Keeping good companies with trusts

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   When setting up a trust and using a company as the trustee what type of company do you set up?

Productivity drag continues with capex budgets stalled

RBA deputy governor Philip Lowe has reaffirmed the central bank's commitment to boosting productivity.

Robert Spano   COMMENT: Record low interest rates should be conducive to investment, but continued economic uncertainty is causing SMEs to hold onto their cash and ultimately resulting in lower productivity.

Should my company buy another car?

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   A reader wants to find out whether her company should purchase a second vehicle for mixed purpose use.

GST basics explained

Max Newnham

Max Newnham    

Accountants on the frontline

Cutting tax bracket creep has little political benefit because few notice the changes.

Tim Reed   COMMENT: The value of an accountant has been transformed from one of compliance to that of an adviser.

How do SME tax concessions work?

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   The first targeted small business tax concessions were introduced in September 1999. Since then there have been other concessions and incentives with the most recent being an immediate write off of assets purchased costing of under $20,000 by the federal government in the 2015 budget.

When small businesses win, we all win

It's been a year of ups and downs for small businesses.

Julie Rynski   COMMENT: The latest results of the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Small Business Index show there's a stronger sense of optimism than there has been for some time.

Australia's biggest tax question

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Why should I earn extra income because I will only end up paying more tax?

Rules around awards

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Do small business owners have to pay themselves award wages?

Why aren't you using points?

Commercial airplane in flight, rear view (lens flare) Aeroplanes, generic. Hold for AFR Weekend May 9, 2015

Martin Seward   COMMENT: Small businesses are missing out on 450,000 return Sydney to Melbourne flights each year.

Loans to shareholders

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   What are the rules?

Tax facts for doctors

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   How do the personal services income rules apply for GPs?

Paying yourself

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   How should you remunerate yourself when you're self-employed?

Managing money pressures

Victoria is seeing a strong lift in job growth, with its unemployment rate now below the national average.

Andrew Watson   COMMENT: How SMEs can manage financial considerations for export.

Claiming start-up costs

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   How should you claim costs when your business is not yet earning income?

Post-EOFY considerations

Urban planners: An increase to the GST would impact on housing affordability.

Tim Reed   COMMENT: With tax time over what should businesses be doing?

Cars and GST

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   What are the rules when it comes to buying a car?

Disrupting the payments sector

Mobile point-of-sale transactions in Australia are expected to reach $21.7 billion in 2016.

Louis White   A slew of upstarts is challenging the dominant players in this space.

GST rules explained

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   Cash flow is an important determinant about whether a business should register for GST.

Six strategies to drive revenue in the new financial year


Mark Allsop   COMMENT: Have you thought about what you can be doing differently to drive profits in FY15/16?

The tax changes not in the headlines

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   What are some measures announced in the federal budget that haven't been widely discussed?

Making business insurance work for you

Electricity generic

Christine Long   How can an enterprise survive a catastrophic natural disaster?


Seven crowdfunding tips

Crowdfunding attracts both dollars and supporters, and the challenge is to keep those supporters engaged with the product or project.

Christopher Niesche   Learn how to raise money from the people who have generated tens of thousands this way.

The secret to securing funding

US small cap stocks are on the rise.

Christopher Niesche   There's one way to buy a business that's almost guaranteed to get the banks across the line.

Small business wants to be freed of super responsibilities

There are about 750,000 small business employers employing more than 4.5 million Australians who are trying to accumulate savings for retirement.

Sally Rose   The small business lobby wants responsibility for managing employee superannuation records to be stripped from employers altogether, a radical overhaul that would make the industry's overtime and over budget SuperStream reforms irrelevant.

Deductions: how do they work?˛

Max Newnham

If I trade in my $6000 car for a new $25,000 car before June 30 can I write it off in this year's tax return?

Never have a meeting in a coffee shop again

SPACE's Verpan Cloverleaf modular chair can seat up to 20 people.

Alexandra Cain   Too ashamed of your office to invite clients in for meetings? Now's the time to splash some cash on new furniture.

Deductions and cars: the rules

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   How do proposed rules to give small business owners access to immediate tax write-offs for expenses that cost less than $20,000 work?

How to pay less FBT

Walk out: Queensland hasn't had any luck retaining technology chiefs.

Matt Goss   Fringe benefits tax can be a major impost, so here are some ways to reduce your exposure.

Confusion reigns with tax deductions

Max Newnham

Max Newnham   How does the $20,000 immediate tax write-off for business expenses really work?