New ATO Ruling Affects “Professionals” and Profit Allocations

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A new ATO guidance (PCG 2021/4) totally changes the way that professional firm profits can be allocated (or split) among a family group from 1 July 2022 onwards. As a result, most professionals will end up paying larger amounts of tax from the 2023 financial year onwards.

A professional firm is one that offers customised, knowledge-based services to clients which include medicine (doctors, dentists, medical specialists, etc), lawyers, architects, engineers, accountants, financial advisors, and consultants.

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