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Federal Budget 2012: 10 budget measures start-ups can expect

5:06PM | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There’s only one more sleep until Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan unveils the much-anticipated 2012 Federal Budget, which comes with the long-held promise of a return to surplus.

Federal Budget 2012: Business welcomes Labor’s tax loss carry-back measures

5:55PM | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget tax loss carry-back measures, although concerns remain over business tax levels amid local and global economic conditions.

Federal Budget 2012: Industry groups outline wish lists for Federal Budget

5:16PM | Friday, 4 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Industry groups have issued their wish lists for the Federal Budget, with an emphasis on reducing red tape and taxes, but the Government is also under pressure to target Australia’s rich.

Get in touch with your accountant

5:00AM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Taskmaster

If you are a start-up and are new at dealing with EOFY tax matters, it’s a great idea to get in touch with your accountant and start talking about what you need to do before June 30.

Small business roundtable prompts call for $30 million SME tax break

5:37PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Cara Waters

A roundtable hosted by the Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute has prompted calls for next week’s Budget to include a $30 million tax break for small business.

Thomson and Slipper woes compound Labor’s struggle with business vote

4:20PM | Monday, 30 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The reputation of the Federal Labor Government among businesses continues to falter, new figures show, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard attempts to cuts her losses over the Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper controversies.

COSBOA calls for clarification on definition of small business

4:38PM | Friday, 27 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute will hold a round table in May, with the aim of clarifying the definition of small business for tax purposes and legal matters.

GST plan a small victory for retailers amid gloomy forecast

4:21PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online customers of overseas retailers would have to pay GST under preliminary options handed to the Federal Government today, while new research suggests Australian retailers’ woes are far from over.

COSBOA calls for system to measure impact of regulation

4:29PM | Thursday, 12 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small business lobbyists have used an inaugural business forum to call for regulatory reform, including measuring the impact of regulation on small business.

Female entrepreneurs fail to contribute to their super: Survey

4:51PM | Wednesday, 11 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Self-employed women are being urged to prioritise superannuation payments, after a survey revealed more than 50% of Australian female business owners are not contributing to super.

Five key policies from Campbell Newman

3:50PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Newly elected Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has wasted no time settling into the job, meeting with senior bureaucrats to outline his priorities, including a jobless target of just 4%.

Businesses “undecided” over carbon tax preparation

3:46PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new survey reveals almost half of Australian businesses are “undecided” if they are prepared for the implications of the carbon tax, but increased costs are identified as the most likely impact.

Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor tight-lipped on tax ideas for small business, pledges to “advocate strongly” for sector

3:11PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Madeleine Heffernan

Brendan O'Connor, the newly appointed Small Business Minister, says any Government worth its salt should be providing opportunities to small business.

New corporate entity on the cards for small business

3:29PM | Friday, 16 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government may consider introducing a new corporate entity specifically for small businesses, which would give them access to some of the benefits that larger companies enjoy.

Gillard rejects reports of Westfield carbon charge clause

3:41PM | Thursday, 15 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Shopping centre giant Westfield is reportedly introducing a charge clause in lease agreements for its retailers to offset the costs of the carbon tax, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard has rejected the claim.

Three key ways to judge the value of a tax break

3:15PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | Greg Hayes

With tax time rapidly approaching, here are three tax deduction tips that might just save your business. BY GREG HAYES.

Penny Wong remains tight-lipped on company tax cut start date

3:55PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong is refusing to guarantee the July 1 start date for Labor’s company tax cuts, but Trade Minister Craig Emerson insists the measure will be in the Federal Budget.

IPA highlights three key areas that hinder Aussie entrepreneurs

3:07PM | Tuesday, 13 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs are the key to boosting productivity, according to a research paper from the Institute of Public Affairs, but are held back by excessive regulation and taxes.

Greens give ultimatum on small business tax cuts

3:04PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Greens have outlined their tax wish list, calling on the government to legislate its company tax cuts and lift the definition of small business from $2 million to $5 million income.

Coalition committed to first-year surplus, Hockey says

3:43AM | Thursday, 8 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

The Coalition would deliver a budget surplus in its first year in office, says shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, but managers and consumers will determine the fate of individual businesses.

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