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Entries for August 2014

Reduce Your Cost of Goods by Increasing Your Prices

Sometimes the cost of staying in business can be prohibitive when you consider the dwindling profits you might be making. You are in business to make money, not to act as a poorly paid middle man betw...

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Lazy Habits That Are Destroying Your Business

What is holding you back? Are they the same things that are holding your business back? If your lazy habits are destroying your business, it's obvious that some changes have to happen. Lazy habits in...

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Your Suppliers Can Fund the Growth of Your Business

I’ve got some good news for you… You have a partner, maybe even a few partners, and you don’t even realize it. They've been by your side for some time, you've trusted them and they'...

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Help the Tax Office grow its small business expertise

The Tax Office has invited Australia’s small business owners to apply to join its new small business consultation panel.

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SMSF compliance regime for the upcoming year

This year, the Tax Office will be turning its attention to the following emerging risks within the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) sector. Ensure you do not partake in any of the practices below or risk being caught in the Tax Office’s net.

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What powers does the taxman have to access your information?

When it comes to collecting tax money owing, the Tax Office has considerable legal powers at its disposal. This isn’t all that surprising, given that government coffers would be empty were it not for the activities of its principal revenue collection agency. But just how far can the Tax Office go in its efforts to extract taxpayer payment obligations?

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SMSFs: Note that trauma insurance is not allowed after July 1, 2014

From July 1, 2014, a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) can only provide an insured benefit for a member for an event that is consistent with one of the below conditions of release of a member’s superannuation benefits:

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Common errors of new rental property owners

Putting your money into bricks and mortar has been a traditional stalwart of investing for generations of Australians. It continues to be viewed as a solid place to park spare cash and build wealth in the long term. For many years a lot of us seem to have heeded the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.”

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Financial advice: What’s deductible, what’s not

The cherry on top of your sensible decision to obtain quality tax planning or investment advice is to find that some of the costs involved are tax deductible. But while the tax law allows specific deductions for certain expenditures regarding your tax affairs, not all costs involved with seeking investment advice are deductible. Working out whether a claim can be made for such outgoings involves a close examination of the nature of the expense.

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