Navigating Financial Health: Mastering Cash Flow Forecasting for Your Small Business

In the dynamic world of small business, managing your cash flow effectively is not just a good practice – it’s essential for survival and growth. Understanding and implementing cash flow forecasting can be the compass that guides your business through uncertain financial seas. But what exactly is cash flow forecasting, and how can it transform … Read more

Navigating the Business Landscape in 2024: A Guide for Small Business Owners

As we move into 2024, it’s crucial for small business owners to stay informed and adapt to the evolving economic landscape. Here’s a breakdown of the key factors that could impact your business this year: 1. Inflation and Labor Market Dynamics The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor, Michelle Bullock, has indicated that inflation may … Read more

Bah humbug: The Christmas tax dilemma for micro and small businesses

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Christmas is a time for giving, but it’s also a time when many micro and small businesses need to be mindful of the tax implications of their festive generosity. This guide will help you navigate the FBT minefield and ensure you’re not giving the ATO an unwanted Christmas bonus. 1. Keeping Team Gifts Spontaneous and … Read more

Who will have the most Epic Xmas Party for 2023?

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Hello small business champions! The festive season is knocking on our doors, and it’s time to think about the Christmas party. You want to be the boss who hosts a bash that’s talked about well into the New Year, right? But here’s the catch: you want to do it smartly, without getting lost in a … Read more

Simplified Guide for Understanding GST on Food Items

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Discover the essentials of GST on food products for small businesses in Australia. Learn about the latest rulings and classifications in a simplified guide, ensuring your business stays compliant and informed.

Navigating the ATO’s Agent Linking Process: A Simplified Guide for Small Business Owners

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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has introduced a new requirement for small business owners to link their accountants and bookkeepers(Tax and BAS Agents). This is a crucial, one-time step to authorize your agent to manage your tax affairs officially. While this process ensures better security and representation, it can be complex and confusing at times. … Read more

New Legislation Targets Deliberate ‘Wage Theft’ with Severe Penalties

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The Australian Parliament is currently considering a bill that aims to introduce significant changes in how ‘wage theft’ – the deliberate underpayment of wages – is handled. This proposed legislation is especially relevant for small and micro business owners who must navigate these changes carefully. Key Points of the Proposed Legislation: Criminal Offence for Intentional … Read more

Understanding Superannuation Guarantees for Australian Small Business Owners

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As a small business owner in Australia, it’s crucial to stay informed about superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations. Recent data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reveals that workers are owed over $3.6 billion in SG, a figure the government and regulators aim to reduce. The Current State of SG Compliance While 94% of SG, amounting … Read more

Self-Education Deductions: A Comprehensive Guide for Australian Taxpayers

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Navigating the landscape of self-education expenses can be challenging, especially when trying to determine what is deductible on your tax return. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has provided guidelines on this subject, and in this article, we’ll break it down for you. 1. Basic Principle: Relevance to Current Employment If your studies relate directly to … Read more

The New ‘Airbnb’ Tax for Investors and Rental Property Owners

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The winds of change are blowing for property investors in the realm of short-term rentals. If you’ve capitalized on the short-term rental trend or have been keeping your properties vacant, there’s an upcoming tax shakeup that’s worth your attention. The Victorian Government has recently announced Australia’s premier short-stay property tax, set to come into effect … Read more