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The taxation of employee share schemes explained

2:51PM | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 | Matt Barrie

Building a technology company isn't easy; a huge range of specialist skill sets are needed – software developers, data scientists, designers, product managers and engineers to name a few.

GST For online businesses: What is the Real Cost?

2:27PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

The fight over online sales and taxes is now growing. Australian retailers face significant competition from online international retailers.

Relocating to the US? Beware the grantor trust rules

2:10PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | David Kenney

Much of the commentary as to the impact of Australia’s tax regime on the startup world relates to our employee share scheme rules, which should get a whole lot easier from July 1, 2015.

Video made the YouTube star: ATO crackdown on YouTube businesses

1:51PM | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Cara Waters

The Australian Tax Office has warned those who make money from YouTube are “performing artists” who can be liable to pay income tax.

Australia eyes missing billions with very own ‘Google tax’

12:20PM | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Antony Ting

Joe Hockey has hinted he may introduce a “Google tax” as a new weapon to tackle profit shifting by multinational enterprises.

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.

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