Ancillary Fund Returns

Public and private ancillary funds (which are categories of deductible gift recipients) must lodge an annual information return with us, in addition to any requirement to lodge an income tax return.

Even if an ancillary fund is exempt from income tax, it must still lodge an annual information return.

Private ancillary funds

Introduction

This fact sheet explains the deductible gift recipient (DGR) category for private ancillary funds (private AFs) that came into effect on 1 October 2009.

It explains:

  • the requirements for endorsement
  • how to apply for DGR endorsement
  • other issues, such as revocation of endorsement and suspension of trustees
  • the transitional arrangements for existing PPFs.

Publications and contacts for more information are also provided.

What is a DGR?

A DGR is an entity that is entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts.

All DGRs must be endorsed by us, unless they are listed by name in the income tax law.

What is DGR endorsement?

DGR endorsement is the approval process for organisations that want to be endorsed by us as DGRs.

Endorsement as a DGR allows donors to claim tax deductions for most types of gifts or donations they make to your organisation.

From 1 October 2009, prescribed private funds (PPFs) are no longer prescribed in tax law and instead obtain their DGR status through the endorsement process. The category these funds seek DGR endorsement under is the category for private AFs.

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Spouse Contribution on myTax

Superannuation contributions on behalf of your spouse 2015

Did you make contributions to a complying superannuation fund or a retirement savings account (RSA) on behalf of your spouse (married or de facto) who is earning a low income or not working?

An RSA is a special account offered by banks, building societies, credit unions, life insurance companies and prescribed financial institutions. It is used for retirement savings and is similar to a superannuation fund.

You need to know

You will be entitled to a tax offset of up to $540 per year if:

  • the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions was less than $13,800
    • the contributions were not deductible to you
    • the contributions were made to a superannuation fund that was a complying superannuation fund for the income year in which you made the contribution
    • both you and your spouse were Australian residents when the contributions were made, and
    • When making the contributions you and your spouse were not living separately and apart on a permanent basis.

A spouse can be of the same or opposite sex and can include de facto relationships.

If you had more than one spouse during the income year and you satisfy the conditions for the tax offset for more than one spouse, the tax offset is the lesser of the sum of the tax offset entitlements for each spouse, or $540.

 Your spouse’s assessable income is the amount your spouse wrote at

TOTAL INCOME OR LOSS on their tax return, unless:

  • they had a distribution from a partnership or trust
    • they had income or losses from rent or business (including personal services income)
    • they had a capital gain or foreign source income,
    • they made a deposit into a Farm Management Deposit Scheme Account, or
    • They claimed a deductible amount for a foreign pension or annuity at item D11 on their tax return (supplementary section).

Your spouse’s reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions are shown on their payment summaries.

The tax offset is calculated as 18% of the lesser of:

  • $3,000, reduced by $1 for every $1 that the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions for the year was more than $10,800
    • The total of your contributions for your spouse for the year.

The tax offset for eligible spouse contributions cannot be claimed for superannuation contributions that you made to satisfy a family law obligation to split contributions with your spouse.

Completing this item

Step 1

Write the total of your contributions at Contributions paid item T3 on your tax return.

Step 2

If the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions was $10,800 or less, use worksheet 1.

If the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions was more than $10,800 but less than $13,800, use worksheet 2.

Worksheet 1 
Maximum spouse contributions eligible for the tax offset $3,000 (a)
Amount of contributions paid $ (b)
Write the lesser of (a) or (b). $ (c)
Multiply (c) by 18 and divide by 100.     $ (d)
Worksheet 2 
Maximum spouse contributions eligible for the tax offset $3,000 (a)
The sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions $ (b)
Base amount $10,800 (c)
Take (c) away from (b). $ (d)
Take (d) away from (a). $ (e)
Amount of contributions paid $ (f)
Write the lesser of (e) or (f). $ (g)
Multiply (g) by 18 and divide by 100. $ (h)

Step 3

The tax offset is the amount shown at (d) on worksheet 1 or (h) on worksheet 2. Write this amount at A item T3. Do not show cents.

If you had more than one spouse during the year, complete steps 1 to 3 for each spouse. Your tax offset is the lesser of:

  • the sum of the tax offset you are entitled to for each spouse, or
  • $540.

