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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released Taxation Ruling 2017/D6, setting out the ATO’s upda..
18 October 2017
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released Taxation Ruling 2017/D6, setting out the ATO’s updated guidelines regarding when an employee can claim a tax deduction for their travel expenses and the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) implications of these expenses.
According to the ruling, an employee can claim a tax deduction for travel expenses incurred in earning their salary or wage, or if the expense is work-related. However, what exactly constitutes an expense “incurred in earning income”, and what is considered “work-related”?
Normally, the factors looked at when determining if a travel expense is tax deductible include:
Travel expenses that are typically tax deductible include transport, accommodation, meals and incidentals paid for by the employee during a work-related trip. Travel costs where the employee is travelling to a site or alternative workplace are also included.
Travel expenses that are typically not tax deductible include;
These principles hold true in the ATO’s current draft ruling. The draft ruling does not provide new ground for tax deductions, but rather provides better and clearer guidance in the context of the modern workplace environment.
In particular, the ruling deals with fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers, as well as addressing the more transient nature of modern workplaces, such as where an employee is required to work in two different locations (i.e. two days a week in one location and the rest of the week in a second location).
For FIFO workers, the draft ruling states that in certain circumstances fly-in and fly-out travel may be deductible, and therefore is not subject to FBT if the employee is being paid for that travel time and is under the employer’s direction and control whilst travelling. However, if the employee is not paid for that travel time, and is not subject to the employer’s direction whilst travelling, these expenses will not be tax deductible and if paid by the employer, may be subject to Fringe Benefits Tax. The ruling provides a number of examples that can assist in determining any associated travel expenses of the employee and therefore whether the trip itself would be FBT exempt for the employer.
In certain circumstances employees who are required to work in two different locations (called “co-existing work locations” in the draft ruling), may claim their travel expenses between these locations (including accommodation, meals and incidentals) as tax deductible. Consideration must still of course be given to whether there is a private and therefore non-deductible portion to these travel expenses.
The ruling introduces a term “special needs travel,” which supports the potential for travel expenses to be deductible. These workers are generally FIFO workers, but this term could also extend to others were the demands under their employment include; a requirement for them to work remotely, travel is part of their employment activity, to continuously change work locations or to work away from home.
The draft ruling provides eighteen examples of various travel expenses and working arrangements, the tax deductibility available on those expense and the associated FBT impact. Not all scenarios will be covered by these examples, however when read in context, can provide guidance for assessing one’s unique circumstances.
Importantly, the ruling is still only a draft, but we expect that many of the concepts and examples to remain in the final ruling.
For more information about this draft ruling, or to get advice around Fringe Benefits Tax or travel expenses, contact your financial adviser.
This article was written by Courtney Van Zyl (Manager Tax Advisory) & David Hall (Associate Partner Tax Advisory).
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18 October 2017
HP Inc. announced a new range of durable textiles certified for HP Latex printers to produce soft signage and d&eacu..
18 October 2017
HP Inc. announced a new range of durable textiles certified for HP Latex printers to produce soft signage and décor applications, combining durability and outstanding print quality with the benefits of water-based HP Latex technology.
The new textiles from selected media vendors1 expand possibilities for durable HP Latex printing for soft signage applications, including backlit and front-lit banners, block-outs, backdrops, and Point of Purchase displays, with higher durability. These textiles also enable new home décor applications, such as curtains and blinds, cushions, lampshades, and bags, on materials made from 100% cotton, cotton linen or polyester. Some of the new textiles can also achieve washability with a heating process after printing.
“We continue to expand on HP’s promise to deliver new possibilities for HP Latex printers. New durable textiles for soft signage and décor open new growth opportunities with HP Latex water-based technology,” said Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc. “Unlike solvent-based printers, HP Latex technology can print on traditional signage substrates such as banners and vinyls, in addition to textiles, including uncoated substrates.”
New textile applications for HP Latex
At SGIA in booths 1029 and 1045, HP is presenting a textile showcase and printing on HP Latex printers, including the HP Latex 3600 Printer, winner of the 2017 SGIA Product of the Year Award in the Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (over 80 inch) category. The HP Latex 3600 delivers high-volume printing and high monthly duty cycles, designed for PSPs needing long-run, uninterrupted printing.
Textile printing is also supported on the HP Latex 1500 Printer, a robust, affordable printing solution, delivering fast turnarounds, HP Latex 560 and 570 Printers, designed for medium-to-large PSPs with increasing print volumes, and for smaller volumes, on the HP Latex 365 Printer.
The new HP Latex 300 Print and Cut Solution, launched earlier this year, is also in its first SGIA demonstration after release earlier this year at ISA. The entry-level HP Latex 115 Printer and HP Latex 115 Print and Cut Solution, announced September 25, are now starting market release.
