Volume 4 Issue 4   April 2015

From the Commissioner

We often hear that small business is the engine room of the economy, and the lifeblood of the community, and I wholeheartedly agree.

But nothing brings this message home more effectively than counting how many times we engage with small business on any given day.  I’ve recently moved house, not far, but far enough to need real estate agents, an electrician, a plumber, painters, removalists, cleaners and gardening contractors  – a veritable army of small business operators.

I noticed how professional, skilled and considerate they were of my family’s needs.  They recommended the services of other small businesses and they dove-tailed their services to complement each other.  True professionals.

This year, all indicators show small business confidence remaining high, and our own Business Expectations Survey indicates small business owners are expecting to find and retain staff more easily in 2015.

I am pleased about the government’s intention to cut small business tax by 1.5 per cent and that there are some serious moves being made by State and Federal governments to cut red (and green) tape for small business.  The cost of compliance, in time and money, has long been a problem for small business, so it’s encouraging to see it being acknowledged and addressed.  The SBDC is playing its part in identifying areas of compliance for improvement or elimination.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the SBDC e-news and that our tax tips will help you prepare for the end of the 2015 financial year.  If you are part of an organisation, we also encourage you to pass this information on to your members and associates.

David Eaton
Small Business Commissioner

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