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Can I Claim The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)?

Can I Claim The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)?   The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)- What is it? It helps you pay for your marketing costs when selling your products overseas by reimbursing you (up to 50%) for amounts you spend on promoting your products and services for export (except to New Zealand and North Korea) Most products and services where the intended buyer [...]

Tax Audit Review Success Stories

Tax Audit Review Success Stories The very words ‘tax audit’ strike fear into many people. But audits aren’t always a bad thing. In fact, sometimes they can work in your favour. To illustrate this, here’s some real life success stories: A client was audited for GST. After some back and forth with the tax office, it turned out they had overpaid their GST. The tax audit resulted [...]

What Are Easements On The Title Of Land And What Do They Mean?

What Are Easements On The Title Of Land And What Do They Mean? In New South Wales the Conveyancing Act 1919 (“the Act”) is the legislation which expresses and regulates the essential law relating generally to land in NSW. Other legislation, such as The Real Property Act 1900 and the acts relating to Strata Titles and Crown Lands, cover specific kinds of title. This article will explain the provisions [...]

The 6 Stages Of Dealing With ATO Audits

The 6 Stages Of Dealing With ATO Audits It’s a phone call many of us dread. The ATO is on the line informing you they’ve decided to audit you. The panic sets in and you lose all sense of rational thought. But just stop and breathe. The chances you’ve done something truly wrong are minimal. Even if you have made a mistake, the remedies to [...]

What Is Reasonably Necessary Per Section 88K Of The Conveyancing Act?

What Is Reasonably Necessary Per Section 88K Of The Conveyancing Act? We all, in a particular context, at times use words and phrases about which we are sure there is a clear and unambiguous meaning, and it can come as a surprise when another person provides a different meaning for those same words and phrases in the same context. The Courts are often [...]

Forced Easements In NSW: Section 88K Of The Conveyancing Act

Forced Easements In NSW: Section 88K Of The Conveyancing Act Gone are the days when the old saying “A man’s home is his castle” held true. These days, the amount of legislation regulating how we are able to use our land is overwhelming. When it comes to planning and development, public authorities such as local councils have almost unlimited rights to impose on our pockets of land. [...]

9 Things To Consider Before Signing An Employment Contract

9 Things To Consider Before Signing An Employment Contract In Australia, it is not necessary for an employer and employee to sign a written contract to create an employment relationship. Usually an employment contract is nothing more than a statement of conditions that would apply under the relevant Award, or the general law. Often it’s just a statement of things that have already been documented in [...]

Defending Unfair Preference Payment Claims From Liquidators

Defending Unfair Preference Payment Claims From Liquidators Not many people know that they could also be on the hook if one of their customers goes into liquidation.  Liquidators have broad powers to recover payments made by companies under liquidation to their suppliers.  The most common way liquidators may seek to recover money from a supplier is by claiming the payment is an “unfair preference payment”. What is [...]

Starting A New Business? Consider These 8 Points Before You Do

Starting A New Business? Consider These 8 Points Before You Do You’re excited. You’re about to embark on a wonderful new opportunity – you’re starting a new business with a new business partner. You feel hopeful and optimistic. Nothing can go wrong, right? But things can and do. Business relationships, like all relationships in life, go through ups and downs and sadly, break ups [...]

Are Directors Personally Liable For The Debts Of An Insolvent Company?

Are Directors Personally Liable For The Debts Of An Insolvent Company? A company is a separate legal entity and has its own properties, duties and rights.  The company can own and sell property and other assets, sue and be sued and enter into contracts in its corporate name.  This means that the company’s debts are its own, however there are several instances where a [...]

Purchasing A NSW Property? Seven Key Contract Terms To Consider

Purchasing A NSW Property? Seven Key Contract Terms To Consider If you’re looking for a property in NSW, you’ve probably come across one or two property contracts. Have you noticed how thick they are? When you add a building and pest report (and the strata report if you’re buying an apartment), it’s enough to break your back! If you feel bogged down by all [...]

Divorce law: 5 things you need to know

Divorce law: 5 things you need to know Going through a separation and deciding to apply for a divorce is a very emotional time in anyone’s life.  Here are some of the main considerations if you are contemplating divorcing your spouse. Firstly, seek legal advice. Even if the separation has been entirely amicable up until this point it is still important that you speak with [...]

BEPS Action 15 – Develop a Multilateral Instrument

BEPS Action 15 - Develop a Multilateral Instrument BEPS Action 15 “Developing a multilateral instrument to modify bilateral treaties” aims to develop a multilateral instrument to enable jurisdictions to implement measures developed in the course of the work on BEPS and to amend bilateral tax treaties. The multilateral instrument should be open for signature by the end of 2016 by any interested jurisdiction. The [...]

BEPS Action 14 – Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

BEPS Action 14 - Dispute Resolution Mechanisms BEPS Action 14 “Making dispute resolution mechanisms more effective” notes that countries have agreed on a minimum standard and a number of best practices in relation to dispute resolution. A group of 20 States, including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, have also committed to provide for mandatory binding arbitration [...]

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