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Entries for September 2013

Business reporting moves to the next level

Up until recently, the lack of standardised reporting processes and requirements across multiple government agencies meant that businesses often had to interpret the terms used and the type of information required for different government reporting needs. 

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Be on the lookout for these business scams

A recent global report revealed that Australians are the most fearful people in the world when it comes to identity theft and fraud – an unsurprising statistic considering the sheer number of scams that seem to be circulating. Protect yourself and your business by being aware of the common scams targeting small businesses. 

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When can I access my SMSF?

 Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are typically established to fund the retirement of its members, meaning accessing benefits is generally only allowed when a member reaches their “preservation age” and meets one of the specified conditions of release.

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Consolidated dependant (invalid and carer) tax offset

 The consolidated dependant tax offset was introduced in the 2012-13 federal budget in May, and combines and consolidates eight of the existing dependency tax offsets into one single non-refundable tax offset for taxpayers who contribute to the maintenance of someone who is genuinely unable to work because of invalidity or care obligations.

 

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Small business CGT concession common errors

Small business owners may be eligible for various concessional treatments for transactions that involve capital gains tax (CGT). These concessions can reduce, defer or at times even eliminate tax payable from capital gains. Applying these concessions can often trip up small business taxpayers. 

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