Regulations amended to allow flat 15% withholding from remuneration paid to Seasonal Workers under the Mobility Program [2]

The Taxation Administration Amendment Regulation 2012 (No 3) was registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on Thur 28.6.2012. It amends the Taxation Administration Regulations 1976 to set the rate of withholding tax that applies to income derived by Seasonal Workers from participating in the Seasonal Labour Mobility Program at the flat rate of…

2011-12 tax return forms, schedules and accompanying guides released [O7]

The Tax Office has released the following tax return forms, schedules and accompanying guides for the 2011-12 financial year: Business industry codes 2012 Capital allowances schedule 2012 Capital allowances schedule instructions 2012 Capital gains tax (CGT) schedule 2012 Company tax return 2012 Company tax return instructions 2012 Consolidated groups losses schedule 2012 Consolidated groups losses…

New Significant Investor visa to be introduced – targeting migrants who could make an investment of at least $5m in the Australian economy [O6]

The Minister for Immigration Mr Bowen, and the Minister for Financial Services, Bill Shorten, on Fri 25.5.2012, announced new Federal Government reforms to attract successful investors and entrepreneurs to Australia. Mr Bowen said the Government would introduce in the 2012-13 program year a new visa program, the Significant Investor visa, targeting migrants who could make…

*Exposure Draft of Financial Planning Standard for Accountants to be re-issued for not less than 30 days [O5]

According to CPA Australia, at its board meeting on Thursday 17 May 2012, the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB) agreed to re-issue proposed standard APES 230 Financial Planning Services as an exposure draft (ED 02/12) for further comment for an exposure period of not less than 30 days. The Exposure Draft has been…

Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 was introduced in the House of Reps [O4]

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 was introduced in the House of Reps on Wed 23.5.2012. It amends the Privacy Act 1988 to implement the Government’s first stage response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report number 108, called “For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice”. The Bill proposes to amend the…

National Business Names Registration system began 28 May and minor technical changes made to regs [O3]

The Business Names Registration Amendment Regulation 2012 (No 1) and the Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No 1) were registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 25 May 2012. They make minor and technical changes to the relevant principal regulations. The Amendment Regulations commence on Mon 28.5.2012. The National Business Names…

*Business names registration – availability of names: Determination made [O2]

The Business Names Registration (Availability of Names) Determination 2012 was registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 18 May 2012. It contains rules for determining whether business names are identical or nearly identical, characteristics of business names that are undesirable, and words/expressions that are restricted. The Determination commences on 28 May 2012 (ie…