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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...


If you don’t do this, the ATO won’t send you your JobKeeper $$$$s

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

We’ve had lots of people contacting us confused as to when they will receive the JobKeeper payment. We’ve checked with the ATO.

***You will NOT receive JobKeeper payments from the ATO if you don’t fill out the necessary online form.

The online form became available on Monday (4 May 2020). More...


Update Coronavirus Support Package; JobKeeper, etc

Friday, April 03, 2020

Yesterday I gave a webinar presentation for the Australian Association for Virtual Industry Professionals on the support package available for self-employed people, including sole traders, if you’re employing others and so on.

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BIG income support for self-employed, sole traders

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Late yesterday evening the government released its third and largest Coronavirus financial support package. It’s huge. And self-employed, sole traders are included.

We’ve updated our summary of the government's Coronavirus support package for self-employed people. Here’s the updated summaryMore...


Coronavirus emergency—Government Support for the Self-employed—The Facts

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just think. Only two weeks ago the prospect of a massive coronavirus emergency was only beginning to sink in across Australia. Now the nation has moved rapidly into full-scale lockdown in a war against an unseen killer.

The federal government has moved quickly with a massive economic support package. The full extent of this support was released yesterday (Sunday, 22 March). We now know the support package for self-employed small business people, particularly for sole traders.

With assistance from government advisers and support staff we have put together an easy-to-use summary of the key information you need.  More...


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.  More...


Let’s stamp out reverse factoring—It’s big business at its worst

Thursday, November 28, 2019

I’m in Parliament House Canberra.

We’ve talked about this before… reverse factoring.

Let’s stamp it out.

Here’s our quick YouTube post from Parliament calling for action:  More...


Explosive, gobsmacking statements by Tax Commissioner raise serious concerns about democracy, the rule of law and cover-up

Friday, October 25, 2019

Perhaps we thought we’d seen just about every ‘trick’ by the ATO, but the statements by the Tax Commissioner to the Senate on Wednesday (23 October) go to an entirely new level. The ATO ‘battle bar’ has just been raised, big time!

What has motivated the Commissioner is the ‘Right to Know’ public campaign being conducted by a large coalition of Australian media interests against the government’s suppression of free speech. This week ‘Right to Know’ released its first television/on-line advert. The opening ‘punch’ in the advert asserts that the ATO can take money directly out of people’s accounts “but you’re not allowed to know…”  More...


‘Houston we have a problem’—says ATO—at long last!

Sunday, September 08, 2019

In 1970, when the Apollo 13 space mission suffered a major malfunction, the astronauts immediately declared to mission headquarters in Houston, Texas: ‘Houston we’ve had a problem’. Here’s a clip from the 1995 Tom Hanks’ movie on Apollo 13 in which he makes the declaration.

Recognising and admitting to a problem is the first, most critical step to fixing it.

Just a week ago Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan finally declared ‘we have a problem’. But, wow, has that declaration been a long time coming! More...



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