Dodgy claims are declining, says Tax Office

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 23-Sep-19

Increases to the low- and middle-income tax offset and the federal government’s $158 million income tax cuts package have prompted a jump in the early lodgement of tax returns. However, despite the rush by taxpayers to get their tax refunds as soon as possible, the Australian Taxation Office has noticed a fall in the number of incorrect claims for tax deductions. The ATO issued over 5.4 million tax refunds in the first nine weeks of the 2019-20 financial year, worth a total of $14.5 billion.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

Retailers bask in a little ray of sunshine

Original article by Tim Boyd, Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 5-Jul-19

Carpet Court CEO James Hayward predicts that the $1,080 tax rebate that most low and middle income earners will receive in the next few months will provide a similar boost to the economy as Kevin Rudd’s 2009 stimulus package. That package saw around 10 million Australians receive $900. His comments are echoed by MYOB CEO Tim Reed, who notes that low and middle income earners have a "high propensity to spend".

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CARPET COURT AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MYOB GROUP LIMITED, KOGAN.COM LIMITED – ASX KGN, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA

$15bn kickstart for economy

Original article by Geoff Chambers, Adam Creighton, Greg Brown, Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 5-Jul-19

Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey says the federal government’s income tax cuts will boost the retail sector and consumer spending. The tax cuts have also been welcomed by Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott, who says further action is needed to ensure long-term economic growth. Meanwhile, Chris Richardson of Deloitte Access Economics expects the tax cuts to have a bigger impact in the near-term than the recent interest rate cuts. Labor agreed to back the full tax package in the Senate after its proposal to bring forward the stage-two cuts and legislate stage three separately was rejected.

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HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, DELOITTE ACCESS ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, ONE NATION PARTY, AUSTRALIAN PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION LIMITED

PM pushes risk taking, start-ups

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 8-Dec-15

Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled the National Innovation and Science Agenda. He said at the CSIRO Discovery Centre on 7 December 2015 that Australia needs new ways of stimulating the economy, considering that the country could no longer count on the mining boom as the driver of the economy. The Government has proposed 24 measures, including income tax rebates and incentives for business start-ups.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, CSIRO, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Treasury’s wine-tax rort guide

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 : 21-Aug-15

A rebate system introduced in 2004 to help small winegrowers in regional areas is being rorted by some unscrupulous operators, according to Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The number of entities claiming wine equalisation tax (WET) credits in 2013-14 was 1967, about 100 more than in 2006-07. The Treasury estimates abuse of the so-called WET rebates is set to cost taxpayers $A350 million by 2016. Frydenberg has released a discussion paper and set up a panel of industry experts as he moves to reform the system.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, DE BORTOLI WINES PTY LTD, THE YALUMBA WINE COMPANY, FRASER GALLOP ESTATE, WINEMAKERS’ FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED

Bikie trucking firms rip off millions

Original article by Noel Towell
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 6 : 7-Jul-14

Australian Federal Police and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) investigators are unhappy that no criminal charges are being laid against outlaw motorcycle gang members accused of illegally gaining diesel fuel rebates. An associate of the Hells Angels allegedly controlled an accounting firm that lodged the false rebate claims, for trucking firms that either did not exist or vastly overstated the number of trips they made. While no criminal prosecution is underway, the ATO has launched a civil case in the Federal Court to recover some of the funds it paid out

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HELLS ANGELS MOTORCYCLE CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, AUSTRALIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA