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60,000 tax cheat tip-offs

Effectiveness of tip-off line has led ATO to dub it “crime stoppers” for tax Tip-offs to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have reached an all-time high with close to 60,000 tip-offs received between June and May 2019 – almost double the number of the previous year. The ATO thinks the number of tip-offs will reach…

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You’ve been scammed, hacked or breached!

Another year, another scam! While data-driven crime is more sophisticated and difficult to address than ever, human error and judgement remains one of the major problems. The latest data breach report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is surprising for the simplicity of the problems – 37% of data breaches resulted from…

Home office expenses

Expenses you can claim If you’re an employee who regularly works from home, you may be able to claim a deduction for expenses relating to that work. These are generally home office running expenses, and phone and internet expenses. In limited circumstances you may also be able to claim occupancy expenses. One such circumstance is…

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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Misclassifying a worker as an employee

The implications of misclassifying a worker The implications of misclassifying a worker go well beyond industrial relations. If a business misclassifies an employee, it impacts on superannuation guarantee (SG), PAYG withholding, workers compensation and payroll tax. These entitlements will often need to be met even if the misclassification was a genuine mistake. For SG obligations,…

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Employer Super quick check

Super provides income for your workers in retirement Here’s how to run a quick check of your super obligations to make sure you’ve got everything sorted. 1. Check you’re paying super to all eligible workers.     Some contractors may be entitled to super. 2. Check you’re paying the right amount.     Currently, you…