Monday, September 03 2018
While everyone wants their businesses to be successful and operate for a long time, you may not necessarily want to remain at the helm.
At some point, you may want to pass the business on to your children, or to someone else in the company. You may want to sell your share to your business partner. Or you may want to sell the business to another person or company, and retire on the proceeds.
Ideally, you will choose the timing and method of your exit from the business. However, the way life unfolds sometimes, business owners do not always have a choice in what happens, or when...Read more
Wednesday, August 15 2018
When Benjamin Franklin said that the only things certain in life were “death and taxes” most people didn’t consider that they may be closely linked.
But problems with taxes can lead to the death of your small business unless you take steps to keep the taxman off your back.
With sales meetings, recruitment, salaries, cashflow issues, marketing, suppliers, and a whole string of other things for small business owners to worry about, there’s no need to add the taxman to the list...Read more
Wednesday, August 01 2018
There’s a saying in business, “You can go broke making a profit.” And another, “Cash is king. Profit is theory.”
As you know only too well, you don’t pay rent, meet payroll or pay your bills with profit.
You pay them with cash.
Friday, July 20 2018
As much as we hate to admit it, the best business owners and executives can drop the ball on occasion. This is particularly true of the little things, which can be easily overlooked.
When it comes to keeping track of business expenses, even the most attentive and mindful can fall behind. Physical receipts and invoices can easily be misplaced before you set foot back in the office. Hunting around for them causes headaches, wastes time and hurts productivity.
Tuesday, July 10 2018
Think you can do a better job yourself - by managing your own super?
You may be right. A Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) may provide an excellent opportunity to better build wealth for your retirement. But only if you get the right advice and set it up correctly...Read more
Wednesday, June 27 2018
No matter how profitable your business is, it won’t survive without good cash flow. If you can’t pay your bills on time, you may end up trading while insolvent. And that’s not just bad business—that’s illegal.
But to do that, you need your clients to pay their bills on time. And that’s something you can’t always rely on. Sometimes they forget. Sometimes they don’t have the money. And sometimes they just decide they don’t want to...Read more
Saturday, June 23 2018
Starting a business is part science, part art, and a large part hard work! It can get lost in all the excitement but you need to get the balance right.
Approximately 20 percent of all small businesses fail in their first year; and your chances of your business making it to five years are around 50/50.
One thing is for sure: leaving your success up to chance is not an option. Get clear on where you want to take your business and how you are going to get there.... Read more
Monday, April 02 2018
Where some businesses have tripped up in the past is where the source of benefits provided is not clear cut - that is, where non-cash components of remuneration are sourced not directly from an employer, but from an associate, a related company or from a third-party provider.
For fringe benefits tax (FBT) to apply, the conventional wisdom is that the benefits involved are provided instead of cash salary, and further that such benefits are usually paid in respect of an employment relationship. Hence the pool of accepted FBT-attracting items - laptops, cars, entertainment expenses and so on.
But as mentioned, it has often been the case that employer taxpayers have made the mistake of assuming that because a benefit is provided by "someone else", they are...... Read more
Wednesday, March 21 2018
Single Touch Payroll is a government initiative to streamline business reporting obligations, which is due to become compulsory from 1 July 2018. When a business pays its employees, the payroll information will be sent to the ATO via the business’s payroll software.
Reporting under the Single Touch Payroll (STP) system removes the requirement to issue payment summaries, provide annual reports and tax file number declarations to the ATO. During the first year of its introduction, the ATO says employers will not be liable for a penalty for a late STP report.
Important points to keep in mind for the transition to STP include...... Read more
Monday, March 19 2018
If you are operating a small business and at the end of the income year you estimate that your trading stock's value has not changed by more than $5,000, remember (especially if you are new to business) that you can choose not to conduct a formal stocktake.
By making a decision to do this, you will not be required to account for the changes in the trading stock's value. The estimate you use to make this decision (known by the ATO as an "election" to use the "simplified trading stock rules") will be deemed to be reasonable by the ATO if either...... Read more