Data underlines Australia's two-speed economy

7:40PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | James Thomson

Western Australia's mineral riches are keeping it ahead of the pack.

ATO highlights focus areas for 2012/13: Sham contracting high on its list

7:36PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Taxation Office has released its 2012/13 compliance program, with information for individuals and micro enterprises, prompting another warning about sham contracting.

Five key ways to reduce your business’ energy bills

7:12PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The carbon tax is here, along with the opportunity to slash your tax bill by becoming more energy efficient. Here are five great ways to slash your energy bills, along with your carbon footprint. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

"Let the carbon tax take the blame": Brumby's busted blaming price rises on carbon tax

7:48PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Bakery franchise Brumby’s has been caught red-handed attempting to blame price rises on the carbon tax, after a letter sent by the company to franchisees was leaked.

Welcome to the new financial year – here’s 10 things that have changed

6:16PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Getting your head around all the new financial year legal changes can be a struggle. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled the 10 biggest changes you must know about this year. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Australia’s low-tax economy highlights a “double-edged sword”, expert says

6:05PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new study shows Australia is a relatively low taxing country compared to other countries, but an expert says this highlights a “double-edged sword” in maximising the benefits of lower taxes.

ACCC launches hotline for carbon price claims

6:18PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses unsure about carbon price claims can now access a dedicated hotline, designed to make it easier for consumers and business to complain if they suspect a price claim is false.

The carbon tax: What your business must know

6:59PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There is now just two weeks until the carbon tax is introduced. Here are the key details you must be aware of before July 1. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Kogan slams “antiquated” browser after introducing Internet Explorer 7 “tax”

6:26PM | Thursday, 14 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan has fulminated against “antiquated” web browsers, after introducing the world’s first “Internet Explorer 7 tax”, effective as of today.

Google tax bill prompts call for local IP development boost

5:00PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Creating more R&D incentives and improving capital markets have been cited as potential drivers of intellectual property and tax revenue in Australia, in the wake of revelations of Google Australia’s modest tax bill.

Government urged to bolster biotech start-up investment

5:35PM | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government should introduce more incentives to boost investment in biotechnology, a major industry player has argued, despite some recent high-profile deals in the high-risk sector.

Seven essential tax time housekeeping tips

5:30PM | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | Greg Hayes

It’s just six weeks until the end of the financial year. Unless you want the taxman to clean your business out, you must start dealing with these seven areas right now. BY GREG HAYES.

Loss carry-back "trap" could mean that many businesses will fail to get tax refund

5:16PM | Monday, 14 May 2012 | Cara Waters

Tax experts have warned that many small businesses might not be able to claim the loss carry-back tax refund announced in last week's federal budget.

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.