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Sports Audit, a division of McCarthy Salkeld Chartered Accountants, was established in 2013, to assist and service sporting individuals, clubs and associations with their accounting, audit and taxation requirements.

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Companies should ensure that all dividends paid to shareholders during the relevant franking period (generally the income year) are franked to the same extent to avoid breaching the “benchmark rule”.

Loans, payments and debts forgiven by private companies to their shareholders and associates may give rise to unfranked dividends that are assessable to the shareholders and their associates. Shareholders and entities should consider repaying loans and making payments on time, or have appropriate loan agreements in place.

Companies should consider whether they have undertaken eligible research and development (R&D) activities that may be eligible for the R&D tax incentive.

Companies may consider consolidating before year-end to reduce compliance costs and take advantage of tax opportunities available as a result of the consolidated group being treated as a single entity for tax purposes.

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