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Tax transactions in technology’s fast lane

Tax transactions in technology’s fast lane The move from lodging on paper to the technology-driven Australian Business Register program is saving an estimated $1.2 billion for the 2015-16 financial year, according to a recent study by accounting firm Deloitte. Commissioned by the ATO, the research study notes that the savings in the five years leading

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When your ‘nearest neighbour’ turns out to be Big Brother

When your ‘nearest neighbour’ turns out to be Big Brother. Although the transition to Standard Business Reporting (SBR) might be getting a lot of attention, there are several other strategic digitally-based analytics projects underway at the ATO. For example, its Smarter Data Program, which the ATO pre-empted through its document Blueprint for Change that was

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Internal tax documents released — a peek into court interpretations

The ATO has released on its legal database a series of what until recently have been internal ATO documents. Internal tax documents released — a peek into court interpretations The release of these documents in an initiative that the ATO has labelled “interpretation NOW!” and is, according to assistant commissioner Gordon Brysland, “a reinvention initiative

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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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