Business Update – 9 June 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ATO reminds Australians about changes this tax season The Australian Tax Office anticipates that many will continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and is offering support to get your taxes right the first time. A summary can be found here. Cash rate expected to rise this week The official…  Read more

How to keep your finances on track

When it comes to your finances, it’s a good idea to check in on your progress periodically, to see if any adjustments to your budget or changes in your habits are necessary. Even if you’ve set your budget for the year, you may learn a new strategy or have a priority come up suddenly that causes you to shift your thinking. Here are ways to take stock of your finances,…  Read more

The most important financial reports

While many small business owners prefer brainstorming new ideas to pouring over financial reports, getting a handle on financial analysis can be remarkably empowering. Taking the time to regularly review financial statements can help you assess and improve current performance, avoid risk and make scalable plans for future growth. Protect your company’s financial health by learning your way around these three financial reports. Cash flow statement The cash flow statement…  Read more

Business Update – 2 June 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ASX carries momentum into a new week The local sharemarket started the week at a three-week high, coming off a rally from last week. Tech and payment firms were among the industries leading the charge. Bubs jumps 80% as deal struck to aid US Baby formula manufacturer Bubs Australia…  Read more

What’s changing on 1 July 2022?

A series of reforms and changes will commence on 1 July 2022. Here’s what is coming up: For business Superannuation guarantee increase to 10.5% The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate will rise from 10% to 10.5% on 1 July 2022 and will continue to increase by 0.5% each year until it reaches 12% on 1 July 2025. If you have employees, what this will mean depends on your employment agreements. If…  Read more

The 120% deduction for skills training and technology costs

It’s a great headline, isn’t it? Spend $100 and get a $120 tax deduction. Days after the Federal Budget announcement that businesses would be able to claim a 120% deduction for expenditure on training and technology costs, we started receiving marketing emails encouraging us to spend now to access the deduction. But, there are a few problems. Firstly, the announcement is just that, it is not yet law. And, given…  Read more

How to Test your Business Idea

When you’re in business for long enough, you’ll likely come up with new ideas you want to try. Innovation is important for your company to grow, to diversify its income, and to attract new customers. An important step between having an idea and jumping into it is testing the idea. Here are some important ways to test your idea, so you can launch it with confidence. 1. Talk to people…  Read more

Can I claim a tax deduction for my gym membership?

There are lots of reasons to keep fit, but very few of them have to do with how we earn our income. As a result, a tax deduction for a gym membership isn’t available to most people. And yes, the Tax Office has heard all the arguments before about how keeping fit reduces sickness and therefore is important to earning an income, and the way I look is important to…  Read more

How to Decide When to Retire Early

Early retirement may sound like a big dream, but it is achievable if you’re willing to do some planning and stick to your strategy. Here are steps you can take to put yourself in a position to retire early. 1. Figure out how much money you’ll need after you retire This involves figuring out what age you want to retire at–if you want to retire at 55 you’ll need to…  Read more

Benefits of long-term investing

When it comes to an investment strategy, there are an almost endless number of paths you can take. Depending on your overall priorities, needs, and values you can follow any established formula or set your own path. One path that has numerous benefits is long-term investing. In long-term investing you put your money in an investment with the goal of leaving it there for a long time. You’re not buying…  Read more

Fuel tax credit changes

The Government temporarily halved the excise and excise equivalent customs duty rates for petrol, diesel and all other petroleum-based products (except aviation fuels) for 6 months from 30 March 2022 until 28 September 2022. This has caused a reduction in fuel tax credit rates. During this 6 month period, businesses using fuel in heavy vehicles for travelling on public roads won’t be able to claim fuel tax credits for fuel…  Read more

ATO ramps up heat on directors

Throughout March, the ATO sent letters to directors who are potentially in breach of their obligations to ensure that the company they represent has met its PAYG withholding, superannuation guarantee charge, or GST obligations. These letters are a warning shot and should not be ignored. The director penalty regime ensures that directors are personally liable for certain debts of the company if the debts are not actively managed. The liability applies to…  Read more

Business Update – 6 May 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. More Australians turning away from home ownership A new study suggests that younger Australians are choosing to invest their money in stocks over buying a home. Around 43 percent said they would choose to invest their money instead of spending it, and 38 percent of those saying they would…  Read more

Setting and Achieving Financial Goals

Financial security, whether that’s for a business or an individual, requires planning. You need to know where you want to be, where you are now, and how to cross the gap between the two places. Having goals and a plan makes it more likely that you’ll achieve financial security–whatever that means to you. Here are some steps to setting your financial goals. 1. Be specific with what you want It’s…  Read more

Debts placed on hold by the ATO

The ATO has provided some brief updated guidance on the treatment of tax debts that are placed on hold (not pursued). These will not be visible on the balance of the taxpayer’s accounts. However, taxpayers should receive written notification of the decision to place the debt on hold. The ATO guidance also sets out how these debts can be viewed by using online services, for both the taxpayer and registered…  Read more

Reasons Your Business Should Consider Digital Receipts

Receipts are vital to successfully running a business. You need receipts to track your purchases and expenses. Your clients need receipts for their tax purposes and to manage their finances. Paper receipts have been around a long time, so many people are used to them and may even be resistant to moving away from them. Thanks to technology, paper receipts are becoming more a thing of the past. There are…  Read more

Tips to Make the Most of the End of Financial Year

Preparing your End of Financial Year (EOFY) information often feels stressful—there are receipts to sort out and reports to review, and you need to make sure you have all the necessary information about your income and expenses. It can be overwhelming, and it can make the EOFY feel daunting. The end of the financial year isn’t just a time to collect receipts and find invoices, however. It’s also a time…  Read more

Business Update – 28 April 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Xero Report: Small Business Creation at Record Levels Landmark research from Xero has revealed new small business registrations in Australia are at unprecedented levels, growing 34% from 225,000 in 2019 to over 300,000 in 2021. Over the next 10 years, an estimated 3.5 million small businesses are expected to…  Read more

How to Win Your Customers Back

Whether your small business is business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C), you likely deal with some level of customer churn. Even customers who love your business and your products may have lapsed for a variety of reasons. Whatever their reasons for leaving, it’s still a great idea to try to win them back. Why? Mainly because winning back a lost customer still has a higher success rate than converting a prospect…  Read more

Tips for Positioning Yourself as a Market Leader

Small business owners often feel that they have to do something to stand out from the crowd and attract an audience. If that’s how you feel, you’re definitely not alone. Many business owners try to stand out by creating fancy websites that grab attention. Those may work in the short term, but it’s worth considering other ways to market yourself as an industry leader and build relationships with your ideal…  Read more

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