Your business structure: from sole trader to company

Choosing the right structure for your business is a consideration that is not only important from the start, but as your business grows and develops. Here we look at the basic differences between operating under the simplest of structures compared to the most complex business structure.

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Employers: Beware “left-field” FBT liabilities

It is generally understood that for fringe benefits tax (FBT) to apply, the benefits paid are usually in respect of an employment relationship. In other words, a ‘payment’ (other than salary or wages) made, or benefit provided, to somebody because they are an employee.

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Tax relief for small business restructure

Yesterday, 29 February 2016, Parliament passed legislation that will allow small businesses to change their legal structure without attracting a capital gains tax (CGT) liability at that time.

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8 smart ways to manage your debtors for business success

Getting paid on time is critical to managing your small business’ cash flow. And, let’s face it, cash flow is critical to your business’ survival. Paying suppliers and salaries, investing in infrastructure and growth – if you don’t have the cash your business is in trouble.

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Free employer SuperStream webinars from the Tax Office

Employers with 19 or fewer members of staff have still got until June 30, 2016 before they need to comply with the new SuperStream standard for superannuation payments.

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Tax and online fraud: protect yourself and your business

Since July this year, scams targeting both individual and business taxpayers have been running rife.

From fake Tax Office “delayed return” or “proof of identity” emails to telephone calls conveying similar requests, taxpayers have had to keep their guard up.  So how can individuals and businesses protect themselves from online fraud and crime?

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How can your business claim website costs?

Your business can claim website development and maintenance costs under various tax rules.

As a business owner you probably know by now that you need a website; whether to display your credibility, ensure you are accessible, target a wider audience, showcase your work or transact with your customers. Since most consumers now search online before making a purchase decision, a professional-looking site is important.

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Can your small business claim tax deductions for employee training fees?

Running a successful small business sometimes requires an up-skilled team. If you need your employees to grow their expertise in a particular area, spotting them for short-courses, seminars, one-day intensives, professional qualifications or a bunch of “101s” can be a worthwhile endeavour.

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Hired a “contractor” who is really an “employee”? There are consequences

If your business is looking to put on more staff, first of all: congratulations! But secondly, a warning …

The engagement status of workers is an important distinction – whether they are employees or independent contractors – and has consequences that can get many employers into unforeseen hot water.

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Your guide to FBT and Christmas: 5 tips to keep your gifts and party tax free

Christmas will be here before we know it, and it is likely that employers will already be thinking about their yuletide preparations. You may also be thinking about how to manage FBT and Christmas.

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