ATO small business ‘bullying’ allegations to get the Four Corners treatment

SmartCompany, 9.4.18 The battle between small businesses and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Monday night gave a very human face. As part of a major investigation with Fairfax, the ABC’s Four Corners program Monday night broadcast a program called “A mongrel bunch of bastards”. ” READ More – Click on:  https://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/tax/ato-small-business-bullying-allegations-get-four-corners-treatment/

‘It’s malicious and it’s vengeful’

The Tax Office is facing calls for curbs on the “draconian” powers it uses to target small businesses. By Adele Ferguson, Lesley Robinson and Lucy Carter  ABC Four Corners Published Fri at 10:01pm The Australian Taxation Office has used disturbing and heavy-handed tactics to target small businesses, and — by the admission of its own Deputy Commissioner — the powerful …

Four Corners ATO investigation sparks concerns over rising garnishee notices for SMEs: How the notice system works

SmartCompany, April 10, 2018 The Australian Taxation Office’s powers to access taxpayers’ bank accounts have been thrown into the spotlight this week, after a whistleblower told a joint Four Corners and Fairfax investigation that tax office staff were instructed last year to ramp up the number of garnishee notices issued to businesses and individuals.   READ MORE: https://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/tax/four-corners-investigation-prompts-concerns-garnishee-notices-small-business/?utm_campaign=SC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Government launches investigation into Australia Tax Office after allegations of unethical cash grabs

ABC Four Corners By Henry Belot , 11.4.18 The Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has launched an urgent investigation into the Australian Tax Office (ATO) following a joint Four Corners and Fairfax Media investigation. Two ATO whistleblowers have reported a toxic workplace culture where vulnerable small businesses and individuals are deliberately targeted to help meet revenue goals. They described unethical …

Four Corners ATO investigation sparks concerns over rising garnishee notices for SMEs: How the notice system works

SmartCompany, April 10, 2018 The Australian Taxation Office’s powers to access taxpayers’ bank accounts have been thrown into the spotlight this week, after a whistleblower told a joint Four Corners and Fairfax investigation that tax office staff were instructed last year to ramp up the number of garnishee notices issued to businesses and individuals.   READ MORE – Click on: https://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/tax/four-corners-investigation-prompts-concerns-garnishee-notices-small-business/?utm_campaign=SC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

A plan to fix the Australian Taxation Office

The Australian, April 10, 2018, Robert Gottliebsen. Australia has tried and tested state and Commonwealth public service rules and structures that serve the nation well. I believe if these rules and structures were introduced into the Australian tax collection system it would stop the worst of the current Australian Taxation Office (ATO) abuses of small businesses /investors and restore the …

A tale of two whistleblowers

The Australian, April 11, 2018, Robert Gottliebsen. As we celebrate our sporting heroes at the Commonwealth Games, it’s time to also recognise two Australian non sporting heroes who risked everything in the national interest — the whistleblower in the live sheep scandal and the whistleblower who exposed the inner workings of the Australian Taxation Office. They are being treated very …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 6 April 2018

UNFAIR CONTRACTS: Notwithstanding the introduction of the 2015 unfair contracts act designed to protect small businesses against the predatory and unfair behaviour of the big end of town, “. . . the big pitt and collins street law firms who have great skills in writing unfair contracts to benefit their large corporate clients have discovered that the regulators of the …

Companies find loophole to avoid unfair contracts legislation

The Australian, April 4, 2018 A significant number of large Australian corporations believe they have found ways to defy the will of Australia’s parliament on unfair contracts. And their small business contactors who have signed standardised contracts are too scared of retribution to do anything about it. Others are using the same loophole in genuine ignorance. The 2015 unfair contracts …

Ombudsman urges governments to scrap four-day-long Easter public holiday weekend and go back to the “sensible days”

SmartCompany, March 29, 2018 Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged state governments to rethink their approach to the Easter holiday period, saying the decision by most states to observe four public holidays in a row presents a “really, really difficult time” for small businesses. Each Australian state observes different trading rules across the Easter period, but in many areas of …