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

The ATO is offering free webinars on a variety of topics. There are general topics that suit all small businesses and others that are specific to particular industries or circumstances. Some are also offered in ChineseArabic and Vietnamese.

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

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

These webinars are interactive online seminars presented by experienced tax officers. They are live and you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation. If you register for a webinar, make sure you're online by the start time as the session will be locked 10 minutes after the webinar begins.

Considering your small business viability

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

Running a home-based business

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

Digital options for your small business

There are many online services and digital systems that can help you perform your business activities such as marketing, sales, accounting and reporting. In this 60-minute session you'll find out the benefits you can get from digital systems and what systems are available for each area of your business operations.
Note: If you need help registering, lodging and paying online using the Business Portal or ATO online services, our new webinar 'Connecting online with the ATO' will be available soon.

myGovID: your digital identity

Are you using myGovID? The myGovID app is an easy and secure way to prove who you are when using government online services. This 60-minute webinar shows you the step-by-step process to create a myGovID.

Tax support for small business

Is your small business affected by COVID-19? This 60-minute webinar explains how the Government's stimulus package can help your small business.

Closing your small business

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

Introduction to business records

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

Cash flow for small business success

Cash flow is the life blood for small business. This 60-minute session gives you critical knowledge and cash flow management skills. Find out how to identify issues and use a range of tips to help maximise your cash flow.

This session will help you improve your cash flow management by:

  • mapping cash flowing in and out of your business
  • analysing your cash flow to head off any problems
  • tracking and monitoring your cash flow
  • using the seven tips to maximise cash flow.

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

Budgeting for your commitments

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

Recording income (GST)

Is your business registered for goods and services tax (GST)? How do you record your business income? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. In this 60-minute session where you'll record the monthly income of an imaginary small business and learn how to apply that to your own business success.

Electrician: Recording Income (GST)

Is your business registered for GST? How do you record your business income? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. In this 60-minute session you will record the monthly income of an example electrician small business and learn how to apply that to your business success.

Hospitality: Recording Income (GST)

Is your business registered for GST? How do you record your business income? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. In this 60-minute session you'll record the monthly income of an example hospitality small business and learn how to apply that to your business success.

Recording expenses (GST)

Is your business registered GST? How do you record your business expenses? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. Recording all of your expenses correctly will help you claim all your entitled deductions, making sure you pay only your fair share of tax.
In this 60-minute session you'll record the monthly expenses of an imaginary small business and learn how to apply that to your own business success.

Electrician: Recording expenses (GST)

Is your business registered for GST? How do you record your business expenses? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. Recording all of your expenses correctly will help you claim all your entitled deductions, making sure you pay only your fair share of tax. In this 60-minute session you'll record the monthly expenses of an example electrician small business and learn how to apply that to your business success.

Hospitality: Recording expenses (GST)

Is your business registered for GST? How do you record your business expenses? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. Recording all of your expenses correctly will help you claim all your entitled deductions, making sure you pay only your fair share of tax. In this 60-minute session you'll record the monthly expenses of an example hospitality small business and learn how to apply that to your business success.

Starting a small business

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

This 40-minute session will help you understand:

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

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

Becoming an employer

Are you a new employer or thinking of becoming an employer? In this 60-minute introductory session you'll learn about hiring workers, paying employees, paying contractors and providing benefits to workers.

Employer: Introduction to car fringe benefits

Fuel your knowledge on car fringe benefits. If your employees use a business car for private use, you may be providing a car fringe benefit. In 60 minutes, this introductory session will help you work out whether you are providing a car fringe benefit. You will also learn what records to keep. You can attend a different session to learn how to work out your fringe benefits tax amount.
Note: Salary packaged cars and fleet car situations are not covered in this session.

Ride-sourcing and tax (sole traders)

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

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

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

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

You can then claim GST credits for expenses associated with your ride-sourcing enterprise.

In this 60-minute session we’ll help you understand how to get it right.
Note: If you already have a business structure, this session is designed for sole traders.

Ride-sourcing: Income, expenses and GST

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

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

This session will help you understand how to:

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

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

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

Courier services – TPAR: Introduction

Do you provide courier services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know that you may be required to report payments to contractors?

In this 50-minute session find out how this affects you.

Courier services – TPAR: How to report

This is a follow-up to the Courier services – TPAR: IntroductionExternal Link session.

If you provide courier services and need to report payments you make to contractors, this 45–60-minute session gives you practical help on how to report.

Cleaning services – TPAR: Introduction

Do you provide cleaning services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know you may be required to report your payments to contractors? In this 50-minute session find out how this affects you.

Cleaning services – TPAR: How to report

This is a follow-up to the Cleaning services – TPAR: Introduction session.

If you provide cleaning services and need to report payments you make to contractors, this 45–60-minute session gives you practical guidance on how to report.

Building and construction services – TPAR

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

In this 60-minute session to find out how this affects you.

Builder: Recording income (GST)

Is your business registered for GST? How do you record your business income? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions.

In this 60-minute session you'll record the monthly income of an example small business builder and learn how to apply that to your business success.

Builder: Recording expenses (GST)

Is your business registered for GST? How do you record your business expenses? A good record keeping system will give you information about your business operations to help you with your business decisions. Recording all your expenses correctly will help you claim all your entitled deductions, making sure you pay only your fair share of tax.

In this 60-minute session you will record the monthly expenses of an example small business builder and learn how to apply that to your business success.

IT services – TPAR: Introduction

Do you provide IT services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know there is new legislation that may affect you?

In this 45-minute session find out how this affects you.

IT services – TPAR: How to report

This event is a follow-up to the IT services – TPAR: Introduction session. If you provide IT services and need to report payments you make to contractors, this 45-minute session gives you practical guidance on how to report.

Road freight services – TPAR: Introduction

Do you provide road freight services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know there is new legislation that may affect you?

In this 45-minute session find out how this affects you.

Road freight services – TPAR: How to report

This event is a follow-up to the Road freight services – TPAR: Introduction session. If you provide road freight services and need to report payments you make to contractors, this 45-minute session gives you practical guidance on how to report.

Security services – TPAR: Introduction

Do you provide security, investigation or surveillance services and pay contractors to carry out those services? Did you know there is new legislation that may affect you?

In this 45-minute session find out how this affects you.

Security services – TPAR: How to report

This event is a follow-up to the Security services – TPAR: Introduction session. If you provide security services and need to report payments you make to contractors, this 45-minute session gives you practical guidance on how to report.

Employers: Single Touch Payroll

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

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





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DATE AND TIME:

Thursday 5 November 2020 to Wednesday 31 March 2021
Various

Location:

Online,

Cost:

No cost