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AGL defies pollies and pushes ahead with Liddell power plant closure

Posted on Oct 4, 2018

Big stick approach to Australian energy policy hasn’t scared AGL’s  Brett Redman as the Liddell coal powerplant planned closure goes ahead. See AFR letter by Macquarie University Professor of Environmental Finance Martina Linnenluecke.

Can Lehman crisis happen again?

Posted on Sep 14, 2018

The Lehman 10-year anniversary. Macquarie University bank risk expert and Associate Professor Elizabeth Sheedy joins a panel including former Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan and The Economist‘s Tom Eaton with Fran Kelly on ABC RN Breakfast

 

 

Call out discrimination

Posted on Sep 5, 2018

When is discrimination bad behaviour, and not unconscious bias?  See article in The Conversation from Lucy Taksa, Macquarie University Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research.

Customers urged to go outside Big 4 banks for home loans

Posted on Aug 31, 2018

Home loan customers need to shop around, amid speculation the big banks will copy Westpac in hiking rates, said Macquarie University associate professor Elizabeth Sheedy in the Australian Financial Review.

‘Shadow’ board urges Reserve Bank to hike rates

Posted on Jul 3, 2018

RBA ‘shadow’ board and Macquarie University Professor Jeffery Sheen says global trade war and effect on Australian trading partners has eased his recommendations for future domestic monetary policy, in the Australian Financial Review today.

Yancoal CEO swimming against the tide

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

It’s time for political and corporate leaders to catch up with the rest of the world and give renewables a fair go.  See letter to the editor by Macquarie University Professor of Environmental Finance Martina Linnenluecke in the Australian Financial Review.

Are board directors appointed based on their gender?

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

Macquarie University Professor Anne Ross-Smith talks to ABC Radio National Breakfast’s Hamish Macdonald and says board directors are appointed because they can do the job, not because they’re female.

Women on boards, how much progress have we made?

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

See Macquarie University Professor Anne Ross-Smith’s opinion piece in Women’s Agenda on gender equity in the workplace and women on boards.

ABS March quarter figures show growth

Posted on Jun 6, 2018

Exports and non-mining investment have contributed to Australia’s growth, says Macquarie University Professor Jeff Sheen in Australian Financial Review article by Jacob Greber on latest ABS March quarter figures.

Fair Work Commission increases minimum pay

Posted on Jun 1, 2018

The Fair Work Commission minimum pay increase is unlikely to have a major impact on stagnant wage growth, says Macquarie University Emeritus Professor Ray Markey in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bad corporate behaviour – what do you do?

Posted on Jun 1, 2018

Avoid ‘groupthink’ says Associate Professor Elizabeth Sheedy from Macquarie University’s Applied Finance Centre.  Companies can make better decisions if you get people’s views before they are influenced. See article by Sally Patten in BOSS, Australian Financial Review.  

Board rethink for the financial service sector

Posted on May 22, 2018

Financial Services Boards need to appoint directors who consider customers says Associate Professor Elizabeth Sheedy  from Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre in the Australian Financial Review today

Poor diagnosis for Budget’s health spending

Posted on May 10, 2018

Dr Henry Cutler, director of Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE), warns Australians will either become sicker or be forced to pay more for medical care. See Australian Financial Review article.

Bank Royal Commission will be ‘ugly’

Posted on Mar 13, 2018

The Bank Royal Commission will be uncomfortable & ugly for banks, & emotional for victims says Macquarie University’s Elizabeth Sheedy today on ABC Radio’s AM with Peter Ryan.

APRA panel honing in on CBA complexity

Posted on Feb 1, 2018

Macquarie University’s Associate Professor Elizabeth Sheedy talks to AFR’s James Frost re APRA’s interim report on CBA. Sheedy says many initiatives rolled out in highly regulated industries were merely “window dressing”.

The taxman is after your bitcoin profits – though the law is a grey area

Posted on Jan 30, 2018

Macquarie University professor Martina Linnenluecke tells ABC News’ Phillip Lasker that people mistakenly think their cryptocurrency profits are tax-free and are not aware of potential tax consequences. This story is on ABC TV The Business at 9:45pm (AEDT) on ABC News Channel and 11:00pm on ABC TV.

Research shows path to de-risking longevity

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Good news for insurers, pension plan sponsors and governments dealing in population ageing. In his oped in Investment Magazine, Macquarie University’s Associate Professor Jackie Li says his  research shows 50 to 80 per cent of longevity risk can be reduced via index-based hedging.

Cryptocurrencies – should you or shouldn’t you?

Posted on Jan 12, 2018

 Macquarie University’s Martina Linnenluecke talks to Skybusiness’s Carson Scott today at 4.15pm about bitcoin and Kodak’s cryptocurrency launch this week 

 

 

 

Climate policy: No ‘carbon bubble’ about to burst as investors shift from coal to renewables

Posted on Nov 18, 2017

See comment on climate policy in The Australian from Professor Martina Linnenluecke, Environmental Finance, Faculty of Business & Economics at Macquarie University who said research from the university and co-authors at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management in the US, shows we will not see a major crash of fossil fuel stocks, but we are seeing savvy­ ­investors now putting their money into clean technology.

 

Productivity Commission report doesn’t show Australia’s higher education vision for China

Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Productivity Commission “Shifting the Dial” report doesn’t address how Australia’s higher education sector serves our key export in international education or show what Australia’s vision is to work with our key partner in international students, China. See opinion piece in the The Australian by Professor Philomena Leung, associate dean of international and corporate engagement at the faculty of business and economics at Macquarie University.

Annual value audits crucial for business

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

See article in AFR  where Tony Carlton, associate professor in corporate finance at Macquarie University, says Australian businesses should be conducting value audits at least once a year to make sure they are ready for any major transaction or events.

Census 2016 reveals a more professional Sydney

Posted on Oct 24, 2017

Macquarie University Associate Professor Nick Parr talks to SMH‘s Matt Wade about the latest release of Census 2016 data.

Health cover reforms get mixed diagnosis

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Health economist Dr Henry Cutler from Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) talks to the Australian Financial Review’s Andrew Tillett about the government’s discounted health premiums for young adults.

Government private health insurance reforms – doubts raised about youth discounts

Posted on Oct 13, 2017

Dr Henry Cutler, director of Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy, talks to ABC Radio The World Today‘s Tom Iggulden about the Government’s private health insurance reforms and its big sell to young Australians.

Why babies are big business

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Listen to Macquarie University associate professor Nick Parr on ABC Radio National’s The Money with Richard Aedy –  why babies are big business.

Australia’s retirement village model is flawed

Posted on Aug 16, 2017

Macquarie University’s Dr Tim Kyng talks to ABC 730 and says the legal framework around retirement villages needs to be reformed

One-child families – made in China

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Dr Nick Parr, Macquarie University Associate Professor of business and economics, told the Daily Telegraph that smaller families are becoming more popular due to an influx of migrants from China.

What’s the true cost of living in a retirement village?

Posted on Jul 3, 2017

See AFR’s Adele Ferguson article quoting Dr Tim Kyng, senior lecturer of Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University’s Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies.

Why retirement village contracts need to be regulated like insurance

Posted on Jun 27, 2017

Why retirement village contracts need to be regulated like insurance. See article by Dr Tim Kyng, senior lecturer of Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University’s Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, in The Conversation.

Retirement village contracts are cunningly disguised rip offs

Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Listen to Dr Tim Kyng,  from Macquarie University’s Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, comment on retirement village contracts on today’s ABC AM program and ABC News. 

Australia in danger of losing senior IT specialists

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

See Paul D’Arcy, senior vice-president of global no 1 jobsite Indeed, comment in The Australian today. D’Arcy says Australia has companies crying out for senior IT talent but we are in danger of losing them to other countries because of our ‘unwelcoming’ 457 visa rule.

A Budget is only as good as its forecasts

Posted on May 30, 2017

Simon Russell, a Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre alumnus, says in his opinion piece in Investment Magazine that the bigger driver of Budget outcomes are the forecasts that are largely beyond the government’s control.

Put your firm on the road to telecommuting success

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

See article on telecommuting (working anywhere) by Dr Yvette Blount, lecturer at Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics in the April edition of  the Law Council of Australia’s Australasian Law Management Journal.

Telecommuting needs manager’s buyin to work

Posted on Apr 22, 2017

See Macquarie University Business & Economics’ Dr Yvette Blount opinion piece in The Australian on telecommuting (working anywhere). Unless you get the manager’s buyin, working anywhere, won’t work.

7-Eleven sparked reforms will bring franchising chaos

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

See BlueRock Partners managing partner Bruce McFarlane’s opinion piece in Fairfax Media today (The Age and Sydney Morning Herald) on new franchising laws that McFarlane says might see the industry being read its last rites.

 

What Australian companies can learn from Blackmores’ false advertising claims fine in China

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

Read Digital Crew director Ophenia Liang’s opinion piece in Mumbrella about Blackmores’ $65,000 fine by the Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) for misleading marketing material.

 

Don’t advertise to Chinese consumers in the traditional way

Posted on Mar 23, 2017

See Digital Crew director Ophenia Liang’s oped in B&T about Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Australia. Liang says Premier Li Keqiang’s visit is a clear message that China is a champion of free trade and wants to strengthen economic ties with Australia.

Pre-retirees shy away from annuities, allocated pensions

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

Clarity and consistency is needed from the government when it comes to retirement and retirement products, according to Pitcher Partners wealth director David Lane in the Australian Financial Review today.

 

International Women’s Day: snapshot of Australian women’s financial wellbeing

Posted on Mar 8, 2017

See Lesley Anton quoted in Sydney Morning Herald today as part of the inaugural Financy Women’s Index, a report on women’s economic progress in Australia published exclusively by Fairfax for International Women’s Day.

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Inside bank staffs’ perception of risk culture, MAFC Elizabeth Sheedy

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

See article in Finsia’s InFinance where Elizabeth Sheedy associate professor of financial risk management at the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre (MAFC), says banks’ risk culture has attracted considerable interest since January 2015.

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Bruce McFarlane heads up BlueRock Partners

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Ex Hall & Wilcox partner Bruce McFarlane joins BlueRock Partners – the legal team of The BlueRock Group.  See article today in Lawyers Weekly.

 

How Anna Bligh can deliver diversity in banking sector

Posted on Feb 23, 2017

See article in Asia-Pacific Banking and Finance where Anne Cooper, associate professor at Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre (MAFC), comments on Anna Bligh’s appointment as CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association.

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Why female bankers can’t bank on banks, MAFC diversity study

Posted on Feb 23, 2017

See article in RFI Media where Elizabeth Sheedy, associate professor of financial risk management at the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre (MAFC), revisits the controversial Lehman Sisters Hypothesis in her diversity study.

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Super reform – people are more conservative having learnt lesson from GFC

Posted on Jan 10, 2017

David Lane quoted in the Australian Financial Review today on p17 re super reform in 2017. David says people are generally more conservative in their investment approach as far as gearing is concerned in the markets.

Clients are grappling with superannuation reform changes

Posted on Jan 7, 2017

Wealth management specialist David Lane is quoted  on page 1 in the Australian Financial Review today on the rush to beat  superannuation caps ahead of the June cut-off  — part of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s superannuation reforms.

How lack of social licence led to shutdown of greyhounds in NSW

Posted on Jul 27, 2016

Futureye managing director Katherine Teh-White says in her opinion piece today in The Australian Financial Review  that the ban on greyhound racing in NSW is the perfect example of what happens when an industry challenges its own social licence obligations. Teh-White says Justice Michael McHugh’s report into the greyhound industry is a significant Australian decision for everyone – governments, regulated industries and the community – and  is arguably the first time that social licence has been used as a tool to advise a government leader about the fate of an industry. In this case, NSW Premier Mike Baird’s decision to shut down greyhound racing.

 

 

AusElection – is it about policy or performance?

Posted on Jun 28, 2016

Catch Dr Louise Mahler, leadership influencer, on ABC 774 breakfast show with  Libbi Gorr tomorrow Wed, 29 June at 6.45am.  Dr Mahler will critique the leadership skills and performance of Turnbull and Shorten in terms of their voice, gestures and rhythm. She says in the last day before the election blackout it’s not about policy  – it’s a cracking performance that will get the new PM over the line.

