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The Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising Scorecard indicates that $18.3 million has already been raised by 22 Australian companies.  The following is a summary identifying the companies with a brief description on their business activities and the amount of capital that they have raised to...

The government plans to give companies greater access to prior year tax losses in a bid to stimulate business innovation. A new alternative to the “same business test” – the “similar business test” – will make it easier for companies that have experienced a significant...

In recent years there has been much debate about the effectiveness and fairness of Australia’s current rules for taxing discretionary trusts. These trusts are very popular and are widely used for holding investments, conducting businesses and succession planning. However, a recent ATO-commissioned study that highlights...

If you are an employee and you sometimes work from home, you may be able to claim deductions for some of the expenses you incur, provided you are not reimbursed by your employer. Here, we consider two common types of expenses that employees may claim...

Renting out your holiday home for part of the year can help to finance the costs associated with purchasing and maintaining the property. As well as providing an income stream, this will also allow you to deduct some of the expenses such as interest payments...

The government has created a new opportunity for some recent retirees to make additional superannuation contributions. From 1 July 2019, a 12-month exemption from the “work test” for newly retired individuals aged between 65 and 74 years with a total superannuation balance below $300,000 means...

The government is simplifying the Division 7A rules that govern deemed dividends, proposing a new 10-year loan model for compliant loans to start 1 July 2019. Significantly, companies with existing loans would be forced to transition to the new model, which also includes a considerably...

Combating the black economy has been a key priority of the government in recent years. To reduce business activity that takes place “under the radar” of the tax system, new laws commencing on 1 July 2019 will prevent businesses from claiming deductions for payments to...

A continuing problem for businesses is how to keep your customer satisfied so that you're discouraging them from taking their custom elsewhere. It is generally accepted that today it is harder to retain customers because they have more choices than customers had in the past. There are...

A number of small or medium-sized enterprises have already raised capital under the Australian government’s Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising Amendments to the Corporations Act. The government has appointed seven Intermediaries (businesses with Australian Financial Services Licenses) to act as the “gatekeepers” for the legislation and...