Top 5 tax tips for small business

It’s something of a little white lie, isn’t it? — the one told to aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs that hard work guarantees success.

Hard work is vital, but it’s not the only quotient.

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Selling your business and the GST “going concern” exemption

The concept of the “going concern” exemption for GST purposes can still cause confusion when businesses are sold, despite the fact this exemption has been in place for many years.

A “going concern” refers to an enterprise’s ability to continue trading, with the sale of that business generally eligible to be GST-free if the enterprise is deemed as such.

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Why you need to disclose a business industry code for your tax return

The Tax Office has re-released its business industry code (BIC) tool to help small businesses speed up their tax return lodgement.

The BIC is a five-digit number required for tax returns and schedules. Using the correct code helps businesses avoid delays by ensuring their return is lodged in the correct category. It is derived from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes.

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What is a Tax Office public ruling and how can it help?

The Tax Office can issue public rulings that provide guidance on the interpretation of various tax laws.

Public rulings generally deal with priority issues that have been found to require clarification, so if you have a concern about a particular area of tax law, you may find that many of your concerns are shared by others and may have already been addressed.

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5 steps to successful succession planning

While it might be a tough topic to broach, it is inevitable that someday you will leave your business. You can’t know whether you’ll sell up, retire or leave due to health reasons, so is important that you prepare yourself for any eventuality.

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The undercover employee

The Tax Office’s ongoing compliance efforts have some constant focus. One of these is the often flawed characterisation by businesses of an employee as a contractor.

The mischief from the Tax Office’s point of view is the avoidance of employer obligations relating to the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding.

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10 technology mistakes your small business might be making (and how to avoid them)

While technology can streamline business processes, it can also create major problems. Technology and working-life website, Lifehacker, has come up with what it says are 10 of the most common mistakes, in no particular order, that small businesses make in IT. Thankfully, it also suggests how to avoid them!

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5 apps that could revolutionise how you do business

The technology and working-life website Lifehacker has put together a list of some very handy apps that can allow you to operate your business on the go – or completely change the way you do things. Here are five of Lifehacker’s favourites.

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Yes, you can claim GST credits for employee reimbursements

If you are an employer registered for GST you may be entitled to claim credits for payments you make to reimburse employees (including company directors) or partners in a partnership for certain work-related expenses.

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6 business plan mistakes that turn investors away

Credit reporting and receivables management company, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), has found that new or inexperienced entrepreneurs often send business plans to potential investors before their plan is fully completed or vetted.

Here are some common mistakes that D&B says too many business owners make when developing a business plan; and they are turning potential investors away.

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