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Start-ups’ federal election wish list

1:25PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

With an election coming up in September, both parties will be keen to win your vote. Here are five areas the major parties will need to focus on if they want to win the support of start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Businesses with dodgy bookkeepers should be penalised, says IPA

1:45PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups using dodgy bookkeepers to prepare GST returns would miss out on deductions under a proposal by the Institute of Public Accountants, which has released its pre-budget submission.

Energy costs up 14.5% for start-ups after carbon tax: Report

1:54PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Energy costs for businesses have risen on average by 14.5% since the introduction of the carbon tax, according to new figures from the Australian Industry Group.

GST threshold change unlikely to impact overseas web purchases: Report

1:23PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 80% of Australian consumers oppose reductions to the GST-free threshold on overseas online purchases, but any change will do little to quell their appetite to spend, new research reveals.

Dymocks director’s super slip-up leads to $70,000 tax bill shock

1:57PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A recent tribunal ruling points to a need for directors to be careful about the timing of superannuation contributions.

Start-ups urged to “sit out” of R&D program amid red tape concerns

1:05PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The government’s R&D Tax Incentive has attracted claims of excessive red tape, with one tax expert suggesting start-ups “sit out” until the recordkeeping requirements are made much clearer.

Shoes of Prey founder flags share option woes for start-ups

1:00PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Serial entrepreneur and StartupSmart mentor Michael Fox has outlined problems with employee share option plans (ESOPs) for start-ups, after being invited to meet with the federal government.

Victoria revealed as the lowest taxing state for start-ups

1:24PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Cara Waters

The Institute of Public Affairs' State Business Tax Calculator reveals Victoria is the place to be for the lowest businesses taxes.

Businesses unfazed by surplus pledge backflip

12:31PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have downplayed the Federal Government’s concession the budget is unlikely to return to surplus in 2012-13, with one group describing the move as “neither here nor there”.

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.

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