Home' Splash Magazine : SPLASH Aug-Sept 2015 Contents Poolranger Pool and
Spa Products has been
appointed a distributor
of the Evoheat range
of swimming pool heat
pumps. Evo Indus-
tries national business
manager Tony Mills says
that Poolranger has a
philosophy that matches
his own company's to
offer the highest qual-
ity products backed by
exemplary service, and
believes the appointment
will greatly enhance their
distribution in their area
of operation and add
substantially to the num-
ber of very satisfied Evo
trade customers. Michael
Griffin, managing director
of Poolranger, says he is
very excited to be distrib-
uting the quality EvoHeat
heat pump range which
has been specifically
designed and made for
Following its acquisition
of Niagara Pool Sup-
plies in July 2014, Pool
Systems has now fully
integrated the company
into its business and
from July 1, 2015, the
businesses now trade
as Pool Systems Pty
Ltd. Anthony Ramsay,
Pool Systems commer-
cial manager says that
customers will benefit
through efficient order
consolidation and deliv-
ery, as well as reduced
administration and fewer
invoices. Pool Systems
has recently restructured
the Brisbane and Sydney
warehouses to facilitate
the full product range of
more than 6500 products.
A consolidated product
and price catalogue will
be issued prior to start of
the new season.
In Brief In an e ort to stem the "black economy" operat-
ing in the building industry, the Australian Tax
O ce (ATO) established a data matching regime,
by which building and construction businesses
must report all payments made to contractors in
Now the ATO has released a report showing
that the new measures have recouped additional in-
come tax and GST of $2.3 billion for the 2012--13
ey also identi ed a number of apparent com-
pliance risks where additional liabilities could be
secured through direct compliance activity:
As of May 2015, 76,000 contractors with report-
ed payments still had not lodged a 2012--13 tax
return and 21,000 had one or more 2012--13 activ-
ity statements unlodged, while 53,000 contractors
have lodged 2012--13 tax returns but appear to have
reported less income in their tax returns than they
have been reported to have received.
Additionally 84,000 contractors without an
active GST registration have been reported to
have received payments that include GST totalling
$426 million, and 53,000 transactions did not
include an ABN or the quoted ABN was invalid.
e value of these transactions is $1.3 billion and
this amount is unlikely to have been included in
contractor tax returns.
e ATO says that while building and construc-
tion industry businesses with reporting obligations
have responded well to the system -- with approxi-
mately 76 per cent of businesses that need to lodge
have done so -- they will continue to target the
remaining 24 per cent.
e ATO says this has had a positive impact on
levelling the playing eld across the building and
construction industry, reducing unfair competition
from businesses that don't pay their fair share of tax.
Two brothers have been handed down substantial
nes and orders for compensation after selling spas
with potentially deadly potty skimmers and failing
to supply goods that had been paid for.
Nicholas Lord and Gerasimos Lord operated an
online retail store selling indoor and outdoor spas as
well as saunas and outdoor furniture.
ey took large deposits from consumers without
delivering products and have been ordered to pay
$18,000 in nes, $1,566 in costs and $45,937.30 in
compensation to victims.
ey pleaded guilty in Parramatta Local Court to
o ences under the Australian Consumer Law and
the Fair Trading Act.
e o ences included accepting payment and not
supplying goods in time and acting in contravention
of an embargo notice.
e brothers supplied potentially lethal spas
after Fair Trading issued them with the embargo
notice last year.
Victims who supported the Fair Trading prosecu-
tion came from Wagga Wagga, Gilgandra, Geraldton
in Western Australia (WA), Scullin in the Australian
Capital Territory (ACT), Rivett in the ACT, South
Penrith and Forbes. All had placed orders for spas.
e brothers registered Urban Boutique Pty Ltd
with ASIC in August 2009 as company directors.
Shortly after, they commenced operating an
online retail store and advertised their products
through two websites; www.euromaxspas.com.au
ey purchased spas made in Jiangsu Province,
China. e spas were shipped to Australia from
the manufacturer and stored in the factory unit at
ey were selling or o ering to sell banned spas
that contained potty skimmers without a protective
cover, including spas with the model numbers BG
8520 and BG 8832
A potty skimmer is a pool or spa outlet at water
level used as a suction point for the water reticula-
tion system and that resembles a child's chamber
pot or other toilet device and has no protective
device xed to the skimmer box outlet.
Spas that contain potty skimmers must have a
protective cover on them that can only be removed
by use of a tool.
A protective device is necessary to prevent a per-
son becoming lodged or caught in the skimmer box
outlet through the operation and e ect of suction
within or through the water reticulation system.
ere have been numerous incidents in Australia and
overseas involving uncovered potty skimmers that have
resulted in disembowelment, serious injury and death.
Anyone who has dealt with these individuals or
their businesses can call 13 32 20 for advice.
ATO finds 2.3
"Dodgy Brothers" forced to pay up
26 SPLASH! August/September 2015
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