Prepare a letter of advice to jacob

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Reference no: EM131349506 , Length: word count:3000

Assignment Overview

You are to attempt the question as if it were a real client you are completing a taxation engagement for. The client requests that you provide advice about these taxation issues and explain why you are dealing with each aspect in the way that you are. In this regard you need to justify;

  • The advice you are providing about the future sale of house and expenditure to prepare it for sale.
  • The rewards for saving the boy from a shark attack.
  • Why you are including/excluding receipts from assessable income.
  • Why deductions are allowed for some expenses, but not others.
  • Which levies or offsets are available to the client, and why. Also, why certain other levies and offsets do not apply.

Taxation Major Assignment

Your client Jacob comes to see you in December 2016 asking to prepare his income tax return for the year ended 30 June 2016. He is also seeking your taxation advice in relation to some other issues. He provides the following information;

Jacob wants to sell his current home and purchase a new home to live in. He purchased the house on 31 October 1987 for a cost of $190,000 and also incurred legal costs of $1,900 and stamp duty of $4,850 in relation to the purchase. Jacob has lived in the house as his main residence since then, except for a period from 31 December 2006 to 31 December 2014. The market value of the house at 31 December 2006 was $290,000.

In order to sell this house, Jacob needs to undertake some repair work as follows;

Repainting the whole house - $6,200

Building a fence to make the front of the house more presentable - $3,600

Repairing the front porch that has begun to fall down - $2,400

He has found a perfect house to buy, so may have to buy it before he sells his first house, meaning there may be a period of time where he owns two houses. He could sell his first house for $480,000.

During the year Jacob saved a boy from a shark attack while he was patrolling his local beach in his capacity as a volunteer lifesaver. The boy's parents gave Jacob an Apple watch worth $650. He was also given a medal for bravery for saving this boy.

In addition to the above transactions, Jacob had the following income and expenses for the year ended 30 June 2016;



Salary (occupation - teacher)


Franked dividends from Telstra shares


Holiday received for opening a new savings account with his bank


Family Tax Benefit for his 10yr old son (Jacob is a sole parent)



Purchase of work clothing and shoes


Use of private car for school activities - See additional information below


Costs of studying a masters of teaching in order to obtain a promotion This total includes $1,850 for a laptop purchased 1/2/16


Superannuation contributions for himself


Tax Agent fees


PAYG withholding from his salary


Additional Information;

Jacob used his CX-9 (purchased in June 2013 for $42,000) for school activities. During the year he travelled 25,000 km, of which 5,600 were for school purposes. Running expenses include;

Registration and insurance - $1,700

Fuel - $2,080

Speeding fine - $450

Repairs and services - $750


Prepare a Letter of Advice to Jacob that outlines/discusses/explains the following:

1. The tax implications of the sale of his first house and purchase of new house, including any exemptions available and noting any additional information you may require from Jacob. Calculate the assessable gain, if any.

2. The tax implications of the expenditure on his house.

3. The tax implications of receiving the apple watch and bravery medal.

4. The assessability and deductibility of all the other items listed in the information as you calculate Jacob's taxable income for the year ended 30 June 2016.

5. The tax payable/ (refundable) for Jacob for the year ended 30 June 2016, including all additional levies and tax offsets.

Important Note:

Jacob is an astute taxpayer and questions every piece of tax advice given to him. To ensure Jacob is satisfied with your advice, you will need to provide adequate (but concise) explanations about the income tax treatment of all these items above.

As such, you will need to support all your discussion and interpretation with reference to legislation, cases or rulings. Referencing the Master Tax Guide will not be appropriate as this is not the authority, but rather assists your understanding of the legislation, cases and rulings. Also, copying entire sections of legislation, cases or rulings will not be appropriate as Jacob wants your advice provided in a way he can understand.

If you need to make assumptions in the absence of specific information that will be provided by Jacob later, you may need to make a decision that moves in a particular direction, but provide a brief explanation if another course of action is appropriate.

Your advice should be provided formally in a professional letter addressed directly to Jacob (not an essay about him), addressing each issue as necessary. Remember, quantity does not always equate to quality, so be concise in your response.

3000 words

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Reference no: EM131349506

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Appropriate referencing to the legislation, leading cases, rulings and other authorities should be made. Note that the Master Tax Guide (MTG) and ATO website are not the appropriate authority. They function to support the legislation, cases and rulings. After discussing each item as appropriate, you will be required to calculate taxable income and net tax payable/(refundable) for your client. You will submit your assignment through Turnitin (using the link that will be available in the Assessment area) with an electronic cover sheet. Turnitin is software that helps you to ensure that your work is your own, so please review the Originality Index and Report that is provided. Your advice must be provided formally in a professional letter addressed directly to your client (not an essay about him), addressing each issue as necessary. Remember, quantity does not always equate to quality, so be concise in your response. There are marks allocated for presentation, formatting, referencing, spelling and grammar.

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