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New law eases tax burden on business entity restructure

A great frustration for small business owners is being stuck in a structure – such as a partnership, trust or company – that is wrong for them, but it’s too difficult or too costly to change it.

However, a new law which applies from 1 July 2016, will allow businesses more flexibility to change the legal structure of their entity.

The Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Restructure Roll-over) Act 2016 allows small businesses to restructure with an easing of the capital gains tax burden.  Gains or losses that may arise from the transfer of capital gains tax assets, trading stock, revenue assets and depreciating assets, as part of a business restructure, can now be deferred.

It’s a great opportunity to reassess your business structures.

Your business may have been set up in a complex structure that you want to simplify, or maybe your business has changed over time and you now need a structure that allows for this growth. Using the wrong structure can cost you time and money especially if you are missing out on tax breaks and other incentives that you would otherwise be entitled to.

Have a look at how your business is currently operating and where you want to take your business in the future; then talk to your accountant and legal advisor about whether you need to reorganise into a structure that is better suited to your needs.

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David Briese

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With over 35 years accounting experience, David is a highly respected member of the BMO team and was appointed Associate Partner in July 2009, going on to become Partner in July 2013. David started out with BMO in 1988 working his way to a senior accounting role and heading up the (former) Chinchilla office of BMO. In 1995, David went to work with a reputable accounting firm in Mackay. Almost READ MORE

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