Tax time: the most wonderful time of the year.

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June 30 is looming and it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tax time is great. 542 clients are relaxed and know exactly what to expect while their colleagues, partners, friends and family wonder what the end of financial year will bring. Is your accountant a one-time-only show? We like to call these accountants the one-time-only June show. They’re … Read More

542 Top 5: Simple tax saving strategies

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Planning on giving to charity? Make a donation now and claim the deduction this year. If you donate monthly to charities, think about paying the full year’s worth of donations upfront and take the deduction now. Operate through a company? If you operate through a company structure and the company has advanced you money during the year or paid expenses … Read More

BAS Backlog? Here’s what to do next

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In 2013 the ATO started a program intended to enforce timely lodgement, where taxpayers who haven’t lodged their tax returns and activity statements by their due dates could be referred to an external collection agency for follow up. This extended their current program where taxpayers with overdue tax debts are referred to such agencies. The ATO targets those taxpayers who, … Read More

Back to Basics: Keeping good business records

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Keeping good small business records mean so much more than knowing which records to keep and for how long. In many cases it means the difference between failure and success. Why keep records? Business record keeping should include setting up systems that allow you to easily monitor the progress of your business and track business performance. By tracking the performance … Read More

Everything you need to know about SMSF (including what it stands for)

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Self managed superannuation funds or SMSFs are growing in popularity. Some figures have suggested that 31% of Australian retirement savings are held through self managed superannuation funds, out performing industry and/or retail funds. Why self-managed super? There are three main reasons why SMSFs are attractive: More control and flexibility over what you can invest in (including the ability to borrow … Read More

The low down on GST for small business

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Last week, treasury boss Martin Parkinson reignited the GST debate by insisting that the GST must rise to 12% as a deficit decade looms for budget.  While the debate has been bubbling along since the introduction of the GST, it did remind us of the debate around GST small for business. Most start-ups wonder: to register for GST or not? … Read More

Spotlight on Fringe Benefits Tax: Pay to be nice

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Top tips at tax time from 542 Partners

Are you a nice employer? Do you shower your staff with benefits when they make their targets? Sometimes YOU need to pay to be nice. Enter > Fringe Benefits Tax. Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) is a tax levied on benefits provided by an employer to their employees. It is worth noting that if you are a director and conduct your … Read More