• Tax cuts become law

  • ATO “puts the brakes” on dodgy car claims

  • Private health insurance statements now optional

  • FBT and taxi travel

  • ATO rates and thresholds

  • ATO Data Matching Program: HELP, VSL and/or TSL debts

  • knpeople 

  In This Issue

 Tax cuts become law

The Government has announced that more than 10 million Australians will receive immediate tax relief following the passage of legislation through the Parliament, which increases the top threshold for the 19% tax rate from $41,000 to $45,000 and increases the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022/23.

 

In combination with the legislated removal of the 37% tax bracket in 2024/25, the Government is also "delivering structural reform to the tax system" by reducing the 32.5% tax rate to 30%.

 

Low and middle income tax offset also now law

 

In addition, from the 2018/19 income year (i.e., last income year):

  • The low and middle income tax offset ('LAMITO') has been increased from a maximum amount of $530 to $1,080 per annum and the base amount increased from $200 to $255 per annum; and
  • Taxpayers with a taxable income:

— of $37,000 or below can now receive a LAMITO of up to $255;

— above $37,000 and below $48,001 can now receive $255, plus an amount equal to 7.5% to the maximum offset of $1,080;

— above $48,000 and below $90,001 are now eligible for the maximum LAMITO of $1,080; and

— above $90,000 but is no more than $126,000 are now eligible for a LAMITO of $1,080, less an amount equal to 3% of the excess.

 

The ATO is implementing the necessary system changes so taxpayers that have already lodged their 2018/19 tax return will receive any increase to the LAMITO they are entitled to (any tax refund should be deposited in the taxpayer's nominated bank account).  There will not be any need to request an amendment.

 

Those who are yet to lodge their tax return will have any offset they are entitled to taken into account during the normal processing of their return.

 

 

 

The ATO is making work-related car expenses a key focus again during Tax Time 2019. 

 

Assistant Commissioner Karen Foat said over 3.6 million people made a work-related car expense claim in 2017/18, totalling more than $7.2 billion.

 

“We are still concerned that some taxpayers aren’t getting the message that over-claiming will be detected and if it is deliberate, penalties will apply,” she said.

 

“While some people do make legitimate mistakes, we are concerned that many people are deliberately making dodgy claims in order to get a bigger refund.

 

We see taxpayers claiming for things like private trips, trips they didn’t make, and car expenses their employer paid for or reimbursed them for.”

 

One in five car claims are exactly at the maximum limit that doesn’t require receipts. 

 

Under the cents per kilometre method, taxpayers don’t need to keep receipts, but they do need to be able to demonstrate how they worked out the number of kilometres they travelled for work purposes.

 

The ATO’s sophisticated analytics compares taxpayer claims with others earning similar amounts in similar jobs. 

 

Where the ATO identifies questionable claims, they will contact taxpayers and ask them to show how they have calculated their claim, and in some cases the

 

ATO may even contact employers to confirm whether a taxpayer was required to use their own car for work-related travel.

 

Case studies

 

The ATO’s sophisticated data analytics found a range of unsupported claims in 2018, including:

 

  • When the ATO asked a taxpayer to provide the logbook to support a claim of $4,800, they found the taxpayer was referring to a car service logbook rather than a logbook kept for calculating their work use car percentage (the taxpayer had not undertaken any work-related car travel during the year).
  • Another claim was flagged by the ATO's analytics indicating a taxpayer, a retail worker, had incorrectly claimed $350 for the cost of public transport to and from work.
  • The ATO also identified an office worker claiming $3,300 for 5000 kilometres of work-related travel using the cents per kilometre method, but it turned out the taxpayer's claim was based on trips he made from home to work.

 

 

 

 

Taxpayers with private health insurance should be aware that insurance providers are no longer required to provide statements to their members.

 

Taxpayers lodging their tax returns using a registered tax agent should have their health insurance details 'pre-filled' into their return (but they will need to contact their health insurer if they cannot get this information for some reason).

 

 

 

 

 

Taxi travel by an employee is an exempt benefit for FBT purposes if the travel is a single trip beginning or ending at the employee's place of work (or if it is a result of sickness or injury in certain circumstances).

 

However, the ATO is reminding taxpayers that this exemption is limited to travel undertaken in a vehicle that is licensed to operate as a taxi by the relevant

State or Territory and does not extend to travel undertaken in a ride-sourcing vehicle or other vehicle for hire that do not hold such a licence.

