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Doing Business in Australia- new video

This video offers practical information about doing business in Australia. Moore Stephens WA Director James Tng provides an overview of all relevant tax issues that will arise and covers regulations you need to be aware of to maximise the chances of success in Australia. 

Non-Resident Withholding Tax Regime

From 1 July 2016, disposal of certain Australian property by non-resident Vendors will be subject to a non-final 10% withholding tax. The purpose of this is to assist in the early collection of tax from foreign residents and encourage them to meet their tax obligations in Australia. The tax is required to be withheld by the Purchaser and remitted to the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Globalisation and the tax system- how taxation affects individuals moving to and out of Australia

The world has shrunk and the business is more fluid than ever. Business has changed and e-commerce has revolutionised the way business is done and where business is conducted from.
 
In the modern world, you can conduct business from a coffee shop, on a beach or in an office. With this change and the way products and services are being delivered, we are noticing now more than ever an inflow and outflow of people into and out of Australia.

FBT and Logbook Requirements

FBT – Log book requirements

With the FBT year-end fast approaching, it may be a good time to review your internal procedures to reduce the FBT liability for your business. As a firm, we prepare numerous FBT returns for clients across various sectors and one of our most frequent recommendations is for our clients to keep log books for their motor vehicles. With the change to statutory percentages in 2011, the costs of owning motor vehicles in an entity (companies or trusts) have increased and keeping a log book may be a better option than to use the 20% flat rate where the business usage for the vehicles are high.

Ease of Doing Business in Australia

We are often asked the question “how easy is it to do business in Australia?”

The World Bank Group annually ranks all countries for the ease of doing business and Australia currently ranks in the top 15 amongst the 217 countries measured.

Considering Australia is a developed country that also has the hallmarks of low sovereign risk, a stable economy and competitive currency value, this bodes very well for those looking to do business in Australia.

UK Investment Property - Time to put the rent up?

HMRC are introducing new rules which will restrict the amount of tax relief available to landlords for finance costs relating to residential properties.

These changes do not extend to furnished holiday accommodation.

You will only be affected by these changes if you have a loan on your investment property.

 
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