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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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Fringe Benefits Tax – nearly over for another year

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Feb 2011

Fringe Benefits Tax – nearly over for another year

It’s almost time to celebrate another end of year event – the FBT year end. The Fringe Benefits Tax (‘FBT’) year ends on 31 March running independently of both the calendar (31 December) and financial (30 June) years and receives very little attention from business owners. For employers: FBT is a tax employers pay on benefits the employees receive such as the use of company...

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Quarterly Business Newsletter (2011 Quarter 1)

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Feb 2011

Quarterly Business Newsletter (2011 Quarter 1)

Please click on this link to view our quarterly business newsletter.   Topics for the first quarter of 2011 include: Starting 2011 on a positive note Learning new business strategies Business, marketing and social media Watch out for sham contracting Time to update your business systems ATO extends business relief Book review: The one page business plan Key dates for the quarter


Flooding in Queensland

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Jan 2011

Flooding in Queensland

Well it sure has been an interesting few days. My wife and I returned on the 8th of January from an overseas holiday excited to be back in Australia. On Monday the 10th we were in Toowoomba for a few meetings with the intention of being back on the Gold Coast by the evening when all of a sudden we were on the receiving end...

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