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, or 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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Guarantor Advice

February 2018 | Legal
What is a Guarantor? If you are borrowing in the name of a company your bank will almost always require the directors to personally guarantee the loan. This means that you, as the director, become personally liable for the borrowing company’s obligations under the loan in the event that the company is unable to...
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Tax Matters Newsletter

February 2018 | Accounting & Tax
In this issue, we look at recent updates released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) relating to: Property investors reminded of new deduction rules Extended due date for 2016-17 SMSF returns FBT issues that raise ATO attention Please click on the link below to open the latest edition of Tax Matters. Tax Matters February...
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Investments team change at AAG

February 2018 | Investments
It is with regret that we advise that Brett Catterall is leaving AustAsia Group ("AAG"). We look forward to continuing our relationship with you and assure you of our ongoing service and support. As you may be aware, AAG is an integrated Financial Services house, incorporating not only a full suite of Financial Planning...
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