Tag Archives: ASBFEO

Follow through on SME commitments, urges Ombudsman

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the returned coalition government must make good on its pre-election commitments to small businesses. She called its focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a “major factor” in its surprise election win. But she added that she now expects the coalition to act on its campaign …

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ATO jumping gun on early debt recovery – Ombudsman

The ATO is issuing garnishee notices while tax disputes are still before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, says a new report. The report on early debt recovery action by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) comes from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). ‘Severe’ impact In response, Ombudsman Kate …

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Ombudsman to ‘name and shame’ worst payers

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has announced a review of payment times for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It will “measure the effects of late or extended payment practices on the cashflow of small businesses and family enterprises in Australia”. The review follows a …

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Ombudsman welcomes commitment to fast track payments

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has welcomed the NSW government’s commitment to pay small businesses within five days. The change is due to come in by the end of 2019. “If the NSW government can fast track their payment policy, first to 20 days by …

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Small business ombudsman calls for simpler workplace relations

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a position paper identifying steps to tackle the complexity of workplace relations for small businesses. “We have had significant consultations with small businesses over the last two years and the overwhelming view is the legislation is far too complicated …

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Ombudsman calls for small businesses in trouble with ATO to “contact us”

Small-business owners are advised to urgently contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell if they have experienced heavy-handed tactics from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). “Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer has requested an inquiry into the allegations raised in the joint Fairfax/Four …

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Coles to reduce payment times to small business

The retailer has announced that from July 1, it will reduce payment times to within 14 days for businesses with a turnover of up to $1 million. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says Coles is leading by example and encourages other big businesses to do …

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