Sladen Snippet – off and running (almost), Senate passes tightened requirements to CGT concessions for companies and trusts from 8 February 2018

Sladen Snippet – off and running (almost), Senate passes tightened requirements to CGT concessions for companies and trusts from 8 February 2018

On 20 September 2017, the Senate passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (the Bill).

CGT Discount Denied for Employee Share Scheme interest holder

CGT Discount Denied for Employee Share Scheme interest holder

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has denied a taxpayer a capital gains tax (CGT) discount on a gain on the disposal of shares she acquired as part of an employee share scheme (ESS).

Sladen Snippet - Fox v FC of T: A cautionary tale on Employee Share Schemes

Sladen Snippet - Fox v FC of T: A cautionary tale on Employee Share Schemes

A taxpayer has been found liable for a tax bill of $106,058 in relation to shares they acquired as part of an employee share scheme (ESS) with their previous employer, NewSat Limited, a now insolvent company with a share value of nil. 

Sladen Snippet - ATO extends Division 7A guideline to UPEs under Sub-Trust Arrangements maturing in the 2019 Income Year

Sladen Snippet - ATO extends Division 7A guideline to UPEs under Sub-Trust Arrangements maturing in the 2019 Income Year

On 15 August 2018, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) updated Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2017/13 to extend its application to Division 7A sub-trust arrangements adopted in accordance with Practice Statement Law Administration 2010/4 (PS LA 2010/4) that mature in the 2019 income year.

Greig v Commissioner of Taxation: revenue vs capital and lessons for investors

Greig v Commissioner of Taxation: revenue vs capital and lessons for investors

Greig v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCA 1084 (Greig) reiterates the uncertainty in respect of the revenue and capital dichotomy and draws on well-known case law principles.

Crypto-to-Crypto Trades: Bursting the Bubble on the Tax-Free Fantasy

Crypto-to-Crypto Trades: Bursting the Bubble on the Tax-Free Fantasy

Taxation of cryptocurrency continues to gain substantial attention in the media. Our thoughts on the implications of having a commercial nature when acquiring and selling cryptocurrency and the general uncertainty around taxation of cryptocurrency were recently shared in Forbes.

Changes in the wind: increased tightening of taxpayers’ eligibility to CGT small business concessions

Changes in the wind: increased tightening of taxpayers’ eligibility to CGT small business concessions

The application of the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions in Division 152 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (CGT Concessions) is an area of interest for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Beware of the Fork in the Road: Taxation and Cryptocurrency Chain Splits

Beware of the Fork in the Road: Taxation and Cryptocurrency Chain Splits

The Federal Commissioner of Taxation  (Commissioner) recently updated his guidelines on cryptocurrency and for the first time addressed the taxation of cryptocurrency acquired as the result of a chain split.  

Sladen Snippet - Individuals’ financial affairs at risk of being reported to foreign jurisdictions by the ATO

Sladen Snippet - Individuals’ financial affairs at risk of being reported to foreign jurisdictions by the ATO

Australia is obligated under Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) regimes to automatically exchange financial account information with foreign jurisdictions.

Sladen Snippet - Access to CGT Concessions to be tightened for ownership interests in companies and trusts from 1 July 2017

Sladen Snippet - Access to CGT Concessions to be tightened for ownership interests in companies and trusts from 1 July 2017

On 8 February 2018, the Government released for public consultation exposure draft legislation to implement the announcement in the 2017 Budget regarding integrity improvements to the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions.

Sladen Snippet - Consumer protection laws set to be strengthened

Sladen Snippet - Consumer protection laws set to be strengthened

The Federal Government has released draft versions of legislation and regulations to strengthen consumer protection laws.  The changes would give effect to proposals contained in the 2017 Australian Consumer Law (ACL) Review Final Report agreed to by Commonwealth, State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers last year.  The public has until the end of February to submit views on the draft changes. 

Unfair contract terms – is your business compliant?

Unfair contract terms – is your business compliant?

In the space of a fortnight, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced two sets of proceedings in the Federal Court against large Australian businesses, claiming breaches of the unfair contract provisions applicable to standard form small business contracts contained in the Australian Consumer Law.

Private companies to benefit from extension of crowd-sourced equity funding legislation

Private companies to benefit from extension of crowd-sourced equity funding legislation

The Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017 was introduced into Parliament on 14 September 2017.  If passed, as is expected, the Bill will extend the reach of the Crowd-sourced Equity Funding (CSEF) legislation that will at this stage apply only to public companies from 29 September 2017.

Secure IP rights overseas and obtain financial assistance with the Export Market Development Grant

Secure IP rights overseas and obtain financial assistance with the Export Market Development Grant

Businesses exporting products around the world can now apply for the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG). Applications can be completed and submitted online up until 30 November 2017.

Proposed laws targeting illegal phoenix activity

Proposed laws targeting illegal phoenix activity

The Federal Government has this week announced a number of proposed reforms aimed at those individuals, entities and advisors who undertake or facilitate illegal phoenix activity.

Sladen Snippet - Registered Trade Marks Required for WET Rebate

Sladen Snippet - Registered Trade Marks Required for WET Rebate

Further to our Sladen Snippet, we are reminding and encouraging businesses with interests in producing and selling wine (and who rely on the WET Rebate) to ensure they have properly secured trade mark registration.

Sladen Snippet - More flexible small business restructure rollover and new corporate tax cuts passed by Senate

Sladen Snippet - More flexible small business restructure rollover and new corporate tax cuts passed by Senate

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 was recently passed by the Senate containing amendments to progressively reduce the corporate tax rate and increase the small business turnover thresholds for access to small business tax concessions. 

Sladen Snippet - New rules for clearly distinguishable advertising

Sladen Snippet - New rules for clearly distinguishable advertising

In the digital age, brands are increasingly making use of innovative marketing and advertising such as native or integrated advertising, social media accounts, bloggers and Instagram influencers. These strategies have been shown to increase audience engagement and brand awareness, and are an effective use of a marketing budget. 

Income from incidental activity is part of entity’s annual turnover and might bar CGT concessions

Income from incidental activity is part of entity’s annual turnover and might bar CGT concessions

The Federal Court of Australia denied the application of the CGT small business concession on the basis that an unusual activity carried on by an associated entity to the taxpayer contributed to the aggregated annual turnover of that entity to be more than $2,000,000.