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You think Brexit is a mess? It’s the same with UK small business tax. A mess!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Describing HMRC as ‘incompetent’ is justified given the way they have grossly botched up the handling of self-employed tax in the UK since 2000. In an attempt to 'protect the revenue' they have moved a number of times to declare self-employed people to be employees. The results are a mess... More


US Congress and Trump agree. Discipline the IRS to prevent taxpayer abuse. Message for Australia

Friday, July 12, 2019

With the backing of both sides of Congress, President Trump has signed into law an Act to make the IRS more accountable for its actions and less likely to abuse taxpayers, particularly small businesses. Australian policy-makers and the ATO itself would do well to contemplate the new protections and disciplines enshrined in the Taxpayers First Act.... More

Reflections on an incompetent ATO—ABNs & Gig stuff

Friady, June 28, 2019

The ATO's current process for deciding if someone is an independent contractor or an employee is amateurish and incompetent at best. It would do well to adopt both the process and the criteria that the Fair Work Commission used when making its December 2017 decision on the status of Uber drivers.... More


Hysterical reaction to Uber (gig) drivers not being employees. ATO wake-up call

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Earlier this month the Fair Work Ombudsman released a statement that, after a two-year investigation, it has concluded that drivers working through Uber are not employees. The TWU described the decision as ‘…devastating for workers in the gig economy’. We disagree...... More


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Small Business Tax Tribunal

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Information on the Small Business Tax Tribunal is here.


Defend the right to be self-employed

Public sector bureaucracies along with unions are wanting to close down the right to be self-employed. We have seen these attacks before such as:

  • Contractors are ‘dependent’.
  • Sham contracting is rife.

See our responses on these arguments in 2011.  See our success at the International Labour Organisation in 2006.

And now the new attack is against the ‘gig economy’. We have new campaigns on our hands!


National Bricklayers Australia

National Bricklayers Australia is a division of Self-Employed Australia formed to assist bricklayers in the operation of their businesses. Our aims are to provide bricklayers support with:
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 Drafting and securing fair contracts Dispute resolution
 Client relationships Industry professionalism
 Industry standards Tax issues







Click here for more information. We have a dedicated bricklayers joining link.

For more information, contact Jason Mills
Phone: 0400 558 031
Email: info@abric.com.au
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Is your contract fair?

SEA can rightly claim huge success in achieving Unfair Contract protections for small business people. New protective legislation came into effect in November 2016—a world's first for self-employed people. Resources for checking your own contract are here.

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