Federal govt’s 30% cut to community legal centres will hit poor people

Posted on Jun 22, 2016

The federal government’s 30 per cent cut to community legal centres will devastate our already underfunded legal access programs, says Robert Pelletier, director of the Macarthur Legal Centre, in his opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

 

 

 

What does body language and voice expert Dr Louise Mahler think of last night’s leadership debate?

Posted on May 30, 2016

Dr Louise Mahler, body language and voice expert for leaders of influence, talks to #ChrisSmith @2GB873 at 1.05pm today about last night’s #leadersdebate . To sum it up, Dr Louise says Turnbull was ‘nervous’ and Shorten ‘clumsy’.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to flirt and Bill Shorten needs to drop the robotic zingers

Posted on May 10, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten’s leadership styles.  Leadership influencer Dr Louise Mahler tells AFR‘s Patrick Durkin that Turnbull is an attractive man with a “great neutral pose” who “works a soft blink and exudes an easy, attractive smile” but has lost his mojo with the recent slump in the polls.  Of Bill Shorten? Dr Mahler can’t get past his vocal timing of a grade 7 debater. For more go to http://bit.ly/1WSSgiz

 

Budget 2016: how small business can get $500,000 into super

Posted on May 7, 2016

BDO partner Mark Molesworth says taxpayers who sell their small business are in a much better position than the general population when it comes to accumulating money in superannuation because of the proposed lifetime cap, in AFR today. The AFR article says small business owners planning to use the sale of their business as part of their retirement planning can contribute more to super than the $500,000 lifetime after-tax contribution cap announced in the budget.

 

Federal Budget measures largely positive but more needed to address tax system, BDO

Posted on May 4, 2016

FairfaxMedia’s Nassim Khadem in her “Budget 2016: How the business world reacted to Scott Morrison’s budget” story quotes
BDO tax partner Mark Molesworth  who said measures like further cutting taxes for small business, winding back superannuation concessions and progressively moving the corporate tax rate to 25 per cent were positive, but they didn’t do enough to address the broader structural issues facing Australia’s tax system. “This is very much a budget from a government whose first, second and third priorities are getting re-elected,” he said.  For more see http://bit.ly/1Y6yCNm

SkyBiz Federal Budget 2016 wrapup today at 9.30am EST- BDO

Posted on May 4, 2016

All you want to know about the Federal Budget 2016 – catch BDO tax partner Mark Molesworth giving the run down on this year’s Federal Budget  with SkyBiz Nadine Blayney at 9.30am EST today, Wednesday, 4 May 2016.

Catch BDO international tax expert Chris Ball on SkyBus today at 3.30pm EST re the Panama papers and ATO crackdown

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

BDO international tax partner Chris Ball talks to SkyBusiness Helen Dalley today at 3.30pm EST re the #Panamapapers and the ATO’s crackdown. Ball says the ATO targeting of 800 residents in Australia in light of the controversial Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca is not necessarily about hiding money from the ATO or not paying the right amount of tax.  Outside criminal activities, it is more likely to be about confidentiality.

Einsights data analytics ‘ahead of the curve from its competitors’

Posted on Mar 2, 2016

Einsights CEO Sandeep Rao says his data analytics company builds strong relationships with businesses and aims to help them reduce the pain and anxiety in accessing information ­ anytime, anywhere. Rao says expansion plans into the US and the UK during 2016 are on track, in CIO Outlook. For more see http://bit.ly/1R7yjw6

 

ATO has greater power to hold assets of foreign investors who avoid tax

Posted on Feb 22, 2016

BDO tax partner Chris Ball told Fairfax Media‘s Nassim Khadem he was concerned that the tax office would be able to use the proposed changes to foreign investment applications as extra leverage during tax disputes.

 

Is GST reform still on the table?

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

GST has been dropped as part of the government’s tax reform mix when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was not yet convinced that increasing the GST will lead to stronger economic growth. SmartCompany‘s Eloise Keating includes comments from Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman.

Pitcher Partners David Lane talks to Sky Business Mark Todd’s Money Management at 6.30pm (EST) tonight on market volatility and 2016 outlook

Posted on Feb 4, 2016

Pitcher Partners David Lane talks to Sky Business Mark Todd’s Money Management at 6.30pm (EST) tonight on market volatility and 2016 outlook

Why Dick Smith ASX listing a car crash waiting to happen

Posted on Feb 3, 2016

Dick Smith’s ASX listing and its subsequent slide into receivership have taken on the appearance of a car crash but it’s a crash that’s been caused by reckless driving, according to Pitcher Partners Michael Sonego and Simon Johnson in SmartCompany. Read More

Einsights data analytics shows financial advisers how to analyse commissions, revenue & dealer group fees

Posted on Feb 2, 2016

Data analytics firm Einsights is simplifying its reporting processes to allow advice practices to collate and analyse their business information through a single portal. In an interview with Financialobserver, Einsights commercial director Benjamin Lindsay said in the past advice practices had typically relied on pockets of data from their customer relationship management (CRM) system, accounting system and various product providers. Read More

Pitcher Partners David Knowles’ 4-step approach to business planning for 2016

Posted on Feb 1, 2016

Westpac Business Focus‘s Cameron Cooper reports business owners and employees have returned from leave with ambitions to drive growth and create new market opportunities. But where do they start?

David Knowles, partner at business advisory and accounting firm Pitcher Partners, is a fan of SWOT and PEST analyses. He says leaders and their teams must have a clear conversation about business challenges and goals.

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Has the self-managed superannuation funds sector peaked?

Posted on Jan 23, 2016

The meteoric rise of self-managed superannuation funds may have ended with the sector’s share of Australia’s $2 trillion super savings falling below 30% in 2015 to a five-year low, according to AFR‘s Joanna Mather.  But Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman doesn’t necessarily see a trend in the statistics.

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Sharemarket plays havoc with retiree nest eggs

Posted on Jan 22, 2016

SHARE market turmoil is denting retirement nest eggs, but workers and retirees are being urged not to panic, according to the Herald Sun’s John Dagge.

In the article, Pitcher Partners wealth management head Charlie Viola said retirees should review their income stream every six to 12 months.

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What do you do when the RBS tells clients to ‘sell everything’?

Posted on Jan 20, 2016

The Australian Financial Review’s Agnes King reports a Penrith businessman liquidated half of his multimillion-dollar investment portfolio to snap up stressed assets as markets head south. Many people have been sitting on cash stockpiles waiting for the market to correct. Pitcher Partners’ Adrian Clerici says a substantial portion of this cash comes from business sales as asset values have recovered.

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What’s the tax advice on hobby farms?

Posted on Jan 16, 2016

Sales of hobby farms are booming as a new generation seeks to escape the city, according to Duncan Hughes in the Australian Financial Review. Hughes said accountants and lawyers who advise hobby farmers recommend creating a long-term plan that allows for planning regulations, taxation and the length of time, cost and effort it might take to eventually make a profit.

Tax specialist Ross Higgins, group leader of the tax and wealth practice group at Rigby Cooke Lawyers, recommends consulting an adviser about possible deductions on capital equipment and expenditure and tax liabilities that arise from earning an assessable income. Read More

Removing CGT exemption for family homes over $2mil

Posted on Jan 13, 2016

Accountants criticised a plan to tax profits on the sale of family homes worth more than $2 million, calling the idea floated by the Australia Institute “a desperate short-term fix to a budget hole” that would drive up house prices and choke supply of inner-city dwellings, according to Agnes King and Larry Schlesinger in the Australian Financial Review. 

Pitcher Partners tax adviser Adrian Clerici said the plan would discourage people from selling the family home, driving up inner-city property prices and pushing supply out to developing suburbs. Read More

It’s volatile times when the Royal Bank of Scotland says ‘sell’

Posted on Jan 13, 2016

The Courier Mail’s Glen Norris said the ASX 200 fell for an eighth straight session yesterday after the Royal Bank of Scotland warned investors to “sell everything” and prepare for a “cataclysmic year” that could see bourses around the world plummet by 20 per cent.

Pitcher Partners director of wealth management David Lane said the fundamentals of the global economy were stronger than RBS’s pessimistic outlook. Read More

Why Australian retirees keep their super in savings

Posted on Jan 12, 2016

Australian retirees are holding onto their superannuation and only spending the government mandated minimum, according to SmartCompany’s Ronelle Richards quoting  research undertaken by the CSIRO.

Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory’s Adam Stanley says one reason might be that retirees want to have something to pass onto dependents like spouses and children. Read More

Should your super contributions be brought forward?

Posted on Jan 10, 2016

The Australian Financial Review‘s Agnes King says taking a short-term loan to top up superannuation could be a legitimate strategy for some if flagged changes to thresholds or tax rates by the Treasurer start to firm up.

“We’re not massive advocates of it,” said Pitcher Partners wealth management partner Charlie Viola.  Read More

Qld stock winners prove mettle in tough times

Posted on Jan 4, 2016

Pitcher Partners director of wealth management David Lane talks to The Courier Mail’s Glen Norris re Queensland companies’ performance on a volatile stock market.

Mr Lane said Queensland lenders had done relatively better during the year than big national banks, thanks to the buoyant state of the property market.

 

Wealthy urged to top up super before May federal budget

Posted on Jan 4, 2016

Accountants are encouraging high net worth clients to top up super before the May federal budget, saying it could be the equivalent of 2007’s one-off $1 million top-up opportunity, according to The Australian Financial Review’s Agnes King.

In the article, Pitcher Partners wealth management partner Charlie Viola said: “The advice to everybody continues to be get as much in as quickly as you can unless you need the money to hand before age 60.” Read More

Crowd-sourced equity funding rules are too restrictive

Posted on Jan 4, 2016

The Australian Financial Review‘s Joanna Mather reports new rules for crowd-sourced equity funding are too restrictive to be of major benefit to small business.

Mather quotes Pitcher Partners partner Alexis Kokkinos who said the regulations confirmed only fully paid ordinary shares are eligible. Read More

How does a retiree make sure their capital lasts their lifetime?

Posted on Jan 2, 2016

See Pitcher Partners’ Charlie Viola opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review on how does a retiree make sure their capital will last their lifetime as well as generate enough income?

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What’s in the deals pipeline heading into 2016?

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

The deals pipeline looks strong heading into 2016, accountants say, with plenty of good businesses for sale and a suite of genuine buyers, mostly in the private equity space, says Agnes King in the Australian Financial Review. 

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What’s in store for ASX 200 in 2016?

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

THE ASX 200 could be in for a happier new year helped by improving economic conditions and yield-hungry investors, according to Glen Norris in The Courier Mail.

He said the benchmark ended the final day of trading for 2015 yesterday at 5295.9, 2.13 per cent below the close at the end of 2014 for its first decline in four years.

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Why an exit strategy is crucial for retirees selling their business

Posted on Dec 28, 2015

See Bina Brown’s article in the Australian Financial Review which says an exit strategy is crucial for small businesses sitting on a retirement gold mine.  It says ageing business owners in this position risk losing the lot unless they have a well-planned exit strategy.

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Apple rolls out Aussie BlueAnt Pump2 headphones worldwide

Posted on Dec 17, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ client BlueAnt will see its sports headphones Pump2 released in Apple stores in the US and Canada this weekend, then the rollout will continue into Europe and Asia Pacific in the New Year. See article in the Australian Financial Review where BlueAnt managing director Taisen Maddern says  “it’s quite prestigious to get product into the Apple stores in terms of how you are viewed by distributors and retailers in the rest of the world”. Go to http://bit.ly/1QsToWU

Turnbull throws down gauntlett for business opportunities in Asia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Read The Australian’s Glenda Korporaal article “Turnbull throws down the gauntlett” in which she quotes Cross Border Business expert Rohini Kappadath that there needs to be more focus by Australian companies on the opportunities in Asia with more needing to take the plunge and put operations on the ground.

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Why a GST change will take a 12 month transition period for SMEs

Posted on Dec 10, 2015

Any changes to the GST would need a significant transition period to avoid creating confusion and inefficiency, particularly in the small to medium-size enterprise market, says Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman in AccountantsDaily.

