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Recent legislation has introduced new obligations for company directors requiring them to obtain a personal director identification number (‘Director ID’). 

So, we are writing to highlight your new obligations and provide the appropriate information to ensure your ongoing director compliance. 

This is particularly important as failure to comply with these new Director ID requirements may result in both civil and criminal penalties.

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Practice Update – December 2020

Improvements to be made to full expensing measure

The government will expand eligibility for the temporary ‘full expensing measure’, which temporarily allows certain businesses to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets in the year they are first used or installed.

The government will also allow businesses to opt out of temporary full expensing and the backing business investment incentive on an asset‑by‑asset basis.

This change will provide businesses with more flexibility in respect of these measures, removing a potential disincentive for them to take advantage of these incentives

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2020/21 Federal Budget

1. Personal income tax changes

1.1 Changes to personal income tax rates

The Government has announced that it will bring forward changes to the personal income tax rates that were due to apply from 1 July 2022, so that these changes now apply from 1 July 2020 (i.e., from the 2021 income year). These changes involve:

• increasing the upper threshold of the 19% personal income tax bracket from $37,000 to $45,000; and
• increasing the upper threshold of the 32.5% personal income tax bracket from $90,000 to $120,000.

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Practice Update – October 2020

Special COVID-19 Superannuation Condition of Release Extended

Regulations that extend the time frame of the special condition of release to access $10,000 from superannuation for individuals experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 have been formally registered.

The ability to withdraw up to $10,000 from superannuation (if certain conditions are met) was initially set to expire on 24 September 2020.

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COVID-19 – Government Stimulus Package Announced: What You Need to Know

Dear Clients

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews this morning announced Step 1 measures to be imposed in Victoria at 12.00 midday yesterday, to contain the Coronavirus. The Premier’s announcement focused on limiting peoples attendance at social venues, including;

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship, weddings or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

There are no fixed timelines attached to these restrictions being lifted. Unless VACC members fall into one of the above categories they should continue with the running of their businesses but with all care taken to maximise social distancing. Where staff can work from home employers should consider if this is an option for them.Read More

BREAKING NEWS – Government announces increased tax benefits in response to the Coronavirus

The Government has announced its economic response to the Coronavirus in the form of a $17.6
billion economic stimulus package. The package has been marketed as a measure to protect
the economy by maintaining confidence, supporting investment and keeping people in their jobs.
It is expected that an appropriate package of Bills (which will provide further detail in relation to the
proposed measures) will be introduced into Parliament in the final sitting week in March 2020 (i.e.,
presumably from 23 March 2020) for urgent consideration and passage.

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