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  • Key webinar topics for small business

    We are committed to delivering a better client experience for small business. Helping you to improve your skills and knowledge to be successful in your small business venture is an important part of this commitment.

    We offer free webinars on many topics. There are general topics that suit all small businesses and others that are specific to certain industries or situations. We also offer some in Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese.

    When registering for a webinar the times listed will be in:

    • Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
    • from October to March, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

    Our webinars are interactive online seminars presented by experienced tax officers. They are live and you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation.

    Small business webinars

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    Considering your small business viabilityExternal Link

    Are you at a business crossroads? Unsure whether you should continue trading? In this 45-minute session, you will learn how to use our Business Viability Assessment Tool. This tool provides information about your business viability to help you and your advisers in your decision making. You will receive the details of professional services offering free or low-cost advice to help inform your business decisions.

    Closing your small businessExternal Link

    If you have decided to close your business, this session is for you. The closing process can take time depending on your business size and complexity. This 60-minute session explains what you need to do to close your business.

    Starting a small businessExternal Link

    Are you thinking of starting a small business? Maybe you have a hobby that's becoming a business?

    This 40-minute session will help you understand:

    • the difference between a hobby and a business
    • what to do if your hobby turns into a business
    • the most common business structures and the registrations you may need in business.

    Getting it right is important, so come along and ask questions to give your business the best chance of success.

    Introduction to business recordsExternal Link

    Are you starting a new small business? In this introductory 60-minute session, you'll learn about which business records to keep, the legal requirements and how long to keep your records. This basic session also introduces you to the benefits of developing good record keeping habits as well as tools to help you manage your records.

    Budgeting for your commitmentsExternal Link

    In this 60-minute session, you'll learn a simple five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments. Find out how to identify business activities that trigger financial responsibilities and get practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

    Goods and services tax (GST) introductionExternal Link

    This 60-minute introductory session covers who needs to register for the goods and services tax (GST), when to register and how to register. It also lists your ongoing obligations once you are in the GST system.

    Note: This session does not explain how to record for GST or how to report GST. These are covered in other sessions such as Connecting online with the ATO.

    Digital options for your small businessExternal Link

    There are many online services and digital systems that can help you perform your business activities such as marketing, sales, accounting and reporting. Join our 60-minute session to find out the benefits of digital systems and what systems are available for each area of your business operations.

    Note: If you need information on how to use Online services for business or ATO online services, attend our 'Connecting online with the ATO' sessions that explain how to register, lodge and pay online to the ATO.

    myGovID: your digital identityExternal Link

    Are you using myGovID? The myGovID app is an easy and secure way to prove who you are when using government online services. This 30-minute video shows you the step-by-step process to create a myGovID.

    Connecting online with the ATO: Sole tradersExternal Link

    This session is for sole traders who want to know how to manage their tax and super commitments online. In this 60- minute session, you will learn how to register, lodge and pay online for commitments such as your GST pay as you go withholding, pay as you go instalments, your tax return and more.

    Note: This session explains how to use ATO online services for individuals and sole traders. We recommend partnerships, companies and trusts use Online services for business and attend the 'Connecting online with the ATO: Businesses' session.

    Connecting online with the ATO: BusinessesExternal Link

    This session is for companies, partnerships and trusts who want to know how to manage their tax and super commitments online. In this 60-minute session you will learn how to register, lodge and pay online for goods and services tax (GST), pay as you go withholding, pay as you go instalments and more using Online services for business which has replaced the Business Portal.

    Note: This session explains how to use Online services for business. We recommend sole traders use ATO online services for individuals and sole traders and attend the "Connecting online with the ATO: Sole traders' session.

    Running a home-based businessExternal Link

    Running your small business from your home may cost you more in expenses such as electricity, gas, phone, furniture, and cars. In this 60-minute session find out what expenses you can claim for tax deductions and how to calculate the amounts you can claim.

    Cash flow for small business successExternal Link

    Cash flow is the life blood for small business. Join this 60-minute session to learn critical cash flow management skills. This session shows you how to use specific tools to manage your cash flow.

    You will learn how to map your cash flow cycle and use online tools to:

    • work out your current cash flow position
    • test whether potential changes in your business will give you the cash flow you want
    • track and monitor your cash flow as you work towards achieving your business goals.

    On completion of this session, we recommend you sign up for the webinar Strategies for improving your cash flow.

