Latest News

Hot Issues
spacer
Small businesses urged to register assets before insolvency explosion.
spacer
ASIC sounds warning around high-yield bond scams
spacer
JobMaker Resources - ATO
spacer
Government mulls HECS-style business loans
spacer
Industry pressure forces ATO’s hand on STP deadline
spacer
$36bn withdrawn from super during COVID-19
spacer
ATO opens claims for first JobMaker quarter
spacer
Vaccination rates as they happen around the world
spacer
Toyota returns $18m in JobKeeper payments
spacer
Approaching the dawn
spacer
Videos and other resources for our clients
spacer
Brazen ATO scam costs Sydney woman $22k
spacer
Key dates for the second JobKeeper extension period
spacer
Returning expats reminded on tax snares with pensions, investments
spacer
80¢ per hour work-from-home deduction method extended
spacer
2020 is coming to an end. Phew!!
spacer
Victorian State Budget Overview 2020 - 2021
spacer
Employee Christmas Parties and Gifts – Any FBT?
spacer
FBT – Christmas Parties and Taxi Fares
spacer
JobMaker hiring credit given green light despite ongoing concerns
spacer
Super, death, and taxes
spacer
ATO extends JobKeeper deadlines ahead of Christmas
spacer
Small-business coronavirus grants set to be income tax-free under new bill
spacer
How Australians are taking advantage of income tax cuts
Article archive
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2020
spacer
Quarter 3 July - September 2020
spacer
Quarter 2 April - June 2020
spacer
Quarter 1 January - March 2020
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2019
spacer
Quarter 3 July - September 2019
spacer
Quarter 2 April - June 2019
spacer
Quarter 1 January - March 2019
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2018
spacer
Quarter 3 July - September 2018
spacer
Quarter 2 April - June 2018
spacer
Quarter 1 January - March 2018
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2017
spacer
Quarter 3 July - September 2017
spacer
Quarter 2 April - June 2017
spacer
Quarter 1 January - March 2017
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2016
spacer
Quarter 3 July - September 2016
spacer
Quarter 2 April - June 2016
spacer
Quarter 1 January - March 2016
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2015
spacer
Quarter 3 July - September 2015
spacer
Quarter 2 April - June 2015
spacer
Quarter 1 January - March 2015
spacer
Quarter 4 October - December 2014
Quarter 2 of, 2019 archive
spacer
ATO clears up FAQs about Single Touch Payroll
spacer
GST reporting: common errors and how to correct them
spacer
LRBAs, guarantees in need of review after property market falls
spacer
Victorian Property Valuation Cycle
spacer
Australia - toward EOFY 2019
spacer
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) expects 200,000 to miss out on refunds by failing to lodge
spacer
Biggest personal tax cuts in a decade a priority for Government
spacer
Government rules out GST changes following ATO report
spacer
ATO issues warning after ‘unprecedented’ spike in impersonation scams
spacer
Crypto transactions in ATO sights with new data-matching program
spacer
Government to establish $2 billion fund for small business lending
spacer
Small business corporate tax rates Bill is now law
spacer
ATO to double rental deduction audits to 4,500
spacer
ATO set to issue excess super contribution determinations
spacer
How's Australia going as we approach the election?
spacer
Single Touch Payroll (STP) is compulsory for all small businesses.
spacer
Federal Budget 2019 - Overview
spacer
How the 2019 Federal Budget affects you
spacer
FBT Reminder – Odometer Reading
spacer
‘Big awareness push’ underway as STP deadline approaches
spacer
GST collection on overseas goods at 300% of forecasts
spacer
The problem with getting to 53 years of age.
spacer
Lost Beneficiaries
spacer
New quarterly STP reporting method for closely held payees revealed
spacer
Some Australian figures to help on Budget night.
spacer
Employers hit with rolling SG audits as ATO toughens stance
Small businesses urged to register assets before insolvency explosion.

 

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says it is essential for small business owners to secure their assets and business loans, with economists predicting a steep rise in insolvencies this year.

 

       

Ms Carnell says small businesses need to secure their assets through the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) so they are better protected in the event of an insolvency.

“Given the incredibly tough past 12 months we’ve had and predictions of a wave of insolvencies to come, PPSR has never been more important,” Ms Carnell says.

“The greatest pity is that many small businesses find it too difficult to use.”

Releasing ASBFEO’s PPSR Research Paper today, Ms Carnell said the PPSR, if used correctly, is a powerful tool that can deliver significant benefits to small businesses.

“Many small businesses are not aware that correctly registering their interests can save them a world of pain in the long run,” Ms Carnell says.

“So many small businesses have invested heavily in their businesses over the past 12 months, but few know that they can secure these loans, pushing them higher up the security chain if there’s an insolvency.

“More importantly, small businesses that register their interests won’t need to fight tooth and nail to retain title to their goods if a business customer winds up.

The Ombudsman’s research paper found an urgent overhaul of the PPSR system is required to make it accessible to small businesses.

“Unfortunately the PPSR in its current form is not making life easier for small businesses,” Ms Carnell says.

“The name is confusing, the language is overly technical and the operation of the register is very complicated.

“Many small businesses we spoke to said they would need a lawyer to help them register their interests – an additional cost burden for struggling small businesses.

“Put simply - systems and regulations imposed on small businesses by government need to be easy to get right and hard to get wrong. At the moment PPSR is hard to get right and easy to get wrong.

“Our report recommends streamlining the system, including encouraging small business cloud accounting platforms in to provide regtech solutions such as pop-up reminders to small business owners who record a personal loan to the balance sheet, alerting them to register it on the PPSR.

“I urge the government to implement the recommendations in our report, to build a system that works for the small business community and provides them with the certainty they need.

 

 

Source: Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

 

© O'Brien and Partners 2011 - All Rights Reserved | 91 Station Street, Malvern VIC 3144 | Tel: 03 9509 3911 | Fax: 03 9509 3922