MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 20 March 2018

FEATURE: ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’: Continued from last week’s comments when we said: “the Four Corners program has been a turning and major victory for small business, that we trust will not at the end of the day end up a pyrrhic victory. However, Grace Collier comments: “There are some in our community who find the ATO’s powers acceptable. They …

Tax office sees us all as ‘cheats and liars’

The Australian, April 18, 2018 It has taken a recently retired and highly respected Federal Court judge to reveal just why the Australian Taxation Office is engaged in an apparently mindless campaign against small business and investors. Richard Edmonds SC was a top NSW tax barrister who acted both for the ATO and for tax defendants before being appointed a …

Ombudsman will conduct inquiry into unfair ATO treatment, urges SMEs to share stories

SmartCompany, April 16, 2018 In a statement this morning, small business ombudsman Kate Carnell said that “under the director of treasury”, the ombudsman’s office and Inspector-Director of Taxation Ali Noroozi will be investigating alleged cases of “unfair conduct” by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The timeline for the inquiry is “quite tight”, with SMEs encouraged to send examples of disputes …

ATO’s tax on natural justice

The Australian, April 14, 2018, Grace Collier Don’t be a fool and assume you have certain rights. You may think if you are accused of something the presumption of innocence applies unless proven otherwise in a court. You may think the authorities are not allowed to bust down your doors in the middle of the night unless they have a …

Sparks fly over energy guarantee as power costs soar

The Australian, April 20, 2018 Major Australian companies and small businesses are struggling to cope with record electricity price hikes that have forced them to seek alternative power sources, consider cutting thousands of jobs and pass costs on to consumers. As the Turnbull government today hopes to secure support for its signature energy policy in Melbourne, some small to medium-sized …

Future of “.au” domains still unclear as auDA members vote for …

SmartCompany, 12.4.18 For its part, auDA has previously told SmartCompany it welcomes more feedback from business owners and stakeholders about the issue and says there is no set decision yet about a transition to “.au domains”. However, three auDA members launched a petition over the weekend to secure a special … New Progress on “.au” Domain Saga, Govt Still Quiet READ …

Small business telco complaints skyrocket: How the states compare

SmartCompany.com.au, 17.4.18 “I have had a lot of meetings around Australia with small businesses and [broadband connections] is always one of the issues that is constantly raised,” Carnell tells SmartCompany. “The great dilemma is who is to blame in the situation. The NBN aren’t selling the service, more so the telecommunications … READ MORE – Click on: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=smartcompany&hl=en-AU&gbv=2&prmd=ivns&source=univ&tbm=nws&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=0CCgQqAJqFQoTCOj98euK18gCFWLopgodmmMC1w&gws_rd=ssl

Time to face up to our ‘doublethink’ on tax policy

The NEW DAILY, 18.4.18 The toxic political climate of the past decade has left Australians in a state of ‘doublethink’ about the taxes we pay and the services we demand. George Orwell used that term to mean “holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously” – in this case, ‘taxes are too high!’ and ‘there should be no more cuts to services!’ A …

Five ways to inspire creativity

SmartCompany, April 9, 2018 We all possess the capacity to be creative, but not all of us have the opportunity to work in conducive surroundings, with supportive colleagues and management. Any industry or organisation where strategic planning is called for can be guilty of excluding the really good ideas that bubble up from surprising sources.  READ MORE – Click on: …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 13 April 2018

FEATURE: ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’: It is indeed a long road that has no turning. But the odyssey by Ken Phillips, CEO Small Employers Australia, journalist Robert Gottliebsen, dedicated lawyers, et. al., the Four Corners program has been a turning and major victory for small business, that we trust will not at the end of the day end up a …