If you’re doing some part-time work this summer, chances are good you’re being paid in cash – who doesn’t like a little extra spending money, right?

Whether you’re doing a couple of hours here and there or working full weeks to get ahead, not checking your payslips now could cause headaches later and mean you’re not getting all your entitlements.

Make sure your boss is withholding tax from...
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Employers: Don’t forget that super guarantee payments for the December quarter are due by 28 January.

Use our handy calculator to help work out how much super you must contribute for eligible workers – go to [ Ato.gov.au Link ]

Need a refresher on paying super? Check out [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
Renting your holiday home to family or friends at a discounted rate?

Remember, any rental property deductions you can claim will be limited when the property is rented out below the market rate.

Need to know more? Go to [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
Invoicing: It pays to get it right! Check out this great post by business.gov.au

How to create an invoice

Travelling overseas with a cool new purchase? You may be able to claim a refund on GST through the tourist refund scheme.

You’ll need to meet a few key criteria to be eligible. For example, you must:
• purchase the goods yourself
• spend a minimum of $300 with one retailer and have a valid tax invoice (in English) to prove it
• purchase the goods within 60 days of departing Australia
• carry...
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Keep your personal information safe so scammers don’t start their year by stealing your identity! They can use your details to lodge fraudulent tax returns, steal your super and apply for government benefits.

Remember to:
• use strong passwords (mix letters, numbers and symbols)
• lock your mobile devices when not in use
• properly destroy old records and documents.

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Small businesses: Make good record keeping the New Year’s resolution that sticks.

Staying on top of paperwork helps you monitor your business performance and analyse your cash flow – and it’s easier than you might think! Watch our video for tips and tricks to help you simplify your record-keeping practices.

Want to learn more? Go to [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
While our offices are closed, specialist staff are working on our systems to ensure they are operating as well as possible at the start of business on Tuesday 3rd of January.

The planned outage to online services originally scheduled for 26 and 27 December has been deferred and will now commence at 10pm EDT on Friday 30 December. We expect online services to resume during the day on Saturday...
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Voluntary repayments

Our offices and contact centres are closed from today, Friday 23 December, and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January. Our offices are now closed, but our contact centres will be available until 4pm (local time) today if you need to phone us.

Specialist staff will be working on our systems while our offices are closed. All of our services will be offline for scheduled maintenance on 26 and 27...
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As of 1 January 2017, new income tax rates will apply to working holiday makers on 417 or 462 visas. Employers of these working holiday makers must register with us by 31 January.

Whether you’re a worker, an employer, or a tax professional, find out everything you need to know, including new withholding rates at [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
WARNING: Tax-related scams are on the rise.

We’ve received increasing reports of new email scams in the last 24 hours, including the example below. This scam email includes a malware attachment, which could be used to infect your computer and capture your personal information.

Always be wary of emails claiming to be from the ATO. If you receive a suspicious email, we recommend you:
• Do not...
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For the latest update on our online services, hear from our acting Chief Information Officer Steve Hamilton at [ Ato.gov.au Link ]

ATO systems update

Our services will remain offline while we work to resolve today’s system issues. We have specialist staff on-site who will continue working through the night on a fix. We’ll post another update tomorrow morning to share our progress. Your patience is appreciated.
We’re investigating current issues with our online services (including our website and portals) as a priority. We’ll let you know when everything is back up and running – keep an eye on this page for updates.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
We’re proud to announce our Movember team raised more than $22,000 for essential men’s health initiatives last month!

Please enjoy one last photo of our team captain, Acting Deputy Commissioner John Shepherd – and his admirable mo. Bring on November 2017...
Small business owners: How does your business measure up?

Compare your performance to others in your industry with our business performance check tool in the ATO app. Download the app and get started at [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
End of year sales are approaching! Will you be buying any tools, equipment or other assets for your job? This could include computers and software, office equipment, power tools, safety equipment and more.

Tax tip: If an item costs you $300 or less, you may be able to claim an immediate tax deduction when you lodge your next tax return. For items over $300, your deduction claim will be spread...
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Moving overseas for your career or already working abroad?

Stay in touch with us and make sure you update your contact details using our online services via myGov. While you’re there, you can also keep track of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) and check your balance.

For more information on heading overseas with a HELP or TSL, visit [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
Holidays are expensive, so renting out your home while you’re away is a great way to earn some extra income!

Whether you earn a little or a lot, you need to declare your earnings on your tax return.

Find out what you need to know about the sharing economy at [ Ato.gov.au Link ]
Don’t let a lost or faded receipt be the reason you miss out on deductions this financial year!

Record your deductions as you go using the myDeductions tool in the ATO app and you won’t have to worry any longer. Download the app to get started at [ Ato.gov.au Link ]