Small Business Fix-it Squad - Discussion

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The aim of the Small Business Fix-it squad is to make improvements for small business owners and reduce red tape.

The squad is made up of small business owners, intermediaries and representatives from the federal and state government agencies involved (not just the ATO).

We are seeking your input to inform the squad of the experiences small business have had on this topic and how things could be changed to make it easier.

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The aim of the Small Business Fix-it squad is to make improvements for small business owners and reduce red tape.

The squad is made up of small business owners, intermediaries and representatives from the federal and state government agencies involved (not just the ATO).

We are seeking your input to inform the squad of the experiences small business have had on this topic and how things could be changed to make it easier.

*You need to register to participate in site activities and receive project updates.

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    Scenario

    Neave is 23 and has just finished studying fashion design at University. She specialises in unique designs and is thinking about starting her own business to sell her fashions online. She is looking to sell overseas as well as in Australia, and has set up a social media presence (as she learned that this is a great way to sell things overseas).

    Neave's friend from school, Nick, has spent the last few years completing his carpentry apprenticeship and then working as an employee. Looking for a change, Nick asked around and found some work with a... Continue reading

    Scenario

    Neave is 23 and has just finished studying fashion design at University. She specialises in unique designs and is thinking about starting her own business to sell her fashions online. She is looking to sell overseas as well as in Australia, and has set up a social media presence (as she learned that this is a great way to sell things overseas).

    Neave's friend from school, Nick, has spent the last few years completing his carpentry apprenticeship and then working as an employee. Looking for a change, Nick asked around and found some work with a few different builders. He has been told that he needs to get an ABN, which he has done, only to find out that this actually means he is running his own business.

    As young adults, Neave and Nick are keen to get their businesses started and want to know the quickest and easiest way to get things up and running. They have both organised to get an ABN, but are unsure about the other regulations that they will have to deal with to start their business.

    Questions

    If you have experienced setting up your own small business - what advice would you give to Nick and Neave?

    If you were Nick or Neave, what questions would you have?

    What is the most difficult thing about starting a small business as a young person?

    Do you have any suggestions for how the government can make this process easier?

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    Scenario

    Frank owns a convenience store, he is registered for GST and buys and sells goods subject to GST and GST-free items.  He needs to lodge his BAS, but he is having trouble understanding:

    • the BAS form
    • the different GST reporting options
    • which is the right one for his business needs
    • which things in his store are subject to GST and which aren’t
    • how to split purchases
    • simpler ways to report his GST

    Tell us your 'pain' points with the BAS and what you think we can do to fix them...

    Julie-ann Fleming, Project Manager - Small Business Fix-It Squads, ATO

    Scenario

    Frank owns a convenience store, he is registered for GST and buys and sells goods subject to GST and GST-free items.  He needs to lodge his BAS, but he is having trouble understanding:

    • the BAS form
    • the different GST reporting options
    • which is the right one for his business needs
    • which things in his store are subject to GST and which aren’t
    • how to split purchases
    • simpler ways to report his GST

    Tell us your 'pain' points with the BAS and what you think we can do to fix them...

    Julie-ann Fleming, Project Manager - Small Business Fix-It Squads, ATO

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    Scenario

    Joe needs to take someone on to help out in his business.  He is overwhelmed by the decisions that need to be made and the various government agencies he has to deal with. He needs answers to many questions, including:

    • Do they have a right to work in Australia?
    • Do I have to withhold PAYG?
    • Do I need to pay super contributions? 
    • Do I need to take out WorkCover insurance? 
    • What are my work health and safety obligations
    • What award, rates and leave entitlements apply? 
    • What else do I need to do?

    Focus question
    Share your experience with taking on employees - What can we do to make it easier for small businesses?

    Scenario

    Joe needs to take someone on to help out in his business.  He is overwhelmed by the decisions that need to be made and the various government agencies he has to deal with. He needs answers to many questions, including:

    • Do they have a right to work in Australia?
    • Do I have to withhold PAYG?
    • Do I need to pay super contributions? 
    • Do I need to take out WorkCover insurance? 
    • What are my work health and safety obligations
    • What award, rates and leave entitlements apply? 
    • What else do I need to do?

    Focus question
    Share your experience with taking on employees - What can we do to make it easier for small businesses?

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