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Illegal super schemes

Posted on March 31, 2016 by admin

Australian taxpayers should be aware that some promoters claim to offer early access to super savings by transferring a person’s super into a self-managed super fund.

These schemes are illegal and heavy penalties will apply to those who participate in such schemes.

Generally, individuals cannot access their super until they retire or meet a condition of release.

Some people promoting illegal super schemes will say that they can help access a person’s super now to pay off credit card debt, buy a house or car, or go on holiday. These schemes are illegal and may cost those who engage in them a lot more than the super they access.

Illegal super schemes usually involve a promoter offering to help a person access their super early. Promoters of illegal super schemes usually:

Those who participate in one of these schemes may become a victim of identity theft. Identity theft happens when someone uses another person’s personal details to commit fraud or other crimes. Once a person’s identity has been stolen and misused, it can take years to fix.

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Government increases cash flow support for businesses

Posted on March 27, 2020 by admin

The Australian Government has increased support for businesses to manage cash flow challenges under the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances.

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure announced on 12 March 2020 will be increased to provide up to $100,000 for eligible small and medium-sized businesses. To be eligible employers must have been established prior to 12 March 2020 and have an aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million and employ workers.

The measure will provide employers with a payment equal to 100% of the tax withheld from wages and salaries. This is a rise from the original 50%, with maximum payments being increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and minimum payments being increased from $2,000 to $10,000.

Employers will receive payments from 28 April 2020 from the ATO as automatic credit in the activity statement system upon lodging eligible upcoming activity statements.

Eligible businesses will be provided with an additional payment during July – October 2020. The payment will be equal to the total amount received under the Boosting Cash Flow for Businesses scheme. For monthly and quarterly activity statement lodgers, these payments will be provided as automatic credit in the activity statement system for each lodgement up until October 2020.

The Government has also introduced the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to support the flow of credit for small and medium enterprises (SME) by providing a guarantee of 50% to participating SME lenders for new unsecured loans that will be used for working capital. To be eligible, SMEs will have a turnover of up to $50 million and the loans must comply with the following terms:

The SME Guarantee Scheme will still require businesses to repay these loans and approval is subject to regular lending requirements. The Scheme will commence by early April 2020 and be available until 30 September 2020.

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