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Small business

Finance

COMMENT

What could the Murray inquiry have done for SMEs?

Neil Slonim Australia's two million small- to medium-sized businesses have good reason to feel let down by the Financial System Inquiry.

Sideline business tax issues

Tax Office

Max Newnham How are income and expenses treated for tax purposes when someone has a job and a small business?

The female funding fiasco

Pascale Helyar-Moray

Claire Dunn Why is it so tough for women to raise money for their start-ups?

COMMENT

The pros and cons of having investors

MONEY

John Corias Starting a business has many risks and challenges, but having financial backers can help to ease the burden.

COMMENT

Unproductive assets shackle firms

Dump truck

Small businesses are feeling the impact of unproductive assets at a time when competition continues to intensify.

The one sign you'll be rich

Goose

Louis White It's not a silver spoon upbringing. It's not even luck. So what is it?

COMMENT

Automate your expenses in 2015

Victorian government departments are failing to keep strict controls on phone expenses.

Matthew Goss Small businesses that automate their expenses in 2015 can reduce employee frustration.

COMMENT

Helping exporters succeed overseas

Finance

Andrew Hunter Proposed new laws make it easier for our traders to access finance.

COMMENT

The number one value destroyer

tax

Greg Travers What's the one thing that can reduce the price of your business by millions?

COMMENT

The two steps to selling a business

Money

Zoran Sarabaca Your business may have potential, but that's not what buyers value.

Tax and the Christmas party

Christmas Snoozing

Max Newnham What are the rules?

What are the redundancy rules?

Car

Max Newnham A small car parts manufacturer is looking for the right answer to this question.

How do you buy a business?

Money

Max Newnham There are many ways to finance your purchase.

COMMENT

Red tape reduction and small business

Red tape, humanitarian visas and Arthur Sinodinoa (Thumbnail)

Chris Ridd Small businesses are set to benefit from a more sensible approach to paperwork.

COMMENT

How to sell your business tax-free

Lottery windfall

Anna Carrabs Did you know you can sell your business without paying a cent to the ATO?

Can employers deduct GST from contractors' earnings?

GST

Max Newnham Be sure you are classified as a contractors and not an employee.

Small businesses disadvantaged

Tax.

But the capital gains tax concessions help to address this.

Productivity choked by red tape

Red tape

Mark Allsop Privately-owned businesses are being hamstrung by red-tape and overzealous rule-making of their own creation.

A question of trusts

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Max Newnham How does a family discretionary trust work?

I'm leaving you

Partnership

MAX NEWNHAM What happens financially when someone leaves a business partnership?

Get your share of $85 billion

Melissa and Cliff Chadwick: Reaping the benefits of equipment leasing.

Caroline James You can free up capital and access tax benefits. And your competition is probably not doing this.

Fringe benefits fracas

frequent flyer

How does this tax apply to airline frequent flyer points?

COMMENT

Six reasons why you need an SMSF

Super

Ken Raiss Small business owners can reap huge riches from self-managed super funds.

COMMENT

Financing a management buy-out

Money

Mark Cleaver Many business managers would relish the opportunity to own the business they work for and have helped to build.

Downsides of a company structure

mad tax

Max Newnham How do the rules work when claiming depreciation on a vehicle?

Finally! A new source of funds for SMEs

Export

Andrew Hunter Efic has just announced a landmark initiative to help finance small exporters.

Opting out of GST

GST

Max Newnham It's important to understand taking this step has consequences.

COMMENT

Grow your business in 2015

new year

Andrew Graham Make next year the year you really drive your enterprise forward.

When do you need to submit a BAS?

Tax

MAX NEWNHAM Don't assume you can stop paying GST just because your income is under the threshold.

Should I buy a new or used car?

Car

Max Newnham There are pluses and minuses for both options.

COMMENT

Don't miss the cloud opportunity

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Robin Allardice Businesses have much to gain by exploring new technologies.

Business owners: we're worried

Worry

Mark Cleaver Apprehensions about economic conditions and the impact of future interest rate hikes is concerning smaller enterprises.

COMMENT

Still waiting on employee share option changes

Start-up

An announcement was expected in the middle of the year but so far the federal government has yet to release any details.

Claiming cleaning costs

Do you know the tax rules?

MAX NEWNHAM Is what you would have spent on a cleaner a tax deduction if you DIY?

COMMENT

Creative capital raising ideas

Money

James Lepre Traditional funding sources are not the only way to raise money for a start-up.

COMMENT

Should you change banks?

Interest rate rise...just around the corner.

Neil Slonim Ask these six questions before deciding whether to switch.

How to claim a loss

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Max Newnham Businesses need to pass one of four tests to write-off an asset or liability.

COMMENT

New tax laws lower compliance costs

Red tape, humanitarian visas and Arthur Sinodinoa (Thumbnail)

Greg Travers The federal government is acting on its promise to cut red tape for smaller enterprises.

COMMENT

Should you own your business premises?

When are you ready for an SMSF? (Thumbnail)

Mark Morcos Putting your office, factory or shop in your self-manged super fund can make a lot of sense.

COMMENT

Businesses need help navigating FTAs

Export

James Hogan Free trade agreements are a way to connect Australia to the rest of the world. But smaller enterprises need assistance to understand how they can benefit.

COMMENT

How much should you pay yourself?

Money

Chris Ridd Pay yourself enough to live on and do it regularly.

COMMENT

Funding the future for small business

Finance

Martin Joy and Michael Thomas The Financial System Inquiry is a unique opportunity to help improve and diversify the means by which SMEs can fund their growth.

Cars and tax: the rules

GST

Max Newnham Should you register for GST to claim the purchase of a vehicle?

COMMENT

Beware the FX blindspot

Shipping containers

Justin Logan Don't let currency fluctuations impact business performance.

What's the best way to start a business?

Australian Taxation Office

Max Newnham There are rules about what can be claimed as a tax deduction from the purchase price of a business.

COMMENT

Get back to basics to improve bank financing

piggy-bank

Chris Gebhardt Small to medium sized businesses wanting a return to the days of free-flowing bank finance need to focus on better communication and stronger relationships with their lender.

COMMENT

Surviving death in a small business

Business

Ursula Hogben The death of a business partner can spell the end of a small business for a range of reasons. What legal agreements and insurance can help the business survive?

How to claim car expenses

mad tax

Max Newnham A reader wants to know how to claim input tax credits for two vehicles.

How to pay yourself in a company

Tax

Max Newnham There are a number of options available to you.

Cash is not always king

cash

Max Newnham When should you borrow or use cash to fund business purchases?

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