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The ATO has updated a number of rates and thresholds on their website, including the following.

 

Division 7A – benchmark interest rate

The Division 7A benchmark interest rate for the 2020 income year is 5.37% (up from the rate for the 2019 income year of 5.20%).

 

Car cost limit for depreciation

The maximum value taxpayers can use for calculating depreciation of cars is the car limit in the year in which they first used or leased the car.

In the 2019/20 income year, the car limit is $57,581, unchanged from the 2018/19 year.

 

Capital improvement threshold

The improvement threshold for the 2019/20 income year is $153,093, up from $150,386 for the 2018/19 income year.

 

SMSF LRBA interest rates

An interest rate of 5.94% charged by an SMSF in the 2020 income year under a limited recourse borrowing arrangement ('LRBA') to acquire real property would be consistent with the ATO's safe harbour terms (or 7.94% for listed shares or units).

 

 

 

 

 

The ATO is conducting a data matching program for the 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years to identify individuals with an existing Higher Education Loan Program ('HELP'), Vocational Education and Training Student Loan ('VSL') and/or Trade Support Loans ('TSL') debt who may not be meeting their registration, lodgement and/or payment obligations.

 

This data collection is expected to involve approximately 3 million individuals each year.

 

 ATO “puts the brakes” on dodgy car claims

 Private health insurance statements now optional

 FBT and taxi travel

 ATO rates and thresholds

 ATO Data Matching Program: HELP, VSL and/or TSL debts

 knpeople

On Friday 31st of May, knp Solutions sponsored a Gala dinner held by Rotary Club of Chadstone/Malvern East at Brighton Receptions.

 

The purpose of the night was to raise funds for Build Your Future Today, a non-profit organisational based in Cambodia. The night was great fun, with money raised to fund deep water wells and water filtration projects in rural Cambodia.

 

As part of our sponsorship for this night, knp held a door prize competition.  The draw took place at knp Solutions by Andrew Freeman, one of our directors on Thursday, 6th June at 3pm and the lucky winner was Anthony Gartland.  If you interested in watching the draw, please click on this link: https://youtu.be/5mOUicLXuDs 

 

More information on Build Your Future Today can be found at their website: http://www.buildyourfuturetoday.org/about-us/our-founder.html

 

This year Andrew Freeman has been given the opportunity to participate in this year’s Daniher’s Drive (10th to 13th October 2019).  Daniher’s Drive is a fundraising event for the FightMND cause (the same charity who also organise the big freeze at the G).

 

Daniher’s Drive is a 4 day event where participants (including Neale Daniher himself) travel around country Victoria, stopping at different towns raising funds for the FightMND cause, money which is used for clinical trials and drug development projects to fight Motor Neuron Disease.   Andrew’s team is Maxxpro and they have set a fundraising target of $20,000.

 

To help Andrew and his team reach their target, knp held “little freeze at knp”. This event took place after hours on 19th June.  The staff purchased iced water balloons and threw them at Mei, Norman and Andrew.  The end result, three very wet and cold Directors! 

Little Freeze at knp

Our little freeze at knp raised $1,020.00.

 

If you would like more information on Andrew’s team or to donate click on Fight Mind logo:

 

 

On the 28th June we all jumped on a bus and headed to the Yarra Valley.  Our lunch was held at Yarrawood Estate and on arrival we were treated with a tour of the winery, which included wine tastings and I must say the wine was deVINE!

 

We were treated with a delicious lunch, including prawns, slow roasted beef and delectable cheeses. Our highlight of the lunch was the annual Amelia Award. This award recognises the true knp spirit of showing compassion and care to the knp family.  The 2019 winner was Nicole Cebis.  Congratulations Nicki, you are a well, deserved winner.

 

If you’re looking for a fantastic venue with great food and wine in the Yarra Valley, look no further than Yarrawood Estate.

 

For further information go to: https://www.yarrawood.com.au

EOFY Function​

Our social committee held a “Christmas in July” evening because Christmas once a year is just not enough!

 

We all sat down for a festive meal, followed by playing Bad Santa – basically Kris Kringle but with terrible gifts that you get to swap or steal from others.

 

Lots of fun and laughs were had by all who attended the evening.  Thank you to our social committee for organising a great night.

Christmas in July