Write this amount at A item T3. Do not show cents.

Step 4

Make sure you complete Spouse details – married or de facto on pages 8-9 of your tax return. Include your spouse’s taxable income at O, your spouse’s total reportable fringe benefits amounts at S and your spouse’s reportable employer superannuation contributions at A.

To work out your entitlement to this tax offset you would have used your spouse’s assessable income, reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions. However, because we use taxable income to calculate many other entitlements, we ask you to record your spouse’s taxable income (not assessable income) at Spouse details – married or de facto.

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Work & You – Tax Refund on Spot

Being employed will mean you are accepting a compensation or a pay, and you could be full-time, part-time, casual, a contractual worker or expert. Be that as it may, what do they all mean? What’s more, how can that influence how you get paid – and how you are taxed?

Full-time

A man employed on a permanent premise, working the grant recommended least hours every week, paid consistently, and qualified for every one of the advantages and leave privileges.

Part-time

A man employed on a permanent premise, working consistent hours that are inside of a base and greatest characterized number of hours every week, and entitled for the advantages with respect to the quantity of hours worked. Part time representatives are entitled for the same working conditions as full-time representatives, including, by and large, the same hourly rate of pay.

Casual

Casual representatives take a shot at an hourly or regular schedule, however by and large work less hours than the conventional week by week working hours of a full-time worker. To make up for passing up a great opportunity for the advantages recompensed full and part time employees, additional stacking is added to casual’s pay. Casual employees can work the same number of hours or shifts as a full-time employee and still not be viewed as lasting. A few working environments however may be required to offer full-time work to an casual who works conventional hours after a certain maintained time of doing as such.

Contractor

As a rule, contractors (or consultants) are independently employed individuals utilized for a particular task, at a concurred cost, considering a particular objective, and regularly over a pre-decided time period. They set their own hours of work and deal with their own tax obligation. They aren’t paid a salary or hourly rate, and because they aren’t an employee, a contractor’s position is more effectively fired than a “permanent” employee. Being a contactor’s worker does have tax implication.

Payment

Wages and salaries are the most well-known sorts of employee payments. Wage is viewed as a pay if the work is standard and wages if it is not consistent. Both must be announced in full on your tax return – unless particularly exempted.

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How to Hit Your First Tax Return Deadline

There’s nothing like a deadline to inspire action. So if you’re preparing to lodge your first tax return online, here’s yours: October 31.That’s the date you’ll need to have the whole kit and caboodle sorted if you’re doing it yourself.

Figure out if you need to lodge

It is important to check, because even if you have a casual, after-school job you may not need to lodge a return,” says Australian Tax Office assistant commissioner Graham Whyte.

“For example, if you earned below the tax-free threshold and didn’t have any tax taken out by your employer throughout the year.”

If it turns out you don’t need to lodge a return, you’ll just need to fill out a non-lodgment advice form via the myGov website.

However, if your boss has been deducting tax from your wages, and you’ve earn less than $18,200 over the year, lodge a return as soon as you can. You should get your refund in 12 days or less.

Lodging online

The ATO has two different options. For straightforward returns, use MyTax on your tablet, smartphone or computer.

MyTax automatically fills out tax returns with information provided by employers, banks, government agencies and others. Just double-check the pre-filled information and add any missing details.

For more complex tax scenarios, E-tax is your best bet, and must be accessed online via a PC or Mac.

Creating your online account

If it’s your first time, you’ll need to create an online myGov account. Have your birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate handy, and follow the steps.

Claim all you can

Self-preparers need to remember three golden rules, Whyte says.

“To get a deduction for a work-related expense you must have spent the money yourself, it must be related to your job and not a private expense and in most cases you must have a record to prove it.

“If you keep that in mind you can’t go wrong.”

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When you Can Claim a GST Credit

You must be registered for GST to claim GST credits.

You can maintain a credit for any GST included in the price you pay for things that you use in your business. This is called a GST credit (or input-tax credit, a credit for the tax included in the price of your business inputs).

You claim GST credits in your activity statement.

You can claim GST credits if the following four conditions apply:

  • you aim to use your purchase solely or partly in carrying on your business and the purchase does not communicate to making input-taxed supplies
  • the purchase price included GST
  • you provide, or are liable to provide, payment for the item you purchased
  • You have a tax invoice from your supplier (for purchases more than $82.50).

