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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

Instant Asset Write Offs – what, how and when

Instant Asset Write Off (IAWO) and Full Expensing of Depreciating Assets (FEDA) Who doesn’t love a tax deduction? With IAWO and FEDA alongside low interest rates and a strong economy there is an opportunity to invest in productive assets to supercharge your business growth. In brief – when you buy an eligible asset you will claim 100% of the cost as a tax deduction. For a small business with assets…  Read more

Signs You’re Undercharging for Your Work

When it comes to the overall success of your business, one of the most important decisions you’ll face is what to charge for the work you do. Charge too much and you could scare away potential customers. Charge too little and you could run yourself out of business. Working out how much to charge is stressful, but it’s worth it. If your business doesn’t bring in enough money to pay…  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

Xero Errors Can Be Costly – How To Avoid Them

Xero is a fantastic business tool and you want to get the most out of it to maximise your financial management. If you’ve just started working with Xero, it is normal to make a few errors while learning. We see mistakes that are quite common – and unfortunately costly to go back and correct at end of year. We want you to get the most out of the system giving…  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

Wanted in Albany – Bookkeeper, problem solver

Our Albany office is looking for a full time Bookkeeper to join our growing team. Porters CA is a boutique Accounting firm with offices in Perth & Albany that operate as a unified team, mixing excellence in tax compliance & bookkeeping with a personal touch & a view that opportunities are everywhere. Our goal is to create Prosperity and GREAT experiences for our Staff and Business Clients. Work is meant…  Read more

Christmas parties, gifts and tax

There is no separate fringe benefits tax (FBT) category for Christmas parties. You may encounter many different circumstances when providing these events to your staff. Fringe benefits provided to, an associate, or under an arrangement with a third party to any current employees, past and future employees, and their associates (spouses and children), may attract FBT. Implications for FBT The following explanations may help you determine whether there are FBT…  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

Looking for an exciting new job? We’re looking for an Accountant – Tax and Business Services in Albany, WA.

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

Philanthropy and community

October has been a busy month for us. We have been fundraising for and participating in a range of community events to raise money for valuable charities, research and services. It is inspiring and rewarding to have the opportunity to participate in fundraising events. We have connected with so many like minded individuals who share a goal, to make a difference. Donating to a cause or participating in community events…  Read more

Grow Your Family Business While Preserving Family Relationships

Family business owners often share a similar goal – to grow the business and pass it on to the next generation. While keeping the business in the family and getting to work with your parents, siblings, or children can be rewarding, managing and growing a family-owned business isn’t without its challenges. Conflicting views on business and family matters such as succession of power, rivalry, favoritism, and disposition of assets often…  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

We’re Hiring

Intermediate accountant: 2-5 years experience in tax and business services. We are looking for an enthusiastic accountant to join our team. Porters CA is a long established Chartered Accounting firm with a focus on excellence, growth and embracing new systems and ideas to meet the changing business and accounting world. Our goal is to create prosperity, great experiences and opportunities for our staff and business clients. Our client surveys and…  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

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