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  1. Why accountants need insurance

    As data-matching grows more powerful every year, the right insurance can safeguard professionals against the increased risk of audits and stronger government scrutiny of clients...

  2. Bitcoin bonanza – or tax-time headache?

    Investing in cryptocurrencies, even by SMSFs, is now more common, with up to half a million taxpayers actively in the market last year. But tax authorities are warning they will track down crypto...

  3. Get ready for Tax Time 2018

    CAs need to be prepared for questions from clients about how the tax policies of major Australian political parties could affect their future tax status...

  4. Tax tailwind to help NZ fund new spending in Budget 2018

    Few surprises are expected in what’s tipped to be a cautious first Budget from the NZ government as it manages coalition partner expectations in a major balancing act...

  5. Budget 2018 – main highlights

    Major tax reform was missing again in this year’s Federal Budget, but there were wins in the areas of personal tax cuts, superannuation, tackling the black economy and more funding for the ATO on tax...

  6. ATO's 2018 hit list targets smaller tax avoiders

    In an interview with Acuity, Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan FCA spells out his new agenda for 2018, where he sets small business and big spenders in his sights...

  7. The strangest excuses for not paying your tax on time

    Each year people fail to pay their tax on time. We asked the Australian Tax Office and New Zealand’s Inland Revenue for some of the strangest excuses they have received...

  8. Is taxation ethical and fair?

    When is it ethical to levy a tax and what are the ethics of seeking to minimise, let alone trying to avoid, your tax obligations?...

  9. Facial share and the beard tax

    A beard tax? Not by the hairs of our chinny chin chins says the Beard Liberation Front...