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Why insolvency reforms in Turnbull’s innovation statement are a step in the right direction

Posted on Dec 10, 2015

The new insolvency trading provisions proposed as part of the government’s innovation package this week are a win for investors, but also a win for small to medium enterprises, says Pitcher Partners partner in charge of business recovery and insolvency Gess Rambaldi in his BusinessSpectator oped.

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The last thing we need is policy on the run – innovation statement

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

In Robert Finkeldey’s opinion piece in BusinessSpectator  he says Malcolm Turnbull’s national innovation and science agenda is a step in the right direction, but “it lacks an integrated approach necessary to kick-start the new economy and employment”.

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Govt’s crowd-sourced equity funding legislation misses the mark, Pitcher Partners

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

Rob McKie, consulting partner for mid-tier firm Pitcher Partners, tell AccountantsDaily he welcomed the bipartisan approach to innovation, but cautioned the government on failing to acknowledge the middle market, a sector he described as the “engine room of Australia’s economy and the sector that will drive growth for the foreseeable future”.

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How intangible assets are treated in Turnbull’s innovation statement

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

The Australian Financial Review today says in Turnbull’s innovation statement  people will have the option to self-assess the tax effective life of acquired tangible assets. They will have to justify the faster offset to the tax office. However, Pitcher Partners Leon Mok says “there’s no benefit if a start-up is coming from a situation where they’re not yet profitable”.

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How growing businesses can access company losses for tax offsets – innovation statement

Posted on Dec 8, 2015

Ali Suleyman, partner in tax consulting at Pitcher Partners, told SmartCompany  any move to relax the current “same business test” is welcome, however, the “devil will be in the detail”. (See http://bit.ly/1XXHtQ0)

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Why start-ups must be investor-ready with Turnbull’s innovation plan

Posted on Dec 8, 2015

Investing in start-ups is cheaper with Turnbull’s innovation plan, but because the tax offset portion of the incentive provides tax breaks for the investor instead of the start-up, it does highlight how critical it is for the start-ups to be ‘investor ready’, says Pitcher Partners partner Leon Mok in Fairfax Media.

How much time does a retailer need to prepare for a GST rate increase?

Posted on Dec 6, 2015

Craig Whatman, tax partner at Pitcher Partners, told SmartCompany small businesses will likely become frustrated if the government doesn’t soon give clearer indications of what lies ahead when it comes to tax.

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Economic growth figures indicate healthy consumer Xmas retail spending

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says economic growth figures reflect the recent improvement in property prices, a stable labour market and healthy GDP – all providing consumers with confidence to spend, in AAP.

 

Pitcher Partners Consulting offers middle-market clients digital, technological and management advice

Posted on Dec 1, 2015

Pitcher Partners Consulting will offer services covering strategy, marketing, commercial advice, digital, governance, procurement and change management, says partner Rob McKie in AccountantsDaily.

RBA decision to leave rates on hold ‘prudent’

Posted on Dec 1, 2015

The decision to remain at 2% is a prudent one for the RBA, as it provides them with additional room to move in 2016 should the economic growth in the early part of the year disappoint, says Pitcher Partners’ David Lane in SmartCompany.

#KDKBulletin – KPMG & family business conflict, Deloitte on super in 20 years’ time, Minter Ellison on cost hikes for investors, MUCHE on competition in healthcare

Posted on Nov 27, 2015

See #KDKBulletin this week covering KPMG’s report on family business conflict, Deloitte on super in 20 year’s time, Minter Ellison on foreign investment reforms, and MUCHE (Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy) on why competition is needed in healthcare.

Is the housing market on the brink of a plunge?

Posted on Nov 18, 2015

The forces supporting a strong Australian property market are diverse enough and strong enough to mean any significant or sustained fall in prices is very unlikely, says Pitcher Partners Michael Langhammer in Property Review Australia.

Why super reform is the government’s next target

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman says super reform is the government’s next target but the only way to raise [tens of] billions from super is to increase taxes across the board, in SmartCompany.

How Australia’s healthcare system can benefit from competition

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Competition in the healthcare sector has improved outcomes and efficiency, increased access to hospital services for people with lower socioeconomic status, and reduced hospital waiting times, says Dr Henry Cutler, inaugural director of Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE), in BusinessSpectator.

Which industry sectors are experiencing growth in Australia?

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Read the latest issue of Amex’s CFO where Pitcher Partners’ David Knowles talks about the go-ahead industry sectors to include technology, food, tourism and biotech.

 

What are your extra tax bills on super contributions?

Posted on Nov 7, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Julie Strack said a number of clients had been hit with both the Division 293 tax bill, and the excess contributions tax, in AFR and syndicated.

Why business in Asia is all about trusted intergenerational relations

Posted on Nov 6, 2015

Business in Asia is based on trusted intergenerational relations and not just traders and suppliers of raw materials or property, says Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath in BusinessSpectator.

3 options for GST reform – remove GST exemptions, increase the rate or both, says Pitcher Partners

Posted on Nov 5, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says businesses are unlikely to remain supportive of any increase in the GST rate unless it is accompanied by wider tax reform, in 9news.com.au.

Why soft skills are critical for accounting graduates, Pitcher Partners

Posted on Nov 4, 2015

Pitcher Partners Frank Russo says while technical competence is a given, soft skills are critical for graduates to build relationships and network with clients, in AFR.

RBA hopes for a lower Aussie dollar to help manufacturers and exporters, Pitcher Partners

Posted on Nov 4, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says RBA hopes that lower interest rates would also force the Australian dollar lower, helping manufacturers and other exporters, in The Courier Mail.

What’s so hot about tax?

Posted on Nov 1, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Greg Nielsen says each tax job that comes across his desk has a slightly different dimension to it, ‘so it always keeps you interested’, in In the Black magazine.

How Pitcher Partners’ non-goodwill practice helps young partners

Posted on Oct 28, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ chairman Don Rankin says the firm’s non-goodwill practice makes passing the baton easier because young partners don’t have to stump up a huge amount of capital to buy out retiring partners, in AFR.

What you need to know about the M&A sales process http://bit.ly/1OTYRoU

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Michael Sonego says an expert should always add value well beyond their cost in an M&A sales process, in AFR.

Why under investment in Asia will hurt Australia in the long-term

Posted on Oct 22, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath says there is more at stake by not considering the outsized returns we are forgoing by not taking some risk. The return on investment for those who adopt a 15-20 year lens will far outweigh any trade deal, in The Australian.

Why TPP and China Australia FTA are no guarantees of business success in Asia

Posted on Oct 19, 2015

The TPP and the China-Australia FTA are just one part of doing business in Asia. Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath says it’s far better to capture real economic value in Asia by taking an equity position in collaboration with local businesses, in The Australian.

When should investors sell and buy shares?

Posted on Oct 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Sue Dahn says for most good investors the target price is driven by fundamentals including earnings multiples, earnings per share growth forecasts, dividend capacity, in AFR SmartInvestor.

Why tax reform focus on small taxpayers and not private groups is ‘damaging’ Australia’s economy

Posted on Oct 9, 2015

Pitcher Partners managing partner John Brazzale says private groups employ more people than all public companies put together, yet they are penalised by complex rules and compliance costs, in Accountants Daily.

 

Why Bank of Qld’s cash profits hit record $357mil

Posted on Oct 8, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says BOQ’s results are solid as new management shows they are building the business strongly, in Courier Mail and syndicated nationally.

 

The middle market is a vital but often overlooked part of Australia’s economy

Posted on Oct 8, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ John Brazzale says the tax system — riddled with a complex web of rules and interactions — is holding back the middle market and damaging the economy, in Public Accountant.

How TPP will lead to increase deal flow for accountants and lawyers

Posted on Oct 7, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath says the assumption with TPP is that all countries will reciprocate with lowering their ‘behind the border barriers’, in AFR.

When is a GST increase acceptable to SMEs?

Posted on Sep 22, 2015

SMEs would accept a GST increase if there was tax relief in other areas such as corporate and state taxes, says Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman, in SmartCompany

Why Hockey’s multinational tax law will hurt mid-market companies

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Hockey’s stance on multinational tax law could impact mid-market companies given the implications of non-compliance are very harsh, says Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok in Fairfax Media’s Business Day.

 

Dual income tax system will simplify tax for SMEs

Posted on Sep 10, 2015

The dual income tax system applies a flatter income tax rate to all legal structures rather than having the differences that arise between the [current] various legal structures, says Pitcher Partners’ Stuart Dall in SmartCompany.

What’s the latest news in pricing, disruptive fintech, Hong Kong private equity tax laws & Denali Venture Partners in #KDKBulletin

Posted on Sep 10, 2015

Why we need tax reform and not just personal tax changes: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok says if the goal is to ensure that we are less reliant on personal income tax in the future, we need to design our whole tax system with that in mind,” in AccountantsDaily.

How Ausnet High Court decision has M&A implications

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Stuart Dall says the Ausnet High Court decision highlights the need to carefully consider contractual negotiations in M&A transactions, in AccountantsDaily.

Acquisitions generating more work than we can handle with falling Aussie dollar

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

Acquisitions are a source of growth … now the dollar has come down it’s all guns blazing, says Pitcher Partners’ Robert Southwell in AFR.

 

 

Why Flight Centre and Corporate Travel Management the standout Qld companies

Posted on Sep 7, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says some stand out performers  were benefitting from a lower dollar and large international operations, in The Courier Mail.

GST rate rise – Abbott says there’s a powerful argument in favour of a rise

Posted on Sep 4, 2015

GST rate rise may be  canvassed in the options paper later this year as part of the tax reform white paper process, but SMEs would want to see details about corresponding cuts in other taxes, says Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman in SmartCompany.

 

National Reform Summit – how the Govt can change GST rate #reform2015

Posted on Aug 26, 2015

National Reform Summit sees Joe Hockey look at options on personal tax cuts and as the debate about raising the GST to enable true tax reform reignites, the fundamental question is whether the Government can raise the GST rate (or the tax base) without the unanimous agreement of the states and territories. The answer is ‘yes’, says Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman in his oped in The Australian.

Markets in turmoil with rise of automated trading

Posted on Aug 25, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Andrew Aylward warns the rise of automated trading means markets will react violently once volatility spikes, in AAP, Australian.com.au and 9news.com.au.

 

Why Bank stocks are good buys following market volatility: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Aug 25, 2015

Pitcher Partners’  David Lane said bank stocks have been the biggest victims of market volatility and could prove good buying opportunities, in The Courier Mail.

Why land tax should be broadened and stamp duty abolished

Posted on Aug 24, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Simon Chun says broadening land tax base means everybody would share in the payment of land tax but that this would be a hard political sell, in Accountants Daily.

How market volatility will impact superfunds: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Aug 23, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane said the market is volatile as there is concern about economic growth in China and whether the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates and this will impact superfunds, in The Courier Mail.

What does it take to be a sophisticated investor?

Posted on Aug 21, 2015

A sophisticated investor doesn’t get the same level of disclosure, it means they need to apply an appropriate degree of discretion, scrutiny and discrimination, says Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory’s Sue Dahn in AFR.com.au.

Insolvencies and company directors: what are the legal and financial issues

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Gess Rambaldi says company directors must be aware that if a company trades while insolvent and incurs debts before a liquidator is appointed, they can be held personally liable for those debts, in SmartCompany.

 

Why government’s reliance on personal income tax is “unsustainable”

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Stuart Dall says  Hockey wants to reform personal income tax as it’s inefficient, there’s the issue of bracket creep, and it’s possibly driving people offshore, in SmartCompany.

Solid start to M&A deals in Qld: Pitcher Partners survey

Posted on Aug 2, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Warwick Face says there had been a solid start to Qld M&A deals in 2015 with an increasing focus on leisure, business services, property and education, in The Courier Mail.

Why increasing GST is a better way to collect money from the rich: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Jul 26, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says increasing GST is a better way to collect money from the rich as a consumption-based tax is paid in significantly higher dollar amounts by higher income earners, in The Australian Financial Review.

Why GST reform is needed if Government wants tax cuts: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Jul 20, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says the government can achieve company tax cuts if it raises the GST, in SmartCompany.

Why people working overseas must check their tax residency: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Jul 16, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Theo Sakell says failing to research your tax residency status properly is one of the biggest pitfalls for those working overseas, in Fairfax Media.

