Practice Update – June 2024

Petra King

ATO’s three focus areas this tax time The ATO will be taking a close look this ‘tax time’ at the following common errors made by taxpayers: Work related expenses: Taxpayers using the ‘revised fixed rate method’ of calculating a working from home deduction must have comprehensive records to substantiate their claims, including records that show the actual number of hours they worked from home, and the additional running costs they…  Read more

Unpacking the 2024 Federal Budget: What you need to know

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When Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the 2024-25 Federal Budget on 14 May 2024, it was clear that the government had a diverse range of objectives. From offering tax cuts to supporting vulnerable groups, the budget is packed with measures aimed at stimulating economic growth and providing relief. Let’s unpack the key points from this year’s budget, focusing on how they impact small businesses. Tax Incentives and Extensions Instant Asset…  Read more

Practice Update – May 2024

Government warns of ‘malicious’ myGov scammers The Government has urged Australians to be vigilant regarding scammers who target ATO log-in details to commit tax fraud. The ATO has received a large number of reports of scammers using fake myGov sites to steal myGov sign-in details, which can be used to commit tax and refund fraud in other people’s names. These criminals will often use text message or email to lure…  Read more

Business Update – 15 May 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. ATO flags 3 key focus areas for this tax time As ‘tax time’ approaches, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced it will be taking a close look at 3 common errors being made by taxpayers: Incorrectly claiming work-related expenses; inflating claims for rental properties; failing to include all…  Read more

Business Update – 08 May 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. New report reveals concerning reality about superannuation accounts Two-thirds of Australians don’t feel that their superannuation is in a good position for their age, new research has revealed. Data from the Australian Retirement Trust (ART) found that only 37 per cent of Australians know how to manage their super investment…  Read more

Record keeping for construction businesses

If you’re a contractor, it can be challenging to manage a hectic schedule and complex projects, all while ensuring your paperwork, documents, and contracts are in order. It’s important to keep a paper trail of your work and practice due diligence. Keeping all your working documents in order shows that you treat your business, customers, and subcontractors responsibly. This is not only a mark of professionalism but can also help…  Read more

Business Update – 01 May 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s economy ‘turned out stronger’ than expected AMP Chief Economist Shane Oliver says Australia’s economy has “turned out stronger” than expected. Annual inflation dipped to 3.6 per cent in the year to March.  It is down from 4.1 per cent in the 12 months to December. Economists say the result…  Read more

Navigating cash flow challenges

In the world of small businesses, positive cash flow is king. It’s the driving force that keeps your business engine running smoothly, covering all your liabilities. But what happens when outflow exceeds inflow? Cash flow problems ensue, threatening the survival and growth of your business. These cash flow problems can originate from a variety of sources including macroeconomic issues like recessions, natural disasters, and wars, as well as microeconomic issues…  Read more

Your email signature – beyond the sign-off

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The power of a well-crafted email signature is often underestimated by professionals and businesses alike. Your email signature is essentially your calling card: it’s where you can share information about yourself and your company, like your website and social media profile links.  It can also include the company logo and highlight current promotions or links to products you want to boost sales of. Here are 4 tips for creating your…  Read more

Cracking down on retail theft – tactics for shoplifting deterrence

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As a small business owner, one of your biggest concerns may be the threat of retail theft. It’s understandable that the thought of someone stealing from you could be both frustrating and disheartening, especially when you’ve poured so much effort into building your business.  Shoplifting can have a significant impact on your bottom line, making it essential to take steps to deter potential thieves and protect your merchandise. In this…  Read more

Book your tax planning session today

Robert King

MINIMISE YOUR BUSINESS TAX If you would like to arrange a meeting to project your tax position and discuss how you can reduce your year end business income tax: BOOKINGS ARE BEING TAKEN NOW                 Here’s a guide to the strategies you can use to minimise your business taxes this year. LOWER COMPANY TAX RATES The 2024 company tax rate for businesses with…  Read more

Business Update – 17 April 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s economy: A mixed bag with signs of slowdown Amidst a backdrop of economic intricacies and evolving market dynamics, Australia’s fiscal landscape is both nuanced and volatile. As the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintains a cautious stance, retaining the cash rate in its recent deliberations, the nation’s economic…  Read more

Unlocking the secrets to stellar customer service

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Customer service is the heartbeat of any successful business. It’s the unsung hero that transforms a potential disaster into an opportunity, and a mere transaction into a lifelong relationship. In the narrative of customer loyalty and retention, service is the protagonist. Your approach to customer service has the power to attract and retain customers. Why stellar customer service is key The importance of customer service for loyalty and retention cannot…  Read more

Business Update – 20 March 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Cost of living relief coming, just not a big budget cash splash Australians can expect some fresh cost of living relief in May when the federal budget is unveiled, but Treasurer Jim Chalmers has ruled out a big cash splash. Business conditions improve in February February saw an uptick in business conditions as the…  Read more

Business Update – 13 March 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australian economy grows ‘a little but not a lot’ Australia’s economy grew by 0.2 per cent in the December quarter, the smallest increase in more than a year but one that nonetheless pushed the nation to nine successive quarters of growth. Almost 1 million Australians are working at least two…  Read more

Practice Update – March 2024

Petra King

Super contribution caps to rise The big news story for those contributing to super is that the contribution caps are set to increase from the 2025 income year. The concessional contribution cap will increase from $27,500 to $30,000. This ‘CC’ cap is broadly applicable to employer super guarantee contributions, personal deductible contributions and salary sacrificed contributions. The non-concessional contribution cap will increase from $110,000 to $120,000. This ‘NCC’ cap is…  Read more

Business Update – 06 March 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Inflation remains flat at 3.4% in January, fuelling hopes of RBA interest rate cut Inflation remained flat in January at a two-year low, helped by falling prices for meat and seafood, stoking hopes the Reserve Bank may bring forward interest rate cuts. NAB CEO on the economy, simplification, and…  Read more

Is the 4-Day Work Week for You? Pros, Cons and Tips

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When was the last time you felt that you had a week’s worth of energy to pour into just four days of work? As COVID-19 has reshaped our work-life balance and continues to redefine what is essential in our professional world, the concept of a shorter workweek is gaining traction. With proposed legislation in various states and countries, and the ongoing conversation among professionals, it’s evident that the discussion around…  Read more

The key to growing your business: unlock new customers and markets

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For a business to thrive and grow, it essentially needs two things: a strategic plan and an ability to continually find new customers and tap into promising markets. Here’s how you can do that. The untapped potential in existing markets Start by re-evaluating your existing customer base. Profiling them will help you to more accurately define who your target consumers are. Explore different distribution channels that could be more effective…  Read more

Practice Update – January/February 2024

Government announces changes to proposed ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts Despite previous assurances, and after much speculation, the Government has announced tweaks to the ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts that will apply from 1 July 2024. More particularly, the Government proposes to: reduce the 19% tax rate to 16%; reduce the 32.5% tax rate to 30% for incomes between $45,000 and a new $135,000 threshold; increase the threshold at which the 37%…  Read more

Demystifying Inflation

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Inflation – it’s a word that’s been on everyone’s lips recently. Rates are on the rise, and our small business community is feeling it the most. Increased supply costs, a lack of workforce, and dwindling profits are among the challenges faced.  Let’s demystify inflation and delve into its impact on small businesses. Grasping Inflation In essence, inflation is the uptick in the cost of goods and services. Whether it’s a…  Read more