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16 05, 2019

2019 Australian Federal Election: What You Should Know

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With the 2019 Australian federal election just days away, we at Ashford’s thought it’d be worthwhile putting together a blog post outlining how each major political party is addressing the various hot-button issues from a policy standpoint. Taxation Widely seen as one of the most crucial dividing lines between the two main parties. Clear tax

9 05, 2019

Understanding Single Touch Payroll

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From 1st July 2019, Single Touch Payroll (STP) will apply to all employers regardless of the number of employees they have on payroll. STP was previously introduced by the ATO from 1st July 2018 for businesses with 20 or more employees, however new recent legislation has now extended the requirement to apply to all employers

17 04, 2019

The Major Parties’ Superannuation and Tax Policies

Author: Calvin McLeod Ashfords Superannuation Manager The federal election has been called for May 18 and both major parties have outlined their superannuation and tax policies. With the federal election only weeks away, many of our clients have been asking what the major political parties’ policies are, that may impact their SMSF, individual taxation circumstances

4 04, 2019

Never Enough Time? Make the Change!

In this real-time world we find ourselves in, it’s often hard to ensure you’ve enough time to discharge your professional responsibilities – let alone to enjoy enough family, personal, and leisure time. It’s not the answer to be in a permanent state of Nivens McTwisp (i.e. the white rabbit in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland).

1 04, 2019

From the CEO’s Desk: Australian Housing Slump

Pessimism regarding Australia’s property market has intensified in recent times; a sentiment more or less foreign to Australian homeowners who, over a period spanning several decades, have grown accustomed to year-on-year appreciation on the value of their home. In this edition of From the CEO’s Desk, I will detail various factors widely thought to be

27 02, 2019

An Important Conversation

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None of us like to consider our own mortality. For our older loved ones, it’s an even more confronting topic, and certainly a difficult one to discuss. Let me share with you a story that was told to me by someone I met at a recent function, about their father “Lindsay” who had recently passed

5 02, 2019

Australian Banking Royal Commission Findings Summary

"Saying sorry and promising not to do it again has not prevented recurrence. The time has come to decide what is to be done in response to what has happened.”  "The financial services industry is too important to the economy of the nation to allow what has happened in the past to continue or to