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Google settles ATO tax battle for $481.5 million

- December 18, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Google has settled a long-standing dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) agreeing to pay an extra $481.5 million in additional tax in a major financial win for the federal government. The search giant’s agreement follows in the wake of similar deals with Microsoft, Apple and Facebook as part of a multinational e-commerce crackdown by… Read more »

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Six tips to help keep you on top of your tax in 2016

- December 14, 2015 < 1 MIN READ

There is a lot more to managing your tax affairs than simply paying as little of it as you can. To be well rounded, businesses should also look to avoid lodgement penalties and make it easy to meet the legal requirements. So, with the 2016 financial year well under way, here are some pointers to keep you on top of your tax game.

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Are you running the risk of not being ATO SuperStream ready?

- November 30, 2015 < 1 MIN READ

For many years, paying our employees’ superannuation was a complete nightmare. We spent several hours paying several different super funds with different logins and navigating different web forms only to come out the other side with less money in the bank and hours of our lives we will never get back. Not much fun and – quite frankly – a painful exercise all round.


Melbourne startup Point & Claim has developed advanced optical character recognition technology to make tax time easier

- November 5, 2015 3 MIN READ

Congratulations to everyone for making it through the tax deadline last week. If you spent hours poring over hundreds of receipts that you had hastily ‘filed’ throughout the year, don’t worry, you likely weren’t the only one. While a number of apps have emerged over the last few years to help speed up this process, Australian offering Point & Claim has steadily climbed up to join the market leaders thanks to its data capturing and reconciliation technology. Rather than helping users sort out their personal and business finances right before tax time, Point & Claim aims to make expense management easier all year round.


Startup offers mobile and data expense tracking tool as business expenses come under ATO microscope

- November 10, 2014 5 MIN READ

As business expenses come under the microscope, especially the work-related proportion of use for computers, phones or other electronic devices, the arrival of Mobilyser couldn’t be timelier. The Perth-based startup wants to ensure employers and employees are accurate in their expense claims and aren’t subject to unwanted visits by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).


When do I need to charge my customers GST?

- November 6, 2014 2 MIN READ

The acronym ‘GST’ gets thrown around a lot, and is generally tied up with another acronym – the ‘BAS’. From a tax and compliance angle, GST is one of the big things you’ve got to get right – if you stuff it up, the ATO can turn around and ask you to pay more tax – in the form of additional GST payments. So what exactly is GST? and when do you need to start charging customers GST?


Contractors and Tax: What is the 80/20 Rule?

- September 11, 2014 2 MIN READ

So you’ve decided to go out on your own. You may be a marketing / IT / Events / PR / Human Resources consultant. You’ve just landed your first client – check! It’s a big client too – even better. This means that most of your company income will come from the one customer. Makes no difference for tax, right? Wrong.