Scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been sending emails asking recipients to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business or company name. These emails often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details or infects your computer with malware if you click the link – don’t click on anything!

If Halletts is the Registered Office for your company, you will never receive emails or other correspondence directly from ASIC. If you would like us to become your Registered Office and take care of your ASIC dealings for you, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

If Halletts is your Registered Agent only, you will still receive correspondence from ASIC, so please be aware that an email is probably a scam and is not from ASIC if it asks you:

  • to make a payment over the phone
  • to make a payment to receive a refund
  • for your credit card or bank details directly by email or phone.

You can also check your registration renewal date, as ASIC will only issue a renewal notice 30 days before your renewal date. You can search for your business name on the ASIC register here and if the email is more than a month outside your renewal date, it might be a scam. As always, ask us if you’re not sure!

The work Christmas party is still on but remember, as always the ATO wants you to share a swig of the booze, a couple of slices of ham (off your bones) and a turn on the karaoke machine, so make sure you are across what happens for tax and FBT when you choose to make merry! More information here.

Watch out! The ACT Government has gone off the [tram] rails.

Your new family home or former family home could now be subject to ACT Land Tax even if it is never rented out.

While we read about banks charging dead customers, here in Canberra we can now be charged for taking ‘too long’ to find a buyer for our old home or taking ‘too long’ to move into our new home. And, too long is actually not very long – could be as little as 92 days.

So if you are moving into or out of a home (maybe you’re trying to sell), you may end up paying more than you thought towards the tram. More information here.