You cannot claim a GST credit:

  • without a valid tax invoice
  • for purchases that do not have GST in the price
  • for wages you pay to staff (there is no GST on wages)
  • For motor vehicles priced above a certain limit.

Goods and services that don’t have GST in their price include:

  • GST-free items (such as basic foods)
  • Input-taxed items (such as bank fees and loan interest)
  • Purchases from a business that is not registered for GST (and therefore cannot charge GST).

When you can’t claim GST credit

You also cannot maintain GST credits for the following, even if GST is included in the price:

  • purchases you intend to use for private or domestic purposes
  • purchases you intend to use to make input-taxed supplies, such as those associated with providing residential accommodation
  • some purchases that you can’t claim as an income tax deduction, such as entertainment expenses
  • Land purchases under the margin scheme.

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Senior Australians – Tax Offsets

Mature age workers, seniors and pensioners may be eligible for tax offsets. If you are a short income earner, you may be entitled for an offset and, if your medical expenses pass the threshold limit, you may be entitled for the medical expenses tax offset too. You may also be eligible for an offset if you receive earnings from a superannuation income stream

If you are a Senior Australian, you may be entitled for the seniors and pensioners tax offset.

The seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO) can decrease the amount of tax you are liable to pay. In some cases, this offset may reduce your tax liability to zero and you may not have to lodge a tax return.

To be eligible for this tax offset, you have to meet certain conditions connecting to your income and eligibility for an Australian Government pension.

If you are a senior, you must meet the age requirement for the Age pension to be eligible for the offset.

In some cases, you may also be able to move your eligible spouse’s unused SAPTO to you. We calculate their transfer amount available and include this amount when calculating your SAPTO.

If you have reached the age pension age, the seniors and pensioners tax offset lets you earn more money before you must pay tax or the Medicare levy. There are a range of eligibility circumstances which relate to age, income, and eligibility for Australian government pensions or allowances.

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Interest and Penalties

Australia’s revenue system relies on taxpayers provided that correct information to set up their tax liability and paying the correct amount of tax on time.

To ensure the system is fair for everyone:

  • General Interest Charge is applied to an unpaid tax liability from the date it was due to be rewarded until it and the accrued interest charges are paid
  • Shortfall Interest Charge is applied where an added amount of tax is payable because of an amended assessment
  • Penalties are imposed for conduct such as not taking logical care in claiming a deduction to which you are not entitled, or making a false or misleading statement.

The interest charges are planned to ensure that taxpayers who underpay their tax for a period don’t receive an advantage over those who have paid their tax on time, and to pay off the community for the impact of late expenses.

The penalty provisions are planned to encourage taxpayers to take reasonable care in complying with their tax obligations.

The law provides ATO with the flexible power to remit (partially or in full) interest charges and penalties in certain circumstances.

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Goods and Services Tax (GST)

GST is a broad-based tax of 10% on the majority goods, services and other items sold or consumed in Australia.

Generally, businesses and other organizations registered for GST will:

  • include GST in the cost they charge for their goods and services
  • claim credits for the GST included in the price of goods and services they buy for their business.

What you need to do for GST

If you run a business or other enterprise and have a GST turnover of $75,000 or more ($150,000 or more for non-profit organizations) or you provide taxi travel – you need to:

  • register for GST
  • work out whether your sales are taxable (that is, subject to GST, and not exempted because they are GST-free or input-taxed) and include GST in the price of your taxable sales
  • issue tax invoices for your taxable sales and obtain tax invoices for your business purchases
  • claim GST credits for GST included in the price of your business purchases
  • account for GST on either a cash or non-cash basis and put aside the GST you have collect so you can pay it to us when due
  • lodge activity statements or annual returns to account your sales and purchases, and pay GST to us or accept a GST refund.

You must register for GST if:

  • your business or enterprise has a GST turnover (gross income minus GST) of $75 000 or more
  • your non-profit organization has a GST turnover of $150 000 per year or more
  • you provide taxi or limousine travel for passengers in exchange for a fare as part of your business, regardless of your GST turnover – this applies to both landlord drivers and if you lease or rent a taxi
  • you want to maintain fuel tax credits for your business or enterprise.

