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ATO comments on the December 2016 system outage

Ramez Katf, chief information officer at the ATO, writes to tax practitioners in relation to the December 2016 ATO system outage. “I want to connect with you regarding our system outage at the end of last year and provide an explanation. I regret the impact the disruption of our services had on tax practitioners and our

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Sourcing your CPD hours

Tax & Super Australia provides a comprehensive range of options to satisfy CPD requirements, with high quality learning and development events, while gaining valuable CPD credits. These are available to everyone, but members can take advantage of exclusive discounted rates. Sourcing your CPD hours All our CPD components help you keep abreast of technical and

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Starting the year on a positive note — mostly

As we’re getting more used to writing “2017”, and have most likely already headed back to work, new data released by Xero in early January reveals that nearly half of Australian small businesses are saying they are “very” or “extremely” confident of growth in calendar 2017, with most having a mixed but overall positive outlook for

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Test your knowledge: Financial reporting quiz for directors

A survey of directors, auditors and other financial professionals conducted by the Financial Reporting Council revealed that, on average, directors believe their knowledge of the more technical accounting issues was “fair”. Test your knowledge: Financial reporting quiz for directors While the survey acknowledged a large diversity between directors of ASX top 200 companies versus other

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The place for alternative investments in SMSF portfolios

The concept of alternative investments encompasses a mix of assets and strategies that sit on the peripheral of traditional asset classes such as shares, property and cash. An attraction associated with alternative investments is their ability to deliver portfolio diversification — and hence potential risk abatement. The place for alternative investments in SMSF portfolios While

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