Deduction denied!

Government to abolish tax deduction for GIC and SIC, along with increased interest costs… The Australian Government has recently announced the scrapping of ATO General Interest Charges (GIC) and Shortfall Interest Charges (SIC) as allowable tax deductions for both companies and individuals effective from 1 July 2025, along with significantly increased interest costs. This has…

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Tax time cashflow: time to talk turkey with your clients

Free online tools for trusted advisors to ask their small business owners the hard questions.
1. Are they trading profitably?
2. Have they put enough aside to meet their regular financial commitments?
3. Does their business have enough to spend on themselves and pay others?
4. Is their business improving its financial position

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How to detect and guard against fraud. Is Bitcoin a Ponzi scheme?

Should Bitcoin, Ponzi and Maddoff be considered together? Diana Henriques was the original reporter who interviewed Bernie Madoff in gaol (jail). She reminds us “The #1 lesson Madoff’s fraud teaches anti-fraud professionals is that no deterrence program, however elaborate, will work if it can be switched off when we are approached by people we trust.”…

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Fertile Ground for Fraud post COVID

Major economic disruptions such as COVID low interest loans and supply chain disruptions increase the need and opportunity for financial fraud. How do certified fraud examiners detect fraudsters who “fudge the figures”? The gold standard for investigating financial fraud begins with ABC from the Donald Cressey Fraud Triangle. A. Financial need – motivation – pressure.…

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The ATO no longer an overdraft bank account

Businesses with over $100,000 in tax debts started receiving letters in September 2021 from the ATO warning them that their tax debt information would be reported to credit reporting bureaus (CRB) if the ATO was not engaged within 28 days.  If your client received this letter and interactions were not initiated to put a payment plan put in place, the ATO may very soon report your client’s outstanding tax debt with CRBs such as Credit Watch and…

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Don’t get caught out by this business email scam

Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are on the rise in Australia and businesses need to be especially alert to the dangers.  BEC is a fraud technique used by scammers to redirect invoice payments to a fraudulent bank account. Typically, scammers will intercept business emails that contain invoices and then contact the payer to advise them of a change in business bank details. The victim will then unsuspectingly transfer funds…

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How directors can find themselves personally liable for company debt

One of the advantages of operating a business through a company is the separation of business and personal assets. However, since April 2020, company directors can be held personally liable for unpaid Goods & Services Tax (GST), Luxury Car Tax (LCT) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) in addition to PAYG and Superannuation Guarantee Charge (SGC) liabilities.  As 2021 progresses,…

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