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Beware the price shopper!

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Feb 2012

Beware the price shopper!

Most businesses work on the basis that they are supposed to sell on value and not price. What happens when a business is faced with the prospect of a price only buyer (purely focused on the cost of a product or service)? First, make sure they really are in fact a price only buyer. In most cases, salespeople are too quick to place a ‘price-only...

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Transition to Personal Property Securities Register

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Jan 2012

Transition to Personal Property Securities Register

On 30 January 2012, a new national scheme governing all types of security interests over personal property will start. To facilitate the transition from Queensland’s Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS), Bills of Sale Register and Register of Cooperative Charges to the new national Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), Queensland’s registers will close at 5pm AEST on Friday, 27 January 2012. Paper applications will close at...

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Quarterly Business Newsletter – November 2011

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Oct 2011

Quarterly Business Newsletter – November 2011

Welcome to the last quarterly newsletter for 2011. With only a little over 7 weeks to go till Christmas you no doubt will need to consider Christmas party bookings before all the venues are booked out! If you are planning a party then please contact us before the costs are finalised as the party may be deemed to be a fringe benefit resulting in extra...

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Solar may not be as cool as you think…

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Sep 2011

Solar may not be as cool as you think…

Occasionally clients and friends present documents prepared by Solar Panel sales staff showing how solar panels can lead to extraordinary savings such that my clients or friends will make a net profit from solar after a very short period of time. The Net Present Value calculations are often based on 1 or 2 years of data then extrapolated after making many generous assumptions. In addition to the mathematical concerns I...

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Quarterly Business Newsletter – July 2011

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Jul 2011

Quarterly Business Newsletter – July 2011

Please click on this link to view our quarterly business newsletter. Topics for the third quarter of 2011 include: Knowing the rights of your customers Do you have to pay the flood levy? The cost of illegal software Women in the workplace Carbon tax and your business What is your positioning strategy? Web watch Key dates for the quarter Oxfam 100km Trailwalker Feedback As mentioned in...

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Quarterly Business Newsletter (2011 Quarter 2)

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Jun 2011

Quarterly Business Newsletter (2011 Quarter 2)

Please click on this link to view our quarterly business newsletter. Topics for the second quarter of 2011 include: Understanding employment contracts Changes to unfair dismissal laws Innovate with experiential marketing Cloud computing and your business Paid parental leave Tips for quality leadership Web watch Key dates for the quarter


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Jun 2011

$10,000 Queensland Building Boost

What is the Queensland Building Boost Grant? The Queensland Building Boost Grant is a grant of $10,000 for a person or corporation buying or building a new home in Queensland for a value less than $600,000. The grant is to assist recovery in the housing construction sector, Queensland’s third-largest job generating industry. When can I apply for the Queensland Building Boost Grant? The Building Boost...

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Top 5 tax strategies for investors

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May 2011

Top 5 tax strategies for investors

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and I am often asked about various taxation implications for investors so below are 5 common items to consider. One should not invest solely to obtain a tax benefit. Tax should never be the driver of investment decisions, however, there are tax strategies to consider as part of wealth creation planning. (I saw the above jar...

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Why is the Australian Tax System Unique?

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Apr 2011

Why is the Australian Tax System Unique?

As per the Australian Institue of Chartered Accountants magazine for April 2010:  Australia has one of the most complex tax systems in the world  There are roughly 5,700 pages of income tax legislation in Australia  Australians currently pay 125 taxes; of these, 10 taxes collect 90% of the revenue  The number of taxes rise to 259 when you consider that states have different taxes  73%...

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Super contributions – too much of a good thing?

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Mar 2011

Super contributions – too much of a good thing?

Last year approximately 40,000 people contributed too much to their superannuation, with these excess contributions attracting up to 46.5% tax. While the Government encourages us to top up our super by offering a favourable tax environment for super contributions and earnings, it also sets a limit on the amount of contributions that can be made to your super. So it appears that too much of...

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