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The ATO’s snapshot of the small business sector

  The ATO defines small businesses as those entities with an annual turnover of less than $10 million. Its latest data collected on the sector has the following updated facts about this important market. There are around 4 million small businesses in Australia, they account for 99% of businesses in Australia, contribute $380 billion to the economy, employ approximately 5.6 million

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Unpacking statute-barred debts

  Various tax implications can arise when a debt becomes statute-barred. In simple terms, a debt is statute-barred when it has reached a statutory limitation period where it can no longer be legally recovered by creditors. Each state and territory in Australia contains its own “statute of limitation” provisions that provide a procedural basis for

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2 minute quiz: Partnerships

  How well do you understand the taxation of partnerships? Try this 2 minute quiz: Partnerships questions to find out (answers are at the bottom of this screen). Question 1: Which of the following is the definition of a tax law partnership? An association of persons (other than a company or a limited partnership) carrying

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Interest deductibility after income-producing activity ceases

  An issue that sometimes arises for business owners is whether interest expenses incurred on borrowed funds used in a business remain deductible after the business’s income earning activities have ceased. As a general rule, in order for interest expenses to be deductible in the relevant income year, a taxpayer is generally required to demonstrate

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R&D tax incentive changes: Better focus, or misguided?

by Simon Dorevitch Proposed changes to the research and development (R&D) tax incentive are the most significant to the incentive since it replaced the R&D tax concession in 2011. The bill containing these changes is named the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill

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