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Small business


The state of tax

Max Newnham How should you manage state-based tax payments?

Creating a business pre-nup


Ursula Hogben How do you structure shareholder agreements that protect all parties' interests?

SMEs looking for growth indicators


Mark Cleaver Many think the economy is in a holding pattern.

Growing profits by hedging currency risk


Daryl Baihn Hedging foreign exchange risk is increasingly being used by business to protect margins.

When do you need an ABN?


Max Newnham Answering this question depends on how much money the business makes.

Tax deductions and trusts


Max Newnham How do the rules work when operating a business?

Switching structures

Australian Taxation Office

Max Newnham What are the cost and tax implications of moving from a sole operator structure to a trust?

Opportunities and challenges in exporting and overseas investment


Andrew Hunter Australian exporters are looking toward an increasingly bright future.

Flying solo: pluses and minuses


Max Newnham There are tax benefits of operating as a sole trader, but there's one major disadvantage: no legal protection.

SuperStream and small business


max Newnham What do you need to know?

SMEs expecting bumper year

Tim Reed

Tim Reed Following a number of years in which sentiment among small businesses has been soft, it looks like the environment is picking up.

Games business goes Scottish

Darren Macbeth

Agnes King Five Star Games shuns the Big Four banks.

HSBC has small business in its sights


Agnes King Bank has $250 million available to fund small exporters.

CGT exemptions explained


Max Newnham There are a number of choices small business owners have around these rules.

Are you eligible for a CGT exemption?


Max Newnham Complete these tests to find out.

Moving to a company or trust


Max Newnham Just because you start as a sole trader doesn't mean you have to stay that way.

The legalities of Bitcoin


Ursula Hogben Australian businesses are using Bitcoin – what is the legal position?

Is your business IPO-able?

ASX, Australian Stock Exchange pictured in March 2012.
AFR Picture by ROB HOMER

Adam Courtenay Find out whether your business has what it takes to make it onto the bourse.

MYOB versus Xero: the test


Michael Bailey Don't make your decision based on price alone.

App lets you pay friends with Bitcoin


Christopher Niesche Now there's a way to get your money back without awkwardness.

Active assets: what are the rules?

Australian Taxation Office

Max Newnham Individuals, rather than companies or trusts, receive the full benefits.

Should you own your business through a company?


Max Newnham It's a misconception owning a business through a company is the most tax-effective structure.

The tax deductions dilemma

Australian Tax Office.

Max Newnham What's the difference between tax deductions for the self employed and the employed?

Make the most of 2014


Cindy Batchelor Top tips to help your business survive and thrive this year.

Car rule tax facts


Max Newnham How do the tax regulations related to vehicles work?

Pay attention to detail

Tax Office

Max Newnham Don't forget to notify the relevant departments when your circumstances change.

Fixing tax mistakes


Max Newnham Steps to take if you or the ATO make a mistake with your tax.

Artesian launches VentureCrowd


Caitlin Fitzsimmons New equity crowdfunding platform for sophisticated investors.

Tax basics explained


Max Newnham Everything you need to know about tax when setting up a business.

How to take a holiday as a sole trader


LARISSA HAM There are ways to step away from the desk if you work for yourself.

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Six biggest pitfalls in business banking offer letters


Neil Slonim It pays to read the fine print before you agree to a bank loan's terms.

The difference between a contractor and employee


Max Newnham There are strict rules that govern whether someone is a contractor or employee and it pays not to flout them.

Detox your financial management


Joe Piovesan It's that time of year to take stock of your financial management practices.

GST basics explained


Max Newnham Although it was feared the GST system would be overly complex, it boils down to a handful of simple principles.

Business properties and SMSFs


Max Newnham How do the GST rules work?

Where are the staff?

Nab auto teller

Neil Slonim Banks are making record profits - but are still reducing staff numbers. What impact is this having on small business customers?

Carbon tax consequences

Carbon tax

Max Newnham What does the proposed scrapping of the carbon tax mean for small business?

The vehicle tax rules


Max Newnham What's the most effective way to purchase a car for business purposes?

Banks gouge small businesses


AAP Small businesses are being gouged by bank fees while big business gets off lightly, Reserve Bank data shows.

Second source of income


How do you work out your tax if you have a job and work as a personal trainer on the side?

How not to be a boss like Kevin Rudd


Adam Courtenay Don't take all the glory or blame others for your mistakes.

It's time for a better banking deal for SMEs


Neil Slonim They say they want small businesses as customers - but do they really?

So you want to be a personal trainer?


Kate Jones It seems like the perfect anti-corporate career, but is it really a dream job?

Navigating GST rules


Max Newnham New business owners still find it tricky understanding this complex tax.

The world's most dangerous jobs


Claire Dunn In some roles, you really do deserve danger money. Here are a few.

Five ways to switch off


Kate Jones Can't get work out of your head? Here are five ways to get your mind off your working life.

Here we go shoppers!


AAP Spending is down, but consumers have a pre-Christmas sparkle in their eyes.

We're ambitious and we don't brown nose


Nina Hendy What Aussie workers are really like.

Six signs your business is going to die

Rhondalynn Korolak

Caroline James Here's how to tell if your business is headed for the undertaker.

Why don't employers listen to staff?


Caroline James Staff often know more about the business than managers. So why can't bosses hear them?

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