If your business or enterprise doesn’t fit into one of the above categories, registering for GST is possible However, if you choose to register, you usually must stay registered for at least 12 months.

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Capital Gains Tax

A capital gain or capital loss on an asset is the difference between what it cost us and what you receive when we dispose of it.

We pay tax on your capital gains. It forms part of our income tax and is not considered a separate tax – though it’s referred to as capital gains tax (CGT).

If we make a capital loss, we can’t claim it against income but we can use it to reduce a capital gain in the same income year. And if our capital losses exceed our capital gains in an income year, we can generally carry the loss forward and deduct it against capital gains in future years.

All assets we’ve acquired since tax on capital gains started (on 20 September 1985) are subject to CGT unless specifically excluded.

Most personal assets are exempt from CGT, including our home, car, and most personal use assets, such as furniture. CGT also doesn’t apply to depreciating assets used solely for taxable purposes, such as business equipment or fittings in a rental property.

If we’re an Australian resident, CGT applies to our assets anywhere in the world. Foreign residents make a capital gain or capital loss if a CGT event happens to an asset that is ‘taxable Australian property’.

When you sell or else dispose of an asset it’s called a CGT event. This is the point at which you create a capital gain or capital loss. There are additional CGT events, such as when a managed fund or other trust distributes a capital gain to you.

It’s important to set up the timing of a CGT event because it tells you in which income year to report your capital gain or capital loss, and may affect how you calculate your tax liability.

If you dispose of a CGT asset, the CGT event frequently happens when you enter into the contract for disposal. (In the case of real estate, for example, the CGT event generally occurs when you enter into the contract – that is, the date on the contract, not when you settle.) If there is no contract, the CGT event usually happens when you stop being the asset’s owner.

If your CGT asset is lost or destroyed, the CGT event happens when you first receive reward for the loss or destruction. If you don’t receive any reward, the CGT event happens when the loss is discovered or the damage occurred.

When some CGT events occur, such as exchanging an asset for a replacement asset, the law allows you to defer or roll over any capital gain you make until another CGT event (such as selling the replacement asset).

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Calculate Your Car Expenses

Cents per kilometre method

  • Your claim is based on a set rate for each business kilometre.
  • You can claim a maximum of 5,000 business kilometres.
  • You don’t need written evidence but you need to be able to show how you worked out your business kilometres (for example, by producing diary records of work-related trips).

Where you and another joint owner use the car for separate income-producing purposes, you can both claim up to a maximum of 5,000 kilometres

One-third of actual expenses method

  • Your car must have travelled more than 5,000 business kilometres in the income year (or, if you used the car for only part of the year, it would have travelled more than 5,000 business kilometres had you used it for the whole year).
  • You claim one-third of all your car expenses, including private costs (but excluding capital costs, such as the purchase price, the principal on any money borrowed to buy your car and the cost of any improvements).
  • For fuel and oil costs, you can keep receipts to work out the amounts or you can estimate them based on odometer records that show readings from the start and the end of the period you had the car during the year.
  • You need written evidence for all the other expenses for the car, as well as records that show the car’s engine capacity, make, model and registration number.

As a joint owner, you can deduct one-third of your share of jointly incurred expenses and depreciation, and one-third of expenses wholly incurred by you.

Other travel expenses

Other travel expenses you may be able to claim include:

  • travel expenses you incurred for meals, accommodation and incidentals while away overnight for work, such as going to an interstate work conference (generally, you can’t claim for meals if your travel did not involve an overnight stay)
  • the costs you actually incur (such as fuel costs) when using a borrowed car or a vehicle other than a car for work purposes
  • air, bus, train, tram and taxi fares
  • Car-hire fees.

You may have to show that you have reduced your claim to exclude any private portion of your trip.

Logbook method

  • Your claim is based on the business-use percentage of the expenses for the car.
  • Expenses include running costs and decline in value but not capital costs, such as the purchase price of your car, the principal on any money borrowed to buy it and any improvement costs.
  • To work out your business-use percentage, you need a logbook and the odometer readings for the logbook period.
  • You can claim fuel and oil costs based on either your actual receipts or you can estimate the expenses based on odometer records that show readings from the start and the end of the period you had the car during the year.
  • You need written evidence for all other expenses for the car.

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