career with us via an Accounting Cadetship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in accounting please read the information below.

What is an Accounting Cadetship?
An Accounting Cadetship enables you to commence your career whilst attaining the necessary university qualifications by studying part-time.

How does it work?
Generally, our cadets complete a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree at the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, or the University of Western Sydney.

The firm provides 3 hours paid study leave per week to attend University. This can either be taken at the one time or broken between days depending on the individual’s requirements. In addition, the Firm provides paid study leave for both mid-semester and end-of-year exams.

We take the work life balance very seriously at Wybenga & Partners and our cadets are encouraged to have a fulfilling life outside the office. A typical day will have you arriving at the office at around 8.30am with most days concluding at 5.30pm.

What are the benefits of an Accounting Cadetship with Wybenga & Partners?
Our cadets benefit from the following:

  • Career path – on completion of their degree our cadets have significant practical experience which will assist them in advancing their careers
  • Work helps your studies – by working full-time our cadets are able to apply their practical knowledge in the university subjects
  • Camaraderie with other cadets – the Firm has a number of cadets at various stages of their career
  • Mentoring – cadets are paired with a senior staff member who oversees their progress and training both at work and with their studies
  • Communication and feedback – the Firm has an open door policy which enables all cadets to interact with all members of staff including Directors
  • Culture – the Firm promotes a friendly social culture with a number of functions throughout the year
  • Modern environment – including ‘socialising’ areas such as pool table and break out area
  • Training – ongoing support and technical training. We also provide internal and external training on a monthly basis
  • Remuneration – working full-time provides a market salary and independence with salaries being reviewed every 6-months

What happens when I complete my degree?
The completion of your degree is the first step of what we hope to be a long and successful career with us. The next step is the commencement of your CA Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand whilst at the same time continuing your employment with us.

A number of cadets have progressed to Seniors, Managers, and Directors within the firm.

Who should apply?
Current Year 12 students or first/second year University Students who:

  • want to commence their career in accountancy;
  • are due to commence or are currently completing a part-time business or commerce degree at university with an accounting major;
  • want to gain valuable hands-on experience while completing their qualifications;
  • are looking for a friendly working environment;
  • are team players who display initiative;
  • have a commitment to self-development;
  • possess excellent personal presentation and communication skills; and
  • are motivated and mature minded.

How do I apply for an Accounting Cadetship?
To apply for a Cadetship position at Wybenga & Partners send us your details. Please also include in your covering letter why you wish to do a cadetship, include relevant qualities you possess, main interests / achievements, and any previous employment.

Interested candidates should initially forward a resume/covering letter of no more than 3-pages. Please provide full details of contact information (telephone or e-mail).

What if I have more questions?
For further information about our Cadetship program, please send your enquiry to info@wybengagroup.com.au

Skilled Accountants

Wybenga & Partners offers a stimulating work environment giving you the opportunity to develop your future success.

Wybenga & Partners recognises and promotes that there is more to life than work. We know that your needs change and we provide support to balance your work, academic and lifestyle pursuits.

We welcome enquires from trained accountants regarding a career with Wybenga & Partners. Please email us your details to info@wybengagroup.com.au