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Entries for March 2015

Proposed changes to employee share schemes

While it is generally accepted that business owners are the most driven to see their business succeed, the same sort of vested interest can also give staff a sense of participation and a solid reason to see the company become profitable. Having a real stake in a company through owning shares in it is an incentive that some companies, particularly those listed on the stock exchange, have utilized.

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Your practical CGT framework

The term “capital gains tax” (CGT) is perhaps the biggest misnomer in tax. It is not its own, separate tax on capital gains per se. For an individual, it is included as part of that person’s assessable income and subject to tax at their marginal tax rate. When a taxing point for CGT happens (referred to as a CGT event) there is a torrent of rules that taxpayers must adhere to so they can fulfil their tax obligations correctly.

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SuperStream: A guide for small business and for SMSF trustees

The government wants to improve the superannuati system and bring it into the modern electronic world through the introducti of SuperStream, and this includes for SMSFs.

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The deductibility of self-education expenses

To get ahead of the game and stay there, you need to flex your grey matter as often as possible. Self- education is one way of ensuring you keep up to speed with developments and methods relating to e...

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Fringe benefits tax — your business basics

If you own a business that employs staff, and provide remuneration to your employees in a form other than straight salary, you may be up for fringe benefi tax (FBT). The upside for your workers is that they do not then have to pay income tax on the value of the benefi provided to them.

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