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Big Changes for Payroll in 2019 with STP

If you are already reporting Single Touch Payroll (STP) to the ATO, there is a different process for issuing payment summaries from now on. Employers usually must provide payment summaries to employees by 14 July. In the STP reporting system, employers must make a finalisation declaration by this date, in order that the employee’s information will be released in their myGov account as an income statement and listed as tax ready. The ATO is allowing additional time, up to 31 …

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Getting Ready for EOFY Series – SMSF

We all would like to reduce our tax exposure and minimise the risk of an audit by the regulators. This end of financial year update series outlines the actions you can take to do exactly that! This particular blog is targeted for those with a SMSF. What’s new Carry forward unused concessional contributions If you have: A total superannuation balance below $500,000 as at 30 June; and Not utilised your entire concessional contributions cap ($25,000) for the …

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Getting Ready for EOFY Series – Partnerships

We all would like to reduce our tax exposure and minimise the risk of an audit by the regulators. This end of financial year update series outlines the actions you can take to do exactly that! This particular blog is targeted for those in a Partnership. What’s new Partnerships and the small business CGT concessions While the changes are not yet law, the Government is planning to close a loophole that enabled access to the small business …

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Getting Ready for EOFY Series – Company

We all would like to reduce our tax exposure and minimise the risk of an audit by the regulators. This end of financial year update series outlines the actions you can take to do exactly that! This particular blog is targeted for Company entities. What’s new Extension and increase to the instant asset write-off The ability for small business entities to claim an immediate deduction for assets costing less than $20,000 has been extended (again) and expanded.  …

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Getting Ready for EOFY Series – Individuals Sole Traders

We all would like to reduce our tax exposure and minimise the risk of an audit by the regulators. This end of financial year update series outlines the actions you can take to do exactly that! This particular blog is targeted for individuals that are Sole Traders. Superannuation Carry forward unused concessional contributions If you have: A total superannuation balance below $500,000 as at 30 June; and Not utilised your entire concessional contributions cap ($25,000) for the …

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Getting Ready for EOFY Series – Trust

We all would like to reduce our tax exposure and minimise the risk of an audit by the regulators. This end of financial year update series outlines the actions you can take to do exactly that! This particular blog is targeted for those that have a Trust entity. ATO focus areas TFN reporting Has your trust lodged TFN reports for all beneficiaries? Trustees of closely held trusts have some additional reporting obligations outside the lodgement of the …

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Creating a small business budget with ease

Small business budgets are empowering. They give you the knowledge and insight to eliminate wasteful spending and get to profitability faster. Planning for business success with a solid budget When you’re running a business, it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of busyness day in and day out fixing problems and forget the bigger picture. However, successful businesses invest time to create and manage budgets to regularly monitor finance and performance. Structured business planning can …

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How to prepare and lodge BAS online

When you’re in business and you have to do your own BAS, it can be frustrating. Each quarter, GST-registered small businesses submit a business activity statement (BAS) to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The BAS will show how much GST was collected from customers, and how much GST was paid to suppliers. This lets the business work out their GST bill or refund, what tax needs to be withheld from payroll and submitted to the ATO, and …

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FBT hot spots for employers and employees

The Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year ends on 31 March. We’ve outlined the key hot spots for employers and employees. Important Issues Crackdown on salary sacrifice calculations Exempt fringe benefits during emergencies Employee contributions by journal entry Motor vehicles – using the company car outside of work Safe harbour for utes and commercial vehicles Car parking – are you really declaring the true cost of parking? The living away from home allowance – the common errors Salary …

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Keeping your tax and expenses in check when you are self-employed

Contracting or freelancing requires you to wear a lot of hats. Relationship-building, keeping track of your time, marketing your skills and actually doing the work. But one of your priorities should also be establishing how you handle your money and setting the groundwork for good habits. Understand your deductions Before you start, it’s essential to understand what expenses you can and can’t claim. This means you’ll keep the right receipts and track the right expenses. Figuring out …

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