The 4 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Morning

You roll out of bed exhausted every morning. Your brain was going like gangbusters all night, keeping you awake with thoughts and plans about your business. Now you’re ready to execute—if you could just find the shirt you were planning to wear to that important client meeting. Where’s the address again? Uh-oh, your phone isn’t charged, […]

How Successful People Manage Their Time

How one manages their spare time can reveal a lot about their success. Laura Vanderkam talked to a number of successful people (including productivity expert David Allen and the former CEO of Pepsi) and found out their secrets. Here’s how you can get lot accomplished during the week, feel less stressed and even have more fun on the weekend. 1. […]

Happiness At Work

Happiness: countless books try to help you achieve it; research demonstrates that you are more productive with it; and yet the truth is that so few people feel it at work. But why is this so? Is it because leaders don’t create “happy” workplaces, or because work is inherently miserable? Perhaps it’s because of our attitudes about work? There’s […]

5 Small Business Government Grants You Need To Know About

Starting a small business can be one of the most challenging and demanding things you could do – with endless drains on your time and resources, things can quickly become unmanageable. Luckily the Australian Government recognises that sometimes great ideas need a helping hand to get off the ground and have a range of funding […]

Paying Millions To Collect Billions: The Tax Whistleblower Rules In The USA

Given that the 2016-17 Federal Budget flagged the introduction of tax whistleblower rules in Australia, the CA ANZ Tax Team has started researching possible models which could be considered. First stop has been the USA. Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 7623(b), a whistleblower can receive 15% to 30% of the amount collected by the IRS. The information […]

Why Accounting For Sustainability Is Critical For Our Future

Chartered Accountants ANZ have been members of the Accounting Bodies Network (ABN) of the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project for over 8 years. In December last year, I attended their Annual Summit in London. The Summit opened with a session at the Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens. The interactive networking […]

What’s Special About Special Purpose Financial Reporting In Australia?

It’s not every day that technical accounting debate makes the front page of a newspaper. However that is exactly what happened in recent months. So what is the deal about this? More importantly, what should be done? In every jurisdiction around the world the debate about who should lodge publically available financial information and how […]

Sleep Better With These Brilliant Sleep Hacks

  We can all benefit from catching an extra hours sleep from time to time. Not only can having a good bedtime routine improve our mood and wellbeing but it can also have a positive impact on our health. There are many scientific sleep hacks proven to help you drift off but there are also […]

When Are Travel And Accommodation Tax Deductable?

  Travel expenses from home to work are generally not an allowable deduction. Travelling expenses incurred in the course of the taxpayer’s work or in travelling between one place of business and another will be deductible. For example: motor vehicle expenses, air, bus, train or taxi fares, car rental costs, etc. Accommodation and meals on business […]

Habits Are Contagious

  It’s hard to change a habit. According to a famous 2009 study conducted by University College London, it took anywhere from 18 to 254 days to change a habit, depending on the complexity of the behavior forming the habit. The more complex the behavior, such as washing your face verses swinging a golf club, the more […]

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