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Small business



Beware the FX blindspot

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.


Get back to basics to improve bank financing


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.


Surviving death in a small 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

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

How to pay yourself in a company


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

Cash is not always king


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


When is it time to take back control?

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How businesses can use a management buyout as a strategy for growth.


Nine tips to be a better negotiator


Chris Ridd The better we are at negotiating with customers, suppliers and staff, the better the results for our business.

When is a contractor an employee?


Max Newnham The alienation of personal services income rules determine the category into which you fall.

Why is the US hot for Aussie services?

China US

Alexandra Cain But we're having a (hopefully short-term) lover's tiff with China.


What does the Murray report have for SMEs?


Neil Slonim Not much, unfortunately.

Which structure is right?


Max Newnham Choose the wrong one when starting a business and there can be tax implications.

How to win government grants


Anneli Knight Tips for getting your fair share of the $484 million on the table for small enterprises.

Tax facts for home businesses


Max Newnham What can you claim and what's the best way to put money aside to pay tax?


State revenue offices to penalise micro businesses


Michael Harrison Will financial advice licensees have to pay payroll tax?

When can you claim a loss?


Max Newnham There are tests that determine when you can claim a loss.

Nine tips to cut costs and boost profits


Chris Ridd It's easy to let costs creep up when you're busy running a business. Here's how you can audit, and better still, reduce your costs.

What to do if you're audited

tax audit

Kate Jones Follow these steps to ensure you're prepared if the tax man comes knocking.

Who's entitled to CGT concessions?

Minimise the pain of a deficit tax (Thumbnail)

Max Newnham What happens if the owners of a company sell the shares in that company instead of the company selling the business?

Have you insured your health?


Michael Siwes Now's the time to make sure your wellbeing is protected.

Don't ride the FX roller-coaster


Make sure currency fluctuations don't dampen profits in the new financial year.

Employing relatives in your business


Max Newnham There are clear tax rules about how to employ family members in a business.


Seven steps to getting rich


Ken Raiss This is what sets wealthy people apart from the rest of us.

Top ten tax tips for 30 June


Adam Courtenay Great end of financial year advice to help reduce your tax bill.

Tips for transferring assets


Max Newnham How do I claim vehicle expenses when starting a company?


SuperStream: need to know


Philip Hind Small businesses need to be across changes to the super system.


The canary in the economic coal mine

Australian one-hundred-dollar bills

Roger Mendelson Bad debts are a growing problem for small businesses.

Don't let your record keeping leave you vulnerable


Chris Ridd Australian small businesses urged to embrace the digital age.


Retirement age an issue for accounting firms


Tony Fittler Many people who run professional services businesses want to retire much earlier than 70.

The structure question


Max Newnham Companies and trusts have benefits and drawbacks for business owners.


Nine tips that pay off at tax time


Brad Paterson Don't delay in getting your accounts in order as we approach the end of the financial year.


Cash flow benefits from card payment changes

Credit card fraud

Andrew Birch The move to PIN and chip payment authorisation will do more than just help reduce fraud.

How to finance the purchase of a business

Home loan

Under what circumstances should I use the equity in my home to buy a business?


Measure your business's health at tax time


Chris Ridd Here are four ways to take the pulse of your enterprise.

Beep beep car tax facts


Max Newnham How should home-based businesses claim vehicle tax deductions?


Budget makes food industry nervous

Selection of colourful fruitPhotos VisitBritain

Barry Barber An across-the-board belt tightening could have dire consequences for farmers and fresh food businesses.

Private versus business debt


Max Newnham What's the best way to fund the purchase of a second vehicle?

Short-term pressure equals long-term gains

Justice scales

Pippa Hallas Improved consumer confidence likely to be the rewards of the 'tough but fair' budget.

Budget update for SMEs


Tim Reed Take advantage of tax deductions before they disappear.


$484.2 million for entrepreneurs

Andre Eikmeier

Alexandra Cain Buried deep in the budget papers, the Coalition had something special for early stage ventures. But at what cost?

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What’s in the budget for small business?

Empty pockets

Larissa Ham Not much. And the onus is on business owners to take advantage now of incentives set to disappear at the end of the tax year.

GST basics explained


Max Newnham Do I have to charge GST when I sell my coffee van?

Qualifying for CGT concessions


Max Newnham What are the rules for small businesses?


National Audit Commission report defies logic


Ian Murray Acting on the findings of the report could make Australian exporters less globally competitive.

Who owns your accounts data?


James Scollay You need to know who owns your business information if you change accountants.

Small business tax advantages

mad tax

Max Newnham How have the hire purchase rules for vehicles changed?

Spoilt for choice

The Australian Taxation Office building.

Max Newnham How is fringe benefits tax calculated on a car?

Compliance culture stifling business

Red tape

Nick Hatzistergos Regulatory burdens on enterprises need to be lifted.

My $20,000 mistake


Nina Hendy When Oscar de Vries changed accounting software packages it cost him a small fortune. He's warning others not to make the same error.

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