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In Praise of the Australian Taxation Office – Coronavirus

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Australian Taxation Office has been subject to heavy criticism following its announcement last Friday (22 May) that the JobKeeper program will cost $60 billion less than the predicted $130 billion.

In other words, the government’s (Treasury and ATO) original prediction is wrong, that some 6.5 million Australians will need JobKeeper support. Instead they now say around 3.5 million will need JobKeeper. This could be good news.  More...


Madness at the Drive-In – Gigging during Coronavirus

Monday, May 18, 2020

Ouch! More than a quarter of arts workers have lost their jobs during the Coronavirus lockdown. And with so much of arts activity dependent on crowding together, stopping further arts job losses seems complex. Health officials in government are understandably scared of the mosh pit and the possible spread of disease, for example. More...


Restrict JobKeeper? Ya Dreaming! Political suicide

Thursday, May 14, 2020

There’s media speculation doing the rounds that the JobKeeper scheme could be cut back.

Our assessment is that it would be political suicide for Prime Minister Morrison if the government took such a move. The PM is running high in the polls over his handling of Coronavirus, a dramatic turnaround from the political disaster that he and the government suffered during the bushfire crisis earlier in the year. More...


If you don’t do this, the ATO won’t send you your JobKeeper $$$$s

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

We’ve had lots of people contacting us confused as to when they will receive the JobKeeper payment. We’ve checked with the ATO.

***You will NOT receive JobKeeper payments from the ATO if you don’t fill out the necessary online form.

The online form became available on Monday (4 May 2020). More...


Stuck at home? Keep fit, but DON’T try this at home

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Yes, we know it’s essential to stay fit when stuck at home. But please be careful.
This Facebook post has gone viral.
Here’s what NOT to do when exercising: More...


JobKeeper Easter Update

Sunday, April 12, 2020

In the days just before Easter, Parliament passed laws for the operation of JobKeeper. The full details on JobKeeper were released by the government over Easter. There’s quite a bit of detail.

We have studied the new laws and summarised the facts. This is now available here.

On Wednesday (11am EST) the Australian Association for Virtual Industry Professionals is offering another webinar. This time I’ll take participants through the details of JobKeeper.  More...


Update Coronavirus Support Package; JobKeeper, etc

Friday, April 03, 2020

Yesterday I gave a webinar presentation for the Australian Association for Virtual Industry Professionals on the support package available for self-employed people, including sole traders, if you’re employing others and so on.

 More...


BIG income support for self-employed, sole traders

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Late yesterday evening the government released its third and largest Coronavirus financial support package. It’s huge. And self-employed, sole traders are included.

We’ve updated our summary of the government's Coronavirus support package for self-employed people. Here’s the updated summaryMore...


Self-employed Support Update: Australia, USA, UK (big move)

Friday, March 27, 2020

This is to give you an update on the support package available for self-employed, small business people, particularly if you are a sole trader.

On Monday we released this summary which has generated very high Internet traffic.  More...


Coronavirus emergency—Government Support for the Self-employed—The Facts

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just think. Only two weeks ago the prospect of a massive coronavirus emergency was only beginning to sink in across Australia. Now the nation has moved rapidly into full-scale lockdown in a war against an unseen killer.

The federal government has moved quickly with a massive economic support package. The full extent of this support was released yesterday (Sunday, 22 March). We now know the support package for self-employed small business people, particularly for sole traders.

With assistance from government advisers and support staff we have put together an easy-to-use summary of the key information you need.  More...



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