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Government introduces significant tax changes in innovation statement

Posted on December 8, 2015 by admin

Significant tax breaks and incentives for Australian investors were unveiled on Monday when the Turnbull government released their National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The tax changes are designed to help support start-ups to develop their ideas in Australia.

Investors will now be able to access a 20 per cent tax offset instead of deductions or a (CGT) exemption in start-up companies that are less than three years old, are unlisted, and received less than $20,000 in income in the previous year.

The reason for changing to the offset model over a deduction is because it will benefit people more evenly across the differing income groups. The cost of the offset is estimated to be $106 million over four years, with most funding beginning after 2017.

This means that if someone was to invest $20,000 and claim the offset, they would be able to reduce their income tax by $4,000. If the investor then sold their shares three years later, their initial $20,000 will also be exempt from CGT. For start-ups, this will bring forward the point at which they can receive a tax break.

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When do you have to pay tax on shares?

Posted on February 20, 2020 by admin

Investing in shares is a popular method of growing your wealth, however, there are tax obligations you need to be aware of to get an accurate sense of how much you’ll need to put aside for your investments.

When you own shares, you need to declare all your dividend income on your tax return. It is possible to claim tax deductions for certain expenses you pay to receive income from your shares. The deductions you are eligible for will depend on if you are carrying on a business of share trading or if you are an individual share investor, but they can include:

Individual share investors cannot claim a deduction for the cost of acquiring shares, such as costs for brokerage and stamp duty, however, they can claim deductions on the prepayment of expenses related to the shares such as internet fees or seminars.

Buying and selling shares can involve capital gains tax (CGT), depending on whether you make a capital gain or a capital loss on your shares. Your capital gains or loss is the difference between the price you paid for the shares and the price you sell them for. If you end up selling your shares for more than you paid for them, then you make a capital gain which may be taxed.

How much CGT you need to pay varies depending on:

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