Monthly Legal Updater – January 2018

In Show 048 – Monthly Legal Updater – January 2018 originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Friday 5 January 2018.

Show Notes

It’s time for another monthly legal updater.  The new year means lots of new rules and regulations – across Australia and around the world.  We’ve highlighted the changes that are most likely going to impact you in your daily life.

Tax issues for investment properties

First up is a major change for those that own investment properties in Australia.  If you’ve got an investment property in another part of the country you used to be able to write off many ancillary costs associated with travelling to that property.  Things like flights and car hires could all be written off.  As of 2018 that is no longer the case.  You may want to consider hiring a property manager instead of making those trips.

Gonski 2.0

The Turnbull government’s new education plan comes into effect this year.  There are many changes that will effect school age children and those that work in the education sector.

Life insurance commissions

The government has brought in changes to the way life insurance companies get paid for their product.  The changes are quite extensive but among the most important is a new commission structure that is intended to lower the cost of life insurance.

NSW Property developer bond

As of 2018 any new building being constructed over two stories will have to lodge a 2% bond with the New South Wales Building Commission to protect the public from defective builds.

Same-sex marriage

Starting January 9, 2018 same-sex couples will be permitted to legally marry across Australia.

California marijuana

California has become the latest American state to legalize recreational marijuana.  You can’t smoke at work or in your car and the details of where you can legally buy it are still to be worked out.

China garbage rules

China has for many years accepted waste from other countries.  As of 2018 that is no longer going to be the case.  China is cutting way back on the type and amount of garbage it imports.  It’s all an effort to combat the huge amounts of pollution in the country.

Electric black cabs in London

There are few things more iconically British than the London black cab.  But they are changing.  Come 2018 the cars are all being converted to run on electricity rather than gasoline.

Wood burning in Europe

Gas and wood burning stoves and fireplaces have come under strict new rules inside the EU.  They will now have to meet emissions standards in order to preserve air quality.

Bankruptcies decline in Australia

The end of the calendar year means that a raft of statistics have also been released.  ASIC has reported that there was a marked decline in insolvent businesses over the last year.  There are many reasons why companies go under but nearly half reported that cash flow problems are what did them in.  The other half said that a lack of a strategic plan is why their businesses failed.

Computer game company fine

Valve Corporation, one of the largest video game companies in the world, was fined the maximum by the Australian Federal Court.  The company was found to have wilfully ignored Australian law when it began operating in this country.  In total the company will have to pay $2.2 million in fines.

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