The GST Point-in-Time Service has been updated to include the Education and Other Legislation Amendment (VET Student Loan Debt Separation) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act 116 of 2018), the Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 1) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act 121 of 2018), the Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act 124 of 2018), the Treasury Laws Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Employer Register) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act 125 of 2018), the Treasury Laws Amendment (Professional Standards Schemes No. 2) Regulations 2018 (Cth) and the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Amendment (Display of Trading Names) Regulations 2018 (Cth).
The principal purpose of the Education and Other Legislation Amendment (VET Student Loan Debt Separation) Act 2018 (the Act) is to separate VET student loan debts from other forms of Higher Education
Loan Program debts (HELP debts) and establish VET student loans as a separate income
contingent loan administered under the VET Student Loans Act 2016 (VSL Act). The amendments in the Act operate together with amendments in the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Amendment Act 2018.
The Act also amends the VSL Act to allow the courses and loan caps determination made by the Minister by legislative instrument under subsection 16(1) of the VSL Act (currently the VET Student Loans (Courses and Loan Caps) Determination 2016)), to incorporate, by reference, any matter contained in an instrument or other writing as in force from time to time.
Schedule 1 to this Act prohibits the production, distribution and possession of sales
suppression tools in relation to entities that have Australian tax obligations. Schedule
1 also prohibits the use of electronic sales suppression tools to incorrectly keep
Schedule 2 to this Act requires entities providing courier or cleaning services that have an ABN to report to the ATO information about transactions that involve engaging other entities to undertake those courier or cleaning services for them.
Schedule 1 to this Act amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936) to ensure that the multinational anti-avoidance law applies appropriately
to artificial or contrived arrangements involving trusts and partnerships entered
into by multinational entities to avoid the taxation of business profits in Australia.
Schedule 2 to the Act amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) to include additional conditions that must be satisfied to apply the small business CGT concessions to capital gains. The new conditions ensure that the small business CGT concessions in Division 152 of the ITAA 1997 are only available for CGT assets that are either used or held ready for use in the course of a small business or are an interest in a small business.
Schedule 3 to the Act amends the income tax law and the Venture Capital Act 2002 to ensure that the venture capital tax concessions are available for investments in fintech businesses.
Schedule 4 to this Act amends the ITAA 1997 to exempt from income tax, payments received from the Commonwealth as reparation for abuse by Australian Defence Force personnel.
The Act gives effect to the Government’s commitment that:
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Professional Standards Schemes No.2) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) give effect to the decisions the Professional Standards Councils
made to approve or amend professional standards schemes in their respective jurisdictions.
The Regulations prescribe the CPA Australia Ltd Professional Standards (Accountants) Schemeand the Institute of Public Accountants Professional Standards Scheme as new professional standards schemes that have capped civil liability for misleading or deceptive conduct as these schemes have become approved professional standards schemes in New South Wales (NSW).
These regulations amend the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Regulations 1999 to prescribe that trading names that were on the Australian Business Register (ABR) before 28 May 2012 can continue to be displayed on the ABR until 31 October 2023.
The amendments made by these Acts and these Regulations have been updated in the Point-in-Time GST Service current to 23 October 2018. (NB: Subscription required).
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