Glossary beginning with B

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Balance sheet search for term

A document summarising the assets, liabilities and net worth (or owner’s equity) of a business.

Bonds search for term

A medium to long-term investment issued by governments and companies that pay the holder a regular and fixed interest rate for the term of the investment.

Business / enterprise search for term

A business is any activity where goods or services are sold with the intention of making a profit. If the activity has not been set up with the aim of making a profit then it is considered to be a hobby. A business does not include:

  • private recreational activities and hobbies
  • activities carried on as an employee, labour hire worker, director or office holder
  • activities carried on by individuals (other than the trustees of charitable funds) or partnerships without a reasonable expectation of profit or gain.
Business activity statement (BAS) search for term

A single form used by businesses registered for GST to report their business tax entitlements and obligations including GST, PAYG instalments, PAYG withholding and FBT instalments. See also instalment activity statement.

Business plan search for term

A document that sets out in detail all aspects of how a business will be run.

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Allowable deduction

An expense incurred in the course of earning income that can be used to reduce assessable income. Allowable deductions are sometimes simply referred to as deductions.

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