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ATO attacks mum and dad partnerships. We’re all at risk!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If you are one of the 2 million self-employed people in Australia we suggest you read the following very carefully. This is a story of (frankly) how concerned you should be about your potential treatment by the Australian Taxation Office. It’s the story of Rod Douglass, a 55-year-old IT contractor, but it could just as easily be you.

We first explained the tax issues in March this year. Then three weeks ago we announced the legal action we have organised to defend Rod, who’s been accused of tax evasion and sent a bill for $550,000 backdated 10 years. (It will bankrupt him!) What he did was comply with tax information published on the ATO website. However, the ATO says that by acting on this ATO information Rod committed tax evasion. ICA and our legal team are organizing Rod’s defence at no cost to him. This an important issue of justice.  More...

Huge thanks to (resigning) Senator Bob Day

Thursday, October 20, 2016

We were most saddened to receive a publicly-released email from Senator Bob Day early this week announcing his resignation from Parliament. The email makes it clear that the reason behind his resignation was the collapse of his national home building business. His email appears below and gives a detailed explanation of his business circumstances. It includes contact details for anyone affected by the collapse.

Bob Day was the founding President of Independent Contractors Australia in 2000. He was central to the establishment of our vision and our early successes and he was President until 2005.  More...

Union/Big business flim-flammery (again)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Yesterday, The Australian carried an article reporting that the AMWU wants to ‘represent’ independent contractors. The article quoted Ken Phillips (our Executive Director) who said: More...

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