Committee recommends amendments to Superannuation Bill with last tranche of the ‘MySuper’ changes [54]

The report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services on the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2012 has been tabled in Parliament. The Committee made 9 recommendations, including amendments concerning notices in writing about complaints re TPD claims, non-death benefit complaints, penalties for certain offences, APRA guidance re…

CR 2013/12-14 – Capital proceeds; GST and developer contributions; GST and dentists [35]

The ATO Wed 20.2.2012 released the following Class Rulings: CR 2013/12: CGT: special dividend and capital proceeds from the sale of Norton Gold Fields Limited shares pursuant to off market takeover. It applies from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. Among other things, the Ruling states that CGT event A1 happened when shareholders disposed of their shares and…

*PS LA 2011/5 amended – Recovery of administrative overpayments [37]

The ATO on Thur 7.2.2013, amended Practice Statement PS LA 2011/5, which deals with the recovery by the ATO of administrative overpayments, and outlines the circumstances and risk factors that will determine how and when the ATO will take action to recover administrative overpayments. The amendments add new paragraphs concerning for example reinforcing tax officers’…

AUSTRAC information to the ATO: guidelines released for disseminating bulk information [38]

AUSTRAC has released guidelines governing its release of bulk information to the ATO and designated agencies. This guidance is to assist the AUSTRAC Chief Executive Officer in considering requests for the disclosure of bulk AUSTRAC information from: the Commissioner of Taxation or any taxation officer (ATO official); or an appropriately authorised official of a designated…

*Real-time compliance approach for higher consequence taxpayers [40]

The ATO has released its Real-time compliance engagement approach for higher consequence taxpayers in the large market. It says the information outlines the policy behind its approach to higher consequence taxpayers. According to the ATO, it uses pre-lodgment compliance reviews (PCRs) for all higher consequence taxpayers that do not have an annual compliance arrangement. It…

ATO data on tax and superannuation litigation trends [41]

The ATO has released the third edition of its Your case matters publication which sets out key data and analysis regarding Australia’s tax and superannuation litigation from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012. Highlights from the data include (for the period): 350,000 audits and review activities were completed resulting in just over 226,000 amended assessments; 16,500 objections were…