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From all of the staff at Quality Accounting, we would like to wish
you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Our office will be closed from Thursday 22nd December 2016
and re opening Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Coffs Cup Holiday

In accordance with Coffs Harbour Shire local 1/2 day Public Holiday, our office will be open 8.30am to 12pm Thursday 4th August 2016.

Normal business hours of 8.30am to 5pm will resume Friday 5th August 2016.

2016 Individual Tax Return Checklist

tax return checklist for individuals 2016.pdf

2016 Individual Tax Return Checklist

It's that time of year again!

Here at QA we want to make tax time as easy as possible for our valued clients.

We have added this 2016 Individual Tax Return Checklist. You can use this checklist to help gather all of the correct information we will need to complete your individual tax returns.

Australian Tax Office emails, Mobile Phone and Home Phone scams.

Over the past few months there has been an increasing amount of scam calls relating to tax debts.

Some of these scam calls can be sound threatening, and very serious. While the ATO does chase up tax debts, they will normally contact you with a letter first. If they do call you it will be to arrange a payment plan, not your arrest or demand payment details over the phone.

What to do if you receive a call.

If you receive an automated message or email with a contact number and you are worried that it might be a legitimate call/email about your tax debt, do not call the number provided on the message. You can call the ATO directly on 1800 008 540 or contact our office on (02) 66581655.

At QA we are happy to follow up any matters that may involve the ATO particularly to verify any outstanding debts you may have with the ATO.

Please see below some useful information relating to scams from the ato government website.


(the following information is from ato.gov.au)

Verify the legitimacy of a communication

You can check on any communication that you aren't sure about, or report a phone scam, by phoning us (ATO) on 1800 008 540.

Report an unsolicited email

You can report unsolicited emails claiming to be from the ATO by forwarding the entire email to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au.

If you've been a victim of a tax-related scam

If you think you have been a victim of a tax-related scam, phone the ATO on 1800 008 540 – do so immediately, because your personal details, including your TFN, may be compromised.

You should also contact your bank/financial institution as soon as possible if you provided your credit card details as part of the suspected scam.

Examples of tax-related scams

Scam emails, faxes, SMS and phone calls can look or sound very convincing. You can generally tell they're not genuine because they offer you an unexpected refund or grant and ask you to provide personal information, credit card information or money.

We will never email you asking for personal or credit card details, and you should never provide this information.


Follow the link to

https://www.ato.gov.au/general/online-services/in-detail/online-security/how-to-verify-or-report-a-scam/

for examples of possible ATO scams and more information on this subject.

Online Accounting and Cyber Security

Over the last decade we have seen a rapid emergence of new technology, greater connectivity and the explosion of digital, mobile and social channels.

Moving further into the digital world has become a core strategy imperative for all business and governments alike.

Customers are increasingly demanding 24/7 access to goods and services – driving commercial and government consumers and citizens online.

Successful organisations are ones that embrace change, seek out new markets, and invest in transformational opportunities.

At QA, we believe having the right approach to cyber security enables us to confidently assist all of our clients accounting requirements. We offer a secure portal as part of our website. This portal provides a secure channel in which we can work with clients online at every level.

Business and individual clients can use this secure portal to exchange confidential information and large files quickly and easily, securely sharing documents, data and reports.

For more information on setting up a secure channel for your accounting please contact our office on 6658 1655 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

Fuel Tax Credits Increase

Fuel tax credit rates have increased

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If you're claiming fuel tax credits on your September quarterly BAS, rates have increased for all fuels acquired from 1 August 2015 (in line with the consumer price index).

Our fuel tax credit calculator is the easiest way to get it right when working out how much to claim on your BAS. You can use the calculator through the ATO app or on our website.

ATO app

Use the ATO app to calculate your fuel tax credits while you're on the go. Just click into the calculator while you're connected to the internet to get the latest rates. Once you've done this you can use the calculator even if you're not connected to the internet.

Website

Our website's fuel tax credits calculator has even more functionality than the app. If you think you've made a mistake on a previous BAS, you can use this calculator to help you work out adjustments or corrections. The calculator will automatically apply the rates used at that time.

Use the fuel tax credit calculator for quick, accurate calculations on your next claim.

Next steps:

  • Use our Fuel tax credit calculator
  • Download the ATO app to use the calculator on the go
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