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Employers needlessly lining the tax man’s pockets

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
03 July 2017 1 minute readShare
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Employers may be surprised to discover they are inadvertently paying more tax than they need to by failing to accurately calculate their GST and FBT liabilities.

It is something that Murray Warner, a director at expense management provider Concur, says he sees all too often, which can easily contribute to cash flow woes, especially around tax time.

“What most companies do today is they leave a lot of money on the table for both GST and fringe benefit tax,” Murray says on the My Business Podcast.

“They look at the risk versus the reward in terms of the time spent on trying to calculate all that tax and they basically say, ‘Alright, lets just shoot for the middle because its too hard to actually work out to check thousands and thousands of line items’.”

According to Murray, the results of calculating the exact tax liabilities for businesses can leave them with an unexpected windfall.

“For a lot of companies, we find when we sit down and take them through a calculation on what they could do … a lot of money can pour back into the business.”
It’s not the first time SMEs have been warned about ‘leaving money on the table’.

BMT Tax Depreciation’s Brad Beer used the same phrase when speaking with My Business recently to describe the amount of cash businesses let slip through their fingers by not accurately depreciating business assets.

“Even if you have the total of the costs and just claim things at a slower rate than you could, then you’re still leaving some money on the table for the long term,” he said.


Employers needlessly lining the tax man’s pockets
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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