R&D tax incentive for Australian businesses

The Australian Government’s R&D tax incentive provides targeted offsets that aim to encourage more companies to engage in R&D, in order to contribute to a stronger economy. The incentive is designed to encourage research and development activities that companies may not otherwise do due to uncertain returns and risk. What’s involved? The R&DTI offers two levels of tax offset depending on your aggregated turnover: a 43.5% refundable tax offset for…  Read more

Track and understand customers’ shopping habits using cookies

You know what chocolate-chip cookies are, but what about the ‘cookies’ that websites ask you to accept and that are somehow linked to digital marketing? HTTP cookies, to give them their full name, are small packets of information that are stored on your computer when you use a web browser. So, when you visit your favourite websites, you’ll have downloaded certain cookies onto your device. These cookies fall into three…  Read more

Thinking of Buying a Business? Things to Consider

Buying an existing business can be a great way to get started as a business owner, or to expand operations if you are already running a business successfully. Established businesses have already done the hard work of setting up a business, so you can get up and running on day one without a lengthy formation process. Things You’ll Need Why is the business for sale? – It’s important to understand the…  Read more

Take some small steps to better wellbeing

We are living in uncertain times right now. The situation changes daily with new challenges to overcome. We are all feeling the strain. So what can we do to manage the stress and regain some much needed sense of wellbeing? Research shows that doing something (no matter how small) is the best way to manage anxiety. There is a lot we can’t control right now but there are also things…  Read more

Succession planning for small businesses

It takes guts to start a business. It also takes a strategic mindset to succeed. Business owners are no strangers to weighing risk and navigating uncertainty, but the current climate has dialled everything up. Many business owners face the uncomfortable position of having to remap carefully thought-out succession plans and exit strategies and to consider selling their business before they’re ready and, possibly, for less than it’s worth. Transition may…  Read more

How to run a better virtual meeting

Poor remote meetings will extinguish your humanity in minutes. Here’s some guide to getting them right. In the world before lockdowns, self-isolation and work-from-home virtual teams and remote meetings were on the rise. Now they are nearly guaranteed to become the predominant mode of getting work done for many teams. And there is no future, short of extinction, where meetings won’t happen in one form or another. Here’s our evidence based guide to getting virtual meetings…  Read more

How NOT to manage working from home

Working from home is becoming a way of life for many people. While there are undoubted advantages, and many people say they enjoy it, as the pandemic stretches out it is beginning to wear thin. Mostly that’s because many companies replicated the old office-bound ways of working to the virtual world. Workplaces that don’t adapt shift the burden to workers, who have to contort their lives to fit. That affects…  Read more

Reminder for Employers ** SG Amnesty Ends Soon **

Time is running out for employers to take up the Government’s superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) amnesty, which expires at 11:59pm on 7 September 2020. The amnesty allows eligible employers to disclose and pay SG charge (‘SGC’) amounts owing from 1 July 1992 to 31 March 2018, without incurring penalties (up to 200% of the SGC) or administration fees ($20 per employee, per quarter) that would otherwise apply. SGC payments made during the…  Read more

Does your business have a CRM tool?

Having clean, up-to-date information and data about your customers is a vital part of running your business. But recording, tracking and accessing this customer information can be tricky if you don’t have the right tools to get the job done. Client relationship management (CRM) tools offer a fast and effective way to manage all of this customer information. A CRM solution provides one central hub for recording all your customer…  Read more

The obvious and unexpected benefits of having a personal budget

Having a personal budget is essential to gaining control of your personal finances. Budgeting doesn’t necessarily mean restriction; it frees up your money, so you know exactly what’s available to spend. The top 10 benefits of personal budgeting: Gives you control. Developing your personal budget gives you control over your money. You’ll know how much cash you’ll have coming in and can make a plan for how to spend it. Focuses…  Read more

Managing debt in your small business

Running a small business requires taking some risks. Debt is one of those risks, but it is also a positive tool for small business that is usually necessary in order to fund your growth. However, when circumstances change and your debt levels grow, it can keep you up at night. It is important to act early and put a plan in place to manage it. We can help you assess…  Read more

JobKeeper Scheme now until March 2021 with more employees now eligible

JobKeeper Extended Until March 2021 The government has announced further changes to the JobKeeper payment scheme, which will see it continue until March 2021.The current system will remain unchanged until 27 September 2020 as planned, providing $1,500 per fortnight for employees and eligible business participants. However, from 28 September the changes will apply. There are several amendments that business owners need to be aware of, including different tiers of payment…  Read more

How to safeguard your team’s mental health

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a significant amount of change and upheaval onto you and your team – in a very short amount of time. We’ve gone from ‘business as usual’ to closed offices, working from home and the full reality of isolation during an emergency lockdown. To combat this change, it’s important to take steps to care for your employees. Key ways to take care your teams wellbeing There’s…  Read more

Super guarantee amnesty ends on 7 September 2020

On 18 September 2019, the Government announced that it was reintroducing the one-off Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty). The Amnesty applies to previously undeclared SG shortfalls for any quarter starting no earlier than 1 July 1992 and ending no later than 31 March 2018. The Amnesty will not be available for SG non-compliance that occurs in relation to a quarter starting on or after 1 April 2018. The super guarantee (SG) amnesty is…  Read more

Your PAYG withholding statement (IAS) is due on the 21st

Some employers need to pay PAYG withholding liabilities to the ATO monthly, even if the BAS is lodged quarterly. The monthly instalment activity statement (IAS) and payment is due on the 21st, whether you are lodging your own statement or using our lodgement service. Things to review before finalising the IAS: Have you allocated all payroll related bank transactions to the correct accounts? Have you checked your payroll detail reports…  Read more

Reducing your lock up days to free up cash

It’s vital for businesses to free up as much cash as possible, particularly in these tough economic times. Your ‘lock up days’ is the number of days it takes to convert your debtors, stock and work in progress into cash. A high number of lock up days means your business needs to have more cash injected, either from you or the bank. You also have a higher risk of losing…  Read more

6 Reasons To Look at Your Financial Reports

Making time to look over your financial reports each month is an important task for any business owner. If you are not taking the time to do this, either because you’re too busy, or perhaps you don’t really understand what you’re looking at and it doesn’t make sense to you, then here are 6 reasons we recommend that you should start to. But before we get our 6 reasons, let’s…  Read more

Your taxable payments annual report (TPAR) is due soon

Prepare now for your taxable payments annual report (TPAR) lodgement. Whether you lodge your own report directly with the ATO or if you use our lodgement services, this form is due by the 28th August. There are a number of supplier details required in the TPAR. If you have not kept up-to-date supplier records throughout the year, start updating your records now to ensure timely TPAR lodgement. Things to review…  Read more

Review your expenses – and save yourself money

Running a business will always mean incurring certain expenses, or ‘spend’. There are always costs, overheads and supplier bills that mount up – and these expenses will gradually chip away at your cash position, making it more difficult to grow and make a profit. So, what can you do to reduce your spend levels? And what impact will this have on your overall margins, profits and ability to fund the…  Read more

JobKeeper Scheme extended and amended

JobKeeper extended until March 2021 The government has announced changes to the JobKeeper payment scheme, which will see it continue until March 2021. The current system will remain unchanged until 27 September 2020 as planned, providing $1,500 per fortnight for employees and eligible business participants. However, from 28 September the changes will apply. There are several amendments that business owners need to be aware of, including different tiers of payment…  Read more

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