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The high cost of Australia’s housing obsession

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bmwAUSTRALIA spends 20 times more money on subsidising negatively geared property than funding start-up businesses and this could cost us jobs and our economic future, one senior financial analyst says.

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Australian Tax office staff warn of fraud from small business tax write-offs

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hockeyAn internal tax office briefing document, released to the ABC under freedom of information laws, warns people will commit fraud by taking illegitimate advantage of the Government's instant asset write-off for small business.

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Special Feature: The Changing Face of Retail in 2015

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retail-trendThe 2014 December quarter ABS Consumer Price Index showed inflation of 0.2 per cent, which followed a rise of 0.5 per cent in the September quarter last year. This confirms what we already know about pre-Christmas spend for 2014 – although consumers were fairly slow off the mark in getting into the swing of Christmas shopping, lowered costs definitely meant Aussies weren’t holding back on splurging on their loved ones.  

   

Phase 1 – Functional Workspace Tips

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Love Where You Work - Officeworks 7Interiors expert Jen Bishop of Interiors Addict has partnered with Officeworks to help Australians take control of their workspace as they embark on a new and exciting financial year. Jen’s top 12 tips to mastering an organised and productive space have been provided below.

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ATO Audits – what you need to know

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FCI Smiling man Image 0715-1Small business owners are renowned for their resilience and indomitable approach; however a letter from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) can still be an alarming experience. 

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Special Feature: Expert determination clauses in contracts - are they worth it?

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lawIt is difficult for the drafter of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses to foresee everything that might arise when the relationship sours. 
Courts try to enforce ADR clauses in contracts in general, for two reasons...

   

Attention share traders! The importance of being on top of tax requirements

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taxtraderJust as someone who runs a business should know the tax rules that applies to their particular activity, so should share traders and investors understand the income tax rules that apply to shares.

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Giving Small Business Owners Powerful Real-Time Business Reporting on the go

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SignedandNumbered Prahran SquareDashboardapp1Small business owners can’t always be on site at their business, which comes at a cost to growth—Australian small business owners lose 250 productive work hours each year by being unable to progress work and keep in touch with the business while they’re away from the workplace*. It’s a scary statistic—and highlights how important it is for small business owners to be able keep their finger on the pulse.

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Penalty rates debate: Hope for small business but staff opposed

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brucebilsonRELIEF could be in sight for hundreds of thousands of small businesses struggling with the cost of paying staff penalty rates.

A draft report into workplace relations by the Productivity Commission, to be released within weeks...

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ASIC speaks up for SMEs

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businessmanASIC has highlighted the importance of small and medium-sized businesses at the National Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) Conference held in Sydney last Friday.

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Bluestone is helping to make business easier for Australia’s small businesses

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small bizBluestone Mortgages has introduced a new product aimed at the self-employed and SME market.  Business Easy will help Australia’s small business owners by providing lending solutions to assist their businesses, even if they have only been trading for a short time.

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Special Feature: Security’s ‘People Problem’

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website-securityWhen you talk about modern day technology security with industry professionals and experts, one subject will almost invariably arise, and I am not talking about sophisticated technology threats like I normally do including DDoS or even hacking. In this case, I’m referring to “the people problem”.

   

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