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Newsflash: GST rate reduced to 0%

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Apr 2015

Newsflash: GST rate reduced to 0%

My apologies for the April fools newsletter title, poor accounting humour! There is however talk of tax reform which may see an increase in the rate of GST. Whether the political parties have the will to undertake a sincere review and make tough decisions remains to be seen. Based on the last few years I suspect that there will be much discussion and little action....

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End of year is next week. Really?

22

Mar 2015

End of year is next week. Really?

Do you know when the calendar year ends or when the financial year ends? Spare a thought for the poor Fringe Benefits Year End (next week – 31 March) which receives little fanfare although it affects many of us. Do you: Salary package. Work for a community organisation or large institution such as a public hospital. Use a car that is not held in your...

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5 Business Warning Signs

02

Mar 2015

5 Business Warning Signs

In addition to our interesting as ever newsletter, I will touch on something we feel is important. Warning Signs We see a number of business owners and managers who are far too busy in their business, not seeing the larger picture of where the business is headed. These businesses often have no long term strategic goal and just amble along. The business owners are stressed...

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Tax Planning – 2014

15

Jun 2014

Tax Planning – 2014

Last Minute Tax Planning Tax planning isn’t limited to the last few weeks of the tax year.  The best tax planning forms part of your business structuring and is incorporated into decisions throughout the year.  Having said that we appreciate that most business owners are very busy so we have listed a few last minute tax planning ideas: What is new? There are two interesting...

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ATO Crack downs

05

Mar 2012

ATO Crack downs

The ATO is under pressure to recover lost ground after relaxing its position during the global financial crisis. One of the areas it intends to improve revenue is by targeting contractors. The ATO has warned that it plans to use information from labour hire firms and increased auditing in attempt to improve compliance for contactors through the 2012-13 financial year. During 2012, the ATO will...

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Beware the price shopper!

08

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

12

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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Solar may not be as cool as you think…

30

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 (2011 Quarter 2)

24

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


20

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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