Business structures: 4 things every business owner should know

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Starting a business is literally building something from the ground up. When you start you need a solid foundation (your business plan) and a structure to build on. Start-ups and businesses that forecast growth or substantial change need to carefully consider their business structure, as it’s much easier to start the right way, than have to change halfway through operation. … Read More

Why saving super now, can only mean good things later

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If you’re a business owner, planning for retirement can fall down the list of priorities. With an ageing population and mounting costs of living, ‘super’ is an important consideration for all Australians, but even more so if you’re a business owner. Put simply, successful super planning means you’ve made sure you have enough to live off when you retire. And … Read More

Accounting Systems 101: The facts about Cloud accounting

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There are oodles of accounting software packages on the market, particularly for small and medium sized businesses. And at 542 you we love our technology, so we’ve always got our fingers on the pulse looking for the best solutions for our clients. Since launching in 2006, Xero has no doubt created a stir in the accounting software market. Their stable … Read More

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