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Business belt tightening set to cut back staff Christmas parties

12:33PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can celebrate Christmas with their staff without breaking the bank, experts say, after it was revealed less than two thirds of employers will organise a staff Christmas party this year.

How divorce can cause a messy split in your business

12:06AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Greg Hayes

Despite the best intentions, many marriages don’t last “until death do us part”. However, the end of your marriage need not mean the end of your business. BY GREG HAYES.

Government to start implementing changes around GST import threshold

12:35PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retailers have welcomed Government action on the controversial GST import threshold, but might face a long wait for action.

Taxing times for start-ups with global ambitions

11:11PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Marc Peskett

Do you have ambitions of international expansion? If so, be prepared to grapple with international tax regulations. BY MARC PESKETT.

Claims of a "tick and flick" approach by the ATO

11:54PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Cara Waters

A whistle-blower has made claims the ATO has neglected assessing cases by merit and adopted a quota criteria instead.

Don’t handle your customer complaints like the ATO

11:35PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Taskmaster

Some people say Old Taskmaster is a cold-blooded animal. However, today I read something that made my blood boil, prior to it turning to steam and, ultimately, superheating into molten plasma.

When the taxman comes knocking

11:49PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Greg Hayes

For many businesspeople, nothing is scarier than a visit from the taxman. However, knowing what to expect and how to best manage an audit will make it less of a worry. BY GREG HAYES.

Rags to riches to rags again?

11:39PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | James Thomson

SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.

Swan raises doubts over online GST recommendation

11:13PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government’s review into GST has recommended broadening the tax base to boost federal tax revenues, but Treasurer Wayne Swan says such a move would hurt battlers.

COSBOA drama as chairman resigns, accounts still not signed off

11:12PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Council of Small Business of Australia is in turmoil after its annual general meeting last week, with Ken Phillips resigning as chair after the council's accounts were unable to be signed off.

Retailers ignore executives' calls to abandon GST fight

11:53PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retailers are not willing to give up the fight on import GST, but some executives think it is a distraction from the real issues.

R&D incentive spared after company tax cut scrapped

10:25PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

No changes will be made to the R&D Tax Incentive after the Business Tax Working Group failed to find a “revenue neutral” way to fund a company tax cut, which has been pushed for by lobby groups.

Five ways SMEs will be affected by Wayne Swan’s budget cuts

10:33PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses are bracing themselves for a hit following the release of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which has downgraded the 2012-13 projected surplus to $1.1 billion.

Banks lag on passing interest rate cuts to start-ups

10:37PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Start-ups are receiving mixed messages from the major banks about whether they'll receive recent RBA rate cuts.

Gillard urged to help create 'Silicon Beach' for Australian tech businesses

10:38AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

The tech sector has told the Federal Government that regulations need to change if Australia wants to have its own Silicon Valley.

Tax watchdog calls for improvements to ATO’s audit processes

10:54PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The tax watchdog wants the Tax Office to improve its audit processes, after the ATO wrongly investigated almost 6,000 small business owners as part of a crackdown on the cash economy.

Time and cost of red tape on small businesses spiralling: Report

10:23PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nearly three quarters of Australian small businesses spend longer complying with regulations than they did two years ago, according to a new study.

Taxes grind Bean Bar into liquidation as franchisees continue brewing

9:52PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A liquidator has been appointed to the company behind the Bean Bar coffee shop franchise.

Time and cost of tax compliance has ballooned since 1995: Report

9:40PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s tax system has been labelled too complex, after a new report revealed the time spent on tax compliance has increased fourfold in 17 years.

Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:48PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.

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