Tax Alert September 2022

With the tax regulator taking a more aggressive approach to tax debts and reviewing work from home deduction rules, tax issues could become a higher priority in 2022-23.

Here’s a roundup of some of the latest developments in the world of tax.

Consultation on working from home deductions
  • Taxpayers could face the prospect of new rules when it comes to claiming working from home deductions after the ATO announced it was undertaking a targeted consultation.
  • Now the temporary shortcut method for working from home deductions has ended (available 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2022), the ATO is currently refreshing its approach to the traditional fixed rate method of calculating work from home deductions.
  • The regulator is consulting tax practitioner representatives and expects discussions to be completed in October 2022, with any new rules for the current financial year to be announced after this.
Offsetting of tax debts resumes
  • After taking a lenient approach during the pandemic, the ATO has begun chasing outstanding tax debts by sending taxpayers letters reminding them about existing debts placed on hold.
  • During the 2022-23 financial year, the ATO will recommence offsetting tax refunds or credits to pay off a taxpayer’s existing tax debts.
  • In some cases, tax credits will also be used to pay off debts owed to other government agencies such as Centrelink.
JobMaker Hiring Credit open
  • The seventh claim period for JobMaker Hiring Credit payments is now open and will end on 31 October 2022.
  • The scheme allows businesses to claim the credit for up to a year for each eligible employee hired between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.
  • Eligible employers can nominate additional eligible employees through their STP-enabled software and claim using ATO Online Services or their accountant.
ATO app for sole traders
  • The ATO is encouraging sole traders to download and use the ATO app for a more personalised experience when viewing their tax lodgments and payment due dates.
  • The app also allows sole traders to check the progress of their tax return, view their income tax and activity statement accounts, access transactions and payment plan details and make payments in ATO online.
  • Useful tools and calculators such as myDeductions and the Tax Withheld Calculator are also available, together with a Business Performance Check Tool allowing you to compare your business performance with others in your industry.
Thresholds for 2022-23 car claims
  • The maximum value for calculating depreciation on the business use of a car first used or leased during 2022–23 has increased to $64,741.
  • The car limit is indexed annually in line with CPI movements and represents the threshold limit on the cost you can use to work out depreciation on a passenger vehicle.
  • If you purchase a vehicle priced over the car limit, your maximum claimable GST credit is $5,885 in 2022-23.
  • From 1 July 2022, the luxury car tax (LCT) threshold has also increased. The new threshold for fuel efficient vehicles is $84,916 (up from $79,659) and for all other vehicles it increases to $71,849 (up from $69,152).
Crypto not taxed as foreign currency
  • The government has announced crypto currencies will continue to be excluded from foreign currency arrangements for tax purposes. Capital gains tax (CGT) will continue to apply to crypto assets held as investments.
  • The announcement will be backdated to 1 July 2021 to ensure a consistent tax requirement for crypto asset holders.
New rate for claiming car expenses
  • Taxpayers electing to use the cents per kilometre method when calculating work related car expenses in their income tax deductions have a new kilometre rate to use.
  • From 1 July 2022, a 78 cents per kilometre rate applies. This rate will remain in place in subsequent income years until varied by legislation.
Director ID reminder
  • The deadline is approaching for directors to apply for their director ID – a unique 15-digit identifier.
  • From 1 November 2021 directors of all businesses, including directors of self-managed super fund (SMSF) corporate trustees, need a director ID. Anyone who was a director before that date has until 30 November 2022 to apply.
  • Directors appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 had to apply within 28 days of their appointment. From 5 April 2022, intending directors must apply before they are appointed.

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