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Start saving for the Christmas period early

Posted on October 16, 2019 by admin

If shopping centres aren’t even putting up their Christmas decorations yet, then the holiday period may seem to be a concern of the distant future. However, the season has a tendency to creep up on people and can often come with financial burdens. Planning your holiday expenses early can cut out one of the biggest stresses of the season and allow you to focus on enjoying the festivities and spending time with your loved ones. If you’re worried you’re going to be tempted to dip into your savings, it can be a good idea to set up a Christmas saver […]

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Knowing when to cut a product

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Businesses looking to improve their profitability may need to consider cutting under-performing products and services that are unnecessarily draining resources. It might be time to discontinue if a product fits the following scenarios: Low profitability. Stagnant or declining sales volume or market share. Maintaining your market share is too costly. Risk of technological elimination. Poor fit with business’s strengths or declared mission. When deciding whether to discontinue a product, there are a few ways you can examine your services and make the decision that is best for your business. 80/20 rule:This rule states that businesses should focus their attention on […]

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Super law changes to NALI and LRBA

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Integrity measures included in Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2019 have now been enacted with an effective date of 1 July 2018. There have been amendments made to non-arm’s length income (NALI) provisions and Limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) amounts will now be included in total superannuation balance (TSB) calculations. NALI provision amendments:From the 2018-19 income year onwards, the ordinary or legal income of a super fund will be NALI and taxed at the top marginal rate. This has been introduced to ensure SMSFs and other complying superannuation entities cannot evade the NALI rules by entering […]

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GST margin scheme

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The margin scheme is a way of working out the GST you must pay when you sell property as part of your business. The amount of GST normally paid on a property sale is equal to one-eleventh of the total sale price. If the margin scheme is used, the GST is calculated on the difference between the sale price and your purchase price of the property or the property’s value. You can only apply the margin scheme if the sale of the property is taxable. When purchasing a new residential property with the margin scheme being apart of the property […]

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What employment type is best for your business?

Posted on October 9, 2019 by admin

Each employment type has different entitlements and obligations that must be met by both the employer and employee. Before hiring a new worker, take the time to look at what each employment type would mean for you and your business. Full-time and Part-time employees:Though both permanent employees, a full-time employee will work an average of 38 hours a week whether as a part-time employee would work on average less than 38 hours a week, usually at regular times. The specific working hours in a week are agreed upon in the employee contract. Under the National Employment Standards (NES), there are […]

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Treasury Law Amendment for super measures moves forward

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The Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Superannuation Measures No.1) Bill 2019 has passed both Houses of Parliament and reached royal assent on 2 October 2019. First announced in the 2018-19 Budget, the Bill allows eligible individuals, whose income exceeds $263,157 and have multiple employers, to nominate wages from certain employers to not be subject to the superannuation guarantee (SG). Individuals with more than one employer, who expect that their compulsory super contributions will exceed the annual concessional contributions cap for a financial year, will be able to apply for an exemption certificate to release some of their employers from their SG […]

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Breaking down business industry codes

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A business industry code (BIC) is a five-digit code you include on relevant tax returns and schedules that describes your main business activity. BICs come from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes and are added to by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) for tax return reporting purposes. Employers must use the correct business industry code on their tax returns to ensure their return is lodged in the right category. Using the correct code for your business helps to reduce the risk of being incorrectly targeted for compliance activities, avoids processing delays and ensures employers receive services […]

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What you should know about using cryptocurrencies

Posted on September 30, 2019 by admin

In an increasingly technologically dependent age, it can be useful to keep up with new forms of currencies in the digital space. Cryptocurrency is internet-based, digital money that is not controlled by any central authority. Currently, the most prominent cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, which has a market capitalization of over 155 billion U.S. dollars. How do you buy cryptocurrencies?Ensure a cryptocurrency is legitimate and trustworthy by researching before you buy. Most of the time, it is a good idea to choose a popular one that is already widely used and trusted by other crypto users, such as Bitcoin. There are a […]

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Budget-friendly ways to promote your small business

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Promoting your business can seem tricky to navigate and expensive, especially when there are budget and staff restrictions to think about. However, there are a number of ways to promote your business easily and cost-effectively. Blog content:Posting well-written and relevant blog content on your website can help boost website traffic while capturing the trust and engagement of potential customers. Regular content that aligns with the interests and needs of your audience will generally work best in gaining profile views. Social Media:While social media may seem like an obvious channel to keep running on as a background form of promotion, it […]

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Consequences of late SMSF annual returns

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From 1 October 2019, if an SMSF is more than two weeks overdue on any annual return lodgment due date and hasn’t requested a lodgment deferral, the ATO will change their status on Super Fund Lookup (SFLU) to ‘Regulation details removed’. This status will remain until any overdue lodgments have been brought up to date. On the first business day of each month, the new process will update SFLU depending on the situation: SMSF trustees who haven’t lodged their SMSF annual return on time and are more than two weeks overdue, the ATO will change their SMSF regulation status to […]

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Start saving for the Christmas period early

Posted on October 16, 2019 by admin

If shopping centres aren’t even putting up their Christmas decorations yet, then the holiday period may seem to be a concern of the distant future. However, the season has a tendency to creep up on people and can often come with financial burdens. Planning your holiday expenses early can cut out one of the biggest stresses of the season and allow you to focus on enjoying the festivities and spending time with your loved ones.

If you’re worried you’re going to be tempted to dip into your savings, it can be a good idea to set up a Christmas saver account. This is typically done at the start of the year and is offered by some banks. You can make deposits throughout the year, but can only withdraw from the account when the festive season arrives, usually around 1 December. While interest is offered on these account savings, it should be noted that you can generally find better interest rates with other savings accounts such as a bonus saver or online savings account.

Alternatively, you can manually set aside an amount weekly or fortnightly in the months leading up to the holiday period. Setting up an excel sheet can help keep track of this, and can also be used to categorise different budgets for various needs (gifts, travel, food etc.). This can help you plan ahead and estimate how much you will need to cover the cost of the holidays, saving you from the bite of unexpected expenses and keeping you in control of your finances.

If you’ve left things a little late, it can help to cut out a few luxuries to save some extra money. Whether it’s having a cheap night in, or skipping a coffee run every now and then, a little can go a long way.

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