The dual-device HP Latex Print and Cut Solution allows printing and cutting simultaneously, delivering production time savings up to 50% versus solvent-based print and cut solutions.2
HP PrintOS for sign and display production
HP PrintOS is expanding for sign and display. PrintOS enables print shops to simplify and automate production of, signage and decoration applications.
The powerful apps running on the PrintOS platform bring cloud advantages, with low start-up costs, easy setup, and unlimited capacity. HP PrintOS apps available for sign and display printing include:
• Applications Center, offering easy access to HP Signage Suite for easy web-based design and ordering jobs for signage and décor, and HP WallArt Suite for decorative applications. HP WallArt Suite is updated to include cushions as a new application, in addition to wallcoverings, canvas, decoration, posters, and cushions.
• HP Media Solutions Locator, a fast and assured way to find certified media availability by region.
• HP Print Beat, providing visibility into press/printer performance for continuous improvement of print production operations
• HP Latex Mobile App, enabling unattended printing by getting printer alerts when you are not in front of the printer or even when you are out of the shop.
• HP PrintOS Box, a file exchange which simplifies print file receipt, content validation and routing to production.
Graphic Art Mart is delighted to announce the extension of Aslan’s broad portfolio of metal effect films. To c..
18 October 2017
Graphic Art Mart is delighted to announce the extension of Aslan’s broad portfolio of metal effect films. To complement the MetalEffect ASLAN CA 23 series, consisting of a variety of polished and brushed metal effect films, the metallic colour rose gold is now also available.
Rose gold is an extremely popular shade at the moment across a number of different industries, including décor, jewellery, electronics, fashion and interior design. With the self-adhesive polyester film, this trendy colour can now easily be integrated in shop window designs, visual merchandising and shop fitting. The highly glossy film has been designed for the creation of plotted lettering, logos and designs on smooth surfaces as well as full-surface designs.
Thanks to the identical effect on both sides, the film is particularly suited for glass applications. Applying a plotted design inversely on the inner side of the glass also protects it from deliberate damage and other external factors. The rose gold film has a minimum outdoor durability of two years and is suitable for interior as well as exterior applications.
For more information, visit http://www.gamart.com.au/AslanMetalisedPolyesters.aspx
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has today announced the l..
17 October 2017
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has today announced the launch of a brand new corporate website designed to optimise the overall experience for visitors.
The new website has been redesigned as part of a global project that aims to achieve a consistent “Roland DG brand” for all Roland websites around the world. With a modern interface that is more visually appealing, content-rich and mobile-friendly, the site has been streamlined to improve navigation, allowing visitors to find what they’re looking for more quickly and easily.
“We’re excited about the launch of our new website,” said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. “With a few clicks, you can discover a wealth of useful and interactive content in the form of tips, blog articles, videos, case studies, and so much more. The site displays product and company information in a more user-friendly way, making the overall user experience a more positive one.”
To take a look at the new website, and gain some inspiration from the Blog and Gallery, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au
Graphic Art Mart has released their updated October 2018 catalogue. This comprehensive guide is jam packed with the late..
16 October 2017
Graphic Art Mart has released their updated October 2018 catalogue. This comprehensive guide is jam packed with the latest product releases, updates and pricing across over 250 pages. Click here to go straight to the guide.
Amalie Engi – Customer Service VIC Branch Graphic Art Mart is pleased to announce they have 3 new staf..
16 October 2017
Amalie Engi – Customer Service VIC Branch
Graphic Art Mart is pleased to announce they have 3 new staff members joining their growing family.
Amalie offers over 7 years experience in the signage industry developing a strong knowledge of the products and various customers. She is looking forward to seeing what the future brings and working alongside such a great team at GAMART.
Fiona Kemp – Account Manager WA, Eastern Region
Fiona has almost 10 years sales experience working in the building and construction industry in account management and branch management. She was looking to make a change and so far is loving the signage industry the and the team she works with..
Donovan Lahner – Account Manager VIC, Eastern Region
Donovan has joined Graphic Art Mart with 11 years of Sales experience. He has been in the signage industry for 2 years as a territory manager with prior experience at Nestle, South Africa for 9 years..
Thanks to the experts at SignManager www.signmanager.com.au, there are a number of ways to reduce the cost of maintainin..
12 October 2017
One of the ultimate forms of signage is the Sky Sign. Here’s some great advice from the experts when it comes to t..
12 October 2017
One of the ultimate forms of signage is the Sky Sign. Here’s some great advice from the experts when it comes to these types of amazing projects.