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Latest phishing scams

ATO scams The refund scam follows a more sinister four phase scam stating there is a warrant out for your arrest for unpaid taxes in prior years. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned about the emergence of a scam where “…scammers are using an ATO number to send fraudulent SMS messages to taxpayers asking…

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Estate planning what ifs

Life does not always go to plan While we logically know that, most of us don’t plan for the worst – it’s all a bit morbid and time-consuming. The downside of not planning is the potential for hard-earned assets to be squandered, family fall-outs, and money handed to the Government that could have been distributed…

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‘Collection #1’ data breach

773M accounts affected by ‘Collection #1’ breach The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant data breach affecting 773 million email addresses and usernames. Titled ‘Collection #1’, the data breach was made public by Australian cyber security expert Troy Hunt, who identified that a large number of credential lists had been distributed on…

Foodora case study

Defining workers in the gig economy A former Foodora Australia delivery rider, Joshua Klooger, recently won an unfair dismissal claim despite a service agreement that classified him as an independent contractor. We explore the implications of the case. Pivotal to the Fair Work Commission’s decision was the classification by Foodora of Mr Klooger as an…

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New gift card rules

The new rules for gift cards – what you need to know In Australia, around 34 million gift cards are sold each year with an estimated value of $2.5 billion. On average, an estimated $70 million is lost because of expiry dates. Until recently, there was no national regulation for the minimum length of time…

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Cash payment limit

$10k limit on cash payments to business One of the interesting approaches to tackling the black economy in the recent 2018-19 Federal Budget was the announcement of a $10,000 limit on cash payments to business. Unrecorded and untaxed transactions that occur in the community are estimated at up to 3% of GDP or around $50…