Seven ways to grow your business by cutting costs: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Jul 14, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Knowles says businesses that use technology and their business smarts to cut costs are more likely to get ahead in the next year, in SmartCompany.

Profit is about selling the experience, and not the product

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Profit is not about selling the product, but about the experience, says Pitcher Partners’ David Knowles. People don’t’ remember what you did for them, they remember how you made them feel, in Westpac’s Business Focus.

Jobs figures show move to full-time employment is positive for economy http://bit.ly/1HkbxMN

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says latest jobs figures show move from part-time to full-time employment is positive for economy and may reflect an increase in business confidence, in The Australian.

Why the ATO online tax lodgement is a lesson learnt http://bit.ly/1LTCGh0

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok says the ATO online tax lodgement is a lesson learnt in terms of having the system running efficiently before going live, in SmartCompany.

Why varying PAYG withholding amounts eases rush at tax time http://bit.ly/1LTCGh0

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok says people could ask their employer to vary the PAYG withholding amounts throughout the year to avoid the  rush for a big return at tax time, in SmartCompany.

When are wealthy Australians like Triguboff more likely to sell their businesses?

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Richard Shrapnel says Australia’s wealthy business owners (43.1%) are more than twice as likely to sell their business than those in other countries (19.4%) in their business succession planning, in The Australian.

Why Greek crisis means you need to review assets in overseas SMSFs http://bit.ly/1JIB610

Posted on Jul 4, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says increased volatility in global markets [ie Greek crisis] is causing many with assets in overseas super to explore their options. He advises people to consider repatriating assets to where they plan to retire, in the Australian Financial Review.

 

New partners appointed at Pitcher Partners

Posted on Jul 3, 2015

SMSF Advisor says new partners at Pitcher Partners Melbourne include  Stuart Dall and Ali Suleyman in tax,  Ben Powers and Dean Love in business assurance and advisory, and Michal Jozwik in risk services; Brisbane  includes Simon Chun in tax; Adelaide includes Ryan Curry in private clients and business services.

Einsights’ new artificial intelligence-based business analytics tool http://bit.ly/1Tfsh05

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Sandeep Rao said Einsights’ new artificial intelligence-based business analytics tool is able to aggregate hard data from all forms of traffic including Google Analytics, Facebook, Twitter, Adwords, LinkedIn, SEO tools, Adobe  etc into a dashboard for 24/7 delivery via mobile or web access, in B&T online.

Pitcher Partners appoints new partners nationally

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Pitcher Partners announced it has appointed new partners at its Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane offices, in Accountants Daily.

How 1.5% company tax rate cut for SMEs applies to profits http://bit.ly/1JPOVYB

Posted on Jul 1, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Theo Sakell says the 1.5% company tax rate cut applies to profits immediately but is limited to businesses with turnover of less than $2 million, in SmartCompany.

Growth areas for accounting firms are tax, business and property says Pitcher Partners http://bit.ly/1H2ckTx

Posted on Jul 1, 2015

Pitcher Partners chairman Don Rankin says clients are in need of strategic advisory services, in the Australian Financial Review.

 

 

Tax tips 2016 – look at Tax White Paper for super, franking credits, CGT discounts, negative gearing http://bit.ly/1NKCTBe

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Theo Sakell says SMEs should pay close attention to the federal government’s tax reform process for their tax planning, in SmartCompany.

 

Wealthy investors with limited-recourse borrowing arrangements in SMSFs under ATO scrutiny http://bit.ly/1H2TGd3

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman says wealthy investors have been pushing the boundaries with limited-recourse borrowing arrangements drawing the ATO’s attention, in AFR SmartInvestor.

 

Warren Buffett effect may be why banks and Telstra starting to recover ground

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says the Warren Buffett effect may be why major stocks like the banks and Telstra are starting to recover ground, in The Courier Mail.

Why Tax Office targets limited recourse borrowing in SMSFs

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman says people have been pushing limited recourse borrowings in SMSFs which is why the Tax Office is now targetting them, in The Australian Financial Review.

Why pension asset test deal puts super back on the table

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says people will either have to start looking at changing their investment mix or look at changing their lifestyle, in SmartCompany.

What are some of the more unusual tax deductions?

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Scott Treatt talks to Brisbane Radio 4BC afternoons presenter Clare Blake about unusual year-end tax deductions — how they need to have relevance to both the purpose of the item claimed and the reason for its use in the business.

How accounting merger will lure top talent from mid market and Big 4 firms in Sydney

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ national chairman Don Rankin says, “We need critical mass in key markets to provide the full basket of services that [clients] expect today, and to fund the extent of systems development needed these days,” in Australian Financial Review.

 

 

What are the June 30 tax tips for your SMSF

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman says SMSF trustees forgetting to draw down a minimum amount for their scheme members is a common error, in Australian Financial Review.

Why you need to make sure your tax deductions are legit

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Scott Treatt says be careful with your tax deductions, for example, artworks are only deductible if they’re for the business, and backyard studios can be used for home offices, but they won’t be deductible if they’re in fact a granny flat, in FairfaxMedia’s SMH, The Age, BrisbaneTimes and WA Today.

Why China is now Australia’s biggest source of approved foreign investment

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Theo Sakell says recent changes to the Significant Investor Visa and Premium Investor Visa programs has accelerated this investor shift where China is now Australia’s biggest source of approved foreign investment overtaking the United States, in BRW.

 

 

Private equity in Australia’s middle market hits record 25 mid-cap buyouts

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

Pitcher Partners in its Dealmakers: Middle Market M&A in Australia 2015 report said private equity activity in Australia’s middle market passed $US15 billion ($19.6bn) in 2014, with a record 25 mid-cap buyouts worth about $US2bn completed, in The Australian.

Why March GDP figures raise questions about Aust economy’s future capacity

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Pitcher Partners’  David Lane said the Australian economy is moving along at a steady pace, but needs more capital investment to grow at a more desirable rate, in FairfaxMedia’s SMH, The Age, WA Today and Brisbane Times.

Pitcher Partners and Moore Stephens merge Sydney practices

Posted on May 31, 2015

The Sydney merger will create a 28 partner, 240 staff firm targeting billings of $48 million for the 2015-16 financial year, in AFR.com.au.

Two prominent mid-tier firms merge Sydney practice

Posted on May 31, 2015

Rob Southwell, new Pitcher Partners  Managing Director in Sydney,  says the merger will be a game-changing event in the Sydney accounting space, in Accountants Daily.

 

What are the pitfalls in investing in property overseas?

Posted on May 25, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Denise Honey says property buyers can easily come unstuck if they fail to carry out proper due diligence, or understand that every country comes with its own set of regulations and taxes, in New Daily.

How Hockey’s investment in FTAs boosts Australian business services into Asia

Posted on May 25, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath says FTAs contribute to 42 per cent of Australia’s international trade, yet many more businesses are yet to take advantage of these trade agreements, in her opinion article in The Australian.

How employee share schemes will drive growth for medium-sized business http://amex.co/1JCkSEP

Posted on May 21, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Scott Treatt says Federal Budget measures allow companies with less than $50 million turnover to attract talent by deferring the taxing point on employee shares and options to either the exercise date or 15 years, whichever comes first, in Chief Future Officer, American Express.

Why no Super change in Budget provides short-term certainty: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 14, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman warns government likely to announce changes to super tax concessions after the  tax review is completed, in EurekaReport.

 

Anti-avoidance crackdown a ‘robust’ approach to target revenue: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 14, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Theo Sakell says the change in anti-avoidance measures is a robust approach to target lost revenue to the government, in AFR.

Why employee share schemes in Budget are critical for start-up success: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 13, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Scott Treatt says it’s critical for startups  to retain and attract key talent to facilitate the development of new technologies, in StartupSmart.

 

How Budget measures will encourage start-ups: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 13, 2015

Pitcher Partners Mark Harrison says the package of reforms include changes to employee share schemes, a simplification of crowd funding rules and simplified corporate compliance which will encourage start-ups, in AFR.

How tax rate cut and discount will help small business reinvest: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 13, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok says the 1.5 per cent corporate tax rate reduction and a 5 per cent discount for unincorporated small businesses, although modest, will allow greater reinvestment for small businesses, in SMH.com.au.

Why corporate eyes will be on payroll and land taxes in WA Budget 2015: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 12, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok says payroll tax and land taxes were WA’s two biggest revenue sources along with iron ore royalties … “it’s difficult to see any help for businesses in terms of state taxes” in WA Budget 2015, in AAP.

How Federal Budget 2015 package of reforms will encourage start-ups and emerging business: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 12, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Mark Harrison said the package of reforms to encourage start-ups – including changes to employee share schemes, a simplification of crowd funding rules, encouraging the use of advisers, and simplified corporate compliance – will generate business for accountants prepared to work with emerging businesses, in the Australian Financial Review.

How added tax on multinationals could hit innocent taxpayers: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 11, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Paul Glover says unilaterally seeking to extract additional tax revenues from multinationals  could be counterproductive to the OECD’s coherent policy response, and other taxpayers who were acting lawfully could be inadvertently caught up and hit with the 100 per cent penalties plus interest, in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Why more daughters are taking over family businesses: Pitcher Partners’ report

Posted on May 7, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Dr Richard Shrapnel in the Succession Reset: Family Business Succession in the 21st Century report explains why more daughters are successors in the family business, in this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly.

Why Victorian Budget 3% stamp duty on foreign buyers hits investment: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 6, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says 3% stamp duty surcharge on foreign residential property buyers from 1 July will in some cases more than double the stamp duty payable on the purchase of residential property in Victoria, in SmartCompany.

Why Victorian Budget provides little relief for business: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 6, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says there was some minor relief in payroll tax but as a whole the Victorian Budget was disappointing for business, in the Herald Sun.

Property tax on foreigners will affect investment in Victoria: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 5, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says a 3% surcharge on foreign buyers will affect their willingness to invest in Victoria, in the Australian Financial Review.

Australian market pays price for heavy weight in mining stocks: Pitcher Partners

Posted on May 4, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says Australian market is concentrated with about 30 per cent of the index constituting materials (mining) stocks and financial shares making up about 40 per cent ‘which does not leave a lot of room to move’, in Courier Mail.

 

Reinvent your business if you want to grow: Pitcher Partners’ Chairman

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ chairman Don Rankin tells AFR those companies doing well are open to new ideas, are consultative and are willing to change.

How Labor’s tax on super will hit hard-working Australians: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman tells SmartCompany that people with $500,000 to $1 million in super  have worked hard to voluntarily save for their retirement and to some extent these people use the tax concessions — ‘but that is exactly how the system is supposed to work’.

Why you need $2 million to retire: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman says people should look to create a capital base of two million dollars for their retirement, leading to an annual income of around $55,000 a year, in SmartCompany.

Why Hockey’s Google tax plan will lead to nowhere: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok tells FairfaxMedia’s Nassim Khadem that Hockey’s Google tax plan is nothing more than a signal from the government that they want to lead the current OECD push targeting international profit shifting.

Job figures show previous interest rate cut positive for business: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 17, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane  tells AAP he expects the RBA will leave the cash rate unchanged for another month with encouraging employment  trends indicating that the previous rate cut is having a positive impact on business.

How Hockey can really help business in Budget 2015: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 14, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Scott Treatt tells SmartCompany that the Fed Government should incorporate more incentives for small business beyond company tax such as investing in the intellectual property of businesses to promote the growth of tech in Australia.

How Hockey’s GST change will hit small, non-resident vendors: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman told SmartCompany while it is difficult to know exactly how much tax could be levied by extending the GST to cover intangible purchases, he says it is “one significant hole in the GST collection base”.

Why investors welcome change in managed investment trusts: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Alexis Kokkinos says change in managed investment trust rules will address uncertainty in Australia’s taxation regime for managed funds, and has the potential to also support the creation of innovative funds in Australia, in The Australian Financial Review.

How change in managed investment trusts will create certainty: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Alexis Kokkinos says changes in managed investment trusts codify reporting systems that previously made US regulators and investors cautious about Australian managed investment trusts, in The Australian.

How changes in managed investment trusts will make Australia more attractive to Asia: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 9, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Alexis Kokkinos says Australia could see its financial services industry double in growth and compete on a more level playing field with Asia following the changes in managed investment trusts, to SMH.com.au

How to help your kids buy a house – Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 8, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Staples and Jordan Kennedy talk to Eureka Report and advise whatever method parents choose to assist their children to buy a home, there should always be a loan agreement drawn up between the parents and the child.

