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Small Business Tax Break Ends Soon For Truckies

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Small business needs to act fast if it wants to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Small Business tax break.
There are only five weeks left until the stimulus package ends at midnight December 31, 2009 and Government has made it clear that it will not be extended.
The Small Business tax break enables a business with a turnover of less than $2 million per annum, to claim a 50 percent bonus tax deduction, for eligible assets, costing more than $1000 acquired by 31 December 2009, and installed ready for use by 31 December 2010.

All other businesses have access to a 10 percent bonus tax break for eligible assets contracted by 31 December 2009.
“The Small Business tax break is one of the Government’s better incentive schemes and we urge business owners to take advantage of it,” the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce’s executive director David Purchase said.
“It is of particular benefit to employers and managers looking to purchase a new vehicle or fleet.
“The Small Business tax break enables a company to select the vehicle they desire and make a commitment to that purchase by the end of this year, without actually having to take delivery of the vehicle until the end of 2010.
VACC recommends Small Business owners considering upgrading or improving their work vehicle or fleet, speak to their accountant or financial advisor immediately.

Before anything else, employers and managers need to establish if they qualify for the Small Business tax break.
“Following that, the Small Business owner can confidently visit the local new car dealer and discuss the suitability and availability of the vehicle.
“The Small Business tax break is also an opportunity for business owners to improve the safety of their vehicle or fleet.
The incentive scheme is a fantastic chance for employers and managers to save money and to invest in the long term safety of their employees,” Mr. Purchase said.

Ongoing Fleet Maintenance

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has reminded business owners that vehicle and fleet maintenance is an on-going process.

During the recent Safe Work Australia Week, employers and employees were encouraged to review their approach to ensuring safety within the workplace.
VACC, the peak automotive industry body in Victoria, is urging employers and employees to continue to review their approach to safety in the workplace, in particular regard to work related vehicles.
Company cars and commercial vehicles are workplaces and as such, are regulated by health and safety laws. “Vehicle safety should be 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year,” VACC executive director David Purchase said. “Every employer and employee has a responsibility to continuously monitor the safety of their vehicle or fleet.
“A good source of information for managers and drivers is the Guide to Safe Work Related Driving.
“The guide is an important handbook and has been endorsed by the government, police, WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission. “The Guide to Safe Work Related Driving says that the selection of the safest possible vehicle needs to be backed up by a preventative maintenance program to ensure vehicle safety is maximized.

A maintenance system ensures that the manufacturer’s service recommendations are met and that the vehicle complies with roadworthiness requirements.
“If a vehicle is neglected and has bald tyres, faulty brakes or broken lights, that vehicle, regardless of its ANCAP safety rating, is at risk of being involved in a road traffic accident,” Mr. Purchase said. “VACC urges all business owners to read and understand the Guide to Safe Work Related Driving.”
For a free copy of the Guide to Safe Work Related Driving go to