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Be careful using the ATO like a bank overdraft

Individuals and businesses with cash flow difficulties sometimes use the ATO like a bank overdraft. They deliberately don’t pay their taxes on time and whilst they may incur interest in doing so, it allows them to use the monies owing to the ATO for other purposes.

Up until now, the ATO have been very slow at chasing outstanding monies owing to it but this may change. Soon they will be able to disclose tax debt information to credit reporting bureaus which may have serious and inescapable consequences.
 

Wake up Australia- become PPSA compliant and register your interests! A message to owners of commercial assets who allow others to have possession of their property

When will owners of plant and equipment and other commercial assets who allow others to hold or use their property realise they need to do a PPSR registration if they want to protect themselves? Despite repeated warnings about the risk of not registering and a number of court decisions that have made the situation clear, it appears that the message that owners need to register their security interests on the PPSR is still not getting through.

The recent WA Supreme Court decision of Flown Pty Ltd v Goldrange Pty Ltd 2016 WASC 419 has once again has highlighted the problem. The case involved a commercial lease situation and certain plant and equipment that was “owned” by the lessor that were on the leased premises. The lessor had earlier provided a loan of $460k to the Lessee for the purchase of the plant and equipment that was secured by the plant and equipment and guaranteed by the directors of the lessee.

Swimming with the Sharks - Insights and analysis from season two of Shark Tank

Channel Ten’s Shark Tank was back for a second season, aired between 8 May and 7 July 2016, and featured budding entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to venture capital investors (the ‘Sharks’). Moore Stephens’ Victorian Corporate Advisory Team took this opportunity to once again swim with the Sharks and gain an insight into the minds of both entrepreneur and investor.

Meet Mohit, a VU Success Story

Our very own accountant Mohit Ahsan Khan was recently interviewed by Victoria University as a success story for the remarkable journey he has undertaken so far. With a diverse range of skills and education ranging from mathematics, accounting, web developing to design, Mohit has met every challenge that has come his way to be where he is today. Find out more about Mohit's journey in this article.

New withholding tax regime for property

“The Australian Tax Office is concerned that non-resident taxpayers are not meeting their tax obligations when they sell Australian property. The solution is this new withholding tax regime,” Costanzo, Moore Stephens’ director of tax and business advisory in WA explains.

When a non-resident sells property with a market value of $2 million or more, the purchaser is now required to withhold 10 per cent of the purchase price, and remit this amount to the ATO.
 
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