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Why it might be time to engage a CFO

Posted by Michael Derin on December 03, 2015 under CFO

Virtual CFO, Interim CFO, Full time CFO


Malcolm Turnbull will be sworn in as Australia's 29th prime minister today

Posted by Azure Group on September 14, 2015 under Legislation

The big news in Australia this morning is that Malcolm Turnbull will become our new prime minister today after he beat Tony Abbott 54-44 in a ballot for the Liberal leadership last night.


Employee Share Scheme standard documents released by ATO

Posted by on July 01, 2015 under Employee Share Schemes

The Government’s Growing Jobs and Small Business package is about supporting innovation and creating the right conditions for Australian entrepreneurs. The changes to ESS will allow innovative Australian firms to attract and retain high quality employees in a globally competitive labour market. Thes…


Introducing The FinHub - be investor ready

Posted by Azure Group on June 23, 2015 under Startups & Technology

In a highly competitive sector where your peers are pitching against you, The FinHub understands the startup eco-system and the role that investors play in funding your vision.


Are you aware of what tax deductions you can make on your rental property?

Posted by Azure Group on June 23, 2015 under Tax

If you are investing in property, then you should know which expenses for rental properties are tax deductible. Take a look at our handy checklist.


Find Azure Group China on WeChat

Posted by Azure Group on June 23, 2015 under China Inbound/Outbound

With over 569 million users in WeChat we value this social tool and have created an Azure Group China WeChat account to stay connected with our clients.


Using super to invest in property

Posted by Norman Howe on June 23, 2015 under Wealth

Our Wealth expert Norman Howe discusses whether establishing a self-managed superannuation fund to invest in property is an option for you.


How do you ensure you’re not over diluted by investors?

Posted by Michael Derin on May 18, 2015 under Startups & Technology

I live and breathe technology businesses every single day. A simple reality of such an ever changing and dynamic sector is I see both the FINANCIAL winners and losers. What if you’re a winner and build a successful technology business only to find your personal return is diluted and far from life c…


Budget 2015 grabs Pensioners attention

Posted by Norman Howe on May 13, 2015 under Budget

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the government would announce its position on the deposit levy – which was originally proposed by the previous Labor government – when it responds formally to the Financial System Inquiry chaired by former Commonwealth Bank of Australia boss David Murray.


Tax Changes out of the Federal Budget 2015

Posted by Azure Group on May 12, 2015 under Budget

We dig a little deeper on the key tax changes coming out of the Federal Budget 2015.


How much is enough to retire?

Posted by Norman Howe on April 29, 2015 under Wealth

Norman Howe discusses why you need to plan for retirement and work out how much is enough to retire on for you.


Combating Stress in the Workplace

Posted by Azure Group on April 29, 2015 under HR

Mental stress costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year, according to the latest Safe Work Australia report. Stress in the workplace is a growing concern for employees and employers in Australia. So how can you as a business owner support your employees to combat stress and improv…


Key Lodgement Dates - May and June 2015

Posted by Azure Group on April 28, 2015 under Tax

The key dates you need to be aware of for May and June 2015.


Are options for employees now an option?

Posted by Rachel White on April 13, 2015 under Employee Share Schemes

What is an option? It’s a right to purchase shares at a pre-agreed price, at a future time based on future events, such as the passing of time, certain KPI’s being met, or an exit event. This is the mechanism used in much of the rest of the world to grant company ownership to staff in startups.


Quick Facts – The Intergenerational Report 2015

Posted by Azure Group on March 11, 2015 under Legislation

With The Intergenerational Report taking place every five years, the latest findings have been splashed all over the media and we thought it would be a good idea to provide the quick facts on what came out of the report.


Employee share schemes – what’s the difference between capital gains tax and ESS rules?

Posted by Jack Qi on March 11, 2015 under Employee Share Schemes

Whilst much attention is focused on the ESS tax rules, our feedback from talking to the community suggests there is some confusion as to how these rules work in conjunction with the “other” tax that can apply to ESS – Capital Gains Tax. The purpose of this article is to remind entrepreneurs that the…


How to harness new opportunities in today’s market

Posted by Michael Derin on March 05, 2015 under Legislation

Michael Derin provides context around running a business in Australia's current economic and political climate and looks at ways business owners can ensure their business is safeguarded and profitable during these turbulent times.


Key Lodgement Dates - March and April 2015

Posted by Azure Group on February 26, 2015 under Tax

The dates you will need to be aware of for March and April.


Hiring the right staff for your business

Posted by Azure Group on February 26, 2015 under HR

When it comes to hiring employees, we all want one thing – to hire the right employees that will fit our business. After all, a business is only as good as its employees. So, how do you go about finding the right candidate? It all comes down to your hiring strategy, and looking at the visions and va…


Doing our bit to improve the tax treatment of employee share schemes

Posted by Azure Group on February 09, 2015 under Employee Share Schemes

Startups! We're behind you. We are excited about the proposed changes to the tax treatment of employee share schemes and we'd like to see a few tweaks before this becomes a permanent reality. Submitting our feedback to the government is the first step.