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Tax authorities put spotlight on sharing economy

You can’t pick up a newspaper these days without seeing some reference to the ‘sharing economy’. Whether it is Uber, Airbnb or a host of other peer to peer operators,…

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Toast

An end to the year invites a toast. Toast is nearly a contronym. Contronyms are Janus-like words with two opposing meanings. Cleave is a classic. It can mean cling or…

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Bring on year end: But first, are your trusts in order?

30 June is quickly approaching and private businesses are turning their minds to the next year. However, before the year ends there are some key actions which need to be…

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PAYG employee? Take some end of year tax tips

The end of the tax year is rapidly approaching. How best to get your tax return sorted, and crucially, to ensure you don’t pay more tax than you need to?…

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‘Simple indirect tax’ days long gone as ATO focuses on business systems

There was a time when VAT/GST was regarded as the ‘simple tax’. Those days are long gone. Many indirect tax regimes are becoming increasingly sophisticated – with the result that,…

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Start-up investment incentives the missing Budget link

This week’s Federal Budget was well received by small business, as our colleague David Pring observed on this page yesterday. While we would agree the measures to boost that sector…

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Good news for the smart country

Last month I shared my concerns on the proposed R&D amendments – please refer blog link below. It is not often in tax that we get good news – but…

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Payroll takes centre stage in states’ tax debates

At federal level, the long-awaited tax white paper may have been delayed. But in three states, payroll tax rebate is currently at the centre of debate. In Queensland, Labor has…

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Protecting innovation in Australia: what is best for Australian companies?

The Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013 (commonly known as the Targeting Access Bill) was passed in the Senate on Tuesday night. As the Bill must return to…

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Sydney tragedy overshadows bleak budget figures

On Monday at 12.30 the Treasurer was supposed to be releasing his statement on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO). In the end it was delayed by 90 minutes as…

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Will Victoria election herald a payroll tax rebate?

It’s doubtful that payroll tax will be at the forefront of Victorian voters’ minds when they go to polls on Saturday. But it might be an important outcome of the…

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International tax avoidance: Noise and nuance

For so many months, international tax avoidance seemed to be the big issue that was going to dominate the G20 summit in Brisbane. Given that growth targets and climate change…

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Forging international tax rules: the devil is in the detail

There has been an unprecedented public, media and political focus on tax over the past 12 months and the OECD’s Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting has been at…

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