Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll?

Single Touch Payroll (STP) changes the way employers report payroll information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and it is mandatory from 1 July 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees.

So … you might be wondering: ‘What is Single Touch Payroll?’; ‘How do I get ready?’. And they are great questions!

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Keeping a vehicle log book – plus your free template

When claiming work-related car expenses, many people miss maximising their claim due to poor record keeping.

Inadequate records can also cost dearly if you are audited by the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

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What Labor’s changes to the dividend imputation system mean

There has been much discussion about the dividend imputation system in recent weeks as the government and the opposition play political tennis with franking credits.

On 13th March, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced Labor’s plan to change the dividend imputation system if they win the next federal election. The changes would make franking credits non-refundable and, Labor claims, save the budget $59 billion over the decade to 2028-29.

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Are you taking data security seriously?

You’ve heard it all before: change your passwords, make them difficult to guess … blah, blah, blah.

But it’s well past the time for us all to take data security seriously. Cyber criminals are targeting Tasmanians and their businesses of all types and sizes. If you’re not looking after your and your customers’ data you could well be the next victim.

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2017-18 Federal Budget: Businesses

Small and medium businesses were the big winners of last year’s budget. It is therefore no surprise that the 2017-18 Federal Budget announcements have been less stimulating. However, there are still tax and business planning opportunities coming out of the Budget which we look forward to assisting our clients with.

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Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme changes: What they mean for Tasmanian farmers

The Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme allows farmers to set aside primary production income in years of high income, to draw on in leaner years. The deposits are an excellent cash flow planning tool and an important strategy for primary producers to consider in their tax planning. They help farmers build up cash reserves while smoothing fluctuating income, maximising profits and minimising tax liabilities.

Effective 1 July 2016, the government introduced several amendments to the FMD scheme. The changes give farmers more flexibility in managing their businesses and mean that FMDs should be back on the table during the upcoming tax planning season.  In this article we look at two of the changes that we see as particularly relevant to our Tasmanian farming community.

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Employers: understanding the tax system

Navigating the tax system to ensure you are meeting all your obligations as an employer can get confusing. In this article we look at some common areas of concern for business owners and provide some handy tools and tips.

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FBT on portable electronic devices in 2017

The FBT exemption for small business employers providing work-related portable electronic devices to employees has been expanded in the 2017 FBT year (that is, from 1 April 2016).

Under the old rules, FBT exemption does not apply to multiple portable electronic devices provided to an employee in the same FBT year, where those multiple items have “substantially identical functions”. This “one device” limit still applies to employers that are not small businesses.

However, small business employers (that is businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $2 million) can now access the exemption for more than one work-related portable electronic device, even where the devices do have “substantially identical functions” (such as the functions of a tablet and a laptop).

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Xero improves bulk changes to invoice reminders

Last week Xero released an enhancement to their invoice reminders. The release allows you to bulk-select groups of invoices to switch reminders on or off from the main Invoicing list.

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3 Tips to Update Your Business Plan for the New Year

What’s your New Year’s Resolution: “stay fit”, “stress less”, “save more”? The New Year is a welcome opportunity for some personal reflection and goal setting, but are you making any resolutions to help make your business better than ever? January is a great time to consider your business goals and to plan what you’d like to achieve in the coming twelve months.

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