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Single Touch Payroll focus group sessions

The ATO has invited tax professionals with small business clients (those with 19 or less employees) to take part in focus group sessions about Single Touch Payroll. Single Touch Payroll focus group sessions “We are looking for tax agents, BAS agents and bookkeepers and their small business clients to participate in the sessions,” the ATO

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Electronic signatures — legal challenges have begun

Using electronic signatures may seem efficient, and convenient, but lawyers warn that their use must be balanced against the need to protect and treat electronic signatures as if they were a real signature. The principal of Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers, Peter Townsend, says the potential for fraudulent misuse is greater than the simple forging

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FBT year about to close, compliance blowtorch about to fire up

Practitioners should note that fringe benefits tax is firmly on the ATO’s radar screen this year. Over the past 18 months the ATO, through its FBT Taskforce, has launched several audits and reviews of employers in the SME sector. FBT year about to close, compliance blowtorch about to fire up Its compliance focus in particular

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Federal Court rules that ride-sourcing is taxi travel

The Federal Court has handed down a decision in a case that deems ride-sourcing is taxi travel within the meaning of the GST law. If the applicant in this particular case appeals this decision, the ATO has announced that it will continue to administer the law according to its already published advice until there is

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