William Buck Australia
As a fully integrated firm of Chartered Accountants and advisors, William Buck provides a complete solution. Putting you at the core of the business, our advisors work together to ensure that careful consideration is given to your business and personal wealth affairs.
Working closely with you and your team, our Business Advisors can help you plan and implement contemporary business strategies and practices to meet your business’s full potential.
Our commercially minded tax specialists offer clear, responsive advice to manage your tax risk, address local and international issues, and develop strategies to optimise your tax position.
Our audit team has extensive experience in a range of engagements, giving stakeholders independent and objective assurance on financial information, transactions and processes.
Our Corporate Advisory team provides objective, strategic and commercial advice across a broad range of business issues. Our work spans the breadth each engagement from the origination of ideas to managing the transaction process, valuation and structuring.
Our highly experienced team of liquidators and trustees use their extensive expertise to assist in times of financial distress, achieving the best outcome for all stakeholders.
By understanding not only what you want to achieve but why it’s important, our wealth advisors can create strategies attuned to your key priorities. The end result is a plan focused on your life goals.
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Sweeping changes to financial reporting may impact your financial position and business operations.
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William Buck has a team of professionals with specialist experience and know-how on a range of industry sectors.
Our advisors understand the risks and opportunities unique to the agribusiness sector. Taking a strategic view of your operations they provide relevant guidance and advice.
Assisting public and private schools, vocational colleges, universities and private training providers, our education specialists provide timely and valuable assurance services together with strategic, financial and management advice.
Our Government and public sector team has substantial experience in assisting all levels of government to review their structures and develop strategies, in line with relevant legislative requirements and accounting and audit standards.
Working with over 1,600 clients in the health sector, our advisors help practitioners and health care corporates achieve their business and personal goals
Our hospitality and tourism team has a working knowledge of the industry which, when combined with our technical knowledge, can assist you in reaching your commercial goals.
By staying on top of changes in the manufacturing sector, our industry experts provide relevant and timely guidance to a broad range of manufacturing business.
Our mining and energy team has the experience and resources to help start-ups, developing businesses and well-established companies to meet their commercial goals.
Integrity and transparency are at the heart of the best Not for Profit organisations. These values re shared by our dedicated Not for Profit team, which helps entities to establish to improve performance and develop strategies for long-term growth.
Our advisors understand the challenges and opportunities facing the professional services sector first hand. This experience together with our expertise helps to determine your strategic objectives and provide concise, relevant advice to help you achieve your goals.
Our property and construction team assist on a wide range of assignments from property development to construction and large infrastructure projects. Their diverse experience, technical expertise and commercial know-how to help you tackle the important issues.
Our retail and wholesale team works with a variety of businesses from family owned operations to franchises and larger chains, to provide advice and guidance on the issues that count.
With the skills to help tech companies grow from startup to exit – we provide tailored tech company solutions, supported by access to a range of specialists across numerous service lines and industries.
Our transport and distribution team works with businesses to review their operations, improve efficiency and productivity and ensure compliance with the latest regulatory developments.
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We work with individuals, businesses and community organisations with a particular focus on the mid-market. Drawing on our extensive experience, our advisors will challenge your thinking and re-frame problems to understand their root-cause.
We’re more than just accountants and advisors, we aspire to create positive change in the lives of our clients and our people.
Life as a CFO can be complex, exciting and demanding. Combining technical excellence with decades of working closely with and listening to the needs of CFOs, our advisors understand the competing demands of your role.
Whatever your needs, we have the expert resources to create the best outcome for you and your business. As our client, you’ll benefit from our integrated services model that puts you at the core of its business.
We create and implement personal wealth plans and tax strategies that give our clients greater certainty that their financial and personal goals will be met.
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Circular trust distributions
From 1 July 2019 specific anti-avoidance rules will apply to family trusts which engage in ‘circular trust distributions’.
Whilst the detail of the measure has not been released, it is expected to apply to situations where fully franked dividends are distributed between family trusts and corporate beneficiaries in ‘round robin’ type arrangements that mean that no further tax is being paid on such amounts.
