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Contribute to Super before 30 June.

Superannuation If you want to make a tax deductible contribution before 30 June or pay super for your employees for a tax deduction in FY22 – Take Action NOW. Funds must be received in a fund bank account before 30 June. From 1 July there are two key changes: the contribution rate for employer super contributions will increase to 10.5%; the minimum $450/month threshold ($350 for hospitality) for employer contributions…  Read more

Super guarantee $450 threshold scrapped

Scrapping the $450 per month super guarantee threshold was a parting gift of the Liberal Party. From July 1, employers must make super guarantee payments for all employees regardless of an employee’s total monthly earnings. As announced in the 2021–22 federal Budget, the Australian Government the $450 per month threshold will be scrapped from July 1 to expand coverage of super guarantee to eligible employees regardless of their monthly pay. The…  Read more

Fringe Benefits Tax

Lodge your FBT to REDUCE ATO AUDIT PERIOD. Many small businesses manage their business to avoid fringe benefits tax using methods such as director contributions to ensure no tax is payable – this method is low cost and pragmatic however leaves an unlimited timeframe open for ATO. We recommend our clients to complete and lodge an FBT return, even if it is a nil result so as to draw a…  Read more

Tax Planning, who needs it?

In April and May 2022, we assist clients with Tax Planning to provide specific actions to reduce your tax and manage your business and personal profits. REDUCING YOUR TAX and PLANNING FOR YOUR TAX PAYMENTS We have annual tax planning guides that will help you succeed: FY22 Tax planning tips and ideas for business FY22 Tax and wealth management tips and ideas for individuals When is a tax plan essential?…  Read more

Engaging a Bookkeeper is Better for Business

A Bookkeeping service can benefit businesses of any size. It gives you access to expertise for better management of finances, invoicing and bills and a seamless transiting from bookkeeper to accountant at EOFY. Perhaps even more important for you is the time freed up for you to focus on your business. To see bookkeeping packages click here. Expertise A bookkeeper is an expert at managing, sorting and recording your business’s…  Read more

Is your home loan protected?

Buying a property is a big investment. It’s often one of the most important investments people make in their lives. When it comes to getting a mortgage, many buyers focus solely on the immediate steps they have to take and fail to consider the right protections. What insurances can protect your home loan? It pays to understand the insurance options you have available for your mortgage in order to protect…  Read more

Succession Planning: Do you have a plan B?

As a business owner, have you ever considered what would happen to the business if you had to take a break due to serious illness or injury? Would the business survive? How would the bills get paid? And while you may not like to think about it, in the case of death, how can you ensure your family is given a fair deal in the case of a business partnership?…  Read more

Build an Effective Financial Plan for Your Business

Every business needs a financial plan. Your financial plan gives you a way to monitor and review your cash flow, make adjustments to your spending and anticipate potential financial issues. A financial plan can also help when requesting funding or finding investors to bring more money into your business. Although many business owners are aware that financial planning is important, it is often overlooked or put off for another day.…  Read more

Tax Implications of Cryptocurrency (AU)

With cryptocurrencies gaining popularity, many people are unclear on how or when they can be taxed. Despite widespread belief to the contrary, you can be taxed on gains made as a result of obtaining or using cryptocurrency. If you’ve made a profit from trading cryptocurrency, for example, you need to declare it at tax time. Very few people really understand cryptocurrencies, what they are, how they exist and what drives…  Read more

Millennials Making Money.

Your 30s are an exciting time. You’re typically making more money than you were in your 20s and you’re looking to the future to determine the type of life you want to live. Your 30s are also a great time to take control of your finances, so you have more security and flexibility in the coming years. Here are 5 financial tips to follow in your 30s, to help you…  Read more

Payroll and Payment Summaries 2021 – what you need to know

The introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP) requires more effort than usual on year end payroll finalisation. Under STP employers must report pay, taxes and superannuation information directly to the ATO every payday through STP. Employers using STP will not give employees a payment summary as they usually would at this time of year. Instead, employees will get an end-of-year income statement in ATO online services through myGov. Employers have…  Read more

A quick guide to Simplified Small Business Accounting

A quick guide to Simplified Small Business Accounting If you run a small business,simplify your accounting system and instead and concentrate on actionable metrics. This is especially true if you are the only one managing your business. Below are some of the ways you can streamline your small business accounting system: Track your inventory using dedicated inventory management software. Online inventory management software and point of sale systems allow you…  Read more

It’s time to review your fringe benefits

The fringe benefits tax (FBT) year ends on 31 March. That means it’s time to review the benefits you’ve provided to your employees for the last 12 months and work out which of those attract FBT. You may provide your employees with benefits you do not usually provide because of COVID-19. This includes paying for items that allow your employees to work from home. Fringe benefits tax (FBT) may apply…  Read more

If my business is making a profit, where is the cash?

Often small business owners find themselves in the position of running a great business that appears to be profitable but there never seems to be any money in the bank. It’s an important situation to address. After all, a lack of adequate cash flow is one of the main causes of small business failure. Here are three reasons potentially profitable businesses have little money in the bank. What is the…  Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Cash Flow Forecasting

It is impossible to predict the future of a business with 100% accuracy however a cash flow forecast can help you prepare and plan for a range of possible future scenarios, good and bad otherwise. A cash flow forecast and scenario plan will help you make better financial decisions, help you keep on top of your finances and improve financial outcomes. Cash flow forecasting involves estimating how much cash will…  Read more

A burst bubble is a setback, not a disaster. Don’t make rash decisions.

The bubble has burst in WA and we need to join the rest of the world in accepting the reality that Covid is here. What we do know is that the world economy has not collapsed, businesses in WA have been relatively sheltered and we are more aware of how we can react to outbreaks. Our first case in 10 months is a setback but not a disaster. We have…  Read more

New to Property Investing?

Everyone wants to achieve financial independence beyond a basic wage. In the current climate, many are looking to invest in property. Interest rates are at an all time low and don’t look to be rising any time soon and reports from economic forecasters suggest housing prices are set to jump.  Property prices in Australia in March 2021 grew at their fastest rate since 1988 and as Vanguard explains, the surge…  Read more

4 Common Sense Financial Tips To Make Your Money Work For You

Good personal finance skills are important but this seemingly simple concept can be difficult to master. Without knowing how to manage your money effectively, you run the risk of making financial mistakes that could significantly impact your life. Avoid money traps and manage your finances better with the following common sense financial tips. 1. Not all ‘tax effective’ investments are good investments. The term ‘tax effective’ is used loosely and…  Read more

Federal Budget 2020: What it means for you

The Federal Budget was released on Tuesday 6th October. We have summarised what we feel is most relevant information for clients of Porters CA. If you would like to read more about the “Winners and Losers” of the Australian Federal Budget for 2020 click here. Key Points: Tax cuts for workers – more money in pockets for more Australians. JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme – businesses supported for hiring employees aged…  Read more

Creating your business to-do list

When you’re a small business owner, your to-do list is often long and constantly growing. There are an overwhelming number of things need to be done and it can seem they’re all urgent. It’s easy to push important tasks to the side and focus on less-vital activities but that often means you miss deadlines, make mistakes and feel as though you’re always trying to catch up. Create a list and…  Read more

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