Women on boards – listen to Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath on SBS Radio at 5pm

Posted on Apr 7, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath talks to SBS Radio about Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement  that women will make up half of Victorian Government-appointed paid boards and courts.

How to be brave and set up your own business – Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 6, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Vicki Macdermid helps new business owner and freelance journalist Sarah Cannata step out of her comfort zone, in the HuffingtonPost.

Why Qld retail and travel stocks are strong performers: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 3, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says the lower dollar will particularly help tourism and shares like Mantra, Flight Centre and CTM, in the Courier Mail.

Tax discussion paper – Why lowering CGT discount dries up investment and equity capital: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Apr 1, 2015

A removal or lowering of the CGT discount could dry up investment opportunities and equity capital for projects which is detrimental to those industries that underpin the new economy, says Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen in the Australian Financial Review.

Three key things Australian expats need to know working in Hong Kong: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

Pitcher Partners explains why Australian expats working in Hong Kong need to know their tax residency status, whether salary packaging benefits apply and where their super will be paid, to In the Black magazine.

Tax discussion paper – Super tax breaks help fund retirement: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

Pitcher Partners Brad Twentyman tells SmartCompany that  the super concessions are doing what they were designed to do: help people fund their own retirement.

Why GST is a tough call in the food industry: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says people imposing GST on certain food products when there is no GST required can put them at a competitive disadvantage, in the Australian Financial Review.

Tax discussion paper – GST needs to be on the table: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Peter Quattrochi comments in SmartCompany that broadening the GST base and increasing its rate is worth considering, as is reducing the level of complexity.

Tax Discussion Paper – lower corporate tax rate means extra cash for small business says Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

Pitcher Partners Theo Sakell says lower corporate taxes means extra cash for small business and more jobs, in SmartCompany.

Pitcher Partners State Tax Review: Mexican stand-off in state taxes continues

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Paul Glover talks to Accountants Daily  about the Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/2015 and the need for meaningful State tax reform.

Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/15: Qld has lowest taxes for start-ups

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

Pitcher Partners Ian Jones  said the differences in tax regimes showed how states continued to compete through variable tax rates and thresholds, in The Courier Mail.

Why tax cuts for small business don’t go far enough: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Greg Nielsen says cutting tax relief at $5 million means many small to medium-sized businesses will miss out, in SmartCompany.

Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/2015: SA taxes better for buyers not tenants

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ Richard Brooks urges Premier Weatherill to lead the states in ditching inefficient taxes and to increase GST, in the Adelaide Advertiser.

Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/2015: NSW has highest state taxes for business

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

Rapidly climbing prices make NSW the highest-taxing state in the nation for property-owning small to medium-sized businesses, according to Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman in The Age and SMH.

Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/2015: catch Craig Whatman talking to SkyBusiness’ Leanne Jones at 7.45am

Posted on Mar 24, 2015

Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/2015: Craig Whatman talks to SkyBusiness presenter Leanne Jones about State taxes and the need for tax reform.

Not for profits rely too heavily on Govt funding: Pitcher Partners NFP Benchmark Survey 2015

Posted on Mar 12, 2015

More than 60% of not-for-profits in Australia rely too heavily on government assistance leaving them vulnerable to changes in policy, according to Pitcher Partners and Russell Kennedy Lawyers’ inaugural NFP Benchmark Survey 2015 in Pro Bono Australia.

 

Why allowing first home buyers access to superannuation is not a radical concept: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

Access already exists in the Australian superannuation system in times of financial hardship or  serious illness, said Pitcher Partners’ Brad Twentyman in SmartCompany.

Why Australian M&A activity to boom in 2015: Pitcher Partners’ Dealmakers report

Posted on Mar 9, 2015

M&A activity to boom in Australia due to low interest rates and government privations, says the Dealmakers: Middle market M&A in Australia 2015  report by Pitcher Partners and MergerMarket  in Mortgage Business.

How succession planning holds the key to successful M&As in the mid market: Pitcher Partners/Mergermarket M&A report.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Those who engage in business succession planning and are prepared will get a premium price when they sell, says Pitcher Partners’ Simon Johnson in Accountants Daily.

Stage set for record M&A activity in middle market: Pitcher Partners report

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The stage has been set for record M&A activity in the middle market, says the Pitcher Partners and Mergermarket report “Dealmakers: Middle Market M&A in Australia 2015” report in InvestorDaily.

Intergenerational Report points to broadening GST base and increasing rate: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Intergenerational Report points to broadening GST base and increasing rate to fill the hole in receipts, says Pitcher Partners’ Leon Mok in the Australian Financial Review. 

M&A activity in mid cap companies to drive growth in Australia in 2015

Posted on Mar 5, 2015

M&A activity in mid cap companies to drive growth in Australia in 2015, according to  the Dealmakers: Middle Market M&A in Australia 2015 report by Pitcher Partners  and Mergermarket in The Australian/Business Spectator.

Private equity in Australia’s middle market passed $19.2 bn in 2014: Pitcher Partners report

Posted on Mar 5, 2015

Private equity in Australia’s middle market passed $19.2 bn in 2014, according to the Pitcher Partners’ and Mergermarket  report ‘Dealmakers:  Middle Market M&A in Australia 2015’ in the Australian Financial Review.

Asia Funds Passport will give Australian financial services sector greater access to foreign funds

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

Asia Funds Passport will give Australian financial services sector greater access to foreign funds, but smaller fund operators will miss out because of the strict rules, says Pitcher Partners’ Alexis Kokkinos in the Sydney Morning Herald.

What the Indian Budget means for Australian investors: SkyBusiness Asia Focus at 1.30pm today

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

What the Indian Budget means for Australian investors – catch Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath talking to SkyBusiness Asia Focus at 1.30pm today.

What the Indian Budget means for Australian investors: SkyBusiness at 9.45am today

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

What the Indian Budget means for Australian investors – catch Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath talking to SkyBusiness’s James Daggar-Nickson at 9.45am today.

Why My Kitchen Rules bankrupt has to share his assets with creditors

Posted on Mar 2, 2015

My Kitchen Rules bankrupt has to share his assets with creditors and will only be discharged from bankruptcy after three years, says Pitcher Partners Gess Rambaldi in SmartCompany.

What are the tax traps for Aussies working overseas?

Posted on Mar 2, 2015

The tax traps for Aussies working overseas are many and varied with employers and employees needing to pay close attention to the way salary packages are structured, says Pitcher Partners’ Denise Honey in CPA’s In the Black magazine.

Why more M&As ahead for Qld companies

Posted on Mar 2, 2015

The first half reporting season showed it was becoming increasingly difficult for companies to grow other than through acquisitions, says Pitcher Partners’ director of Wealth Management David Lane in the Courier Mail.

How business should approach Abbott’s new childcare policies

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

Business will need to view Abbott’s new childcare policies as an opportunity for growth rather than a cost, says Pitcher Partners HR Consulting’s Adam Kreuzer in SmartCompany.

How family businesses are selling themselves short

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

80% of Australian businesses don’t have a succession plan according to the “Pitcher Partners Global Reset Succession Report” in BusinessSpectator.

How businesses need to reinvent themselves for growth: Pitcher Partners’ chairman

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

To succeed businesses need to have open structures, have people who are  willing to change and be more consultative,  says Don Rankin Chairman of Pitcher Partners in AFR.

Why Amcor’s war chest has little sparkle: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Amcor management have delivered on expectations but with the share price rallying over 30% since August and trading on a prospective PE ratio of 19.5 times earnings, will that be enough? asks Pitcher Partners’ David Lane in The Australian.

Aurizon results impressive despite decline in commodity prices: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Feb 16, 2015

Aurizon faces many headwinds dues to uncertain outlook for coal and iron ore, says Pitcher Partners’ David Lane in The Courier Mail.

Why Telstra can deliver long-term returns for investors: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Feb 13, 2015

There’s plenty of room for Telstra to grow as internet connectivity and mobile demand continue to rise which is why the telco can deliver long-term returns for investors, says Pitcher Partners’ David Lane in The Australian.

Axing East West link risks Victoria’s triple-A credit rating: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Feb 9, 2015

Business would rather see the East West link project proceed rather than outlay compensation payments for little return and risk Victoria’s triple-A credit rating, says Pitcher Partners’ John Brazzale in AFR.

Why many SMEs will miss out on Abbott’s tax cuts

Posted on Feb 3, 2015

Many SMEs will miss out on Abbott’s tax cuts because the $5 million cut off for tax relief is too low, says Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen in SmartCompany.

SMSF licensing options: why you need to act now

Posted on Feb 3, 2015

It’s much more involved than getting an SMSF licence. Accountants may need to change the way they work, according to Pitcher Partners Brad Twentyman in In The Black magazine.

Why interest rate cut unlikely given reaction to inflation figures: Pitcher Partners

Posted on Jan 29, 2015

Reaction in financial markets to the inflation figures suggested the chance of a rate cut next week had dissipated, says Pitcher Partners’ Andrew Aylward to AAP.

Board of Taxation promises simpler tax returns for small business

Posted on Jan 22, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ tax partner Theo Sakell welcomes the Board of Taxation’s report which promises simpler tax returns for small business –  in Accountants Daily.

Employee share schemes more attractive for salary packaging: Pitcher Partners’ Peter Braine

Posted on Jan 16, 2015

Proposed changes in tax treatment of employee share schemes will make salary packaging more attractive, says Pitcher Partners’ Peter Braine in Accountants Daily.

How new ATO rules help SMEs in overseas business deals: Pitcher Partners’ Denise Honey

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

The ATO’s new PSLA rules reduce red tape burden for SMEs in overseas transactions, says Pitcher Partners Denise Honey  in Accountants Daily.

What’s in store for business in the Qld election? Pitcher Partners’ David Lane talks to SkyBusiness.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Catch SkyBusiness’ James Daggar-Nixon and  Pitcher Partners’ David Lane at 1.15pm today (EST) talking about the Qld economy and what business wants in the lead up to the State election on 31 January.

Watch out for land tax on beach homes

Posted on Jan 10, 2015

State revenue authorities can easily find out if your beach house is a primary residence or not, says Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman in AFR.

Why parity between Aust and NZ dollars is a certainty in 2015

Posted on Jan 8, 2015

Parity between the Aust and NZ dollars is a certainty as the Aussie $ gets weaker and there is more potential for unemployment, says Pitcher Partners David Lane to AFR. He said parity should not be viewed as a weakness but a blessing for sectors such as retail and tourism.

How the Financial System Inquiry’s proposed blanket ban on borrowing in super will hit small business

Posted on Jan 2, 2015

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says many small business owners utilise the LRBA rules to own their business premises in SMSF Adviser.

What benefits Aldi gets through a limited partnership

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

German retailer Aldi’s  limited partnership structure means it’s not required to be audited nor to disclose its accounts to ASIC, says Pitcher Partners Mark Northeast to Fairfax Media.

Increasing GST rate could be explored in tax reform

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

Increasing GST rate could be one option in tax reform to ease the Budget deficit, says Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen in Accountants Daily.

Why banks are looking at more deposit products in next 12 months

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Adam Stanley tells The Australian he expects banks will offer more deposit products  in the next 6 to 12 months as they remove the investment risk of a hike in interest rates.

Why property developers need to review stamp duty following Lend Lease High Court decision

Posted on Dec 15, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman explains to CCH’s LawChat why property developers need to review stamp duty following the Lend Lease High Court decision.

How to spot a fraud from a candidate’s CV

Posted on Dec 10, 2014

Kennedy’s Jennifer Bicknell tells In the Black there is often embellishment, overstating or omission in CVs such as people not mentioning being sacked from jobs.

What will happen if Murray bans borrowing in super?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says in SMSF Adviser that many small business owners use limited recourse borrowing arrangements to own their business premises.

What happens when Murray calls for a review of tax breaks

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The lessons that Paul Keating learnt when he tried to scrap negative gearing still apply, Pitcher Partners John Brazzale tells AFR. If you remove the benefits of negative gearing, investments will stop and the cost of rental will increase.

