Where individuals or partners in a partnership incur losses from business activities, the non-commercial loss rules should be considered as such losses may not be eligible for offset against other assessable income during the year unless certain conditions are satisfied.
Businesses need to ensure that they have kept proper records to substantiate expenses claimed in their tax returns, including a new car log book every 5 years, plus annual odometer records, travel diaries in appropriate situations, loan agreements and tax invoices.
Businesses need to continually review their operating structure to ensure that it is still appropriate taking into account issues such as asset protection, changes in marginal tax rates, and on-going changes to the small business capital gains tax concessions.

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