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How to finance your child’s education

As a parent, you may worry about how to ensure your child can receive a post-secondary education. Costs are constantly rising, and you may face high tuition fees as well as cost of living expenses if your child has to live away from home. Here are some steps you can take to save for your child’s education. Be clear about what you can and cannot afford to pay Being clear…  Read more

Small business ownership – inside and out

We spoke with bookkeeper and business owner Tash Black about her thoughts on running a small business. What made you want to be a business owner? It was something that I had always wanted to do, I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted the challenge of making something mine and experiencing the rewards of reaching my goals and being successful. What impact did owning your own business have…  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

ATO Changes Rules on Common Trust Distributions

On 23 February 2022 the ATO targeted the tax benefits of family trust distributions with a focus on distributions to the adult children of trust controllers. It’s one of the most significant developments for the taxation of trusts in over two decades. The ATO’s attack on the potential tax benefits of trusts is comprehensive: • Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2022/D1 Income tax: section 100A reimbursement agreements • Draft Practical Compliance…  Read more

Trust Deeds – are you up to date?

The technical drafting and operation of a trust deed is becoming increasingly important. A trust deed is a legal document. Each has been drafted by a lawyer at a particular point in time on the basis of an understanding of key issues in the law. There is no standard template. As accountants we work with a simple rule of thumb: Read the Deed A well drafted deed is easy to…  Read more

Employee or contractor?

On 9 February 2022 the High Court released two decisions that changed our understanding of employee vs contractors. At the bottom of this article are the summaries provided by the High Court. For many years Australian Courts have increasingly followed a doctrine of substance over form. That is, look at the substance and reality of a transaction or relationship rather than the initial intent as documented in the legal drafting…  Read more

Covid contingency plan – Omicron is taking us back to the future

Risk management should be central to life and business. At Porters CA we see two simple key imperatives – (A) achieve your goals; (B) plan and manage the risk of not achieving your goals. With the WA borders set to reopen on 3 March it is time to start contingency planning. Absent a major surprise we are looking at a high and rapid incidence of Covid with: interruptions to business…  Read more

Bookkeeping job opportunity in Albany with Porters CA – Chartered Accountants

Are you looking for an opportunity to build your skills as a Bookkeeper in a professional and supportive environment? Porters CA offers you an opportunity to grow, assisted by strong systems and procedures in a supportive and friendly workplace. Training and career development is offered so you can become your best for a bright future. We are a boutique firm, mixing excellence in tax compliance and bookkeeping with a personal…  Read more

Cash Flow Advice for Small Businesses

Solid cash flow management is vital to ensuring your business survives and thrives but not everyone understands what cash flow is or how to manage it. That’s likely what makes it a leading cause of stress for small business owners. Cash flow refers to the movement of money into and out of your business. It is based on the amount of money you bring in minus the amount you spend.…  Read more

Important Change for Employers: Superannuation Guarantee increasing to 10% on 1 July 2021

A Quick Overview The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) is scheduled to increase to 10% from 1 July 2021. If you have employees, you need to be ready for this legislated increase. What is Superannuation Guarantee? The Superannuation Guarantee is the minimum super an employer must pay to their employees super fund. The current SG percentage rate is 9.5% of employees Ordinary Time Earnings, but this is changing. Ordinary Time Earnings or…  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

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

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

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