Merry Christmas

Christmas & New Year Office Closure 2017

Please note that our office will be closed on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Monday 8th January 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful clients for the continued support throughout 2017.

Best wishes to you and your family from the team at Parallax Accounting, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2018!


Truck drivers' reasonable amounts for travel updated

Following detailed consultation with the transport industry, the ATO has amended their determination for travel expenses for truck drivers to provide separate reasonable travel allowance expense amounts for breakfast, lunch and dinner for employee truck drivers for the 2017/18 income year.

The reasonable amount for travel expenses (excluding accommodation) of employee truck drivers who have received a travel allowance and who are required to sleep away from home was originally reduced for 2017/18 to a total of $55.30 per day. 

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GST on House

Tool for applying the margin scheme to a property sale

The ATO is recommending that taxpayers use their recently updated GST property decision tool to work out if GST applies to their property sales.

The tool can be used to determine GST on the sale, lease or purchase of real property, and was recently updated for easier use on mobile devices.

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Tax Deductions

Numerous work-related expense claims disallowed

The AAT has denied a taxpayer’s deductions for work-related travel, clothing, self-education and rental property expenses (totalling $116,068 and $140,581 for the 2013 and 2014 income year respectively), and upheld the ATO’s 50% administrative penalty on the tax shortfall for recklessness.

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