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Tax deductions that are often forgotten

Posted on May 24, 2016 by admin

A quick scan of the average taxpayer’s wallet of receipts or documents in the home office can result in quite a few expenses they can claim as tax deductions. However, some of the most obvious get forgotten on a regular basis.

While not all available tax deductions will apply for every individual (since claimable items vary based on the work they do and other personal circumstances), there are some frequently-used items professionals say people often overlook.

iPhones and iPads
Those who use their iPhone or iPad for work and have to pay for it may be able to claim a tax deduction for work-related data usage or calls. If their employer pays for their phone calls but they have purchased a cover for the phone or iPad to protect it, they may be able to claim that.

Electricity, internet and rent
Those who have a small business can claim a portion of their electricity bill, internet bill and even rent. Individuals can also claim depreciation on new computers, phones and printers up to the value of $300. However, these tax deductions do not apply to people who work from home one day a week.

Driving expenses
Those who drive to see clients as part of their job can save on tax in that area. The two methods used to claim a deduction are cents per kilometre, where individuals can claim 66 cents per kilometre travelled, or through a log book. Individuals must keep receipts for petrol, insurance, registration, servicing and lease costs for the whole year.

Self-education courses
Those who have done a self-education course in the past year to improve their job skills can claim a tax deduction. However, if the reason a person does the course is because they’re sick of their current job and want to get a new one, they cannot claim a deduction.

Charity
Those who keep their receipts from donating to a registered charity can claim it as a tax deduction.

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Tips for incorporating career mentoring into your business

Posted on February 28, 2020 by admin

A career mentorship program involves partnerships between employees to develop professional skills and gain industry knowledge. Due to their requirement for a collaborative effort, career mentoring programs are often seen as powerful development tools for cultivating both leaders and employees within a business.

Whether you are a small business owner or a multinational corporate leader, the implementation of a mentorship program will always be profitable for businesses as not only does it create a harmonious workplace culture, it also helps to attract and retain employees.

As straight-forward as career mentoring sounds, there are a few key tips to keep in mind when building a mentorship program for your business:

Make sure your mentoring program is clearly defined:
To create a successful mentoring program, both mentors and mentees should have a concise understanding of their roles and what they would like to gain from the mentorship. By succinctly outlining the purpose of the mentoring program, mentors and mentees are more likely to keep organised and communicate respectfully with the guarantee of mutual rewards.

There should also be short-term and long-term goals established for all parties involved, including the business. These goals could be the narrowing of particular skill gaps or creating a more open workplace culture. By having these goals set in stone, both mentors and mentees and have a clear direction to work towards.

Personalise the match-making process:
Often times, businesses will match a mentor and mentee together depending on their skill-set and position within the company. While on paper, this may appear to be an efficient process, but the lack of chemistry between a mentor and mentee may prove to be devastating for the workplace environment.

As a result, be sure to involve both mentors and mentees in the match-making process and take into account personality traits. You could do this by asking employees to take a personality test to ensure compatibility in career goals, personal interests and preferred communication methods.

Be involved as a third-party:
Lastly, it is the responsibility of the business to check-in on the progress of mentorship programs in order to understand how mentors and mentees can grow together and what improvements can be made to the program. Remember to always refer back to the long-term goals established and consider the feedback provided by mentors and mentees from the program.

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