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Surviving and Thriving in a Recession

The pains caused by a recession can be brutal and most of us dread the thought. A recession can mean massive layoffs, fewer jobs and wages frozen, which means consumers spend less and in turn worsening the economic slowdown. If we look at the effects of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, between December 2008 and December 2010, about 1.8 million small businesses closed. According to Investopedia one decade…  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

Instant Asset Write-Off Extended

Good news! This week the government announced that the Instant Asset Write-off has been extended for six months, taking the initiative to 31 December 2020. Australian businesses with less than $500 million annual turnover will be able to take advantage of the write-off and invest in assets to support their business. This government initiative is designed to help the economy reopen and boost economic growth. The instant asset write-off applies…  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

Finding money within your business

Times are tough for business owners. Many small businesses are experiencing cash flow problems from time to time and urgently need working capital. While many business owners immediately think of the bank or loans when they’re short of money, there are other resources you can tap before you ask for that expensive overdraft or overdraft extension. The money you need might already be there—locked up in inventory, assets or your…  Read more

How to build a cash war chest when money is tight

Your “war chest” is the financial reserve your business has built up. Your war chest helps you take advantage of opportunities or cover unexpected costs or emergencies such as the current Covid pandemic. Building a cash reserve when finances are tight, however, can be difficult. You need money to continue running your business while attempting to keep your reserve account healthy. To begin you should download a cashflow scenario planner…  Read more

How to market and sell remotely – free webinar

We’ve teamed up with our Website provider Bizink to bring you a free webinar on how to market and sell remotely. They’ve been 100% remote for seven years but have built a global business and they want to share how they did it with you. I’ve attended webinars from them in the past and they are always practical and useful. They are going to cover everything from slide decks, proposals…  Read more

Extension time to apply for JobKeeper

Extension of time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme The Commissioner has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. If you enrol by 31 May you can still claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for each of those fortnights. This includes having paid your employees by the appropriate date for each fortnight. For the first…  Read more

JobKeeper Eligibility Tests

The ATO has just released Alternative Tests for the JobKeeper payment which expands eligibility from the initial basic test. This is good news for many businesses, particularly startups, those affected by last year’s droughts and those with variable revenues. Basic Test If you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the basic test, you can ignore the alternative tests below. The basic test is satisfied where your projected GST turnover for the…  Read more

Tax Planning and the Government Stimulus

We have recently communicated with you via a blend of newsletter, email and phone calls across various topics including: Business Continuity Planning – bring structure into your business management across a range of areas Cashflow management and forecasting PAYG instalments – options to pay or vary for March quarter and also an option to reduce previous quarters to nil and receive a refund of tax instalments paid Government Stimulus –…  Read more

Update for Investments and Super – Knight Financial Advisors

Author Peter Farlie Director Knight Financial Advisors Coronavirus concerns continued to dominate markets through March, causing unprecedented volatility in investment markets. The far reaching economic consequences have effectively wiped out all of the progress made over the last three years. We summarise the main indices as at the end of March below which have now turned to a sea of red: In addition to the above, the combined effect of…  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

Stimulus for Eligible Employers

The legislation and supporting documentation for the first two stages of the stimulus came to more than 200 pages. Our team has been reading the literature and attending training seminars on the application of this new legislation and working out how this legislation applies to your business. PAYG Withholding Stimulus for eligible employers TAX FREE PAYMENTS of up to $50,000 for eligible* small and medium businesses based on their PAYG…  Read more

WA Government Additional Support

      The Western Australian Government announced this week, further stimulus actions to help Western Australians The small business relief includes: $17,500 grants for small businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million. The $1 million payroll tax threshold (announced in October 2019) will be brought forward by six months to 1 July 2020. Grants of $17,500 will automatically be paid by cheque to eligible businesses from…  Read more

‘Job Keeper’ payment makes up Government’s 3rd stimulus package

As we try to catch a breath from all the chaos going on with Coronavirus, we just got word of the Australian Government’s latest stimulus package. This package focuses on the ‘job keeper’ payment, aimed at helping businesses keep their staff, which will be a lifeline for many people over the coming months. Here a quick overview of what it means: Employers and sole traders will be able to apply…  Read more

What the Coronavirus Stimulus Package means for you

It’s hard to escape the news of the Coronavirus as it continues to have a huge impact on people across the world. Closer to home, the Morrison Government has announced a stimulus package in response to the anticipated economic downturn. This package includes a number of economic stimulus measures for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 income years, with most of targeted at helping small to medium-sized businesses. Here to help But…  Read more

banks and lending institution concessions

Banks and Lending Institutions Specific COVID-19 concessions have been announced by the following banks: i) CBA Deferring repayments on a variety of business loan and overdraft products, for 6-months. Reducing commercial interest rates by 0.25 Waiving merchant terminal fees for impacted customers with CBA payment terminals, for 90 days. Waiving early redraw fees on business term deposit accounts (including Farm Management Deposit accounts). Waiving establishment fees and excess interest on…  Read more

WA State stimulus

Payroll tax concessions The payroll tax threshold will be increased to $1 million on 1 July 2020. This brings the increase forward from the planned date of 1 January 2021 and will result in approximately an additional 300 businesses no longer being liable for payroll tax. The threshold increase will be reflected in Revenue Online when it comes into effect. Employers, or groups of employers, who pay $7.5 million or less in…  Read more

Federal stimulus packages explained

The Australian Government has announced two Economic Stimulus packages to the sun of $189 billion. The package includes both cash and tax incentive measures including; Real, Cash Money for Small Business Owners 1) 100% Cashback on PAYG Withholding, up to $100,000 in total Eligible small and medium-sized employers will be provided a 100% tax-free ‘cash back’ of up to $50,000 (and a minimum of $10,000) on your PAYG Withholding on…  Read more

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