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What do I need to do to claim the R&D tax incentive?

10:37PM | Wednesday, 22 October 2014 | Melanie Reen

If you are an Australian company eligible to pay tax, and you are manufacturing or developing new or improved technical services, then you may be eligible to make a claim for the R&D tax incentive.

Employee share scheme changes: a good start but still a long way to go

10:01PM | Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | Reuben Bramanathan

Australian startups and small businesses will generally be pleased with the proposed changes to the taxation of employee share schemes announced yesterday, but there are still a number of issues to be resolved before companies can start implementing new share and option incentives.

GST on crowdfunding activities could be a “compliance nightmare” for startups

10:35PM | Tuesday, 7 October 2014 | Kye White

Applying GST to crowdfunding projects could present startups with a “compliance nightmare”, according to Arts ‘n’ Smarts co-founder and former tax lawyer Alan Tsen.

ATO guidance on GST treatment of bitcoin at the top of agenda as Senate inquiry is officially announced

10:22PM | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Kye White

A Senate committee inquiry into bitcoin must examine the ATO’s guidance requiring Australian bitcoin exchanges to charge GST on the value of the bitcoins they supply, industry figures say.

Australian Senate inquiry into bitcoin set to be announced, as industry group ADCCA advocates self-regulation

9:51PM | Friday, 19 September 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Digital currency industry body Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA) has advocated a self-regulatory framework, ahead of a Senate inquiry into cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin ruling still doesn’t answer which country has the right to tax

8:55PM | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Miranda Stewart

Last week, the ATO published long-awaited guidance on the Australian tax treatment of bitcoin, in the form of draft rulings regarding income tax, Goods and Services Tax and Fringe Benefits Tax.

The winners and losers from the ATO’s bitcoin guidance

8:42PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Alan Tsen

The Australian Taxation Office has released its much anticipated guidance on the taxation treatment of bitcoin. Along with the guidance paper they released a slew of draft rulings.

Tax tips to help tackle the ATO hit list

6:00AM | Monday, 16 June 2014 | Adrian Raftery

With the ATO announcing their hit list for 2013-14, it is time to do some urgent tax planning.

OPINION: Dear Google, here are some ways to put your money where your mouth is

6:17AM | Friday, 13 June 2014 | Alan Jones

I feel like poking the rainbow bear today. Google Australia is the big bear of the Australian tech startup industry.

Your end of financial year business checklist: Five steps to save time and money

6:09PM | Thursday, 5 June 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

With June 30 fast approaching, here are five things you need to cross off your financial checklist.

Home-based business owner? There are some tax deductions you should be aware of

6:06PM | Tuesday, 3 June 2014 | Chris Ridd

There are broadly two types of expenses you can claim related to your home business area: Occupancy expenses and operating expenses.

Getting your taxable payments reporting ready for tax time

5:20PM | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Richard Puffe

Are you ready to prepare and lodge your first Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) before 21 July 2014?

Investors demand tax reform in budget’s aftermath

5:32PM | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Kye White

The federal government should offer a firm commitment to tackle key issues on tax reform in order to strengthen venture capital in Australia, according to Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association chief executive Yasser El-Ansary.

Five small business tax deductions to keep in mind at tax time

5:50AM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Chris Ridd

Tax time is not far away, so it's worthwhile to know what deductions you can make as a small business owner.

Cybercrime on the increase with companies failing to keep up

4:54AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Cyber-espionage is up again in the 2014 report, representing a more than three-fold increase compared with the 2013 report, with 511 incidents partially due to a bigger dataset.

Almost 100 countries sign GST agreement: Pressure mounts on Australian government

4:25PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Eloise Keating

Close to 100 countries have signed up to a new set of tax principles to govern how goods and services are taxed across borders.

Taxation: The three Ds of paying dues

4:28PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Linnet Hunter

Taxation can feel like an unmanageable burden for many sole traders. With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching, here’s how you need to start preparing.

Push to reform taxation of employee share scheme gathers steam

3:54PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Paul Pennay

Momentum behind the campaign to change how employee share schemes are taxed is increasing, with government MPs set to be briefed later today by a lobby group which says the government should simplify the current arrangements.

Two tax mistakes that can break a start-up

2:00AM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Rose Powell

According to tax expert Ryan Tietjens, a couple of common mistakes can quickly quash a start-up’s chances of making it big. Here are the two biggest issues he deals with as an accountant – and how you can avoid them.

Consider setting up a crowdfunding site – inside your company

2:00AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Taskmaster

IBM management recently introduced a crowdfunding site for projects within their company. It’s an idea you might be able to replicate on a smaller scale within your business.

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