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Christmas and Fringe Benefits Tax

Everyone loves Christmas. A time for family, a time for celebration, a time for rest and reflection. It can also be a fabulous time for the Australian Taxation Office where decisions are incorrectly...

  • Dec 10, 2018
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Happy National Agricultural Day

21 November 2017 How exciting it is to celebrate the inaugural National Agricultural Day today 21 November and to be involved in such great sector. Therefore we wish to ‘shout out’ to our...

  • Nov 21, 2017
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Business Structures

Choosing the right business structure(s) for your family business is a key business decision. Your business structure is one of the key foundations on which a family business is built. Any decision regarding...

  • Jul 03, 2017
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No tornadoes in Western NSW

  No tornadoes in Western NSW 10 March 2017  Peter Debus  Today’s Australian Financial Review has an article regarding farm succession in Iowa, illustrating that many farm succession issues are universal. In her article “Retirement the kiss of...

  • Mar 10, 2017
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Our Interpretation of the Budget

As a part of the Federal Budget for 2016-17 the Government announced a range of superannuation measures, the most significant changes to superannuation taxation laws since 1997. The majority of these provisions, once legislated and...

  • May 05, 2016
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10 Commandments of succession

1. The primary outcomes of succession planning should be certainty for all parties and improved family relationships. Use the process to improve family relationships, not to have them deteriorate. 2. Start early.  Many Australian farmers and business owners...

  • Mar 04, 2016
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Should we target taxes on the wealthy?

This is a story from David R. Kamerschen, Professor of Economics, University of NSW that I thought may have some application given the recent changes to superannuation. Suppose that every night, 10 men go out for...

  • Feb 09, 2016
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Setting Your Business New Year Resolutions

The end of another year has rapidly passed, an event that seems to occur sooner each year and it comes with the realisation that there are many things we’d still like to accomplish. Having used...

  • Jan 01, 2016
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Cost of raising children

Tom Peters, “one of the most influential business thinkers of all time” suggests in his tome, Re-imagine!” that: “Moving up the value chain means offering something more. It means emphasizing the Soft Attributes of "products"...

  • Dec 04, 2015
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Innovation increases profitability

Recent ABS reportingº  indicates that innovative businesses earn greater profits.  Innovation-active businesses continue to report an increase in business performances and activities from the previous year than non-innovation-active businesses.  Highlights are: Twice the...

  • Nov 06, 2015
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