News
Carbon and mining taxes go live 02 July, 2012
The end of the financial year has brought into effect two major taxes, the carbon tax and the mining tax, both of which became operational today.
Banking fee revenue from businesses rise to $7 billion 25 June, 2012
Revenue from banking fees charged to businesses  during deposit, loan and payment transactions in Australia rose to more than $7 billion in 2011, according to the Reserve Bank.
Australian finances under pressure despite 20-year high in household saving 20 June, 2012
Despite national household savings at a 20-year high, a third of low-income earners and a quarter of older Australians would only be able to survive for one month without a steady income, according to the latest D&B Consumer Credit Expectations Survey.
Rural government assistance for SMEs 19 June, 2012
Small businesses operating in remote locations around the country are often faced with a unique set of challenges, compared with counterparts operating in more developed areas.
Over 80 per cent of SME owners find tax reporting stressful: AMEX survey 19 June, 2012
With the end of the financial year fast approaching, many small business owners are no doubt preparing to lodge their taxes, but  many are confused over what tax concessions they can claim and find the process stressful.
Multi-speed economy long the case in Australia 12 June, 2012
The presence of the 'multi-speed' economy has long been the case in Australia even before the mining boom, according to the Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens in a speech on Friday in Adelaide.
Small businesses worse off, says RBA 06 June, 2012
Economic conditions after the Global Financial Crisis were weaker for small businesses than they were for larger firms, according to the Reserve Bank.
Weakening local economy prompts further rate cut 05 June, 2012
The Reserve Bank has again cut the official cash rate by 25 basis points,  amid continuing turbulence in global markets and weaker than expected domestic growth.
Firms brace for falling profits 05 June, 2012
Pessimistic sales projections for the September quarter are forcing businesses to lower their earnings expectations, with one in three anticipating declining sales and a similar number expecting lower profits in the coming months.
Minimum wage rise to impact small businesses 04 June, 2012
From 1 July this year, Australian workers on the minimum wage will receive a $17.10 increase to their weekly pay, following Fair Work's decision on Friday.

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