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Do you have a client scheduling procedure?

It’s important to be prompt and organised when scheduling appointments, as your clients need to feel important and valued. Having a process and plan to make sure this is happening correctly in your business is essential. 1. Administrator reviews appointments first thing each day. Your first appointment may be at 9am, so you need to be ready. An unorganised business is not a good first impression. 2. Appointments shouldn’t be made prior to 9am or after 4.30pm, …

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Company profit and dividends can be a part of your wealth strategy

As the director in a limited company, dividend payments are the usual way for you to take money out of the company – and see a financial return on your investment into the company. Dividends are payments made to the company’s shareholders when the business has made a profit. What’s not re-invested into the company can be paid out as dividend payments to your shareholders, of which you’re one. But what’s the most effective way to do …

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Is your Team Engaged? How do you keep them happy and keep up performance?

Only 15% of the world’s workers are engaged and reaching their full potential at work, according to research by Gallup. Increasing that engagement is a key aim for many business owners. No single factor can improve the engagement levels of your staff, but offering a varied and valuable package of employee benefits, and an attractive reward package, can go a long way to enhancing the motivation and productivity of your company’s workforce. Keeping your employees happy and …

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You might not get it, but it can make a massive difference at tax time

Cash vs Accrual Accounting – It’s All About Timing While your accountant may have selected the option for you, you may like to change it or take advantage of it at different times.  What’s the difference between cash and accrual accounting? Cash accounting is all about money in and out. Accrual accounting is all about invoices issued and bills received. We can explain how the accounting method impacts your business. While it’s not a simple cut and …

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Deducting Rent or Home Loan Interest Costs when in Business

Guidance on home-based businesses from the ATO The ATO has released some specific guidance in relation to home-based businesses. The guidance deals with the issues that arise in the context of a range of different business structures, including where the business is operated by a sole trader or as partners in a partnership as well as through entities such as companies and trusts. In relation to businesses operated as a sole trader or in partnership, the guidance …

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Report PAYGW Correctly to Claim Tax Deductions

From July 1 2019, If you don’t meet PAYG withholding obligations for your workers, by not withholding tax from their payments and not reporting it to the ATO, you could lose your tax deduction. This will apply to income tax returns lodged for the 2020 financial year and beyond. If you withhold tax from payments to workers, you must withhold the required amount and report correctly to the ATO in order to receive a tax deduction for …

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Your taxable payments annual report (TPAR) is due soon

Prepare now for your taxable payments annual report (TPAR) lodgement. Whether you lodge your own report directly with the ATO or if you use our lodgement services, this form is due by the 28th August. There are a number of supplier details required in the TPAR. If you have not kept up-to-date supplier records throughout the year, start updating your records now to ensure timely TPAR lodgement. Things to review before finalising your TPAR: Make sure you …

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Weird deductions and FBT issues with Uber style ride sharing

When an employee uses a taxi service for travel to or from work or if the employee is sick, it is generally exempt from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) under the FBT taxi travel exemption. The question is, what about Uber and other ride sharing services, do they also qualify for the exemption? If Uber is considered to be a taxi for GST purposes, that is, all drivers need to be registered for GST and charge GST as …

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Your business can accept no more the $10,000 cash

Why the Government does not want your business accepting cash payments of $10,000 or more From 1 January 2020, the Government intends to restrict the value of cash payments a business makes or accepts to amounts under $10,000. Ignoring the limit will become a criminal offence with penalties of up to 2 years in prison and/ or $25,200*. Payments of $10,000 or more will need to be made electronically or by cheque. We’ll, easy enough you say, …

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Confusion over personal income tax changes

Personal income tax changes – what are you really entitled to? The recent income tax cuts that passed through Parliament do not mean everyone automatically gets $1,080 back from the Government as soon as they lodge their income tax return. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been inundated with calls from taxpayers wanting to know where their money is and how they can access the $1,080 they now believe is owing to them. What changed? From 1 …

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