How a blanket ban on borrowing in Super will hit small business – Murray’s FSI

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane in SmartCompany says countless small business owners use the limited recourse borrowing rules to own their business premises, and a blanket ban on borrowing within super may have a negative impact on them.

Murray FSI report calls for a review of tax breaks

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Take a lesson from Keating who scrapped negative gearing only to see investment in housing stop overnight,  says Pitcher Partners’ John Brazzale in The Age.com.au.

Murray’s FSI report gives retirees a better idea about their income from super

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

See AAP‘s article syndicated nationally where Pitcher Partners David Lane says removing direct borrowing by SMSFs will have a significant impact on the residential property market. He says investment borrowing has been driving much of the recent boom in property prices.

Where to get human resources advice for business

Posted on Dec 4, 2014

See Accountants Daily 4 Dec 2014 where Pitcher Partners’ Adrian Fitzpatrick says the new HR practice leverages the firm’s across-the-board expertise in accounting, audit and business advisory  to provide strategic advice where HR can be affected by a range of events such as business transactions, insolvency etc.

Australia’s richest families chase new investments: The Age/SMH, 2 Dec 2014

Posted on Dec 2, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Adrian Clerici believes there is a fundamental difference between this investment cycle and the dotcom boom of the late 1990s.

New Victorian Govt should honour ‘no new taxes’ pledge: Accountants Daily, 2 Dec 2014

Posted on Dec 2, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says forecasts of a $3 billion in 2017/2018 indicates Victoria has a solid platform on which the new Andrews government can continue to grow the economy, attract more investment into the state and provide assistance to businesses.

Abbott’s tax reform white paper; what do SMEs want: SmartCompany, 1 Dec 2014

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says it’s more likely GST will be in the tax reform White Paper review and any changes to  GST will affect state-based tax regimes.

 

What are the new investments driving Australia’s richest families: AFR, 1 Dec 2014

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Adrian Clerici says the nation’s richest families are branching into new investments with enough capital to back themselves on big projects.

What business wants from the new Victorian govt: AFR, 1 Dec 2014

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Craig Whatman says business wants the new Andrews’ govt to remove obstacles to investing and to honour its no-new-taxes pledge.

How did investors take to Medibank’s IPO: The Age, 25 Nov 2014

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ David Lane says  investors are hoping for an uplift in Medibank’s earnings over the next two to three years.

How Australia should do business in India: Business Spectator, 21 Nov 2014

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Pitcher Partners’ Rohini Kappadath says Australian businesses need to work with  industry groups and governments,  identify opportunities in relevant sectors, and get the right advice in India and Australia.

What the G20 means for SMEs: SmartCompany, 14 Nov 2014

Posted on Nov 18, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says investment in new business has largely been funded by cash or equity with some reluctance to encourage enterprise.

RBA reveals sharp decline in housing approvals: News.com.au, 3 Nov 2014

Posted on Nov 3, 2014

Pitcher Partners Wealth Management director David Lane says housing is not overheated given 11% tumble in building approvals.

Why Malcolm Turnbull’s Data Retention Bill won’t catch terrorists: Fairfax Media IT Pro, 3 Nov 2014

Posted on Nov 3, 2014

Sandeep Rao CEO of business analytics firm Einsights says to catch terrorists the federal government should work with ISPs and understand the metadata through predictive analytics.

How to sell your business and retire rich: AFR, 28 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 28, 2014

Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen says changing tax structures can get a better business sale price.

How to maximise profits when selling your business: AFR, 25-26 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 25, 2014

Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen says ideally business owners should have an exit plan to make the sale process as smooth and beneficial as possible.

Why planning for business succession is crucial: AFR, 25-26 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 25, 2014

Pitcher Partners Richard Shrapnel says it’s important to let the next generation make their mark if business success is to continue.

How small business can save on tax with CGT concessions: AFR, 25-26 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 25, 2014

Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen says the CGT concessions are a way of recognising that small business is the backbone of this country.

What investors need to look for in upcoming IPOs: AFR, 16 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 16, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane  says investors need to consider a company’s annual growth rate, EBIT margins, revenue growth rates and debt levels.

Financial advisors need a 3-step process to build smart data, Investor Daily, 13 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

Einsights CEO Sandeep Rao says financial advisers need to stop procrastinating, hire an intern to mine internal data and build a dashboard of all their valuable financial data.

Bank of Qld posts record profit, news.com.au, 9 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 9, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says it’s a matter of how well BoQ continues to do without a CEO in place and that creates uncertainty.

It’s tough sharing business assets with next generation, Business Spectator, 8 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 8, 2014

Pitcher Partners Richard Shrapnel discusses his Succession Reset: Family Business Succession in the 21st Century Report 2014.

Business succession is a taxing issue, Business Spectator, 8 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 8, 2014

Pitcher Partners John Brazzale says capital gains tax is a critical cost for owners preventing them from passing on the business to their children.

Big swing for Australian sharemarkets, Fairfax Media syndicated 7 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 7, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says impact on economy from decline in the Australian dollar has been lessened by fall in commodity prices.

8 business succession tips for baby boomers: SmartCompany 6 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners Dr Richard Shrapnel says baby boomers are running out of time to hand their business over to the next generation, (Succession Reset 2014 business succession  report.)

Daughters step up in family business: Radio 2ue 6 Oct 2014 at 5.20pm

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners Dr Richard Shrapnel talks to Justin Smith about the new era of business succession in families.

Aussie dollar yet to recover from 4-year low, AFR, 6 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says buying from stores and not online is now more attractive for Australian consumers.

Eyes on RBA as Aussie dollar hits new low, SMH, 6 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says Australian online shoppers may start buying locally because of the weaker exchange rate.

Find out about family business succession planning on ABC Radio National 6 Oct 2014 at 8.20am

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners Dr Richard Shrapnel talks about the Succession Reset: Family Business Succession in the 21st Century report 2014 with business editor Sheryle Bagwell at 8.20am.

Sons no longer natural heirs in family business: Radio 3AW, 6 Oct 2014, 7.45am

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners Dr Richard Shrapnel talks to Ross and John on Radio 3AW about  the importance of planning for business succession in families.

Baby boomers keen to sell family business: The Australian 6 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners Dr Richard Shrapnel warns baby boomers without a business succession plan risk eroding the value of their family business — in new Succession Reset 2014 report.

Daughters go to head of family business: SMH/The Age, 6 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Pitcher Partners Dr Richard Shrapnel in Succession Reset 2014 report says it’s not about gender it’s about building financial capacity and skills in a business.

Poor retail sales hit dept stores: Fairfax Media syndicated 2 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says local products will be more attractive to Australian online shoppers.

$A sinks towards 4-year low on retail data: AFR, 2 Oct 2014, p32

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Lane says a weakening Australian dollar means Australian retail shops are more attractive than international online purchases.

Australian dollar’s fall to 4-year low a bonus for retail & tourism: SMH, 1 Oct 2014

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners director David Lane says weakening dollar brings benefits to retail and tourism.

Hockey asks who profits from iPhone 6 price? AFR, 30 Sept 2014, p 3

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Pitcher Partners Chris Ball agrees if you charge higher prices in Australia then the premium should be taxable here.

Aussie businesses need to catch up on M&A opportunities in Asia: Accountants Daily, 29 Sept 2014

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Pitcher Partners Simon Johnson says  Australia has a distinct advantage in financial services  in Asia given our stable financial system.

Multinational IT companies attract Tax Office ire: p1, AFR, 27-28 Sept 2014

Posted on Sep 27, 2014

Pitcher Partners Chris Ball says transfer pricing cases are difficult with ATO losing two brought about by multinationals on appeal.

India’s manufacturing push: Business Spectator 26 Sept14

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Pitcher Partners Rohini Kappadath says India’s manufacturing push is to attract global companies and investors seeking an alternative to China.

Binding death nominations in super can be a trap ie divorces – see AFR, 25 Sept 14

Posted on Sep 25, 2014

Pitcher Partners David Foulds says binding nominations should be reviewed regularly as they can survive a divorce  … ex-spouses may receive a big payment from the deceased even if that wasn’t the intention.

Few jobs, but foreign students still arrive, AFR, 17 September 2014, p44

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

Pitcher Partners received almost 2000 applications for 85 graduate positions this year:  Pitcher Partners Chairman Don Rankin.

Einsights cloud-based business analytics tool launched, Accountants Daily, 17 September 2014

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

Einsights’ first self-service, cloud-based business analytics tool is a game changer for people trying to make sense of their company data: Einsights CEO Sandeep Rao.

Spade work needed to build, Courier Mail, 15 September 2014

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

You need cash flow upfront to fund a business: Pitcher Partners partner David Staples.

Offshore markets a growing temptation, AFR, 10 Sept 2014, p 23.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014

What are the tax liabilities when buying and selling international shares: Pitcher Partners Theo Sakell.

 

 

It’s time to solve the tax tricks riddle, AFR, 9 Sept 2014, p 25

Posted on Sep 9, 2014

How multinationals are dodging the taxman in Australia:  Pitcher Partners Chris Ball.

 

Financial advice: only 42 independent financial advisers in Australia, SuperGuide, 8 Sept 2014

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Pitcher Partners Investment Services satisfy the three limbs of independence under section 923A of the Corporations Act 2001.

 

Hockey aims ATO at multinationals, AFR, 5 Sept 2014, p 5

Posted on Sep 5, 2014

Hockey will need help from the US to make any progress on rebuilding Australia’s tax base: Pitcher Partners Chris Ball.

 

Small business tax breaks vanish, AFR, 4 Sept 2014, p7

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Removing tax breaks increases compliance costs for SMEs and leaves them less to invest in capital: Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen.

 

Accounting firms’ per partner results recover, AFR, 3 Sept 2014, p 35

Posted on Sep 3, 2014

Pitcher Partners has had its best year in half a decade, hitting $170.5 million in consolidated income.

Big things expected from small and mid-size stocks, The Australian, 1 Sept 2014, p 17

Posted on Sep 1, 2014

Growth not convincing with signs of trouble in mining, tourism and retail: Pitcher Partners David Lane.

 

Internet sceptic Harvey up 50%, The Australian, 30 Aug 2014, p 26

Posted on Aug 30, 2014

Investors took the Harvey Norman yearly result as an indication that retail was on the road to recovery: Pitcher Partners David Lane.

 

Hits and misses on reporting season’s song sheet, The Australian, 30 Aug 2014, p 28

Posted on Aug 30, 2014

Healthcare stock a standout with strong numbers from CSL, Ramsay Healthcare & improved performance at Cochlear: Pitcher Partners David Lane.

 

Federal Budget 2014 comment, Law Chat, CCH, 28 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 28, 2014

See Pitcher Partners 2014 Federal Budget commentary.

Proposed change to hit M&A activity, Accountants Daily, 27 August 201

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

Proposal to remove GST exemption will hit M&A activity particularly in the SME market: Pitcher Partners Matthew Pringle.

 

Superannuation tax slug nets $300m from rich, AFR, 27 Aug 2014, p5

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

People will still pay extra super contributions because it’s only 30% tax and not 46.5% top marginal rate tax: Pitcher Partners partner Julie Strack.

Risk: stay one step ahead, Company Directors, 27 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

Strategic risks come in many forms such as power failures, cash flow crises or IT failure:  Pitcher Partners Graham Noriskin.

 

New super reels in $300m, Business Spectator, 27 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

People are still putting money into super despite tax: Pitcher Partners Julie Strack.

Lend Lease eyes more offshore projects, The West Australian, 26 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

Lend Lease has been boosted by a resurgence in residential construction: Pitcher Partners director of wealth management David Lane.

 

 

Riding the profit wave, News Ltd syndicated nationally, 25 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 25, 2014

Extract excess working capital from the business and build a diversified portfolio of passive investments into properties, equities, cash and fixed interest: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Adam Stanley.

 

Extra $40m disclosed following ATO amnesty on income and assets overseas, AFR, 25 August 2014

Posted on Aug 25, 2014

Don’t get caught with offshore income and assets by Tax Office – come clean and save yourself a large tax bill: Pitcher Partners international tax partner Denise Honey.

 

DY posts $1.13bn income in tough trading year, AFR, 20 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

Pitcher Partners has had its best year since 2009 driven by client wins and we expect consolidated revenue at around $170 million: Pitcher Partners  Chairman Don Rankin.

