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Federal Budget 2016 – What You Need To Know

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Josh McMullen


The 2016 Federal Budget was handed down on Tuesday 3 May. Following are some of the headline announcements that the Government intends to implement in the event that it is re-elected in the coming months. If you have any questions on how these measures may impact you or your business, contact your PT Partners Advisor. INDIVIDUALS and FAMILIES Income Tax Cuts Individual income taxes will be reduced over the next…

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Estate Planning – Be The Glow That Makes It Happen

written by:
Darren Hagarty


There are few things more important than having your affairs in order. Death can strike at any time. We all know this, right? Why is it then that so few of us have this stuff sorted? Maybe it’s because the subject matter doesn’t bear thinking about. Take a different view. Peace of mind comes from knowing that your estate planning is in proper order and that your wealth will be passed on and protected…

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New Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Licence Monitoring Requirements

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Matthew Dows


As part of the Queensland Government reforms of the building and construction industry, from October 2014 licensees are no longer required to lodge annual financial reports. While this may come as a welcome relief to those affected, it’s important to note there remains a number of ongoing QBCC obligations when it comes to maintaining your licence. The new process means that whilst the annual financial reports are no longer required,…

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Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten arrive at the grand final breakfast ahead of the GF today in Melbourne, Saturday Oct. 3, 2015. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Tax Reforms Being Mooted from Each Side of Politics

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Josh McMullen


Due to the crushing nature of the Federal Government’s Budget deficit ($37 billion) and dwindling commodity prices, there has been much recent talk by both the Government and Opposition of reining in tax concessions – chiefly in the ‘big-ticket’ areas of Superannuation, Negative Gearing, and Capital Gains Tax. Although the Budget is not until May, and the Federal Election is not likely until the second half of the year, some significant changes…

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Christmas Parties & Gifts – The Tax Truths

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Josh McMullen


Christmas is traditionally a time of giving – including employers showing gratitude towards staff and clients/suppliers for their loyalty throughout the year. With the right approach, it is possible to enjoy some tax benefits out of your generosity, and also avoid Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). But as always with tax, the landscape is layered with complexity. The following is a general summary of the tax treatment of Christmas giving. Gifts…

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5 Key Things To Get Right When Starting Out In Business

written by:
Darren Hagarty


I was recently asked to present at a brilliant event tailored to those in the creative industry that were either contemplating going into business for the first time, or very new to business. As I thought through what would be the best topic to present, it occurred to me that what would be really valuable was a flyover of the key things to get right in the crucial early stages of a…

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