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Victorian Government $3 Billion in support

Over 2 days, the Victorian Government has announced two new support packages delivering over $3 billion in “cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support.” Grants Cash grants for SMEs “most affected by coronavirus restrictions” $822 million for the third round of Business Support Fund Grants of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 to businesses with payrolls of up to … Read more

Forecasting During a Pandemic

Now, more than ever, business operators should have a plan in place to manage during uncertain times. Even if your business is not directly impacted, it’s likely your customers, your supply chain, and your workforce will be to some extent. So, how do you plan for uncertainty when every assumption is subject to change? Understand … Read more

Has COVID-19 devalued your business?

If you are selling your business, merging, acquiring, or inviting in new investors, you need to understand the value of your business. But, to what degree does the pandemic impact on value? Should you discount or hold firm to pre COVID-19 performance on the basis that ‘we’re going to come out of it eventually’? Fair … Read more

ATO changes Car fringe benefits and COVID-19

The ATO has released specific guidance on fringe benefits and the impact of COVID-19, particularly in relation to car fringe benefits. For these benefits, the ATO confirms that the treatment will often depend on whether the taxable value is calculated using the operating cost method or the statutory formula method. For example, under the statutory … Read more

COVID and Residential Rental Properties

The changing financial circumstances of many tenants (and landlords) have had a significant impact on many residential tenancy arrangements. The ATO has provided brief guidance on its approach to the most common changes, including: Tenants being unable to pay rent: In these cases the ATO indicates landlords can still claim deductions for rental expenses where tenants … Read more

State Gov Money? Income or not?

Tax treatment of State government COVID-19 assistance The ATO has released guidance on the tax treatment of a range of State and Territory business support measures, including direct grants, payroll and other tax relief, and expense reimbursements. Cash grants The ATO has confirmed that these payments (both lump sums and ongoing payments) should be included … Read more