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Do you have a 2015 diary?

As tax time is approaching, it is a good time to remind our clients about their obligations to substantiate work-related deductions. One of the ways to substantiate the work-related use of things like home office maintenance, internet use, computer use and mobile phone use, is to keep a diary of the work-related use of these items over a 4 week period. These diaries need to be kept every financial year in order to be able to determine the work-related % and claim the deduction. 

Please also note, if you are claiming car expenses using the logbook method, you must keep a logbook of all your business kilometers over a period of 3 months. The work-related % derived from the logbook can then be applied to your actual car expenses including depreciation of your car for up to 5 years. 

If you would like a template for an ATO-complying diary or car logbook, please email Dorin Bentley (dorin @ sjb-accounting . *please remove spaces) and request the relevant template. 

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SJB Newsletter 2013

Our 2013 newsletter is now available:



Please take the time to read through it, as it contains important information including:* New Superannuation guarantee rate and obligations for employers

* New compliance requirements for Business in the Building & Construction industry
* Due date for end of financial year company tax and when you should send your materials to our office
* Payment summaries for your employees – what you need to do
* ASIC Annual Fee and how to report changes to your company details
* Changes to tax returns for 2013
* SJB Accounting firm updates

Annual Payment Report

New Added Compliance Requirement for

Businesses in the Building Industry

Due to a new ATO requirement, every year businesses in the construction industry that have made payments to contractors for building and construction services will need to lodge a "Taxable payments annual report" listing the details of each building/construction contractor that has been paid during the year.

Changes to Superannuation Guarantee
Changes to the super guarantee rate

The ATO has published the following information in relation to the new Superannuation Guarantee rates (this is the compulsary super payable by employers on ordinary time earnings):


To help grow Australian workers' savings for retirement, the compulsory super guarantee rate will gradually increase from 9% to 12%.

When you make super payments on behalf of your employees based on the minimum 9% super guarantee rate, you will need to increase this rate on which you base your calculations to 9.25% on 1 July 2013.

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