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FBT changes under COVID: What are the rules?

Team Maddern
The COVID-19 pandemic is raising some interesting questions for small business employers in relation to their Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) liabilities.
Young family

Life cover: More essential than ever

Team Maddern
Living through COVID-19 has brought many challenges and shifting priorities as we deal with the financial impacts of the pandemic, and that includes the issue of life insurance.

Opportunities amidst the COVID-19 disruption

Team Maddern
COVID-19 is resulting in significant disruption to well-established business paradigms, impacting businesses, sectors and stocks across the board.

Inflation, deflation - what's in a name?

Team Maddern
When the inflation rate fell into negative territory in the June quarter, it was so unusual it begged the question of what this means for the economy. Are we facing deflation or even stagflation and what is the difference?
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Getting retirement plans back on track

Team Maddern
After a year when even the best laid plans have been put on hold due to COVID-19, people who were planning to retire soon may be having second thoughts. You may be concerned about a drop in your super balance, insecure work, or an uncertain investment outlook.
Strategy chess

SMSFs on the defensive: Is it time to revisit your strategy?

Team Maddern
Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have had a challenging year, with COVID-19 linked market uncertainty affecting income and returns. But SMSF trustees haven’t been sitting on their hands.
Small business

Tax Alert September 2020 - Small business & the JobKeeper scheme extension

Team Maddern
Many small business owners and sole traders will be breathing a sigh of relief following the extension of the JobKeeper scheme until March next year. At the same time, however, the ATO is stepping up its compliance activities.
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Building resilience to spring back stronger than ever

Team Maddern
Our resilience has been tested of late and continues to be, with the ongoing situation of the coronavirus pandemic throwing challenges our way. Resilience has certainly become a now frequently used buzzword, but what does it actually mean? According to the Oxford dictionary, the word resilience means “the ability of people or things to recover quickly after something unpleasant, such as shock, injury, etc.”i It also relates to the ability to return to the original form or position after being bent, compressed or stretched.
Will and Estate Planning

Understanding CGT when you inherit

Team Maddern
Receiving an inheritance is always welcome, but people often forget the tax man will take a keen interest in their good fortune.

Watching our online and social spending

Team Maddern
The changes to our daily lives of late have caused us to reframe our views on ‘screen time’, an activity that now more than ever takes up a significant proportion of our day.