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  • 23rd Mar 2020 Economy

    Government stimulus packages for the impact of Covid-19

    */ We are living through an extraordinary period. Never before have we seen such intervention to deal with a health threat. Every member of society is impacted as result of Covid-19 and the financial...
  • 6th Mar 2020 Business

    Superannuation Amnesty Legislation Update

    The bill to allow an amnesty on late or unpaid superannuation contributions has now received royal assent as of 6 March 2020. This will allow employers to voluntarily disclose to the ATO late or...
  • 17th Feb 2020 Individuals

    Small Scale Property Subdivision

    If you own a sizable block you may be considering subdiving the block to generate some cash. This could be by selling off the backyard, or restructuring the property to fit multiple buildings to be...
  • 14th Feb 2020 Individuals

    Deceased Estate

    Managing the administration of a deceased estate during a time of grieving can be overwhelming. As the executor of the estate you may be wondering where to begin. The executor is responsible for...
  • 23rd Jan 2020 Business

    New Whistle Blower Policy requirements

    */ The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019, which received Royal Assent in March 2019, aims to encourage appropriate whistleblowing, improve the protections for...
  • 23rd Jan 2020 Business

    Superannuation on annual leave loading

    One issue that is creating discussion for many schools is the requirement for employers to pay superannuation guarantee contributions on annual leave loading amounts. The ATO recently reiterated...
  • 22nd Jan 2020 Not-For-Profits

    'In Australia' Requirements for DGRs and Tax Exempt Entities

    The Australian Taxation Office has now released the final version of its ruling on the ‘in Australia’ tests for DGRs and tax exempt entities. There is a different test for DGRs than for tax exempt...
  • 22nd Jan 2020 Not-For-Profits

    Gifts and Honorariums

    The ACNC has issued some guidance for charities who provide gifts or honorariums to individuals. The ACNC is concerned that charities may not be complying with the ACNC governance standards in...
  • 22nd Jan 2020 Not-For-Profits

    Men and Women Sheds

    In the last budget, the Federal Government announced it would create a new deductible gift recipient (DGR) category for men and women sheds. There are currently about 1,000 sheds around Australia...
  • 12th Dec 2019 Individuals

    Capital Gains Tax - Main Residence exemption lost for Foreign Residents

    New legislation has just been passed by the Government that affects tax on your home if you live at the time of the sale overseas. If you sell your Australian main residence when you are foreign...
  • 11th Dec 2019

    Peter Shields pedalled into the spirit of Christmas

    What a privilege it was to be able to participate in the Great Victorian Bikeride last week to promote and raise funds for the amazing work undertaken by the Summer Foundation. It was also fantastic...
  • 11th Dec 2019

    CBM - Charity inFocus

    CBM - Charity in Focus Over 1 billion people worldwide live with some kind of disability – they’re the world’s largest minority. 80% of people living with disability live in the world’s poorest...
  • 11th Dec 2019

    Rowan Cooper pulls up the stumps

    Rowan Cooper pulls up the stumps After more than 16 years at Saward Dawson, Rowan Cooper is retiring at Christmas. Rowan has worked behind the scenes for the firm assuming a variety of roles...
  • 11th Dec 2019 Business

    Extending our International Connections

    Saward Dawson has been a member of Russell Bedford International network since 2007. The network now has firms in approximately 100 countries, with 350 offices, 700 partners and 6,500 staff. This...
  • 11th Dec 2019 Business

    FBT-free gifts this Christmas

    With Christmas spirits high, tax doesn't usually come to mind when employers are buying gifts for their staff. Employers can avoid FBT by providing employees with gifts that cost less than $300 per...
  • 11th Dec 2019 Individuals

    Returning to work after accessing your super

    Retirement isn’t necessarily a permanent thing as even the best-laid plans can collapse when circumstances change. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found the most common reasons retirees...
  • 11th Dec 2019 Business

    Labour hire arrangements

    At our recent employer obligations seminar, our guest presenter reported how labour hire arrangements in Victoria must now be licensed in accordance with the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. A labour...
  • 11th Dec 2019 Business

    Super payments - no margin for error

    On 1 July this year we saw the introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP). STP delivers to the ATO live information about payroll transactions. This enables them to cross match with other authorities...
  • 23rd Oct 2019 Business

    Update on Remuneration Matters

    We have prepared the following update in relation to various remuneration matters. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of these, or if you require further assistance. Taxi travel...
  • 11th Sep 2019 Not-For-Profits

    ACNC External Conduct Standards

    The ACNC’s External Conduct Standards are now in force. These standards set out the ACNC’s minimum requirements for a registered charity that conducts any activities offshore. It is important that...


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