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Christmas just around the corner—some quick updates

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

It’s not long before we all attempt to eat too much Christmas pudding and hopefully settle down for a decent holiday relax! To all SEA members: our grateful thanks for your support during this very big year. Your membership contributions keep our efforts going, defending the rights of self-employed people.

To all our followers, including the many thousands of our social media watchers: our Seasons Greetings. We’d really appreciate your membership and support. You can join here.

We thought we’d give you some quick updates.

Some good stuff
The federal government has:
  • Announced that it would move to pay all e-invoices within five days. This is great for any self-employed people who provide services to the government.
  • Launched its $520m Australian Business Growth Fund backed by the banks. This opens a new source of small business funding.
  • Created a new process for compensating people following the bad behaviour of the ATO. It’s a step in the right direction.
Looking forward to more reform
  • Following my Washington research project into the operations of the IRS (USA), we’re building a campaign for focused reform of the ATO. Here’s the short YouTube clip where I summarise how the IRS is compelled to put Taxpayer Rights first.
  • Business journalist Robert Gottliebsen (The Australian) has made commentary based on our research.
  • Our ATO reform push will be long, detailed and sustained.
Pay on Time
  • We launched our criticism of ‘reverse factoring’ last week. See the YouTube clip from Parliament House in Canberra.  We call this a big business ‘con’ of small business.
  • Yesterday we commented in the Australian Financial Review that the (Big) Business Council of Australia’s “… supplier payment code 'should be tougher'”.
  • The push to ensure that small business people are paid on time will also be long, detailed and sustained.

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