Concessions and assistance for First Home Buyers

Concessions and assistance for First Home Buyers – and the New Home Loan Deposit Scheme is now in place with starting date 1/1/2020! In Victoria – there are concessions both in Stamp Duty costs plus a Grant for First Home Buyers – (tax free) – A $20,000 First Home Owner Grant is available to applicants […] Read More

The Hedgehog Concept

Keeping with my theme of blogs; Fish, Eat the Frog, Sacred Cows, and Mice in Who Moved My Cheese, I thought it appropriate to discuss the “The Hedgehog Concept”. For those of you that have read “Good to Great’ written by Jim Collins, you will be aware of this concept. It refers to the tale […] Read More

Are you ready for the Single Touch Payroll deadline?

For small businesses with 19 or fewer employees, Single Touch Payroll (or STP) became a requirement from 1 July 2019, with a three-month transition period granted to get STP up and running. Larger businesses with 20 or more employees were required to start from 1 July 2018. The three-month transition period for small businesses is […] Read More

Rental Property Investors & The Tax Man

You may have read in the financial pages of your weekend newspaper recently with the ATO confirming rental property investors will be firmly in their sights when submitting their 2019 tax returns. Based on recently performed random sampling the ATO has found 9 out of 10 income tax returns contain errors relating to non-compliance with […] Read More

Going to Court: A Guide to Recovering Costs

Going to court can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive. Even if you are successful in court, you will not be able to recover all of your legal costs. A court will usually order the unsuccessful party to contribute to the other party’s costs, but both parties will still face some legal costs. If you are […] Read More

Tax time is coming! Tips for rental property owners.

As we get ready to kick off the 2019 tax return season, now is a good time to look at some of the things we need to prepare your tax return. Here are some things for rental property owners to consider this tax time. I’ve purchased a property this year, what do I bring? The […] Read More

Pension Loan Scheme for Retirees

I thought it might be useful to let families know of the possible use of the expanded pension loan scheme (The Scheme) that is effective as of 1/7/19. It is a ‘reverse mortgage’ arrangement provided by the Government. It is available for people of age pension age who have property assets and who wish or […] Read More

Advantages of Forecasting

Financial forecasts are future predictions of your business finances, as compared to statements, which provide details of actual results of progress, They can assist in managing your finances. The following are five ways forecasting can help your business: Focus on the Future By forecasting on a regular basis, it forces you to continually think about […] Read More

The search is over – MYOB have made AccountRight improvements

MYOB have made some vital improvements to their AccountRight software packages over the past few months. There is one particular improvement that I think a lot of AR users will find extremely beneficial, and is definitely blog worthy because this MYOB discovery made me oh so happy I think I jumped out of my chair […] Read More

Estate Planning & Superannuation – Who do you NEED in control of your SMSF?

We have written many articles and presented several sessions at our client seminars on these issues over the last few years to demonstrate the complexity involved with getting older, incapacity and death of members in an SMSF. A case in the Supreme Court of Queensland last year (Narumon Pty Ltd as trustee for John Giles […] Read More