Tax trouble looming? ATO implores SMEs to get in touch now to sort it out

1:54PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | Myriam Robin

The ATO has called on small businesses to get in touch as soon as possible if they have any troubles with their tax, as the SME sector prepares to file and pay their taxes at the end of February.

Six new year image boosters for your business

1:00AM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Nina Hendy

This quieter time of the year is the ideal time to put your brand overhaul plans in place. Here are six business image boosters to give your business a professional facelift.

Why doing your own accounting matters and why everyone can do it

1:46PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The University of Technology, Sydney has launched a series of one-day courses on accounting fundamentals to equip start-ups from non-financial backgrounds with the ability to manage their businesses.

What will changes to the GST threshold on overseas online purchases mean for my business?

12:56PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Franz Madlener

How quickly we forget the predictions of “doom and gloom” before the GST’s initial introduction in the late ‘90s. The truth is very little will change if the threshold is lowered.

State-by-state tax review reveals Queensland and South Australia as the best places to start-up

11:35PM | Thursday, 28 November 2013 | Rose Powell

A new report into state-based business taxes has revealed South Australia and Queensland are the cheapest states to launch a company in.

AVCAL calls for urgent action on start-up investment tax issues

11:00PM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up investment tax issues were at the top of the agenda for Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) chief executive Yasser El-Ansary when he met with the office of the federal assistant treasurer this week.

Joe Hockey scraps inherited tax changes: The good, bad and the ugly for business

11:17PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Businesses are now able to act with certainty as the fog over Australia’s taxation landscape clears.

Joe Hockey set to repeal small business tax concessions

10:01PM | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Dan Moss

A suite of business tax measures is to be repealed, but the Coalition government’s move is headed for a hostile Senate and Treasurer Joe Hockey needs ALP support to get his measures passed before July 2014.

PAYG, trusts and fringe benefits tax: The ATO’s small business crackdown

7:51PM | Tuesday, 16 July 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The Tax Office has small business square in its sights this year, with PAYG obligations, trusts, profit shifting, eCommerce and the construction and building industries all marked for extra compliance monitoring during the 2013-14 financial year.

Goodbye carbon tax, hello ETS: What it means for your business

7:16PM | Monday, 15 July 2013 | Myriam Robin

If the Rudd government is re-elected to another term this year, it will legislate a move from the carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme effective from July next year, the government announced on the weekend.

The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #3 Dealing with the ATO

6:10PM | Friday, 21 June 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine the taxman. Many start-ups struggle meeting all their obligations under tax law.

Cloud accounting could be key to cashflow and growth, says tax expert

6:30AM | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Small businesses and sole traders could halve the time they spend managing their financials and focus on growth and innovation if they embraced cloud accounting software systems, a tax specialist from advisory firm BDO says.

Small business owners struggling with tax and at risk of major fines

6:09PM | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Small business owners are running serious financial risks due to knowledge gaps about tax, new research has found.

The big mistakes small businesses should avoid when doing their taxes

6:58PM | Thursday, 6 June 2013 | Brad Callaughan

June 30 is approaching fast. Here are some common mistakes you need to keep an eye out for when you do your taxes.

Federal budget 2013: The start-up winners and losers

5:24AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

In a budget where there was very little to excite businesses of any size, let alone start-ups, it’s hard to see how any entrepreneur will be in tears of either joy or despair this morning.

Federal budget 2013: Small business relieved to escape the Treasurer’s axe

5:53AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Cara Waters

Small and medium-sized businesses are relieved to have escaped the worst of the cuts in last night’s budget.

Start-ups issued warning over Australian Business Number crackdown

5:44AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups could face fines in excess of $10,000 if they make false or misleading statements when applying for an Australian Business Number, after the tax office received special funding in the 2013 federal budget for a crackdown.

Federal budget 2013: Little to celebrate for start-ups in Swan’s farewell budget

5:53AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Brad Callaughan

Last night Labor handed down its latest (and quite possibly last) federal budget. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights it contains for start-ups.

Federal budget 2013: Renewable energy agency spared funding axe

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The federal government will extend the funding for its flagship clean tech initiative, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, confounding fears from green start-ups that the program was to be slashed to the bone.

Federal budget 2013: Tech hub NICTA scrapped as new cash flows to NBN projects

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The government has pledged $12.9 million in new funding to help small businesses take advantage of the National Broadband Network, although the ICT Centre of Excellence will be scrapped.