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Before you head off overseas to work or start a business, you should consider the Australian residency tests. Leaving Australia for a period of time doesn’t mean that your Australian tax obligations are no longer relevant. Australian tax is based on the concept of “residency”....

A garnish is an enhancer, something to dress up a plate - think of a sprig of parsley. A garnishee is something entirely different, although it can enhance an otherwise dire situation for a creditor and bring home the bacon. It’s a third party who...

In a decision touching on out-of-hours conduct and social media use, the Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a 47-year-old man who, while downing beers at the pub, sent a sexually crude Instagram message to a young female co-worker. Prince of Wales Private...

You may have heard all about the small business tax concessions, but do you know how you qualify for them and whether you’re making the most of the tax concessions available to you? Generally, your business would qualify as a “small business entity” if you have,...

If you’re involved in a dispute with the ATO, going straight to the Court or Tribunals may not be the most time or cost-effective way to proceed. As a taxpayer, you can access the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in any dispute with the ATO,...

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, at the end of 2016-17 the number of businesses that ceased operating in Australia amounted to 261,450, an increase of 0.5% from the previous year. While most of these are likely to be honest commercial failures, after all,...

As a part of the crackdown on black economy, the Government is planning to introduce an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000. Any payments made to businesses for goods and services from 1 July 2019 would be captured, and if the transaction exceeds $10,000, payment...

It might seem like a horror movie cliché, a monster that follows you wherever you go, but did you know that your higher education debts under the Higher Education Loan program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) or the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debts follow...

Since the ABC Four Corners program aired allegations of misconduct in some of ATO’s dealings with small businesses, the Inspector-General of Taxation has revealed that complaints to his office has increased significantly. For many of these small business owners, thoughts of justice and compensation may...

If your business has gotten into a bit of trouble lately and you suddenly find yourself faced with a tax debt. Don’t panic. Despite what has been reported in the media recently, the ATO won’t bankrupt your business if you make early contact and make...