RSM Australia

Tax

Often tax strategies that look good by themselves can be less sensible, even problematic in the context of your whole business.

That's why RSM takes a balanced and integrated approach.
We focus on your total business picture, not just your next return. Our tax consultants help you define the right overall tax position, designed to save you money in complex tax environments, while at the same time meeting your larger business goals. Since we take a broad overview of a client's business, we can see opportunities that other tax specialists might miss.

At RSM we believe tax planning is a year-round concern. Yes, we're sticklers about deadlines and compliance, but our larger goal is tax management. Tax issues don't begin and end with tax returns, so we keep a constant eye on your company's overall obligations. We alert you to any changes that may affect you and help you to respond in a timely way.
Our proactive approach to taxes sets us apart. In addition to providing ongoing advice we offer a number of specific tax services.

ATO releases draft transfer pricing guidance on international related party financing arrangements

On 16 May 2017, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued in draft form a Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG 2017/D4) outlining its proposed compliance approach to the transfer pricing implications arising from cross border ‘related party financing arrangements’ (RPFAs). 

Australian GST: low value threshold (LVT) changes a step closer

With a low value threshold (LVT) set at AUD$1,000, Australia has been very much at the ‘generous’ end of the global spectrum of GST-free imported goods, to the benefit of Australian consumers and the chagrin of Australian retailers.

The arguments and the Court's decision

Australia wins gold in the international transfer pricing games The Commissioner’s arguments The Commissioner made determinations under both Division 13 and Subdivision 815-A, totalling approximately A$340m, based on his view that:

Detailed discussion of the facts

Australia wins gold in the international transfer pricing games The facts

Australia wins gold in the international transfer pricing games

Australia has shot to international prominence in the transfer pricing world following the Full Federal Court’s recent decision, dismissing the taxpayer’s appeal against the first instance decision in favour of the Australian Tax Office (ATO): Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCAFC 62

Individuals

The 2% budget deficit levy on incomes over $180,000 will not be extended beyond its initial three years.  The levy will cease at the end of the 2016-17 year. The Medicare Levy will increase by 0.5% to 2.5% from 1 July 2019.

Federal Budget 2017-18

The Rocky Horror Budget: “It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right.” Credit Dr Frank N Furter

Government announces changes to 457 visa

Temporary Employer Skilled Migration Programme – 457 visa to be replaced

Fringe Benefits Tax Spotlight

Customer Loyalty Programs Do you provide employees with a business credit card associated with a customer loyalty program?  Are employees able to convert loyalty points accumulated in connection with the business credit card to rewards (e.g. goods, personal flights, holiday accommodation etc.)? 

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