The Australian Business Register: free data to help your local government
Speech by the Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register, Michael D'Ascenzo to the Australian Local Government Association, National General Assembly at the National Convention Centre, Canberra,
18 June 2012

Low income super contribution
What is the low income super contribution?

Capital gains tax concessions for small business

Our current compliance activities are showing some aspects of the eligibility tests for the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions are being incorrectly applied. The two most common errors when working out eligibility are:

GST financial supply provisions 2013

From 1 July 2012, legislation will take effect amending the financial supply provisions of the GST law to clarify the legislation and reduce compliance and administrative costs. The measures include:

Are your employer clients meeting their obligations?

We are continuing our compliance activities for tax agents with multiple employer clients who have shortfalls in their reported PAYG withholding amounts.
More about our fight against tax crime

Targeting tax crime: a whole‑of‑government approach is a bi-annual magazine we produce with timely articles and opinion pieces. The magazine is part of our commitment to promoting and strengthening our activities in the fight against tax crime, both in Australia and internationally.

Industries targeted to ensure compliance with super guarantee

In April 2012, we issued a letter to employers in certain industries outlining common mistakes that are made relating to super guarantee obligations and how we can provide information and advice if needed.

Changes to GST treatment of new residential premises

On 21 March 2012, the GST law was amended so that sales by developers of residential premises constructed under certain arrangements, sometimes called development lease arrangements, will be taxable supplies of new residential premises.

Self-assessment of amounts under indirect tax laws

From 1 July 2012, new legislation will apply to amounts under indirect tax laws for tax periods and fuel tax return periods starting on or after 1 July 2012. The new legislation harmonises the self-actuating system with the income tax system of self‑assessment for the following:

Expanding your business? Manage the risks

If you provide tax planning advice and are thinking of expanding your business, you need to make sure you do not inadvertently increase your risk of breaching the promoter penalty laws.

Catching non-lodgers and tax cheats

In 2011, we prosecuted 1,149 people and 370 companies for tax offences, including failing to lodge a tax return. Those prosecuted fall within a wide range of industries and professions all over Australia.

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