Boral beats forecasts as company turns corner,” SMH, 8 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 8, 2014

There’s a strong exposure to the US and an improving outlook for the Australian residential construction market:  Pitcher Partners director David Lane

 

John Hewson says Joe Hockey’s unpopular budget won’t fix soaring unemployment figures, News Ltd syndicated nationally, 8 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 8, 2014

Latest unemployment rise will quieten anyone who suggests RBA may raise interest rates to curb inflation: Pitcher Partners David Lane.

Unemployment jumps to 12-year high, News Ltd syndicated nationally, 7 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 7, 2014

Latest employment rise will quieten anyone who suggests RBA may raise interest rates to curb inflation: Pitcher Partners wealth management director David Lane.

Taxman grab for divorce payments, Fairfax Media syndicated nationally, 4 August 2014

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

Getting money out of family structures will be more expensive: Lander and Rogers partner Craig Henderson.

 

 

Soft skills and experience the antidote for disrepute, AFR, 4 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

Would you obtain advice from a financial advisor who obtained their licence in two weeks: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Sue Dahn.

Taxman grab for divorce payments, Fairfax Media syndicated nationally, 4 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

People may be up for large tax liabilities when shifting assets from private companies during divorce settlements: Pitcher Partners tax partner Julie Strack.

In the driver’s seat, Independent Financial Advisor, 1 Aug 2014

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Sue Dahn talks to Tim Stewart about wealth management.

Tighten up your security, Daily Telegraph/Herald Sun, Your Money, 28 July 2014, p37

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

Make sure your business is secure:  Pitcher Partners Sydney managing partner Carl Millington.

Cash, missing cars fail to spark criminal probe in to indigenous body, Fairfax media press, 12 July 2014

Posted on Jul 12, 2014

Poor financial control and poor strategic management were likely factors which contributed to the corporation’s failure: Pitcher Partners Bryan Hughes.

Fundies spill the beans on returns, AFR, 12 July 2014

Posted on Jul 12, 2014

How to generate returns that satisfy investors using active and passive strategies: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory director Andrew Aylward.

Fifteen interested in LGL Commodities, ABC News Riverina, 10 July 2014

Posted on Jul 10, 2014

We’re dealing with a number of parties  with a view to trying to find a sale at an appropriate price: Pitcher Partners Andrew Yeo.

Small businesses unfairly fined by the ATO could be compensated, SmartCompany, 9 July 2014

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

The ATO needs balance between compliance and administration costs: Pitcher Partners partner Leon Mok.

 

Small businesses unfairly fined by the ATO could be compensated, SmartCompany, 9 July 2014

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

The ATO needs balance between compliance and administration costs: Pitcher Partners partner Leon Mok.

How to stop a complaint becoming legal action, HR Director/HC Online, 7 July 2014

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

Big mistake to not properly understand employee complaints: Wise Workplace managing director Vince Scopelliti.

 

 

Income streams in a world beyond lump sums, AFR, 7 July 2014

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

If there are restrictions on lump sums out of super, less will go in, says Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Sue Dahn.

 

Exit Planning, Mortgage Professional, 1 July 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners Global Business Succession survey reports 89% of respondents believe continuity of a business is important once they have engaged in business succession planning: Pitcher Partners partner Richard Shrapnel.

Feed the World, In the Black, 1 July 2014, p38

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

Australia should take advantage of its clean, green image for red meats, vegetables and fruit: Pitcher Partners cross border business director Rohini Kappadath.

 

Mid-tier firms show solid growth, Accountants Daily, 1 July 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

The Pitcher Partners Association has the resources and depth of technical expertise that few can match nationally: Pitcher Partners chairman Don Rankin.

 

Ask our experts – how to start a bar, Brisbane Times, 1 July 2014

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

What you need to do to open a bar in Brisbane:  Pitcher Partners partner Cole Wilkinson.

 

Road to redemption for property trusts, AFR, 25 June 2014, p 24

Posted on Jun 25, 2014

Property trusts will deliver worthwhile returns for professional investors and DIY funds: Pitcher Partners investment advisory partner Sue Dahn.

Maximising on July’s tax, super changes, AFR, 14 June 2014, p24

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

What to do with family trusts and salary packaging before 30 June: Pitcher Partners partner Peter Braine.

 

10 more end of financial year tax tips for SMEs, SmartCompany, 24 June 2014

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

Businesses can bring forward R&D spending in the current financial year to claim the biggest benefit: Pitcher Partners partner Peter Braine.

 

Do you have an exit strategy? Dynamic Business, 20 June 2014

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Around 75% of business owners have no exit strategy: Pitcher Partners Global Business Succession Survey.

 

Top five deductions people don’t know about, The Age, 23 June 2014

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Black hole provisions mean you can make deductions for certain capital costs when starting up a business structure: Pitcher Partners partner Julie Strack.

 

Billson flags tax admin changes to ease the burden for SMEs, SmartCompany, 20 June 2014

Posted on Jun 20, 2014

Some SMEs will no longer need to lodge BAS: Pitcher Partners partner David Knowles.

 

Change: it’s a people thing, Accountants Daily, 19 June 2014

Posted on Jun 19, 2014

People are the key ingredient when a business goes through change: Pitcher Partners IT Consulting manager Roma Jain.

 

Eight things you need to know to get your SMSF ready for the end of the financial year, Property Observer, 18 June 2014

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

Increase of super guarantee  to 9.50% has the potential to affect salary sacrifice contribution arrangements: Pitcher Partners director of superannuation Brad Twentyman.

 

Make the most of tax deductions on your property, AFR, 16 June 2014, p24

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

End-of-year tax tip: dispose of any underperforming property or shares in your portfolio and bring forward capital losses to reduce assessable income: Pitcher Partners Scott Treatt.

 

Don’t delay but reverse your thinking as tax time bears down, AFR, 16 June 2014

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

Strike debts from accounts and claim a tax deduction for them: Pitcher Partners partner Scott Treatt.

 

Top 10 end-of-financial-year tax tips for SMEs, SmartCompany, 16 June 2014

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

Bring forward deductible expenses such as repairs and maintenance into the current year: Pitcher Partners partner Peter Braine.

Devil in the detail for concessions, AFR, 16 June 2014

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

CGT can be the deal buster when selling larger businesses: Pitcher Partners partner Chris Ball.

 

ATO turns up the heat on SMSF members that cut corners, AFR, 14 June 2014, p25

Posted on Jun 14, 2014

ATO is taking a harder look at no or low interest limited-recourse borrowing arrangements within SMSFs for property: Pitcher Partners superannuation director Brad Twentyman.

 

Economic uncertainty to support quest for yield, AFR, 12 June 2014, p23

Posted on Jun 12, 2014

The yield play will continue and investors will look at other asset classes to play that out: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Sue Dahn.

 

Loss of franking credits would be a ‘travesty’, AFR, 10 June 2014, p8

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Franking credits is a very live issue: Pitcher Partners partner Peter Braine.

South Australia ranks as most affordable for business, The Lead, 6 June 2014

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

The Pitcher Partners 2013-14 State Tax Review highlights that South Australia is a very affordable state in which to conduct business.

 

Why Don Rankin FCPA loves the company he keeps, CPA, In the Black, 3 June 2014

Posted on Jun 3, 2014

SMEs may not be publicly listed but they do an enormous amount of good for the country and employ a lot of people: Pitcher Partners national chairman Don Rankin.

Tax affairs 101, Company Directors, 3 June 2014, p 31

Posted on Jun 3, 2014

 

The ATO’s data on SMEs is robust and detailed so make sure you have your paperwork in order: Pitcher Partners’ tax partner Theo Sakell.

 

Coalition laws to stop companies debt loading, AFR, 28 May 2014, p44

Posted on May 28, 2014

SMEs will be spared the pain in reforms to profit shifting and tightening of thin cap rules:  Pitcher Partners Theo Sakell.

 

 

 

Debt tax, baby levy mean double tax for small fry, AFR, 27 May 2014, p7

Posted on May 27, 2014

Small business owners can rest assure that not many will be hit with both the Debt Levy and PPL:  Pitcher Partners partner David Knowles.

 

How to build a $10m super fund, AFR, 22 May 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014

$10m plus funds are made up of people who are savers, not spenders, and  they make good investment decisions: Pitcher Partners director of superannuation Brad Twentyman.

 

Family and business trusts face overhaul, AFR, 21 May 2014, p37

Posted on May 21, 2014

Taxpayers will be able to invest in their business working capital under proposed changes to trusts: Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen.

 

 

Division 7a single biggest headache for SMEs, SmartCompany, 21 May 2014

Posted on May 21, 2014

Division 7A is responsible for some of the highest compliance costs faced by small to middle market business: Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen

 

India will look to our ideas, AFR, 20 May 2014, p47

Posted on May 20, 2014

New business opps in India – are Australian businesses up for the challenge? Pitcher Partners Rohini Kappadath.

 

Modi’s sweep is a victory for Australia, Business Spectator, 20 May 2014

Posted on May 20, 2014

As the largest democracy in the world is open for business, India should be back on Australia’s radar: Pitcher Partners Rohini Kappadath.

 

Small business to pass on fuel costs, Accountants Daily, 19 May 2014

Posted on May 19, 2014

Businesses will pass on cost of fuel excise to their customers:  Pitcher Partners partner Craig Whatman.

 

What does Modi’s victory mean for India’s economy? ABC Online, 19 May 2014

Posted on May 19, 2014

Business in India – Australians need cultural, business and tax advice to avoid mistakes: Pitcher Partners Rohini Kappadath.

 

Entrepreneurs gain $484.2m, AFR.com, 17 May 2014

Posted on May 17, 2014

Businesses will have to work out whether they can pass on the extra cost through increased prices: Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman.

 

Retirees rush to beat budget sting, AFR, 17 May 2014, p1

Posted on May 17, 2014

Super pension payments will now have an income test. What next? Pitcher Partners Brad Twentyman.

 

Top earners will find ways to avoid levy, AFR, 15 May 2014

Posted on May 15, 2014

49 per cent top personal income tax rate is high relative to other ­countries and could make it harder for Australian companies to attract talent: Pitcher Partners Theo Sakell.

 

Earn over $180,000? How to get around the debt levy, AFR, 15 May 2014

Posted on May 15, 2014

Anyone salary sacrificing for cars may need to review their arrangements: Pitcher Partners Peter Braine.

 

Infrastructure cash ‘may hike costs’, AFR, 14 May 2014, p42

Posted on May 14, 2014

Competition between large-scale residential high-rise buildings and infrastructure could push up prices in Victoria: Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman.

 

How to beat the debt levy, AFR, 14 May 2014

Posted on May 14, 2014

Moving assets around to avoid tax will get you into trouble: Pitcher Partners Theo Sakell.

 

What’s in the budget for small business? Fairfax Media syndicated nationally, 13 May 2014

Posted on May 13, 2014

Deficit tax could lead to less money being into business and less discretionary spending: Pitcher Partners partner Theo Sakell.

 

Hockey calls for budget contribution from all, NineMSN, 12 May 2014

Posted on May 12, 2014

The economy is finely balanced as it transitions away from mining investment into broader investment spending:  Pitcher Partners research director Andrew Aylward.

 

From animals to amortisation, SMH, 10 May 2014

Posted on May 10, 2014

Careers profile on Pitcher Partners insolvency manager Annabelle Molan.

Fuel tax hike to save billions, AFR, 9 May 2014

Posted on May 9, 2014

This tax will affect all industries that use fuel in their business: Pitcher Partners partner Craig Whatman.

 

Victorian Budget flush and spending big on rail, AFR, 7 May 2014, pp1 and 9

Posted on May 7, 2014

Victorian Budget is ‘light on’ for business, says Pitcher Partners partner Craig Whatman.

Business wants change to payroll tax, 6 May, Radio 3AW

Posted on May 6, 2014

Victorian Government should either increase payroll tax threshold or reduce rate of payroll tax: 3AW news bulletin with Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman.

Looking to the East, Company Directors, 2 May 2014

Posted on May 2, 2014

There are not enought  board members with sufficient experience in Asian markets in private and smaller organisations: Pitcher Partners cross border business director Rohini Kappadath.

