CHANGES TO THE ROLLOVER BENEFITS STATEMENT FROM 1 JULY 2013
From 1 July 2013, the Rollover benefits statement (RBS) is changing. You will need to use the new form for all rollovers from this date. The new RBS form and instructions are now available on the ATO website at ato.gov.au.
The new form has no current year contributions information. This affects how you report contributions in the 2014 SMSF Annual Return (SAR). From 1 July 2013, all contributions received by a super fund during a financial year must be reported to the ATO by that fund that originally receives the contribution and not by another fund when the contributions are transferred in a rollover. In the 2014 SAR, you only report contributions received directly by the super fund during the 2013-14 financial year.
You generally must use the RBS when you pay a rollover superannuation benefit to another super fund and you are not already providing all of this information electronically under the Superannuation Data and Payment Standards 2012 (the rollover data standard).
If you give a statement to the receiving fund, using either the RBS or an electronic statement using the data standard, you must give the statement to your member within 30 days of the rollover payment. Use the RBS, or a similar form you create that includes the same information.
PAYING BENEFITS FROM A SMSF
The ATO have produced a new publication called Paying benefits from a self-managed super fund (NAT 74124). This publication addresses a growing need for more specific information to assist you if your fund has members who will soon be entering, or have entered retirement.
The rules and regulations that apply to your SMSF in the accumulation phase continue when a member retires, however, paying retirement benefits brings additional regulatory and taxation requirements. This publication provides topical information about the issues you need to understand to meet the regulations that govern the payment of benefits. It is designed to help you understand your increased responsibilities when making retirement payments out of your SMSF.
NEW POWERS TO ADDRESS NON-COMPLIANCE
Legislation was introduced in November 2012 to give the ATO more flexible and proportionate powers to address non-compliance by SMSF trustees. These new powers include administrative penalties and education and rectification directions. If passed by parliament, they will apply to contraventions that occur on or after 1 July 2013.
A bill has been introduced into parliament to tax illegally released super benefits at 45% from 1 July 2013.
INCREASE IN THE PAYROLL TAX THRESHOLD
Increase in the payroll tax threshold from $689,000 to $750,000 from 1 July 2013 and indexation will be removed. This means around 1,300 fewer businesses will have to pay payroll tax and the remaining will have their payroll tax bill cut by an average of $3,000 per annum.
INCREASE IN THE PAYROLL TAX REBATE
The Jobs Action Plan is a key priority of the NSW Government and is designed to give NSW businesses the incentive to employ new workers and expand their enterprises in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Under the plan, businesses that increase the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees receive a payroll tax rebate following the employment of each additional employee in a position that is a new job.
To be eligible for the rebate scheme, you must be registered as an employer and paying payroll tax under the Payroll Tax Act 2007. The payroll tax rebate will be extended for another two years, until 30 June 2015, and the rebate will be increased from $4,000 to $5,000 for each new job supported under the Jobs Action Plan after 1 July 2013.
The rebate applies to the employment of an additional employee in a new job and will be paid in two parts:
For part-time employees the rebate will be pro-rated based on full time equivalent hours of employment.
FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT (NEW HOMES) SCHEME
The First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) grant of $15,000 is extended for a further 2 years from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2015. It will reduce to $10,000 from 1 January 2016.
The scheme was established to assist eligible first home owners to purchase a new home or build their home by offering a $15,000 grant. The grant applies to new homes only and does not apply to the purchase of an established home, vacant land, business premises or a holiday house.
MEDICARE LEVY INCREASE TO FUND NDIS
The Australian Government will increase the Medicare levy by 0.5% from 1 July 2014 to help fund its proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), now renamed DisabilityCare Australia. This would take the Medicare levy from 1.5% to 2% of taxable income. Low income earners would continue to receive relief from the Medicare levy through the low income thresholds for singles, families, seniors and pensioners. The current exemptions from the Medicare levy would also remain in place, including for blind pensioners and sickness allowance recipients.
DEDUCTIONS FOR WORK-RELATED SELF-EDUCATION TO BE CAPPED
The Australian Government is currently proposing to cap the deduction for work-related self-education expenses per person to $2,000 effective from 1 July 2014.
The proposal was announced by the Treasurer on 13 April 2013 "as part of a package of reforms to make a down-payment on the National Plan for School Improvement" and was confirmed in the 2013 Budget. The paper examines the current treatment of education expenses including what qualifies as an education expense, and works through a range of issues related to the proposed cap, such as the effect of the cap on the depreciation of capital assets relating to education, the current $250 no-claim threshold and personal services income.
To target assistance to where it is needed most, the Government is introducing reforms to ensure the sustainability of the family payments system. From 1 March 2014, the Baby Bonus will be replaced by an increase to Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) of $2,000 on the birth or adoption of a first child and $1,000 for subsequent children. Pauses on indexation of higher income test thresholds for family payments, dependency tax offsets and FTB supplements will also be extended until 1 July 2017.
SUPERANNUATION CONCESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS CAP
The Government is simplifying the design and administration of the higher concessional contributions cap, by providing a $35,000 cap to anyone who meets certain age requirements. It is important for those who have not had the benefit of the SG for all of their working lives to be able to contribute more to their superannuation as they approach retirement. The start date for the higher cap will be brought forward to 1 July 2013 for those aged 60 and over, with those aged 50 and over able to access the higher cap from 1 July 2014.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will be requesting and collecting the user identification name and number, name, address, telephone numbers, date of birth, email address, registration date, number of monthly sales, value of monthly sales, the Australian Internet Protocol address, and bank account details of sellers who have sales of $20,000 and greater, in the 2010-2011 income year through various online selling websites.
The selected online selling sites represent some of the largest market participants in Australia and have been selected as they track the sale/purchase price of goods and services as part of the transaction through their website. Other websites do not track the sale/purchase price of goods and services and only put the vendor and purchaser in touch with each other.
This acquired data will be electronically matched with certain sections of ATO data holdings to identify non-compliance with lodgement, payment and correct reporting obligations under taxation law. It is expected that records relating to approximately 11,000 individuals will be matched.
The ATO will use this data to improve compliance with tax obligations of particular groups of taxpayers and will allow them to:
The ATO will contact individuals and businesses that they identify as being at risk of running part of their business off the books or in other ways not reporting all their income and will encourage them to make a voluntary disclosure of any under- reported amounts.
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