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Trump’s self-employed revolution

Monday, January 09, 2017

Last week, our Executive Director, Ken Phillips, contemplated some ‘revolutionary’ thoughts around self-employment as part of the summer break ‘think’ process.  

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But those thoughts are minor compared with President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals for self-employed people in the USA. According to Forbes magazine and CBSNews,  Trump is going to open the tax floodgate for the self-employed, allowing them to access the 15 per cent tax rate he intends to apply to companies.  More...


ICA Executive Director ponders the nature of work

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Against a backdrop of 'revolutionary' social and political developments in 2016, ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips has posted a new blog which looks at the prospects for the new world of work in the year ahead. Noting the seemingly unstoppable growth of all forms of self-employment, Ken also examines some of the adverse reactions to self-employment and surveys some recent (and quite diverse) academic discussion about the value of 'being your own boss'. You can read Ken's full blog post hereMore...


Notable highlights from 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A very big Season’s Greetings to all ICA members, supporters, friends and contributors—of which there are many! 2016 has been an impressive year in terms of achieving positive outcomes for self-employed people.  More...


Western Australia’s big move to protect construction subbies

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Readers may have noticed the somewhat messy outcome with the Federal Government’s ABCC legislation last week. The key killer is that the associated federal construction code will not have application for two years. That means that big construction firms will have two years to continue to collude with unions to screw over small business construction subcontractors.  Here’s commentary from Judith Sloan in The Australian showing why it’s a mess.
 
But riding in from the West is a different player! More...


ATO’s humiliating admission exposes its baseless accusations of fraud

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On Monday, ICA's Ken Phillips sat in the Federal Court in Sydney with our legal team witnessing an extraordinary event.

We were defending Rod Douglass against the ATO. You’ll remember we’ve been assisting Rod for nearly two years. We’ve explained this before.

Rod had been accused by the ATO of fraud/evasion on the basis that he should have sought ‘professional’ advice before submitting his tax returns even though he followed ATO website information in completing his returns. He had declared all income. Yet the ATO sent Rod a $550,000 tax bill backdated 10 years which meant he would be bankrupt.  More...


Unions are non-taxable businesses providing services to large corporations

Thursday, November 24, 2016

It’s been quite a week on the construction anti-corruption front:  More...


So there are no unfair contracts? Look again

Sunday, November 13, 2016

When we first started arguing for unfair contract laws for small business people in 2009 we had discussions with the Federal Attorney-General's Department. They told us that there wasn’t a problem because no-one complained. But we campaigned persistently for seven years until the laws were passed.

The new laws started last Saturday, 12 November 2016. (Hooray!) The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission last week released a report into the 12 months' research they have done on unfair contracts. The ACCC believes that somewhere between 8 and 10 million (yes million) contracts will need to be re-written to comply with the new laws.  More...


Victory for small business fair contracts is an economic game-changer

Friday, November 11, 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 November, the new unfair contract laws for small business people come into effect.

At ICA we can be rightly proud of these laws because we spent seven years arguing for the laws. There’s no question that these laws have happened because of ICA. More...


ATO attacks mum and dad partnerships. We’re all at risk!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If you are one of the 2 million self-employed people in Australia we suggest you read the following very carefully. This is a story of (frankly) how concerned you should be about your potential treatment by the Australian Taxation Office. It’s the story of Rod Douglass, a 55-year-old IT contractor, but it could just as easily be you.

We first explained the tax issues in March this year. Then three weeks ago we announced the legal action we have organised to defend Rod, who’s been accused of tax evasion and sent a bill for $550,000 backdated 10 years. (It will bankrupt him!) What he did was comply with tax information published on the ATO website. However, the ATO says that by acting on this ATO information Rod committed tax evasion. ICA and our legal team are organizing Rod’s defence at no cost to him. This an important issue of justice.  More...


Huge thanks to (resigning) Senator Bob Day

Thursday, October 20, 2016

We were most saddened to receive a publicly-released email from Senator Bob Day early this week announcing his resignation from Parliament. The email makes it clear that the reason behind his resignation was the collapse of his national home building business. His email appears below and gives a detailed explanation of his business circumstances. It includes contact details for anyone affected by the collapse.

Bob Day was the founding President of Independent Contractors Australia in 2000. He was central to the establishment of our vision and our early successes and he was President until 2005.  More...



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