MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – JULY 2018

ATO SMALL BUSINESS CLAIMS TRIBUNAL: In the compelling report below, copied in full, Robert Gottliebsen sets out the history of the battle to get a fair go from the Australian Taxation Office for small business and why under the heading ‘We’re on the brink of a tax revolution’. He believes “there is a very good chance we will get a …

We’re on the brink of a tax revolution

Robert Gottliebsen, The Australian, July 6, 2018 There are now clear signs that the Australian small- and medium-sized business community is winning the long hard battle be able to appeal Australian Tax office rulings. We are on the brink of a tax revolution that will boost confidence in the sector that creates 44 per cent of our employment. Currently small- …

Official government report confirms ATO has big problems

The ATO has suffered another major hit to its reputation, this time (and again) from an official government investigation. You may remember that following the Four Corners show ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’ which exposed ATO abuse of small business people, the Minister, Kelly O’Dwyer, ordered a Treasury inquiry. Both the Small Business Ombudsman and the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT)  were asked to participate. The Small Business Ombudsman …

Push to throw out baseless unfair dismissal claims

The Australian, July 25, 2018 The industrial umpire is under pressure to accept the findings of a new report proposing the early elimination of baseless unfair dismissal cases against small business operators. The report comes as a dramatic decline emerged in the number of Australians employed by small enterprises. The move to weed out unmeritorious claims and better assist mum-and-dad …

Fair Work Commission: Industrial umpire unveils key changes

The Australian, July 30, 2018 Employers will first learn they are being accused of unfair dismissal in a phone call from a trained staff member at the industrial umpire in a shake-up aimed at assisting small business engage with the Fair Work Commission. FWC President Iain Ross announced the move this afternoon while launching the industrial umpire’s blueprint setting out …

New family and domestic violence leave entitlements

Fair Work Ombudsman, 30 July 2018 From 1 August 2018, modern awards will be varied to give employees access to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. The leave can be taken by employees to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence. This includes (but isn’t limited to) taking time to: make arrangements for …

Millions of small business owners could be forced to pay ABN renewal fees

SmartCompany, Friday, July 20, 2018 Millions of Australian small business owners could be forced to pay to renew their Australian Business Numbers under a government plan to reform the ABN system. Approximately 7.7 million Australians currently hold an ABN, and there is no cost to apply for or continue to use the number. However, that could change as part of …

Boomtown’s bounce is back as economy out of the woods

The West Australian, 23 July 2018 The West Australian economy is “out of the woods”, one of the nation’s most respected forecasters has declared, with housing and wages finally gaining traction. READ MORE: Íhttps://thewest.com.au/news/wa/boomtowns-bounce-is-back-as-economy-out-of-the-woods-ng-b88902418z

Subbies stand up to MBA ‘intimidation tactics’

The West Australian, 21 July 2018 Subcontractors WA has hit back at Master Builders WA over “disappointing” comments that it says could be interpreted to imply that subcontractors who spoke out about unfair conditions would not win work. The duo, who have been working together on an industry advisory group being chaired by John Fiocco to find a robust long-term …

Banking royal commission: expect shocking stories from super sector: Kelly O’Dwyer

The Australian, July 26, 2018 The amnesty was introduced ahead of new reforms being introduced to give the Australian Taxation Office more scope to crack down on employers who did not meet their superannuation contribution obligations She said the reforms underway would also bring in tough new penalties, including possible jail time, for employers who repeatedly fail to meet their …