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What’s been happening in the construction sector for the self-employed?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The construction sector has high numbers of self-employed, independent contractors, but it’s an area that has always attracted significant controversy.

While the industry is in holiday shutdown we thought subbies (in between watching cricket, fishin’ and so on) might have a minute or two to catch up on new enforcement processes important to their businesses.  More...


Criminal justice vs Tax Justice. Are the two the same?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In what would seem a rather startling revelation in The Australian yesterday, Robert Gottliebsen comments that, pending an explanation, in his view  More...


Thank you, Norman, for 18 years of service to self-employed people

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Last Wednesday we had a thank you dinner for Norman Lacy, our Chair of 10 years and board member since our formation 18 years ago.

Norman has finally decided to step aside from Self-Employed Australia. We had a wonderful dinner which included a presentation and discussion from Robert Gottliebsen, business columnist for The Australian on current business, economic and political events.  More...


HUGE breakthrough for small business – ATO reform

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Late last night the news broke of the Morrison government’s decision to create a Small Business Tax Tribunal. Robert Gottliebsen in The Australian has scooped the story.

We launched a campaign in February last year for a Small Business Tax Tribunal. Obviously, we are hugely pleased to see the Morrison government take this initiative for fair treatment of small businesses.  More...


It’s chaotic in Canberra, but ….

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Yes, well it’s pretty obvious that the political system is in chaos. But despite the turmoil we thought we’d give you some updates on a few more sane things (from our perspective) that are coming through.

Free legal advice in ATO disputes
The Labor opposition is talking of funding free legal advice on tax matters to low-income taxpayers if they win government. It’s further recognition by Labor of the unequal power relationship between small business people and the ATO.  More...


ATO gives BHP special million-dollar deal

Friday, November 23, 2018

You may have seen the big ‘win’ by the ATO against BHP which has agreed to pay an extra $529 million in tax. In a statement an ATO spokesperson said: “I want to assure the Australian community the ATO does not settle matters at any cost or give favourable settlements to the large end of town.” Ummm? Let’s look at the evidence. More...


Will the ATO be included under the powers of an anti-corruption commission?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The ABC reports that a Federal anti-corruption commission is looking increasingly likely. This five-minute ABC television clip explains that:  More...


Taxpayers are cheats and liars—anything done against them is justified—ATO

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In an article in The Australian today ('When the Taxman proves to be a monster)'  we argue that the prosecution powers of the Australian Taxation Office should be removed from the ATO and transferred to an independent body under the Attorney-General’s department.

We give examples of the ATO’s alleged abusive behaviour in litigation to demonstrate why the ATO should not be investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury all in one. This is the current situation.  More...


Thank you, Ali Noroozi – Retiring Inspector-General of Taxation

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Today we give a very big thanks to Ali Noroozi who is retiring this month after ten years as the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT).

Eager followers and members of Self-Employed Australia will be well aware of our extensive and ongoing campaigns to extract fairness from the Australian Taxation Office.

But not many people (outside the public service) are likely aware of the extent to which the office of the Inspector-General of Taxation has been extracting measures of fairness from the ATO. More...


Does the ATO demonstrate its 'Mongrel Bastards' status? You decide!

Monday, October 29, 2018

It was an interesting week last week when witnessing the contrasting faces of the Australian Taxation Office displayed before various Parliamentary Committees.

On Wednesday (24 October) the ATO appeared before Senate Estimates.  The Tax Commissioner said this:  More...



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