small business

Single Touch Payroll on the horizon — for all

  With Single Touch Payroll (STP) set to become mandatory for all employers in a matter of months, practitioners may find some small business clients have a few questions. Here are the latest developments. As has been reported here before, STP is the government initiative aimed at streamlining employer payroll reporting obligations. The STP regime

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The same business test to be replaced by a “similar business” test

  The bill Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No 1) Bill 2017 will be among the first batch of legislation that the government is to consider for 2019 (Parliament resumes on February 12). UPDATE: As of February 12, this legislation has now successfully passed Parliament. The bill (click here for a copy) contains changes

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SG on leave loading? Yes, and no — so it pays to check

  An issue has surfaced in recent times that in some cases may require a change in the approach taken by some employers with regard to them being fully compliant with superannuation guarantee obligations. The problem for some may not be so much ducking the rules, but rather being in sore need of clarification on

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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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