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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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Upcoming ATO open forums

As part of its ongoing engagement with tax practitioners, the ATO will again be holding open forums in a range of locations across Australia between March and June 2017. Open forums are an opportunity for tax practitioners to have an open two-way dialogue with the ATO, and allow it to share information on matters of

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