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Porters CA is a boutique firm, mixing excellence in tax compliance and bookkeeping with a personal touch and a view that opportunities are everywhere. We are seeking tax & business services accountants to join our growing team. We’re seeking a graduate or early stage in your career, however if you have more experience we’ll fit the role to match your great attitude, aptitude and skills. Our goal is to create…  Read more

Winning Together – lessons from the Richmond Tigers

Planning for success means taking control of your future. In 2010 Richmond CEO, Brendon Gale, laid out a 10 year plan for the club including three premierships by 2020. Following no premiership in 30 years, this was no easy task and bordered on fanciful. I am not a Richmond supporter, but I admire what they have achieved. The CEO laid out a plan for “winning together”. We think it is…  Read more

WA residential real estate

The past six years have been tough for Perth’s property market but maybe the tide has turned. Perth dwelling values fell by more than 22% from highs in June 2014. For any home or investment property buyers from 2008 onwards, breaking even on a subsequent sale has been a measure of success. Regional markets are also booming. You will struggle to find a rental property, a holiday home, a vacant…  Read more

The Valley of Despair – a travel guide

Fairy tale touring notes from an accountant? Stick with us, it could be fun and you could be the Hero in this tale… We love to guide clients from financial anxiety and a mess of paperwork to a better place with systems, process and control to free up time and achieve their goals. Valley Of Despair A Travel Guide You only visit The Valley of Despair on your way to…  Read more

Do you have more questions this tax time?

What a year! We don’t need to tell you that this year has been “unprecedented”. With so many stimulus packages, support programs, tax changes and business shutdowns this financial year is set to be like we’ve never seen before. Oddly enough, amongst all the upheaval, rarely have we felt so enthusiastic about the opportunities for people and businesses who are open to new ideas and who are looking for guidance…  Read more

Are you a caterpillar or a butterfly? Questions to ask post COVID.

As small business operators emerge post COVID, there are some important business questions to ask. These questions will help determine whether your business model is working and if there are additional changes you want to make to protect your business through future economic downturns or volatility. Will you remain the same old caterpillar or a change and improve like a butterfly? 1. What worked and what didn’t work in my…  Read more

Efficient business systems really pay off

You run a business, you take a risk. The aim is generally to provide income to support your lifestyle and family and freedom to be your own boss. For too many business owners, their business is a harder task master than any boss they have ever reported to. We know there is a better way… Too many businesses fall over or fail to achieve their potential because the owner has…  Read more

Business lessons learned during COVID-19

Image from The Spirit Business If you’re like many business owners you’re probably astounded by how the world changed in a very short time, and now it seems to have changed all over again! While we can all hope that the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, the truth is there is a lot in life and in business that is uncertain, and there is a great deal we can learn…  Read more

Commercial Lease Rent Relief during COVID19

If your business qualifies for JobKeeper support (effectively measured by your actual or forecast turnover reducing by more than 30%), then your business may qualify for commercial rent relief as provided for in the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19. The key principles are as follows: Where it can, rent should continue to be paid, and where there is financial distress as a result…  Read more

Assistance for your Business to Cope with the Coronavirus Effects

We have drafted a memo with some insights to help you during this difficult time with the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) affecting all of us. So take a moment to make yourself a cup of tea, then read through this memo with an open mind. As a business owner, you need to face the possibility of team members being absent from your workplace, product supply issues and demand for your services…  Read more

Coronavirus – economic stimulus package

Today the Commonwealth government announced a $17.6 billion economic stimulus package to support Australian businesses dealing with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus. The package has four components: Supporting business investment Providing cash flow assistance to help businesses Targeted support for the most severely affected sectors, regions and communities Household stimulus package The new measures will be introduced in the Parliament when it returns on 23…  Read more

Christmas Housekeeping – payroll and cashflow

With Christmas at hand it is time to think about payroll and staff leave over the Christmas break. Getting ready now will take some of the stress out of payroll over this period. Are you closed over Christmas? Do your staff need to put in leave requests for this period? If so get them in early to help with smooth processing. Discuss expectations with your staff. Those who don’t have…  Read more

Superannuation payments – Pay on time, every time, no excuses!

With the implementation of single touch payroll, the ATO has real time data of wages paid, super due and receipts by super funds. This means now more than ever Superannuation must be paid on time. We’ve helped many small businesses implement systems to embrace single touch payroll by moving to cloud accounting with Xero or MYOB and gaining the additional benefits of time, knowledge and control of their business. The ATO…  Read more

Locked in a Commercial Lease.

Advice from the desk of Simon Terry I have been helping clients recently with commercial leases they can’t afford, in premises they don’t need, for leases we didn’t discuss, locked in place by personal guarantees. So I have put together 10 tips of dos and don’ts: 1. Personal guarantees – don’t do it.  Accountants create business structures to minimise personal risk so don’t undo our hard work. 2. How well…  Read more

Seven Steps to Starting a New Business

You’ve got a great idea for a business, and now you want to get it off the ground and take it to market. This is a very exciting time, but there’s quite a bit you need to think about before you can launch. We offer resources to help you get started. Follow our seven day program to:  Determine if you can make any money Prove you can beat the competition…  Read more

Labor’s planned changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax

You would have been hearing a little about Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing and CGT over the last couple of months. So with the election just a few short weeks away, here’s a summary of what the changes might look like. Currently… Negative gearing of an investment property occurs when the annual costs (interest, management fees, repairs and maintenance, depreciation, etc) are greater than the net rental income. Any…  Read more

2019 Federal Budget Announcement

The annual Federal Budget is an event full of buying votes, new ideas, old ideas rehashed and new tax opportunities and pitfalls. In an election year, politicians’ imaginations run a little wild… so we’ve provided a summary blog and a longer assessment in case you want to know more. This year we are excited about two initiatives which in one form or another are likely to get bipartisan support.  These…  Read more

When Values Matter

Like many small businesses, we’ve been through the process of defining our Mission (to identify opportunity, share passion and achieve prosperity) and our Vision (how our mission and values come together to an end goal), before engaging our team to define Porters’ Values (Care, Integrity, Passion, Team, Enjoyment). Our Values have some great thinking and team engagement behind them. As a business owner I use them to talk with staff…  Read more

Residential Investment Properties – What You Can and Can’t Claim

In our last note, we had a quick review of how changes to the 2017-18 Budget might affect residential investment property owners and their Income Tax position.  While there was some bad news from the point of view of travel claims, and claiming depreciation on plant and material (at least in your Income Tax*), there are still plenty of things you CAN claim against managing your investment property. In this…  Read more

Own a Residential Investment Property?

Want to know how the 2017-18 Budget affects your future tax position?   Here’s the rub… The ATO is interested ATO audits of over 300 rental property claims found errors in 90% of returns.  This means a huge potential loss of revenue for the ATO and fertile ground for tax reviews. This year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will undertake 4,500 audits of taxpayers it considers are “high risk” because…  Read more

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