How to get your payroll right

A series of high-profile examples of businesses underpaying their employees has brought the need to get payroll right into sharp focus. Complex award and enterprise agreements can complicate payroll obligations, in terms of both regular salary and wages and the...

Understanding the ATO’s FBT hot spots

With the start of the Fringe Benefits Tax year looming on 1 April, businesses are being urged to review their Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) position. The ATO’s top FBT problem areas 1.     Motor vehicle fringe benefits – failing to report motor vehicle fringe...

Surviving a crisis: coronavirus and beyond

Empty restaurants and retail stores were one of the first signs of the devastating impact of the coronavirus on Australian businesses. Within a few months, the virus, now called COVID-19, has gone from being a largely unknown medical condition to one that threatens to...

Bushfire support and assistance

Ten million hectares, lives lost, wildlife on the brink, billions in lost revenue and clean-up costs. For many, returning life to normal is a long way off this summer. I summarise the help available to those impacted by the bushfires. What EPOCH can do for you If you...

ATO targets ‘lifestyle’ assets

The ATO has requested insurance policy information from 30 insurers for lifestyle assets such as yachts, thoroughbred horses, and fine arts.  The review, expected to impact 350,000 taxpayers, reaches from the 2015-16 to 2019-20 financial years, revealing assets that...

The Super Guarantee timing trap for employers

How employers are being caught out by the timing of superannuation guarantee payments. Employers can generally only claim a deduction for superannuation contributions in the income year in which the contribution is made. Super contributions are made when the payments...

Australia embraces Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale concepts have well and truly arrived in Australia with retailers embracing this latest retail event to stimulate what has been an economically lack lustre year. Why ‘Black Friday’? For many Australians, Black Friday is just...

5 things that will make or break your business’s Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is now on and we’re in the midst of the headlong rush to get everything done and capitalise on any remaining opportunities before the Christmas lull. Busy period or not, Christmas causes a period of dislocation and volatility for most...