20 December 2018
December is a prime time for virus, malware (malicious software) and phishing emails because people are busy and it's easy to get distracted. While there are gifts to be purchased, food to be prepared and parties to be attended, we recommend that you remain vigilant with emails to ensure your computers and data are protected.
Here are some things to remember:
19 December 2018
Australia’s top regional accounting firm Boyce Chartered Accountants has announced the appointment of Iain Elliott (pictured second from right) to Director at its Cooma office, just seven years after he started with the firm as a graduate.
Having grown up in Cooma, Iain joined Boyce as a Graduate Accountant in January 2011 after completing his studies through the Australian National University in Canberra.
6 December 2018
We are seeing an increase in sophisticated phone scammers posing as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or as a registered tax agent to scare taxpayers into paying funds. These scammers are threatening legal action and arrest if amounts are not paid.
A number of our clients as well as our staff have received phone calls or messages on their voice mail from a person claiming to be from the ATO saying that they will be indicted for fraud or will go to prison if they don’t pay an amount to cover a tax debt. The scammers are using technology to make it look like calls are coming from a legitimate ATO number or accounting firm. The number may appear on caller ID and be left on messages for a call back.
1 November 2018
From 5 to 23 November 2018, the ATO will be sending SMS text messages to individuals and businesses entitled to a refund who have provided incorrect bank account details in their tax return. You will receive a text directly from the ATO if a refund bounce occurs.
Many people are understandably wary about text messages and emails requesting bank details, considering the number of hoaxes and scams that abound these days.
It is important to be aware that ATO texts during this period are not a hoax and updating your bank details will ensure you receive your refund. BUT be warned, scammers are likely to impersonate the same SMS so you will need to carefully check the text for legitimacy.
5 October 2018
The NSW Government has announced a relaxation of the off-farm asset test for farmers to access the Drought Transport Subsidies and the Drought Assistance Fund. Criteria for ‘new entrants’ has also been included to recognise and support people who are new to farming and who would benefit from accessing drought support measures while building their farm business.
The current off-farm asset threshold has been increased from $1 million to $5 million, meaning more farmers are eligible to access a range of support measures.
A transport subsidy of up to 50% of the total freight cost, up to a limit of $20,000 per year or $30,000 in total, is available to eligible farmers to assist with transporting of stock to/from agistment and to sale or slaughter or to transport fodder and drinking water.