JobKeeper 2.0 eligibility and payments

JobKeeper extension The Government announced that JobKeeper will be extended but with changes in turnover tests and payment rates: First stage (from 28 September 2020) Turnover decline will initially be based on actual decline for June and September 2020 quarters to qualify for two reduced tier rates; Next stage (from 4 January 2021) actual turnover decline for June, September and December 2020 quarters to qualify for further reduced rates. HERE is link to the new fact sheet…  Read more

Tax Time Toolkits

This tax time will be unlike any other, and it promises to be one of the most challenging yet. The 2019–20 financial year has seen our country, our people, our wildlife and our land affected by unprecedented events. From drought and water shortages, to severe bushfires and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic – every Australian has been affected in some way. To make things as easy as possible, the ATO…  Read more

ATO Flags Work-Related Hotspots

The ATO has now announced a number of deduction hotspots that it will pay close attention to this year, in light of COVID-19. The Tax Office has begun bracing for a substantially different tax time this year, noting that it will likely see a flow-on effect from COVID-19 restrictions on work-related expenses claims. ATO Assistant Commissioner Karen Foat, has urged taxpayers to reduce claims for work-related expenses in the last…  Read more

Paid a Tradie or Other Contractor to Help You?

If you’ve paid a tradie or other contractor for building and construction services in the last year, you might need to lodge a Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) by 28 August, if: you earn 50% or more of your business income or 50% or more of your business activity is from building and construction – including carpentry, engineering, painting, plumbing and architecture; you pay contractors for building and construction services. Over…  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

Coronavirus: Government JobKeeper Payment

A major part of the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (or ‘COVID-19’) pandemic is the ‘JobKeeper Payment’ Scheme. The JobKeeper Payment is a wage subsidy that will be paid through the tax system (i.e., it will be administered by the ATO) to eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19. Under the scheme, eligible businesses will receive a payment of $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee and/or for one eligible business participant (i.e.,…  Read more

Supporting businesses to retain jobs

The Government is introducing a subsidy program to support employees and businesses. The JobKeeper Payment is designed to help businesses affected by the Coronavirus to cover the costs of their employees’ wages, so that more employees can retain their job and continue to earn an income. Keeping Australians in work and businesses in business will lay the foundations for a stronger economic recovery once the Coronavirus crisis passes. Jobkeeper Payment…  Read more

Economic Response to Coronavirus

On 12 March 2020, the Australian Government announced a $17.6 billion targeted stimulus package to support the Australian economy through the challenges of the coronavirus. The package is designed to keep small businesses afloat and employees in work, and will focus on supporting the most affected sectors. The government has stated that the measures are temporary, targeted and scalable. The main areas of support relevant to small businesses are: Cash…  Read more

Valuing car parking fringe benefits

Where businesses provide car parking fringe benefits to their employees, the taxable value of these benefits must be calculated correctly to ensure they are meeting their fringe benefits tax (‘FBT’) obligations, regardless of the method used. The ATO has advised they may directly contact businesses who have engaged an arm’s length valuer, as required under the ‘market value method’. According to the ATO, in some instances, valuers have prepared reports using a daily rate that doesn’t reflect the…  Read more

The common time waster that stops your business from growing

Being a small business owner can be fantastic. You get to be involved in every aspect of your business, from marketing to event planning, from sales to employee development. Being involved in so many areas of your business saves you from boredom and allows you to use skills you might not have known you had. There is one area that many small business owners hate to be part of but…  Read more

Tips for switching off during the holidays

The holiday season is once again here, and with it comes time to relax, focus on family and friends and take stock in what is really important in life. Unless you’re a small business owner. Every small business owner knows that being away from the office can be just as stressful as being in it. Phone calls from employees dealing with a minor crisis will pull your focus from your…  Read more

Separating personal and business expenses

There are some things in life that go together well and others that definitely do not. Business and personal finances are in the category of items that should not be mixed. Although it may seem like a headache to keep them separate—who wants to manage all those bank accounts?—your life will be greatly simplified once you separate your personal and your business finances, especially your expenses. Paperwork and taxes will…  Read more

Why hiring a bookkeeper is a great investment

As a small business owner, you’re likely concerned about every penny you spend. That’s a good thing, because you need to keep track of your income and expenses. It also means, however, that you might be less likely to hire people who can help your business. People like bookkeepers, who are great investments for any small business. So what does a bookkeeper do? Bookkeepers take care of the daily financial…  Read more

Three Reasons to Focus on Fantastic Customer Service

Small business owners know that to find a loyal customer base, they have to stand out from their competitors.  One of the best, and easiest, ways to do that is to have outstanding customer service. How you treat your customers reflects your entire business. People think positively on companies that treat their customers and clients well.  Unfortunately, many small business owners focus a lot of attention on their products and…  Read more

How to get your life back in a seven-day-a-week business

Small business owners already have a difficult and time-consuming job running their business. If their business is open five days a week, they usually need the weekend to catch up on paperwork, pay bills and manage any tasks they didn’t get to during the week. For those with a seven-day-a-week business, there’s even less time off. They often feel the need to be onsite any time the business is open,…  Read more

Will paying off your mortgage early hurt you financially?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer in this instance, but we discuss a couple of scenarios in this article – ones that may apply to you. Scenario 1: You have a mortgage and other loans If you currently have a mortgage, you will generally be paying a lower interest rate than any other loans or credit lines you may have. Usually smaller loans such car loans, personal loans and…  Read more

Three ways to speed up invoicing

Everyone likes making money, especially small business owners. Invoicing, however, is typically one of the tasks that small business owners like the least. Chores like creating and sending invoices get set aside for other duties that are seen as more enjoyable or even more urgent. You tell yourself you’ll get around to it tomorrow, but tomorrow becomes next week, next week becomes next month, and suddenly you realise your client…  Read more

4 questions you should ask your accountant

Ideally, you and your accountant are more than just “adviser” and “client”. With your combined skills, expertise, and shared mission to support a thriving business, you’re more like strategic partners. The key to achieving success in any partnership is, of course, strong communication. At your next meeting, be sure to ask your accountant these four important questions. 1. What’s my best strategy for increasing revenue? Every business owner strives to…  Read more

Conference Tips for Small Business Owners

For small business owners, business conferences can be both a blessing and a curse. They give you the opportunity to develop new skills and learn strategies that you can use in your business, and they also provide you with the chance to meet new people and expand your business network. Unfortunately, they also pull you away from your business and they cost money, so it’s important that you get the…  Read more

Starting a new business? Learn about pricing regulations

Businesses have certain rights and responsibilities when setting and displaying the prices of their goods and services. When you price your products or services, or advertise a price, you need to comply with a number of regulations. Below are a few terms to become familiar with. Comparative pricing – Comparative pricing is where you compare the sale price of a product or service to a former price. Recommended Retail Price (RRP) – RRP…  Read more

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