Archive for April, 2010

SmartSalary goes for Gold in South Australia!

SmartSalary is the gold sponsor for the South Australia Police and Emergency Service Games (SAPES).  It is our way of giving back to the community while also raising awareness about the tax benefits of salary sacrifice.  Recently our GM of Business Development, Tony Ghosn, had the opportunity to give an interview on Sundo’s Big Breakfast on 5MU.  Check it out – he’s a natural for radio!

To learn more check out:

South Australia Police and Emergency Service Games

Volcano eruption cuts global aviation emissions

I received this article from our carbon offset partner Greenfleet, the other day…. certainly makes a thought provoking read:

We may not be able to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull – the name of the Icelandic volcano that grounded thousands of flights in Europe this week – but thanks to the team at Information is Beautiful and the Nordic Volcanological Institute of the University of Iceland we can estimate the greenhouse gas emissions being saved as a result of this natural phenomenon.
The diagram below highlights the greenhouse gas contributions of the European aviation industry and Eyjafjallajökull in red, with the black triangle showing the greenhouse gas savings associated with the cancellation of 60% of flights across Europe.  As you can see the volcano is a relatively small player in the global greenhouse gas equation, and the savings resulting from flight cancellations are much greater.

This comparison is probably also good fodder for people who say that dramatic greenhouse gas reductions are going to cripple industry – as this event has definitely adversely affected a number of industries across Europe and the world.  However, we’re not advocating this sort of event to reduce global emissions.

But we do think it is important to illustrate the very hefty contribution of greenhouse gas emissions from human sources when compared to natural sources – even such immense events as the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  Human activities are indeed a very significant contributor to global greenhouse gas concentrations and climate change.

learn more about our carbon emissions program here

planes verses volcano CO2 output

A Work Related iPad?

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For the latest information about salary packaging iPads & Tablet computers, please click here.

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Today I’m turning over the blog to my Senior Taxation Adviser Simon Ellis, who has some interesting thoughts and questions about packaging iPads.  Take it away Simon . . . .

As many readers already know, a salary packaging opportunity exists for portable electronic devices where they are intended “primarily” for use in undertaking employment duties.

To date this opportunity has generally been used to package the dynamic duo of work-related equipment, the mobile phone and the laptop, but with the impending Australian release of the iPad are we about to see a third product enter the packaging arena?  Are tablet computers going to be the next big thing in portable business tools?

At the moment, with iPads as the market leader (and Apple’s monopoly on ‘cool’), these computers seem to be aimed more at media consumption than any serious business application, but it seems likely that the future of these computers will see them used for a wide range of business applications.

So what do you think?  Are there any aspects of your current job that you think would benefit from access to a tablet computer as opposed to, say, a traditional laptop?  Do you think you could justify a ‘primary’ work purpose for this new breed of portable electronics if they were offered as a packaging option?

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Deven Billimoria
Chief Executive Officer

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