Top 10 tips to help rental property owners avoid common tax mistakes

The following are the ten common mistakes that the ATO have identified with rental property claims: 1. Keeping the right records You must have evidence of your income and expenses so you can claim everything you are entitled to. Capital gains tax may apply when you sell your rental property. So keep records over the […] Read More

How to lose customers to save very little!

Recently I came across an article published by mybusiness magazine that I thought was very relevant in today’s cashless society. This was reinforced by an experience that I had not that soon after. The following is a summary of that article. Businesses are being urged to weigh up the costs of credit card surcharges, as […] Read More

8 Money Ideas for the Early Years!

As we approach the festive season, financial discipline (along with dietary discipline) tend to fall by the wayside and New Year’s resolutions about getting yourself into shape are usually the result.  Here are 8 simple ideas to guarantee your long-term financial fitness. 1. Ditch some or all of your credit cards As of September 2017 […] Read More

Business lessons from the movie “The Founder”

Like many people I don’t mind the movies, now days with a young family this often means Friday or Saturday night catching up on watching a DVD or now days by renting via the internet. A movie I had been meaning to watch for a while was The Founder. This is the story of Ray […] Read More

Thinking of Selling Your Business? 10 Things You Should Not Do!

While every business sale transaction is different, after being involved in many business sales and purchases, I have noticed a few common pitfalls and traps for the owner/seller. Whether your exit is imminent or 10+ years from now, here are a few to watch out for on your path forward, a list of what not […] Read More

Going broke – some statistics and some reasons…

The following draws upon an article from Worrells, (a firm devoted to dealing with insolvencies both before and after the event) and personal experience. Are economic conditions to blame? The September quarter of Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) personal insolvency statistics are out, and the trends of 2017 continue. Total personal insolvencies are up by […] Read More

Should you buy a holiday house?

A common topic we speak to clients about is about the merits of purchasing your own holiday house.  The start of these conversations are usually based on a recent holiday the clients have been on, where they absolutely love the coastal town they’ve just stayed in but have paid a fortune for holiday accommodation. Client: It […] Read More

Advice for buying or selling property

Are you buying or selling a house, farming land or commercial property? Talk to your accountant now! Recent changes to taxation laws mean that anyone purchasing or selling property may have an obligation to withhold tax, or find that they have tax withheld from their settlement proceeds! The ‘Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding’ regime has […] Read More

“The 8th wonder of the world”

I have been asked many times – “How much money do I need to retire on?” My answer is always the same – “it depends on what your living style will be when you retire”.  If you are going to take an overseas holiday every year and lavish those around you with gifts – then […] Read More

What lessons can you learn from the rich?

In the Financial Review 2017 Rich List there was an article relating to lessons from some of those people behind a number of our local house hold name businesses including Gerry Ryan of Jayco caravans, Frank Costa of Costa Fruit and Vegetable and Geoff Harris of Flight Centre to name a few. One of the […] Read More