 

Budget 2014: How will the Commission of Audit recommendations affect your business? SmartCompany, 2 May 2014

Posted on May 2, 2014

Commission of Audit could be a real game changer particularly if the family home is included in assessments: Pitcher Partners David Knowles.

 

Little to cheer about as budget nears, Fairfax Tradingroom, 2 May 2014

Posted on May 2, 2014

Commission of Audit long overdue but leaves no time for discussion before the Federal Budget: Pitcher Partners Michael Langhammer and David Knowles.

 

Victorian business urges budget payroll tax relief, AFR.com, 1 May 2014

Posted on May 1, 2014

Payroll tax is the biggest impost to Victorian businesses and halting their competitiveness: Pitcher Partners partner Craig Whatman.

 

 

Cloud v on-premises – what’s good for business? Accountants Daily, 1 May 2014

Posted on May 1, 2014

Gartner reports cloud computing is one of the four technology priorities for chief information officers in 2014: Pitcher Partners IT consulting principal Neil Schmoll.

 

Victorian Budget business ‘wish list’, SkyBusiness, 1 May 2014

Posted on May 1, 2014

Pitcher Partners Craig Whatman talks to SkyNews Business reporter Harry Frost on the business ‘wishlist’ for the Victorian Budget

Six ways family business owners invest differently, Business Spectator, 30 April 2014

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

Many big families have 3-5 per cent of their portfolio in private equity: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Sue Dahn.

Transfer pricing ruling to increase compliance costs, Accountants Daily, 30 April 2014

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

The ATO’s draft ruling on ‘arm’s length transactions’ in transfer pricing is too broad and will cost businesses money: Pitcher Partners international tax partner Denise Honey.

Basel rules to spare mums and dads, The Australian, 17 April 2014

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

How the new Basel III capital and liquidity rules affect investors: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Adam Stanley.

Wealthfarm offers offshoring service AFR, 16 April 2014,

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

The accountant of the future will be an analyst … those who can’t make the shift won’t have a job: Pitcher Partners Chairman Don Rankin.

 

Supps plans $30m expansion, AFR, Enterprise, 15 April 2014, p46

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

We’re talking to PE firms, venture capitalists and private investors, and seeking interest from trade partners in Asia who want a distribution network: Pitcher Partners partner Simon Johnson.

 

BHP, Rio join tech companies protest over tax clampdown, The Age/SMH, 15 April 2014, p21

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

OECD proposals would result in hefty compliance costs for SMEs and taxpayers won’t be able to easily access benefits of a tax treaty: Pitcher Partners OECD BEPS 6 submission.

 

Are you ready to work until you’re 70? Hockey plans to raise retirement age, SmartCompany, 14 April 2014

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

Older employees can mentor younger people and help with transition: Pitcher Partners partner Adrian Fitzpatrick.

 

Shake-up in manufacturing and decline in mining lead to increase in personal insolvencies in Vic and WA, Law Chat, 14 April 2014

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

Restructuring of the manufacturing industry in Victoria and decline in the mining industry in WA  are the most probable causes for the increase in personal insolvency activity: Pitcher Partners partner Gess Rambaldi. 

 

Regional Qld small businesses brace for cyclone Ita: How to prepare for a natural disaster, SmartCompany, 11 April 2014

Posted on Apr 11, 2014

The biggest concern for businesses in Cooktown at this stage will be the safety of the staff and cash flow: Pitcher Partners partner Brett Headrick.

 

Pitcher Partners reject BEPS 6 Discussion Draft, Accountants Daily, 11 April 2014

Posted on Apr 11, 2014

No balance between compliance costs and revenue risks for SMEs in OECD BEPS draft: Pitcher Partners submission.

 

Insolvency rising as manufacturers collapse, The Australian, 10 April 2014, p19

Posted on Apr 10, 2014

Closure of manufacturing plants led to poor results [reflected by 8.67% increase in personal insolvencies] in Victoria: Pitcher Partners partner Gess Rambaldi.

 

Personal bankruptcies rise as business insolvencies fall, SmartCompany, 10 April 2014

Posted on Apr 10, 2014

Record rise in Qld debt agreements is due to targetted marketing by debt agreement administrators – specifically in the Gold Coast: Pitcher Partners partner Gess Rambaldi.

 

Consumers finding little to cheer about, News.com.au, 9 April 2014

Posted on Apr 9, 2014

Leading indicators of employment have now turned positive and are providing bullish signals for employment over the next twelve months: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory research director Andrew Aylward.

 

Personal insolvencies spike in March quarter, Accountants Daily, 9 April 2014

Posted on Apr 9, 2014

The cost of administering the personal insolvency system will be funded by debtors: Pitcher Partners Gess Rambaldi.

 

Changes to Division 7A not enough, Accountants Daily, 5 April 2014

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

The Federal Government needs to accelerate tax changes, such as Division 7a changes, and to make sure more is done to support small business: Pitcher Partners partner Theo Sakell.

Outcomes matter more than incomes for genuine leaders, The Australian, 5 April 2014, p 48

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Leaving a good legacy should motivate our leaders, not power or self-interest: Pitcher Partners partner Ian Stewart.

 

A rising sun? Investment Magazine, April 2014, p22

Posted on Apr 1, 2014

Will Japanese equities continue to grow following an incredible 57% return in 2013? Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory Director Andrew Aylward joins an Investment Magazine forum.

Investing in your business v personal wealth creation, SmartCompany, 31 March 2014

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

Making the right investment decision depends on what stage of the wealth cycle you and your business are in: Pitcher Partners Wealth Management Director Jordan Kennedy.

 

Stepping stones to financial security, AFR, 30 March 2014

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

Extra savings to super guarantee in the first 20 years of adult life will clear debt and build retirement savings by 40: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory partner Sue Dahn.

Tax Office offers amnesty for offshore accounts, AFR.com, 27 March 2014

Posted on Mar 27, 2014

Taxpayers should closely review their foreign investments to ascertain whether there are any amounts which should be disclosed to the ATO: Pitcher Partners international tax partner Denise Honey.

 

Division 7A overhaul could see tax rules for small business simplified, SmartCompany, 26 March 2014

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

The draconian effect of unfranked dividends has led to significant compliance issues for many taxpayers: Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen.

 

Private companies to win in tax reform of loans, AFR, 26 March 2014

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

Good news for SMEs – the Board of Taxation’s 10-year option will significantly reduce compliance costs with Division 7a: Pitcher Partners Greg Nielsen.

 

Experts question foreign investment tax hurdle, AFR, 25 March 2014

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Another layer of regulation on companies would deter foreign investment into Australia: Pitcher Partners Denise Honey.

 

SMSFs still need strong governance, AFR, 19 March 2014

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

Trustees must adhere to a governance structure that is designed to ensure the fund acts in compliance with an investment strategy that is well-documented, thoughtful and well-diversified: Pitcher Partners Investment Advisory Sue Dahn.

 

 

Multinationals to lose $8.8bn in tax breaks: ATO, AFR, 19 March 2014

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

Middle-market taxpayers with external borrowings should be able to automatically apply for the [arm’s length debt] test: Pitcher Partners in its Thin Capitalisation Arm’s Length Debt Test submission to Treasury.

 

Cash rate could be steady for ‘some time’: RBA, Business Spectator, 18 March 2014

Posted on Mar 18, 2014

The Reserve Bank is starting to focus more on investor demand for housing, despite noting there has been no deterioration in lending standards: Pitcher Partners Andrew Aylward.

 

Template for home tax, Moneysaverhq, Daily Telegraph/Herald Sun, 15 March 2015, p40

Posted on Mar 15, 2014

The ATO specifies the two types of home office expenses as occupancy costs and running expenses: Pitcher Partners Paul Glover.

Apartment oversupply threat to SMSFs, AFR, 15 March 2014

Posted on Mar 15, 2014

The wrong investment could be a crown of thorns particularly when gearing a SMSF to buy property: Pitcher Partners Adam Stanley.

 

 

CBDs morph into high-rise ghost towns, AFR, 15 March 2014

Posted on Mar 15, 2014

The risks of gearing in a SMSF are glossed over or not discussed at all:  Pitcher Partners  Adam Stanley.

 

Jobs and employment loom as big issues for 2014 South Australian election, Adelaide Advertiser, 9 March 2014

Posted on Mar 11, 2014

South Australia’s lower payroll tax rate and stamp duty savings stemming from low property prices make it easier for businesses to set up in that State: Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2013/2014

ATO data-matching plan could create more red tape and costs for SMEs, SmartCompany, 11 March 2014

Posted on Mar 11, 2014

Information required for ATO’s data-matching is too broad and will increase compliance costs: Pitcher Partners Theo Sakell.

Data matching plan spooks business, AFR, 10 March 2014

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

It’s crucial that the ATO uses quality information in its data-matching: Pitcher Partners.

 

Six clever ways to cut costs, not staff, in a small business, SmartCompany, 18 February 2014

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

A great deal of knowledge and experience walks out the door when you cut staff: Pitcher Partners David Staples.

SMEs fuel new global growth: Grant Thornton, AFR, 25 February 2014

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

SMEs need to get global to survive the domestic post GFC downturn: Pitcher Partners Chris Ball.

 

Experts question foreign investment tax hurdle, AFR, 25 February 2014

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

Another layer of regulation on companies would deter foreign investment into Australia: Pitcher Partners Denise Honey.

 

Are higher wages putting New Zealand businesses off Australia, SmartCompany, 12 February 2014

Posted on Feb 12, 2014

Kiwis have access to Australian markets, skill bases and potential profit gains: Pitcher Partners partner Adrian Fitzpatrick.

 

Does Australia have too many accountants? SMH & AFR, 12 February 2014

Posted on Feb 12, 2014

It’s not hard to recruit accounting graduates in the current market: Pitcher Partners HR director Elizabeth Nunez.

Show staff some love, MoneysaverHQ, Daily Telegraph/Herald Sun, 10 February 2014

Posted on Feb 10, 2014

You will retain staff if you reward them financially, create clear opportunities for career growth and provide a flexible workplace with minimal stress and conflict: Pitcher Partners HR director Elizabeth Nunez.

Rates to hold steady for a while: Stevens, Fairfax Media syndicated nationally, 4 February 2014

Posted on Feb 4, 2014

A tough May Federal Budget could continue to have adverse impacts on the employment front: Pitcher Partners partner Sue Dahn.

 

CEO’s predicting a weak year in business, SmartCompany, 3 February 2014

Posted on Feb 2, 2014

Manufacturers need to innovate, invest in the latest technology and look for new markets: Pitcher Partners partner Adrian Fitzpatrick.

How to create investment strategy for a self managed super fund, SMSF Review, 31 January 2014

Posted on Jan 31, 2014

SMSF trustees need to look at the Four Pillars of Investment before embarking on any strategy: Pitcher Partners partner Sue Dahn.

 

Always right, but hard to keep, Daily Telegraph, Your Money, 27 January 2014

Posted on Jan 27, 2014

 Building trust with customers and avoiding surprises usually leads to customer retention: Pitcher Partners partner David Staples.

Australian dollar springs up, but for how long? SmartCompany, 14 January 2014

Posted on Jan 14, 2014

A lower Australian dollar could help our retailers compete with online orders from overseas: Pitcher Partners partner Adrian Fitzpatrick.

Saving for your child’s first property, AFR, 13 January 2014

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

It’s better for parents to pay off their own mortgage and give their kids a ‘soft loan’ to help them get on their feet: Pitcher Partners partner David Staples.

Holiday homes: finances aside, the pros and cons come down to a generational outlook, Property Observer, 10 January 2014

Posted on Jan 10, 2014

Do your sums before buying a holiday home; the reality could be a financial black hole not a sanctuary:  Pitcher Partners partner David Staples.

Tech start-ups leave Oz over tax, AFR, 8 January 2014

Posted on Jan 8, 2014

Domiciling offshore means easier capital raising with prospective joint venture capital partners and less complicated exits: Pitcher Partners partner Adrian Clerici.

 

Small business tax sting despite mining tax delay, AFR, 1 January 2014

Posted on Jan 1, 2014

SMEs need to be aware of tax changes to avoid inadvertent fraudulent claims: Pitcher Partners tax partner Greg Nielsen.

 

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