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How to sell your business tax-free

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

Can employers deduct GST from contractors' earnings?


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

Small businesses disadvantaged


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


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?


Six reasons why you need an SMSF


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


Financing a management buy-out


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


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

Opting out of GST


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


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?


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?


Max Newnham There are pluses and minuses for both options.


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


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


Still waiting on employee share option changes


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?


Creative capital raising ideas


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


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.


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.


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.


Businesses need help navigating FTAs


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.


How much should you pay yourself?


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


Funding the future for small business


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


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


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.


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.

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