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The Tax Office and horse racing. Place your bets!!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2017

If you’re self-employed, paying the correct amount of tax is very much like betting on a horse race. You can’t know if you’ve put your money on the winning horse, or whether you’ve paid tax under the correct rules.

The simple truth of this comparison lies in the fact that (massive surprise!!) nothing on the Australian Taxation Office website is law. The ATO’s website information is their view of the law and the ATO can and does change that view over time. This was demonstrated in the Rod Douglass caseMore...


Could the ATO have attempted to ‘pervert the course of justice’? Judge asks

Friday, November 03, 2017

We work hard to ensure that our criticism of the way the Australian Taxation Office treats self-employed people is based on facts. Our summary of the mistreatment of Rod Douglass we think demonstrates the facts.

And the fact is that what happened to Rod could happen to anyone. This includes consultants, IT and engineering professionals, tradies, even home-based small business people.  More...


Lies and blatant misrepresentation really get up our nose! Like the ATO!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Perhaps only hermits may not have noticed the explosive allegations of sexual assault by dozens of women in Hollywood against the film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The allegations are about a sexual creep making full use of the ‘casting couch’ along with fearful women being silenced by the Hollywood system. More...


Can an incoming tide be stopped? Some powerful people are trying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Some claim that freelancing, self-employment, whatever you want to call it, is surging in developed economies. For example:

•  One USA survey states that freelancing there has grown from 53 million in 2014 to 55 million in 2016, now making up 35 per cent of the workforce, an amazing observation if true!
•  In the UK, the rise in self-employment is well documented and authenticated. Over 4.7 million people were self-employed in early 2016 having grown from 11.9 per cent in 2000 to 14.9 per cent of the workforce.
•  However, in Australia self-employment has been fairly steady, bouncing around the 18 per cent mark for the last decade.
 More...


She’s been sacked because she’s voting ‘No’. She’s a contractor. What are her rights?

Friday, September 22, 2017

We were contacted this week by news outlets. They wanted our comment on the young woman who’s been sacked because she’s voting ‘No’ in the marriage equality poll. The ‘line’ being run by some commentators is that because the woman was apparently an independent contractor that she is in a vulnerable situation.  More...


Billson admits receiving payment from Franchise Council while still an MP

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The former Abbott Government Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, has admitted to the ABC that he was receiving payment from the Franchise Council of Australia while still a Member of Parliament. The admission came on the 7.30 Report viewable here.

You might remember that we did battle with Abbott and Billson back in 2015 when they brought in the Unfair Contract Bill limiting it to contracts up to $100,000.  More...


Serious government dysfunction causing great harm

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Looking at politics at the moment one might wonder at how anything functions! And this political dysfunction flows through into government department dysfunction.

Suing the government!
Our truckie friends will be interested in the $600 million class action being organized by farmers over the live cattle export ban in 2011. The Australian’s update is hereMore...


ACCC targets unfair contracts. Franchisors pull in US Vice-President. (What???)

Monday, July 24, 2017

It’s great to report the fabulous work being done by the competition regulator in stamping out unfair contracts. Our ten-year campaign to get the laws in place really is paying off for self-employed small business people. More...


So what can you legally claim and do at tax time and not fear the ATO?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Yes, today is the day that every self-employed person dreads.  It’s end of financial year! So what can you legally do with your tax and be certain you have acted legally?

Earlier this week we published (with his permission) correspondence from the ATO to Rod Douglass. Robert Gottliebsen also wrote this up. The reason for publishing this is so you could see for yourself exactly how the ATO treats self-employed small business people. We’ve had a big response.

On reading the correspondence, some people have commented that Rod was actually in the wrong. When we first read the correspondence in 2015 we also thought that that could be a reasonable conclusion! But then, when we looked at the facts, the reverse was the case. Rod had done nothing wrong. That’s why we came in to defend him. Rod had simply followed what, in 2006, the ATO had said on its website he could do! More...


You open the mail. You owe us $422,030.64 says the ATO. What??

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Imagine this. You arrive home from work. You’re a freelance consultant; an engineer or maybe an IT specialist currently doing work for a bank. Even an aged care worker or a plumber! You’re one of the 2 million plus self-employed people in Australia, one of the new breed of entrepreneurial ‘gig’ economy workers, so the commentators say!

A month ago you had a phone chat with a couple of seemingly friendly ATO officers who had queries about how you work and your tax returns. You were open and honest. Nothing to hide! Pretty simple really?

There’s a letter. You open it. It’s 18 pages of confusing Tax Office bureaucratic blabbering. Somehow you’re accused of tax fraud/evasion. You struggle to understand. But one thing hits you. It’s a demand to pay $422,030.64 for taxes going back 10 years, with 50% penalties and interest! More...



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