Capital Gains Tax - Real Estate - Part 4

The following factors may be relevant in working out whether a dwelling is your main residence.

1. The length of time you lived there (there is no minimum amount of time a person has to live in a home before  it is considered to be their main residence)
2. Whether your family lives there
3. Whether you have moved your personal belongings into the home
4. The address to which your mail is delivered
5. Your address on the electoral role
6. The connection of services (phone, gas or electricity)
7. Your intention in occupying the dwelling.

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Want to Reduce Your Quarterly Tax Bill?

Have you received your December 2010 PAYG Instalment notice in the mail?  Do you think the amount is excessive given your trading so far this year? 

Well, the good news is that you do have the ability to vary your PAYG Instalment to a lower amount.

The process is not overly complicated, so please contact Ellingsen Partners to discuss the variation process and how it applies to your situation.

Measuring Marketing Success

Accountants are not known for their marketing skills, so it may sound strange to be reading about marketing in a newsletter from an accountant. Whilst we are far from experts in this field, we know marketing applies to all types of business, irrespective of their size. 

How do you market your business? How do you measure the success of your marketing?

Recently an article was written which outlined the top 10 sales and marketing secrets according to a group of successful businesses.
The 10 sales and marketing secrets were:

1. Word of mouth
2. Trade shows
3. Entering awards
4. Email marketing
5. Gifts
6. Public relations
7. Search engine optimisation (i.e. Google, etc.)
8. Print advertising 
9. Community marketing 
10. Measuring marketing performance.

Christmas Parties

It’s now less than four weeks until Christmas.

Many of you no doubt have planned, or begun to plan, for your work Christmas party.

Therefore, we thought we would take this opportunity to outline the tax implications of providing a work Christmas party.

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