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ATO—Bullying and fear. IRS—Accountability, checks and balances, service!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

SEA Executive Director Ken Phillips has just completed a two-week research project in Washington DC into the laws governing the operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS’s operations are starkly and vastly superior to those of the ATO. The difference is in the laws covering the IRS... More


Explosive, gobsmacking statements by Tax Commissioner raise serious concerns about democracy, the rule of law and cover-up

Friday, October 25, 2019

Perhaps we thought we’d seen just about every ‘trick’ by the ATO, but the statements by the Tax Commissioner to the Senate on Wednesday (23 October) go to an entirely new level. The ATO ‘battle bar’ has just been raised, big time!.... More


Big business is endlessly creative in screwing small business

Friday, October 4, 2019

One of the biggest bugbears for small businesses is late payment. Governments at all levels have urged big businesses (and their own departments) to pay small businesses within 30 days. But one of Australia's largest construction groups has moved in the opposite direction: it is pushing out the payment window by a further 35 days! Isn't it time such companies were denied government work?..... More

Democracy crumbling in chaos—do boofheads now rule?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Is politics in democracies now bonkers? Does no-one respect experts and authority anymore? Has politeness disappeared from political discussion? Is intimidation destroying free speech? These are the sorts of questions raised by a new Senate Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy. We've made a submission... More

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We’re in Washington DC researching good tax administration laws

During October 2019, SEA Executive Director Ken Phillips has been in Washington DC researching how USA law makers have sought to make the US tax administrator (IRS) efficient, fair and transparent.
Here’s some short YouTube posts explaining what we’re doing (click on the image for the YouTube vid):







ATO Information Releases
We monitor ATO information releases on tax issues relevant for self-employed small business people. Available for SEA members. Join here.


Small Business Tax Tribunal

The government’s new Small Business Tax Tribunal is a big breakthrough for self-employed, small business people in dispute with the ATO. We were and are the key advocates for this. If you are in dispute with the ATO, we are the specialists who can assist. You need to be a member. Click here to become a Protected Member.
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!


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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