Under the proposed measure tax will be imposed at the top personal tax rate (45%) plus the Medicare Levy.
Division 7A (UPEs)
Division 7A is an integrity regime that treats payments and loans by a private company to associates as unfranked dividends.
An unpaid present entitlement (“UPE”) arises where a beneficiary becomes entitled to a share of income from a trust, but the amount remains unpaid. Prior to 2009, UPEs to corporate beneficiaries were outside the ambit of Division 7A. From December 2009, a controversial change in the interpretation of the Division 7A provision by the ATO started treating UPEs as a type of loan.
The Government is intending to amend Division 7A to remove any ambiguity associated with the ATO’s interpretation and treat UPEs to companies as subject to Division 7A from 1 July 2019.
Start date of other Division 7A measures deferred
In the 2016-2017 Budget various amendments to Division 7A were identified as commencing from 1 July 2018.
Those measures included:
Subject to the legislation being drafted and passed, these measures will apply from 1 July 2019.
Deductions for vacant land to be denied
The Government proposes to deny tax deductions for expenses associated with holding vacant land, from 1 July 2019.
This is to address concerns that deductions are being improperly claimed for expenses, such as interest costs related to holding vacant land, where the land is not genuinely held for the purpose of earning assessable income.
The measure will also reduce any tax incentives for land banking, which denies the use of land for housing or other development.
However, land held for commercial development will generally be excluded due to the “carrying on a business” test.
Denied deductions will not be able to be carried forward for use in later income years, although they may be able to be added to the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) cost base of the asset, subject to meeting the existing requirements for inclusion in the cost base of a CGT asset.
It is proposed that the measure will not apply to expenses associated with holding land that are incurred after:
From 1 July 2019, concessional tax rates available for minors receiving income from testamentary trusts will be limited to income derived from assets that are transferred from the deceased estate or the proceeds of the disposal or investment of those assets.
This measure clarifies that minors will be taxed at adult marginal tax rates (rather than higher tax rates that generally apply to minors) only in respect of the income a testamentary trust has generated from assets of the deceased estate or the proceeds of the disposal or investment of these assets.
This ensures that taxpayers are not able to inappropriately obtain the benefit of the lower tax rate by ‘injecting’ assets unrelated to the deceased estate into the testamentary trust.
Extension of Taxable Payments Reporting System to further industries
From 1 July 2019, the taxable payments reporting system (TPRS) will extend to security providers and investigation services; road freight transport; and computer system design and related services.
Under TPRS, businesses are required to report contractor payments to the ATO. This measure will bring payments to contractors in these industries into line with wages paid to employees, which are reported to the ATO.
Businesses in these industries will be required to collect information regarding payments made to contractors from 1 July 2019. The first annual report is required in August 2020 and a new online form will assist in making the reporting process simpler.
The TPRS already applies to the construction, cleaning and courier industries.
Reforms to target the black economy
The Government is proposing to introduce a raft of new measures to tackle Australia’s black economy. Additional funding will be provided to the ATO over four years to implement new strategies to combat the black economy. The key measures introduced in the 2018/19 budget are set out below.
Tax deductibility of salary/wage and contractor payments
Businesses will no longer be able to claim tax deductions for payments of salary and wage to their employees where they are obligated to withhold Pay As You Go (PAYG) on such payments and have not met these obligations.
Also, businesses will be denied tax deductions for payments made to contractors in instances where:
Currently businesses are usually required to withhold and remit amounts to the ATO from contractor payments where the contractor does not provide their ABN to the business.
Both measures are to be effective from 1 July 2019.
Cash receipt limit of $10,000
A limit of $10,000 for cash payments made to businesses for goods and services from 1 July 2019 has been proposed by the Government. The measure will require transactions over the proposed $10,000 threshold to be made through an electronic payment or cheque. Transactions with financial institutions or consumer to consumer, non-business transactions will not be affected.
Reforms in combatting illegal phoenixing
The Government proposes changes to corporations and various tax laws and provide regulators with additional tools to assist in deterring illegal phoenix activity. Some of the key reforms include: