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ATO a frozen dinosaur. Cold. Lifeless. No connection to reality.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We informed you yesterday about the ATO’s cancelling the Australian Business Numbers (ABNs) of work-from-home mums and dads. The people targeted are all on low incomes, most supplementing their spouse’s incomes, disability or other pensions or just struggling on their own.

There are 16 of these people: five in Queensland, two in South Australia, three in Victoria, five in New South Wales and one in Tasmania. These people are not ‘case numbers’ on some mindless ATO computer system. They are real people. And because of the ATO’s bullying aggression these people are now in crisis!  More...


The ATO thinks the earth is flat. That’s how dumb and dangerous it is!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I’m sure the ‘employment assessors’ at the ATO are members of the Flat Earth Society. Yes, a ‘flat-earthers’ group actually exists. It was formed in 1956. Its members are not comedians but serious. Here’s their logo and website. Go figure!

The ATO flat-earthers are the high priest enforcers of the ATO’s flat earth bible: its ‘employee-contractor decision tool’. Have a look at its ‘terrible friendly’ video saying how the ATO will help you. But everything on the video and in the decision tool is wrong at law and promotes a dangerous ATO-manufactured myth. In fact, the very decision-tool itself is an instrument of illegality. And it’s not there to help you but oppress you! More...


The Tax Office and horse racing. Place your bets!!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2017

If you’re self-employed, paying the correct amount of tax is very much like betting on a horse race. You can’t know if you’ve put your money on the winning horse, or whether you’ve paid tax under the correct rules.

The simple truth of this comparison lies in the fact that (massive surprise!!) nothing on the Australian Taxation Office website is law. The ATO’s website information is their view of the law and the ATO can and does change that view over time. This was demonstrated in the Rod Douglass caseMore...


Could the ATO have attempted to ‘pervert the course of justice’? Judge asks

Friday, November 03, 2017

We work hard to ensure that our criticism of the way the Australian Taxation Office treats self-employed people is based on facts. Our summary of the mistreatment of Rod Douglass we think demonstrates the facts.

And the fact is that what happened to Rod could happen to anyone. This includes consultants, IT and engineering professionals, tradies, even home-based small business people.  More...


Lies and blatant misrepresentation really get up our nose! Like the ATO!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Perhaps only hermits may not have noticed the explosive allegations of sexual assault by dozens of women in Hollywood against the film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The allegations are about a sexual creep making full use of the ‘casting couch’ along with fearful women being silenced by the Hollywood system. More...


Can an incoming tide be stopped? Some powerful people are trying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Some claim that freelancing, self-employment, whatever you want to call it, is surging in developed economies. For example:

•  One USA survey states that freelancing there has grown from 53 million in 2014 to 55 million in 2016, now making up 35 per cent of the workforce, an amazing observation if true!
•  In the UK, the rise in self-employment is well documented and authenticated. Over 4.7 million people were self-employed in early 2016 having grown from 11.9 per cent in 2000 to 14.9 per cent of the workforce.
•  However, in Australia self-employment has been fairly steady, bouncing around the 18 per cent mark for the last decade.
 More...


We don’t usually praise a bank. But—well done NAB!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

First we said that NAB had ‘trashed its own small business brand’. We said this in March this year because of NAB’s lie that it had made its small business finance contracts comply with the unfair contract laws.

Last week we expressed tentative praise for NAB after it had ditched its bad contracts and come up with new ones. NAB’s self-congratulatory PR seemed to indicate a major step forward. But we said we’d check its standard form contract first.  More...


As small business, self-employed people, let’s be alert to our mental health

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day. As small businessperson we’re often asked to have concern for the mental health of our employees (if we have any)! But what about our own mental health?

Mental health problems can happen to anyone. Here’s the story of high-profile media personality Osher Gunsberg, host of The Bachelor. He was out jogging and started hallucinating that the world was ending. He sought help.  More...


Bank lawyer: “We’ll do what we’re made to do”. Now they’re doing it!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

More good news on the unfair contract front! But first some background.

Back around 2009, when we were talking to big businesses about having fair contracts, the chief legal counsel for one of the big banks said to us, “We’ll do what we’re made to do.” We realized then how difficult our campaign would be. But we succeeded. The new small business unfair contract laws we pushed for started at the end of 2016More...


ATO ignores law to continue its harassment of the ‘little’ people

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It’s a shame but really annoying that we have to continue reporting on, and ‘taking on’, the Tax Office over the harassment of small business people.

We have several cases ‘on the go’ but here we update you on the Rod Douglass case. To remind you, last year we had the ATO back down in the Federal Court admitting that its allegation of fraud by Rod was baseless and “incorrectly formed”. After two years of harassing Rod, the ATO dropped its claim of $440,000 against him backdated to 2006. It has never apologized mind you!! More...



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