Tax

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Hired a “contractor” who is really an employee? There are consequences

If your business is looking to put on more staff, first of all: congratulations. But secondly, a warning. The engagement status of workers is an important distinction – whether they are employees or independent contractors – and has consequences that can get many employers into unforeseen hot water. Hired a “contractor” who is really an

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Should you allow your employees to salary package?

Salary packaging is one way for an organisation to increase the take-home pay of its employees — and if done correctly, at no extra cost. Should you allow your employees to salary package? Basically, an employee agrees with their employer to forego part of their future salary or wages in return for the employer providing

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5 tips to a tax-free Christmas work party

Christmas will be here before we know it, and it is likely that better organised employers will already be thinking about their yuletide preparations. 5 tips to a tax-free Christmas work party. But while you should feel free to pop a champagne cork or three for your employees, make sure that you don’t get the

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GST credits 101

Generally, a business charges its customers, and then pays the ATO, goods and services tax (GST) for taxable sales of goods and services made in the course of business. This is set at 10% of the price of an item. However to isolate the amount of GST from the “displayed” price it is necessary to

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New company tax rate — beware of franking implications

The recent cut to the tax rate for small incorporated businesses, while generally very welcome, can bring with it some important considerations when it comes to making franked distributions. The rate change to 28.5% means that small businesses could easily frank dividends in excess of the underlying taxes paid on their profits and “overdraw” on

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