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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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Updates on single touch payroll – extended to all employers

From 1 July 2019, single touch payroll – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – will apply to all employers. What employers need to report will also be extended to include certain salary sacrificed amounts.  Employers with 20 or more employees have been required to use single touch payroll since 1 July 2018. The new rules push all businesses with employees into the single touch payroll system. …

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Keeping on top of small business cash flow

Why are people losing sight of cash flow? Everyone knows a business needs to stay in the black. It’s not a new idea. So it can be hard to imagine why a business would lose sight of cash flow. Until you’re in business yourself and you realise tracking small business cash flow isn’t as easy as it seems. For small businesses, this can involve: Keeping track of all your expense receipts – which gets really tricky if …

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6 ways to measure the health of your business

When you’re running a business, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activity and lose sight of the big picture. Taking stock of the health of your business is important. Knowing where you allow for more effective planning, early warning about any issues, and the chance to better chart a course for success. Attending one of our 7 ways to grow your business seminars is a great start to work out how you can grow the …

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It’s time to Review, NOT Renew!

Overheads, let’s start the beginning, in accounting jargon, to define ‘overhead’ is to refer to ongoing business expenses that aren’t related to labour costs, materials costs, or third-party expenses billed directly to customers like shipping or freight. Overheads can is also sometimes known as ‘operating expenses’, but we’re not here to try an confuse you. Sometimes when you’re running the business you sign up to shiny new objects and so stuck in the busyness of being in …

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Thinking investment property, what do you consider?

Keen to get into the property market as an investor? Before you start looking, you need to understand that what you’re looking for in a house, that you would occupy, might be different from an investment property. When you’re hunting for an investment property, rather than looking for features specific to your needs; like commute times or how much you like the kitchen, you’re going to be thinking about the rental yield of the property and whether …

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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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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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