    Strategies for improving your cash flowExternal Link

    Cash flow management is critical to the success of any business, but it's not always easy to find ways to improve your cash flow. This 60-minute session explores seven key strategies that may improve the cash flow of your business.

    We also recommend you sign up for our webinar 'Cash Flow for small business success' which demonstrates free online tools you can use for cash flow management.

    Claiming small business tax deductionsExternal Link

    Small business can claim tax deductions for most business expenses. This 60-minute session will help you know which deductions you can claim and when you can claim them. The session also covers what records you need to keep.

    Employer: Hiring WorkersExternal Link

    Come along to this 60-minute session if you are thinking about hiring workers for your business. You'll learn about things to consider before hiring workers and your obligations as an employer when hiring workers. This session does not cover how to pay your workers.

    Employer: Paying WorkersExternal Link

    Come along to this 60-minute session to learn about how to set up systems and pay your workers. You'll learn about your payment obligations to your workers and your reporting obligations to the ATO. This session does not cover your payment obligations when hiring workers.

    Employer: Single Touch PayrollExternal Link

    This 60-minute session is for small businesses that are new to employing people and paying them for their work. As an employer, you are required to report salaries, wages, tax withheld and super information to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll (STP) each time you pay your employees.

    Join this session to find out how STP works, reporting options and how to report.

    Employer: Introduction to car fringe benefitsExternal Link

    Fuel your knowledge on car fringe benefits. If your employees use a business car for private use, you may be providing a car fringe benefit. In 60 minutes, this introductory session will help you work out whether you are providing a car fringe benefit. You will also learn what records to keep. You can attend a different session to learn how to work out your fringe benefits tax amount.

    Note: Salary packaged cars and fleet car situations are not covered in this session.

    Employer: Calculate car FBTExternal Link

    Demonstrating a step-by-step process to calculate your car fringe benefits tax. Select one of the eight videos that suits your situation.

    Employer: Expense payment fringe benefitExternal Link

    Do you pay for or reimburse your employees for their expenses such as school fees, gym memberships, home office equipment or telephone and internet costs? If you do, you may have Fringe benefits tax (FBT) obligations. FBT is paid by employers on certain benefits they provide to their employees.

    This 60-minute webinar includes:

    • what is an expense payment fringe benefit?
    • help to identify whether you are providing expense payment fringe benefits to your employees
    • how to reduce your fringe benefits tax obligation
    • what your obligations are.

    Building and construction services: TPARExternal Link

    Do you run a business in the building and construction industry and pay contractors to carry out building and construction services? Did you know that you may be required to report your payments to contractors?

    Join this 60-minute session to find out how it may affect you.

    Cleaning services: TPARExternal Link

    Do you provide cleaning services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know you may be required to report your payments to contractors? If you provide cleaning services and need to report payments you make to contractors, join this 50-minute session to find out if it affects you.

    Ride-sourcing and tax (sole traders)External Link

    Do you provide ride-sourcing services for a fare or work through a facilitator such as Uber, SheSafe, Shebah or GoCatch?

    Do you know how income tax and GST applies to your earnings?

    Ride-sourcing is taxi travel for GST purposes. If you have a ride-sourcing enterprise, you need:

    • an Australian business number (ABN)
    • to register for GST from the day you start
    • to charge and pay GST on the full amount of every fare
    • to keep records of income and expenses for both GST and income tax purposes.

    You can then claim GST credits for expenses related to your ride-sourcing enterprise.

    In this 60-minute session, we’ll help you understand how to get it right.

    Note: If you already have a business structure, this session is designed for sole traders.

    Ride-sourcing: Income, expenses and GSTExternal Link

    Do you provide ride-sourcing services for a fare; working through a platform such as Didi, GoCatch, Ola, Shebah, or Uber?

    We provide information to:

    • help you gather the figures from your platform statements
    • work out your ride-sourcing deductions
    • calculate your GST
    • know where to put all that information in your business activity statement.

    This session will help you understand how to:

    • keep track of your ride-sourcing records
    • work out your income, deductions and GST
    • complete your business activity statement.

    This 60-minute session will help you understand how to get it right.

    This session is the second in the ride-sourcing series and follows on from what you learned in Ride-sourcing and tax (sole traders).

    Road freight services: TPARExternal Link

    Do you provide road freight services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know you may be required to report your payments to contractors? If you provide road freight services and need to report payments you make to contractors, join this 50-minute session to find out if it affects you.

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    Last modified: 04 Aug 2021QC 16164