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There’s a small business reform ‘steam train’ happening with the federal government

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

There’s considerable reform occurring at the federal level affecting self-employed, small business people. This is all positive ‘stuff’. More...


Reforming the ATO – An economic recovery agenda

Thursday, October 29, 2020

At Self-Employed Australia we’ve been campaigning for a heck of a long time for reform of the ATO in the way it handles disputes—particularly with small business people. In the economic recovery from Covid, reform of the ATO must assume high importance.

Fair treatment of taxpayers is essential and this is not occurring if you find yourself in dispute with the ATO. The tax administration laws and the tax system are ‘stacked’ to enable the ATO to abuse its powers. This is bad for society and the economy.  More...


Budget stimulus for self-employed, small business people

Thursday, October 08, 2020

We’ve tried to pick out the key things from the massive Morrison government Covid-19 business recovery package. These are the things that seem most relevant for self-employed, small business people.

Below is our summary and links to key ATO information. Check with your accountant for application to your personal situation.  More...


Big Business – Big Lies – They’re at it again – Pay On Time laws

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The MOST IMPORTANT issue for self-employed, small business people is being paid on time. This is particularly vital for recovery from the Covid-19 recession.

The Morrison Government made a commitment to action on this at the last election—that is, to push large businesses to pay small business people ‘on time’. The government's three commitments are: More...


JobKeeper and JobSeeker Extension Information

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Last week (22 July) the Morrison government announced that JobKeeper and JobSeeker are being extended past the current cut-off of at the end of September. But there are changes to eligibility and the amounts being paid.

We’ve waited a week to produce this update to check some details with the ATO. Be aware that the legislation for the extension has not passed Parliament, so our summary below is the best information available at the moment. More...


On Time Payments. Top priority for small business

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Senate is currently considering a Bill that will require large businesses to report their payments to small business suppliers. Being paid on time is a top priority for all self-employed small business people.

We gave evidence to the Senate last week (8 July) and made the following points.

We expect the Morrison government to fully implement its election promise on pay-on-time issues. This is a three-phase promise it made, namely: More...


ATO audit division goes for JobKeeper jugular again! Trashing the ATO’s reputation

Monday, July 06, 2020

Last week, we reported the release by the ATO of threats to treat people who’ve accessed JobKeeper (and other programs) of being tax fraudsters. The problem, we say, is the ability of the ATO’s auditors to apply their ‘view’ as to fraud, which then becomes ‘fact’ at law, subject to prosecution. And the only effective appeal is to the ATO itself!!  More...


The ATO’s coming to get you! You’re a Covid-19 fraudster they say

Monday, June 29, 2020

We can’t believe that, for all the great work the ATO has done with implementing the Covid-19 support packages, it's decided to blow up that good work.

Last week (23 June) the ATO released a statement ‘ATO zeroes in on COVID-19 fraud’. The ATO has declared that it reckons lots of Australians are committing fraud in applying for Covid-19 support (JobKeeper, Cash Flow Boost, early release of super, etc.) But look at what they are targeting. More...


In Praise of the Australian Taxation Office – Coronavirus

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Australian Taxation Office has been subject to heavy criticism following its announcement last Friday (22 May) that the JobKeeper program will cost $60 billion less than the predicted $130 billion.

In other words, the government’s (Treasury and ATO) original prediction is wrong, that some 6.5 million Australians will need JobKeeper support. Instead they now say around 3.5 million will need JobKeeper. This could be good news.  More...


Restrict JobKeeper? Ya Dreaming! Political suicide

Thursday, May 14, 2020

There’s media speculation doing the rounds that the JobKeeper scheme could be cut back.

Our assessment is that it would be political suicide for Prime Minister Morrison if the government took such a move. The PM is running high in the polls over his handling of Coronavirus, a dramatic turnaround from the political disaster that he and the government suffered during the bushfire crisis earlier in the year. More...



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