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August 2020 Tax Newsletter

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This month there is a lot happening with Jobkeeper and other avenues of support in these trying times. Some of the topics this month are:

  • Federal Government releases economic update – On 23 July 2020, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released the Economic and Fiscal Update July 2020.
  • Instant asset write-off further extended – If you’ve purchased assets for your business, remember that you may be eligible to claim an immediate deduction under the instant asset write-off, which was recently further expanded.
  • JobKeeper extended, with changes – The Government has announced that JobKeeper payments will continue for six months beyond the legislated finish date of 27 September 2020, subject to revamped eligibility rules.
  • JobKeeper payments to childcare providers end – The ATO’s key JobKeeper information has been updated to note that payments for childcare providers stop from 20 July 2020.
  • Coronavirus Supplement extended, with changes – The Government has announced that it will extend the temporary Coronavirus Supplement payment to 31 December 2020 but the rate will be reduced.
  • ATO alert on fraudulence and non-compliance: COVID-19 measures – The ATO is on the look-out for fraudulent schemes designed to take advantage of stimulus measures including JobKeeper, early release of superannuation, and cash flow boosts for employers.
  • Top tax time myths for 2020 that slow down returns – The ATO has published a list of common mistakes and misconceptions taxpayers have around tax time.
  • Working from home deductions: “shortcut” rate extended – The ATO has extended the “shortcut” rate for claiming work-from-home running expenses to at least 30 September 2020.
  • Banks further extending loan repayment deferrals – The Australian Banking Association has announced a new phase of support to assist customers to get back to making their loan repayments.
  • Super contributions beyond age 65 from 1 July 2020 – The Assistant Minister for Superannuation Senator Jane Hume has welcomed the recent amendments to super regulations that allow more people to make voluntary superannuation contributions.

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August 2020 Tax Newsletter

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