Why the only beans we count are in our coffee

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As technology evolves and clients demands shift, we take the opportunity to deliver sustainable business solutions that go beyond counting beans and crunching the numbers. Numbers are just numbers (until we explain them to you) Understandably many business owners focus on cashflow and the amount of money in the bank as a sign that their business is successful. Being advisors, … Read More

2020: The year for smarter business decisions

CraigBusiness Audit, Business Process, Business Technology, Cloud Accounting, General

We know every dollar (and minute) counts in business and regardless of where you are in your business journey, understanding the numbers is key to making smarter business decisions. Do your figures add up? It may not be the end of financial year; however, year-end is a great time to assess your figures. 542 Tip: A well-run business has well-managed … Read More

5 Ways to prepare your business for the festive season

StuartBusiness Audit, Business Process, Business Technology, Cloud Accounting, General, Tax

They know when you’re sleeping, they know when you’re awake, they know when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for the ATO’s sake. Celebrating the holiday cheer can have far-reaching consequences but planning ahead and budgeting appropriately can save you from much bigger headaches in the New Year. 1. Give yourself a tax-free Christmas As small business owners … Read More

Vacant land deduction changes hit ‘Mum & Dad’ property developments

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Legislation that passed through Parliament last month prevents taxpayers from claiming a deduction for expenses incurred for holding vacant land. The amendments are not only retrospective but go beyond purely vacant land. Previously, if you bought vacant land with the intent to build a rental property on it, you may have been able to claim tax deductions for expenses incurred … Read More

CGT and the family home: expats and foreigners targeted again

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The Government has resurrected its plan to remove access to the main residence exemption for non-residents – a move that will impact on expats and foreign residents. Back in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the Government announced that it would remove the ability for non-resident taxpayers to claim the main residence exemption. The unpopular measures were introduced into Parliament but stymied. … Read More

Are you paying your staff correctly? Woolworths $200m plus remediation

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Woolworths is the latest company facing a fallout from the underpayment of staff. In what is believed to be the largest remediation of its kind, Woolworths have stated that they have underpaid 5,700 salaried team members with remediation expected to be in the range of $200m to $300m (before tax). The discovery was made as part of a 2 year … Read More

XAM Consulting and 542 Partners; A story of success

Craig542 Client Stories, General

  What was once a small software company, is now a thriving business in the technology industry that partners with some of the world’s leading technology companies. Natalie Ridland, Financial Controller at XAM Consulting tells the story of when they first partnered with 542 Partners. “One of the biggest challenges that we set for ourselves was that we wanted to … Read More

One in two Australians will need to claim for a critical illness during their working life; Make sure you have the right income protection.

StuartBrett Wright, General

  One in two Australian’s will need to claim for critical illness during their working life, but many don’t have the right insurances in place to cover both their business and their family. Income and life protection are much more than a cheap policy put in place for emergencies. They can protect against losing your home and business in the … Read More

Out with the old, in with the new; How to determine your marketing budget

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How much should I spend on marketing? And how much should I expect to get back in return? It’s challenging to attribute one single activity to one sale and as content marketing and social media become large players in the marketing space, it’s getting even harder to say what one single blog post or Facebook post contributed to your daily … Read More

Start the New Financial Year the 542 way

CraigBusiness Process, General

A new Financial Year means a fresh start! So, if you haven’t got your business processes in order, now’s the time to get organised so your 2019/20 financial year is smooth sailing. Mark your calendar First things first, get your calendar in order. If you’re not sure of important due dates for this Financial Year, don’t worry – we’ve done … Read More