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Santa’s Tax Crises

A light-hearted look at the complexity of Australian taxation laws. Dear Santa, Thank you for the opportunity to provide tax advice for your operation. We are pleased you have initiated this advice as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is looking closely at any business or individual that operates within Australia but has significant transactions or […]

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New legislation restricts access to the reduced company tax rate

Legislation restricting access to the small business company tax rate reduction entered Parliament last month. The changes specifically preclude companies with passive investments such as rental property income from qualifying for the small business entity tax rate of 27.5%. For the 2017 income year a company could access the reduced company tax rate if it […]

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Cleaners and couriers latest black economy target

The detail of the Government’s crackdown on cleaning and courier companies was revealed late last month. From 1 July 2018, the taxable payments reporting system will extend beyond the building industry to cleaning and courier businesses. This means that these businesses will need to report payments they make to contractors (individual and total for the […]

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New laws hold franchisors responsible for vulnerable workers

Franchisors and holding companies could be held responsible if their franchisees or subsidiaries don’t follow workplace laws. The Government has stepped in to protect workers following months of controversial headlines uncovering poor record keeping, questionable workplace practices and exploitation, underpayments, deception, and superannuation guarantee fraud by employers. The Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill amends the Fair […]

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Super Guarantee – What Happens When You Get It Wrong

The ATO receives around 20,000 reports each year from people who believe their employer has either not paid or underpaid compulsory superannuation guarantee (SG). In 2015-16 the ATO investigated 21,000 cases raising $670 million in SG and penalties. The ATO’s own risk assessments suggest that between 11% and 20% of employers could be non-compliant with […]

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ASIC Targets Growing Companies In Audit Crackdown

ASIC is in the midst of a concerted campaign targeting private companies that have outgrown the reporting exemptions. ASIC requires companies to prepare and lodge a financial report and a directors’ report each financial year, and have the accounts audited unless the company is exempt. Most small companies are exempt from the compliance requirements as […]

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Should Business Push A Social Agenda?

For years we’ve been told that consumers prefer businesses that take a stand on social issues – those that are environmentally and socially friendly. But is that always the case? Qantas CEO Alan Joyce had a pie shoved in his face at a business breakfast in May 2017 for Qantas’s proactive position on same sex […]

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