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Implications of Labor’s Proposed Policies: Property, Investment Property, Franking Credits and Other Issues – Part 1

November 2018 | General
With the current turmoil in political circles, we thought it timely to provide some commentary on the policies announced by Labor, as Parliament is sitting at the end of this month. Somewhere between May and November 2019, we will see another Federal Election. While the policies of both parties are varied and complex, of...
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Business Clients – Tips and Traps on Employment Contracts

November 2018 | General
Part 3 – What to do next? If you’ve been following this series of emails, you’ll now be aware of some of the over-arching issues businesses might encounter when engaging staff or contractors. You will know now that casual staff, contractors and permanent employees all have different entitlements, and how important it is to...
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Business Clients – Tips and Traps on Employment Contracts

November 2018 | General
Part 2 – Is a Casual Employee a Casual Employee? Do you employ casual employees? If so, this article is for you. Employee entitlements, National Employment Standards, Federal Employment Awards, Industrial Relations regulations and Union Representatives – these things combined create a minefield for business owners at the best of times. But recently, things...
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Contractor vs Employee: what’s the difference?

October 2018 | General
On the surface, the difference between an employee and a contractor seems simple: one is permanent and one is not. However, the test used by the courts to determine the matter has changed. In order to avoid unexpected personal liability in the case of a dispute, it’s important to be clear about the classification...
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Weekend Market Pullback

October 2018 | Investments
US markets have dropped over 5% in two days, should I sell? The Dow Jones gave up another 500 points in overnight trading, on top of 800 points yesterday, and the broader S&P 500 and technology Nasdaq have given up more. Do I sell? Well, no, and here are the reasons why: Firstly, this...
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What are the key differences between Shares, Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) and Traditional Managed Funds?

August 2018 | Investments
Following on from the Royal Commission, we have had many clients ask us what are the key differences between Shares, Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) and Traditional Managed Funds? In a nutshell: Shares are listed and traded on the market; ETPs are listed baskets of shares or other assets & traded on the market; and...
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Changes for Businesses from 1 July 2018

June 2018 | Accounting & Tax
State Budget With the State Budget being announced on 10 May 2018 and the Federal Budget on 8 May 2018, we highlight some of the key proposals put forth for businesses to take note of leading into the new financial year: Expansion of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Levy From 1 July...
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Budget Special – Tax Matters Newsletter

May 2018 | Accounting & Tax
Welcome to our latest Quarterly Tax Matters newsletter that focuses on yesterday's Federal Budget. In this issue, we look at how the Federal budget is focused on providing sustainable tax relief to those in the workforce, stimulating spending and encouraging businesses to invest in creating jobs. Please click on the link below to open...
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Important emails not getting to clients

April 2018 | General
Over recent months we’ve been told by some of our clients that they haven’t received emails from us, resulting in delays in us meeting their service expectations. The common link in the feedback we’ve received reveals that clients with a Hotmail, MSN, @live.com or @outlook.com email address are the ones who are most likely...
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Family Court and Third Party Claims

March 2018 | Legal
Did you know a third party family member can be pulled into a Family Court matter if there are family businesses or family assets involved? This has occurred where parties to a marriage or a de-facto relationship have brought claims against the former spouse’s parents for a share in the family farming business, farming...
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