Alert for Foreign Residents – Changes to the Main Residence CGT Exemption

Written by Matthew Stewart - Director, Edney Ryan Chartered Accountants

For Australian residents, your home is generally exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) subject to meeting the ATO’s requirements. Australians living abroad have also been able to claim the CGT exemption on the family home. This exemption has been available to foreign residents, so long as the home was rented out for no more than six years at a time.... Read more

Changes to Residential Investment Property Deductions

Written by Matthew Stewart, Director - Edney Ryan Chartered Accountants

As we reach the end of another financial year, there are a number of legislative changes worth recalling which took effect from 1 July 2017. Here we highlight the changes to residential investment property deductions, which will be relevant for many of our clients. Changes to Residential Rental Property Travel Expenses Under legislation that took effect 1 July 2017, travel... Read more

Downsize Your Home and Contribute to Super

Written by Kate O'Brien, Director - Edney Ryan Wealth Management

For many Australian retirees selling the family home can be an effective way to release equity to fund retirement. Following legislation passed in December, homeowners aged 65 years or over are able to downsize their family home and invest the surplus into the tax effective environment of superannuation. Key Points The sale of the property must be from 1 July... Read more

If you are a foreign person who owns residential land in NSW, you must pay a land tax surcharge in addition to any land tax you already pay. The surcharge will be 0.75% for the 2017 land tax year and 2% from the 2018 land tax year onwards. You may be required to pay the surcharge even if you do... Read more

Cloud Accounting: Greater Efficiency for Your Business

Written by Sam Gebara, IT Systems Administrator - Edney Ryan Group

If you are still using traditional accounting software in your business, it might be time to consider cloud accounting. With more clients using cloud accounting each year, Edney Ryan has witnessed first-hand the time and productivity efficiencies it creates for business owners, their staff, bookkeepers and accountants. The biggest problem with traditional accounting software is it limits you to one... Read more

Each year we compile current tax rates and key superannuation data in our handy quick reference guide. You can request a hard copy by phoning (02) 9908 9888, email or view the booklet online here.

Foreign Investors – Duty Increases

Written by Angela Boyd - Senior Associate, Edney Ryan Legal

NSW Home Affordability Measures The NSW Government has announced a number of measures designed to improve housing affordability across NSW from 1 July 2017. Some of changes in the housing affordability package will affect foreign residents purchasing residential property in NSW. Stamp Duty Surcharge Increases: Foreign residents already pay a 4% surcharge on stamp duty. This will double to 8%.... Read more

Our Top 10 Tax Planning Tips

Written by Matthew Stewart - Director, Edney Ryan Chartered Accountants

With the EOFY just days away it’s time to get your tax affairs in order. Here are our top 10 tax planning tips to get you started. 1. Small Business Assets Now might be a great time to purchase a new computer or work car. The 2017 Federal budget gave small businesses (with a turnover less than $10 million) a 12-month... Read more

From the 2016–17 income year, the small business company tax rate has been reduced to 27.5%. This lower rate now applies to small businesses with a turnover less than $10 million. The company tax rate will remain at 30% for all other companies. The maximum franking credit that can be allocated to a frankable distribution paid by a small business... Read more

Highlights of the Federal Budget 2017

Written by Stephen Ryan, Director - Edney Ryan Chartered Accountants

Each year it is fascinating to observe how the Budget is received. Most commentators subjectively assess the Treasurer’s efforts by how they, or their interest group, is expected to be impacted. But is it possible to assess a budget more objectively? According to the stock market and rating agencies the Treasurer has done a reasonably good job. The ASX is... Read more