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The differences between wages, salary, commission, and bonuses

There are a few different methods that employers use to pay their employees, and while they may have similarities, they each also have their own implications for your business and its employees. On top of that, there may be a blended model at play, in which you offer two types of compensation at once, such as a wage and bonuses. How you pay your employees will impact your finances and…  Read more

Outsourcing payroll when the time is right

Payroll is time consuming and complicated. It can take away from the time, energy and passion you might otherwise invest in growing your business. So is it time to outsource your payroll? While there is a cost to consider when engaging a professional, if the time is right, it should pay for itself. When considering outsourcing your payroll talk to us to ensure your business is ready for the next…  Read more

Is it time to Raise Your Prices?

There comes a time for every small business to raise their prices. We don’t always want to, for the sake of our customers, however in order to pay staff, overheads, and maintain and reasonable profit, raising your  prices for goods or services is essential. With inflation rising at a rapid rate, unemployment at an all time low and wages rising to meet demand, have you looked at your business figures…  Read more

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

Manage payroll effectively

Payroll is one of those things that starts out simply enough. You start your business, hire a few employees, and things tick along pretty well. It’s straightforward enough to keep everything in line at first, but what happens to most companies is… they grow! This is a great thing, but it also means that payroll becomes more complicated. As such an important aspect of your business, it’s important that payroll…  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

Mandatory Director ID Numbers from November

Australian company directors have the next year in which they will need to apply for a Director Identification Number through the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). The ABRS will roll out progressively between 2021 and 2024, with the first step being that all company directors will be required to obtain a Director Identification Number(DIN). For most directors, the due date will be 30 November 2022 however a new appointment as…  Read more

Understanding the new Director Identification Number

The Australian government announced the implementation of the Modernising Business Registers program as part of the 2020 Budget Digital Business Plan. The program will establish an Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) to enhance how businesses register and manage their information with the government. The ABRS will roll out progressively between 2021 and 2024, with the first change being that business directors must obtain a Director Identification Number (DIN). For most…  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

Tax Planning

Tax Planning 2021 The end of financial year is fast approaching. Business and employment conditions alongside legislative change have thrown new considerations into the tax planning mix. Helping you achieve prosperity and pay less tax is our priority, so we have created guides for personal tax planning and business tax planning to help you get ahead before the end of financial year. The world is awash with government stimulus, debt and low interest rates. Asset…  Read more

Federal Budget 2021: What it means for you

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has released the 2021 Federal Budget and confirmed Australia’s economy is performing more strongly than was expected six months ago. This article has a summary of the “Winners and Losers” of the Budget and we’ve compiled a recap of the key points below. Get in touch with us if you have any questions. A Quick Overview This budget assumes our international borders won’t reopen until mid-2022. $1.9…  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

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