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5 things you need to know about Business Taxes

  1. Paying your taxes is part and parcel of running a business. Business owners need to pay, or arrange payment of, a large number of taxes. Examples include GST, payroll tax, company tax and, if you sell shares in your business, capital gains tax.
  2. GST is a consumption tax collected by the ATO. If your business generates over $75,000 or more in a year, you are required to collect GST. As a GST-registered business, you need to issue tax invoices to your customers to collect GST, and these need to be sent to the ATO with your BAS statements. Your accountant will be able to assist in completing your BAS statements.
  3. Payroll tax is a state and territory tax which is assessed on the wages that a business pays to its employees when the total amount of wages exceeds a threshold amount. In NSW, the payroll tax threshold for June 2014 – July 2015 is $750,000, and the current payroll tax rate is 5.45%.
  4. If you sell your business you will be liable to pay capital gains tax. Capital gains tax is calculated based on the difference between the amount you purchased your business for, and the amount you sold it for. If you’re considering selling your business you should speak with an accountant to work out the most effective tax treatment.
  5. Finally, remember that taxation for businesses is complex. Make sure you work with an accountant, and if necessary a tax lawyer.
Our Business Taxes Lawyers
Ursula Hogben Key Focus:

Commercial Law, Contract Law, Information Technology And Online Law, Intellectual Property, Capital Raising Law


Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Baker & McKenzie, Hogben Group

Emma Jervis Key Focus:

Employment, Franchises, Business And Commercial, Litigation


Clinch Neville Long, McCabes, Neville & Hourn

Jill McKnight Key Focus:

Asset Leasing, Business Structuring/Start Ups, Employee Share Options Plans, Loans (Secured, Unsecured And Convertible), Online Law


Clayton Utz (Sydney), Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney), Norton Rose Fulbright (London, Paris, Amsterdam and Hong Kong)

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