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  1. Jack Malarkey

    Some musings on GST and its discriminatory application to rideshare

    1. Enterprises providing ‘taxi travel’ (including rideshare) do not benefit from the annual $75,000 GST threshold available to all other kinds of enterprise. 2. Australia is unique in having such a discriminatory exclusion in its GST/VAT legislation. 3. Uber’s response to any amendment of the...
  2. Jack Malarkey

    Senator Duncan Spender (Liberal Democrats, NSW) and GST policy

    Senator Spender has provided advice on his policy relating to access to the GST $55,000 threshold for taxi and rideshare drivers. See this Sydney thread for details: https://uberpeople.net/threads/response-from-senator-duncan-spender-liberal-democrats-nsw-to-gst-question.326773/.
  3. Jack Malarkey

    Response from Senator Duncan Spender (Liberal Democrats, NSW) to GST question

    At the last election, Senator David Leonhjelm (Liberal Democrats, NSW) committed to sponsoring and supporting amendments of the GST law to ensure that those providing taxi (including rideshare) travel have access to the same GST threshold (currently $75,000 turnover a year) as all other...
  4. Jack Malarkey

    ATO: ABN bulk cancellations

    From the Australian Taxation Office’s Small Business Newsroom: ABN bulk cancellations 2 May 2019 We will be conducting reviews on existing ABNs, which includes cancelling inactive ones. This helps to make sure the information on the Australian Business Register is correct and up to date. Your...
  5. Jack Malarkey

    ATO: Lodge online and get more time

    From the Australian Taxation Office’s Small Business Newsroom: Lodge online and get more time 2 May 2019 Most small businesses are eligible for an extra two weeks to lodge and pay their activity statement by lodging online. Depending on your business type, you have options for lodging...
  6. Jack Malarkey

    Private ruling request from ATO re GST treatment of Uber appreciation awards (bonuses)

    I have just made an application to the Australian Taxation Office for a private ruling on whether or not Uber’s appreciation awards (bonuses) are subject to GST. I will report back here when I receive a reply.
  7. N

    Any international students/workers working on uber?

    I have question about the GST registration that Uber asks us to do. I'm new to the country and I'm starting to drive for uber. I know that we need to register for GST but they won't let me do it online. I called CRA and they said I needed to register by mail as a non-resident. Has anyone...
  8. duracell

    Entertainment tax deduction eg Spotify

    Hi. I understand that drivers can claim a Spotify subscription as a tax deduction. Does anybody know if this extends to Youtube Red as it includes Google Play Music? Or is it just those entertainment providers that run through the Uber App? Thanks
  9. mickyt

    ATO -calculate GST

    Hi All, Newbie here (found this forum yesterday) and new to Uber (only been driving 3 months) . I am about to submit my first simpler BAS for Oct- Dec and I'm a bit confused. Have spoken to Uber and ATO and read some stuff and still unclear and my accountant is away till the end of the month...
  10. B

    GST on car registration

    In QLD, can we claim GST on vehicle registration fees? In our invoices, it doesn't include anything about GST charged? Thanks
  11. B

    GST on purchase

    If I buy a car for $16,000 on 01/12/2018 and do UBER. Can I put it as GST on purchases at the end of this GST quarter which is 31/12/2018?
  12. Sam. P

    ATO chasing overdue BAS?

    I've read in a thread on Facebook that the ATO is teaming up with external collection agencies. Should we be worried???? copy and paste: "From now on if your clients have overdue lodgment obligations, we may refer them to an external collection agency to secure lodgment on our behalf. Starting...
  13. Jack Malarkey

    ATO: Driving passengers for a fare?

    From the Australian Taxation Office’s Small Business Newsroom: Driving passengers for a fare? 20 November 2018 If you're going to provide ride-sourcing services, it's important to know your tax obligations before you start. Ride-sourcing is treated the same as taxi travel for GST...
  14. B

    Airtax Sync not working

    I have noticed that the AirTax sync process is not working for me from a couple of weeks ago. Is it the same for you guys as well? I am on my OCT-DEC GST page and the sync button is not working for me. Is there any website similar to Airtax? Thanks
  15. Alex @ Airtax


    Designed by PwC Tax Specialists, Airtax does simple tax for individuals from $49. Our integration with Uber allows you to pull earnings and expense data straight from your Uber profile into the BAS, making it super straightforward to stay compliant. Best of all it only takes a couple of minutes...
  16. Jack Malarkey

    Ola introducing up-front fares in all Australian cities from Wednesday 3 October 2018

    Ola sent the following email to all its Australian drivers on Tuesday 2 October 2018 at 3.29 pm: PRODUCT UPDATE 'UP-FRONT FARE' Effective 03 October 2018, Ola will introduce an up-front fare feature in the customer app. This is designed to provide clarity for customers, providing even...
  17. B

    Maintaing the logbook for more than three months

    After three months of UBER, my logbook shows that my business usage is 92%. But if I keep on marking the logbook for another few months, I am pretty sure my business usage will go up to 97%. Is this allowable?
  18. B

    Change of business usage percentage

    What if I complete the uber logbook for three months and it shows a business percentage of 98%. And all of a sudden I could get a full time job and now by business usage is only 50%. When completing GST and tax returns, do I put 98% or 50% for the business usage of my vehicle? Remember that the...
  19. Jack Malarkey

    ATO: Claiming GST credits

    From the Australian Taxation Office’s Small Business Newsroom: Claiming GST credits 22 June 2018 Knowing what you can claim as a GST credit can sometimes seem confusing. Here are five things you can do to get your claim right: 1. Claim within the time limit You can claim GST and fuel tax...
  20. Jack Malarkey

    ATO: Don’t delay your activity statement

    From the Australian Taxation Office’s Small Business Newsroom: Don't delay your activity statement 22 June 2018 It's important to lodge your activity statements on time. You have up to four years from the due date of your activity statement to claim GST and fuel tax credits. If you're...