Hi Readers! Can you believe we’re halfway through the
year already!? Our monthly newsletter has been produced for 18
months now and throughout this time we’ve discussed a number of
different topics. Are there any topics or particular items
that you would like covered in future editions? Please let us know
by replying to this email with any feedback or topic requests.
In this month’s issue of Keep Things Flowing, we
present a variety of short Q&A’s and review possible tax
deductions for the upcoming end of financial year.
I’m in the due diligence stage of purchasing a block
that is affected by flood water. Can STORM provide professional
advice on the potential for development prior to the end of my due
Yes Storm can provide assistance. It is imperative
that you make contact with one of our engineers to discuss the
issues affecting the block as soon as possible. In most cases
(given the time constraint) we can undertake a preliminary
assessment of the property to identify expected flood levels and
the associated development constraints. At the very least we can
provide verbal advice regarding this issue. This information is
usually enough for the purchaser to make an informed decision about
the risks of development when purchasing the property. A detailed
assessment of the development may be required following the
acquisition of the land. If you have a property that you are
looking to purchase we would be happy to provide assistance with
Does STORM do the civil design for project s or just
the conceptual stormwater design?
Although we are civil engineers, we only undertake the
conceptual design of a project.
Does a Q100 event mean I will only experience the
event once in every hundred years?
No, a Q100 event is defined as an event that has a 1%
chance of occurring in any single year.
Does STORM provide Forms 15 and 16?
Yes we have the ability to provide these documents.
Does STORM size water quality treatment devices?
Yes we do. We size both traditional and propriety
devices depending on the water quality targets required to be met.
What is ALS Survey Data?
ALS stands for Aerial Laser Scanning. Ground levels
are mapped aerially and compiled into square kilometre tiles. STORM
purchases these tiles from the State Government. We then reformat
the data to form contours over the relevant study area.
June has come and gone, which means it’s time to
forage for those faded receipts inside your shoe box and sort out
your tax returns. The ATO’s website has listed some
occupation-specific deductions you can claim for your work-related
expenses. Some common work-related deductions for engineers (and
potentially architects, town planners etc.) are listed below:
- Work-related daily travel expenses: travels between
your work and meeting places and/or sites are generally deductable.
Travelling from home to site then onto work is also deductable,
however travels between home and work are generally private (with
- Overnight and overseas travel: fares,
accommodations, meals and incidental expenses for work (e.g. site
visits) are generally deductable. This includes attending
industry-related seminars interstate or overseas (attendance fees
are also deductable). Course fees and tutorial fees for
work-related training (e.g. software package courses) are also
- Union fees and subscriptions to associations:
membership fees to Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia
(amongst others) are generally deductable. Fees incurred for
application to qualified status (e.g. CPEng) are generally
- Protective clothing, uniforms and laundry: safety
equipment, protective clothing and uniforms are generally
deductable. The costs for laundry and dry-cleaning uniforms and
protective clothing are also deductable.
Make sure you are
able to supplement evidence for the above deductions (e.g.
receipts). The above is of an informative nature; see the ATO
website for more details or seek professional advice from your tax
We hope you enjoyed this edition of
Keep Things Flowing. Feedback on articles presented is always
welcomed and for further information on any of the articles
presented please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
As always, Keep Things Flowing!
The Storm Team
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