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Celebrity status no excuse for underpayment of wages

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Following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Made Establishment, celebrity chef George Calombaris’ hospitality empire, has been found to have underpaid more than 500 employees.

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7 myths about business cash flow

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Setting up and running a business can be an exciting time, but it comes with its fair share of stress. Planning and monitoring business cash flow is crucial in all stages of a business lifecycle to ensure you can fund growth, ride out the tough times and invest wisely in the good times.

Here we dispel seven common myths about business cash flow:

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Government approves increased tax relief for Low and Middle Income earners

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Following the Federal Budget handed down in April this year, the Government has now approved an increase to the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset of originally $530 to become a maximum of $1080. The Government has also agreed to increase the eligible income threshold from $125,333 to $126,001.

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Export Market Development Grant now open

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Austrade’s Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) Scheme for the 2019 financial year is now open. The EMDG aims to encourage small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets through increased international marketing and promotional activity.

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$500K Agribusiness Grant Now Open

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Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) Grants are now open offering up to $500,000 in funding to eligible small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers.

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When is a bad debt, a “bad debt”?

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Unpaid debts owed to your business can significantly impact cash flow and profitability, so it is important when deducting a bad debt that the right care is taken to ensure the deduction is processed properly and in line with Australian Taxation Office (ATO) guidelines.

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FBT Exempt Taxi Travel

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Employers may wish to re-consider the tax consequences of reimbursing employees for trips taken in ride-sharing vehicles for hire such as Uber.

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When disciplining employees make sure you have all your ducks in a row

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If disciplinary action is necessary, employers should heed the Fair Work Commission's warning that the discipline must not only be appropriate in the circumstances of the individual employee, but it must be consistent with other disciplinary outcomes in the business generally.

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Mazars in Australia celebrates its expansion

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Mazars in Australia officially launched and celebrated its expanded presence in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney during June following the merger of three well-respected professional services providers earlier in the year. The addition of Hanrick Curran in Brisbane and Cummings Flavel McCormack in Melbourne joining Mazars in Sydney and Melbourne has seen Mazars in Australia grow to over 330 staff with four offices across the Eastern Seaboard in 2019.

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ATO Tax Time focus on car claims

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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has advised it will be focussing on work related car expenses this year, stating that 1 in 5 car claims are exactly at the maximum 5,000 km limit.

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