NEWS & VIEWS

SA Land Tax Bill Passes Parliament

Last week the South Australian state government passed the much amended land tax bill. Since announcing the land tax reform in June’s budget, Treasurer Rob Lucas has worked with a number of political factions and special interest bodies through what has been a very public consultation period.
 
With the passing of this legislation, South Australia has moved from the state with the highest land tax marginal rate to presumably a state with a more competitive investing and business environment. But, as always the devil will be in the detail …

Recent Land Tax Changes in Victoria

The Victorian Government has recently enacted changes to the land tax rules in respect of contiguous land in metropolitan Melbourne. From 1 January 2020, the principal place of residence (PPR) exemption will no longer apply to contiguous land unless the PPR land and the contiguous land are in regional Victoria. 

Ensure your company is clean as a whistle

In the flurry of activity that comes with a new financial year, you may have overlooked a significant announcement from ASIC about its changes to the Corporations Act to better protect whistleblowers. Even if you’re confident everything is ‘above board’ in your business, the new requirements are noteworthy for all public companies and large proprietary companies because it states there must be a compliant whistleblower policy in place by 1 January 2020, and made available to all employees.
 
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