When you want to simplify payroll, the simple choice is Xero

If it’s time to (start using/switch to more powerful) online payroll software, I recommend Xero payroll for many reasons. We have listed a few of the reasons below on why Xero Payroll makes for one of the best choices for running payroll in your business. Simplicity – With just a few clicks you can choose how often employees are paid, select multiple pay rates, reimburse expenses, manage employee leave and pay employees. Tax and leave calculations are automatically …

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What is SEO and how you should empower your business with it

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the term used to describe a number techniques you can use to increase the visibility of your company online. SEO may involve some time invested, but it is worthwhile to increase traffic and enquiries through your website Why is SEO so important? The internet is now the first port of call for most people when they are looking for a local business so having prominence in search results is vital. Plus, …

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Avoid the scammers

You’ve been scammed, hacked or breached! Another year, another scam. While data-driven crime is more sophisticated and difficult to address than ever, human error and judgement remain one of the major problems. The latest data breach report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is surprising for the simplicity of the problems – 37% of data breaches resulted from human error, not a malicious attack. In over 20% of reported cases, personal information was simply …

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Working from home: What deductions can you claim?

For a while now, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been concerned about tax deductions individuals have been claiming for a whole host of expenses. The latest on their ‘hit list’ are home office expenses.  We guide you through what you can and can’t claim if you work from home.  Last financial year, 6.7 million taxpayers claimed a record $7.9 billion in deductions for ‘other work-related expenses’ which includes expenses for working from home. While the ATO …

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the SMSF Myth or Mission

Is a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) right for you? Or Maybe you already have a SMSF but want to make it work harder for you? More than a Million Australians run their own SMSF. But the small business clients talk and the news media is in a frenzy about SMSF’s and property investments. We understand that SMSF’s don’t suit everyone, so it’s important you get the right information to decide for yourself and discuss with an …

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Single Touch Payroll: what you need to know

Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – comes into effect from 1 July 2018. For employers Employers with 20 or more employees at 1 April 2018 must use standard business reporting-enabled software from 1 July 2018. The head count for ‘20 employees’ includes full-time, part-time, casuals (who worked any time during March), employees based overseas, or on paid or unpaid leave. Directors …

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Review and rectify any outstanding compliance issues

Most of all Talk to us is you need help or worried about it and how to rectify it? If your auditor has highlighted any breaches or issues in previous year fund audits, you should review and rectify these issues by 30 June. SMSF compliance is taken very seriously by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and they have a number of powers to address non-compliance: Education directions – require the trustee/director to complete an ATO approved education course …

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The ATO needs to know MORE about your SMSF

The ATO is constantly changing various aspects about what you need to disclose and 2018 is no different. When you lodge this year you need to report more data than ever and ensure your SMSF is in top shape going forward. From the 1st July 2017 superannuation reforms introduced a new reporting regime for funds. Funds now need to advise the ATO of key events within the fund that impact on retirement income streams (pensions): When you start a pension …

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All you need to know about single touch payroll

Single touch payroll (STP) is a new regulation that changes when and how small businesses report payroll activity to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Businesses used to report this information to the ATO once a year. Now, they need to send a report after each payday. And those reports must be submitted digitally, using a very specific format. Changes to when you report payroll Small businesses used to finalise their payroll records at the end of the …

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Are you a slave to your business?

Your business is there to serve you; not the other way around. In other words; you should never be a slave to your business. DO you find yourself on the never ending merry go round of business, day to day, week to week and before you know it months have passed and it feels like nothing is improving? Being a slave implies a victim mentality – that the world has simply dealt you a bad hand, that you …

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