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Memo to Big Business: You owe money. Pay up! It’s that simple

Sunday, February 16, 2020

We started our campaign against ‘reverse factoring’ in October last year. Since then, a multitude of businesses, politicians and instrumentalities have pitched in on the debate. The time is clearly right for action on this shabby practice and we're happy to lead the way..... More


Campaign 2020: ATO reform – Pay on Time – Fair Contracts

Thursday, February 6, 2020

In 2020, SEA will be focused on three major campaigns designed to secure fairness for self-employed small business people: legislative reform of the ATO to make it act fairly; our push for a 'Pay on Time Pledge' to promote prompt payment; and giving teeth to the intent of the Unfair Contracts legislation .... More


“Reform the ATO”, says Senator. An important speech!

Monday, December 9, 2019

There has been a major development in the last days of Federal Parliament for this year. For the first time a parliamentarian has made a clear call for reform of the Australian Taxation Office. Last Wednesday, Senator Eric Abetz delivered a punchy speech in which he demonstrated why the ATO needs to be reformed. He also outlined a model for how that should be done.... More

Christmas just around the corner—some quick updates

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

With Christmas looming, we thought it timely to provide a few updates, including details of three important initiatives from the Federal Government as well as our plans for our two major campaigns: Sustained reform of the ATO and Prompt Payment of small business invoices.... 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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