God Save The Taxman

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Alf Goodman and Godfrey Whitmore don’t know each other yet, but they are both hearing voices. Strange forces are at work to bring them dramatically together to reveal Alf’s simple tax plan that has someone in a position of power very worried. More

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About Glen Dennis

Glen Dennis began his career as a Commercial Trainee in BHP’s Whyalla Steelworks and Shipyard. His first posting was in their purchasing department where he learned to make sound ethical buying decisions and negotiate contracts.
He studied economics, finance & accounting and contract law, plus a unit in computer programming. After working his way up to supply and contract management roles with several major mining operations, he started his own contract consulting business, Supply and Contract Resources. His main aim was to help clients and colleagues improve their supply chain and contract administration processes and he soon had to contract out other procurement and supply chain professionals to meet growing client demand.
Contract staffing proved to be a very effective recruitment process and in a few years he and his wife were making good money providing good people to clients across Australia. They had bought their home, educated their children and achieved respect and status in the business community and supply chain fraternity. Seeking a healthy work - life balance, rather than wealth, they decided to spread the wealth and the workload by franchising the business as ProcureNet.
The introduction of GST (the New Simplified Tax System), along with payroll tax, fringe benefit tax, superannuation, work cover and insurance made compliance more difficult, not simpler. The global financial crisis in 2008 also took its toll, making people less inclined to take a risk by going into business for themselves or buying a franchise. People sought the security of “permanent” employment rather than contracting.
The business prospered for almost 20 years by maintaining the simplest approach possible, and by giving clients and candidates the best possible customer service and value. In 2013, Glen wound the business up and retired.
He now seeks satisfaction and fulfillment from art, music and writing in his studio in Strathalbyn, South Australia.


Review by: Rana on June 1, 2016 :
I recently had the opportunity to read your short novel regarding GST. Congratulations on the success of your recent publication - commitment and hard work pay off. The character interactions are dealt with in an amusing way.
Although a political satire, you pointed out several things that many people who are not in business 'surprisingly' don't know, eg that registered businesses are working as collection agents for the Tax Office when it comes to GST. The business charges GST for their services and goods transactions, get credited the GST on theirs and then submit the balance to the ATO. And all the time receive no payment for their time and effort put into this time-wasting exercise let alone the expenses outlaid to accountants and book-keepers to account for it.
Tax is a typical problem in most countries, and they should be solved in constructive ways.
Your views certainly give thought provoking ideas toward potential resolutions.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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