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Written by Adele Wardley. We're super excited to announce that Anthony Wardley will join A Squared Advisers from today to help us continue to grow and provide awesome customer service to our amazing clients.Anthony's enthusiasm, friendliness and expertise make him a trusted adviser to many small business people in the Newcastle / Hunter area and beyond. Anthony is a technology nut and loves keeping up with all the "what's happenings" in the online / technology / software / cloud computing wo... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. It seems an unlikely choice – between a book keeper or a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – one reduces the daily drudgery of invoices, bank reconciliations and administration – the other is a high level executive charged with providing strategic advice.When a small business owner is pressed for time (and frankly, who isn’t), a book keeper seems like the logical port of call to ‘gain back some time’, find that ‘work-life balance’, ‘free yourself up’, and allow yourself... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. As you and your practice prepare for the end of the 2012 financial year, check you have these simple tax strategies covered:Do any repairs and maintenance to the surgery premises that you have been putting off. For small business taxpayers the repairs will need to be paid for by 30 June to be deductible. For larger taxpayers the repairs must be invoiced by 30 June to be deductible this year.Bring forward any expenses you are likely to incur in the next few months. E... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. 1. Ensure any pensions are paid in full before year end. Failure to do so will result in the fund losing their substantial deduction for exempt pension income. See my detailed article here.2. Review the fund’s capital gains tax (CGT) liability, and consider whether there are any capital losses which should be realised to reduce capital gains. Remember that the sale of assets must be genuine, and any capital loss on assets sold and immediately re-purchased will not b... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. If your education relates to your employment keep all receipts for text books, materials, computers/iPads/tablets, internet connections, and study related travel. You may be able to claim a self-education tax deduction. If you are still studying you may consider obtaining employment in an area that directly relates to your course. By qualifying for the self-education tax deduction you will be able to claim a deduction for the education expenses you had to pay anyway... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. Going in to business can be a daunting step, particularly where you have spent many years training as a medical professional but probably no time at all training as a business person. I am often asked “what structure should I use for my medical practice” or “what structure should a doctor have”.I think this question is a bit like buying shoes. When the shop assistant inevitably asks “Which size are you” we would love to be able to turn around and say a number with c... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. Today’s smartcompany article reveals that the average cost to a business of tax compliance is $28,000 and 493 hours per year.Ouch! Imagine what could you do with an extra 500 hours per year.Are you spending your money wisely? Are you getting value for money?Are you leveraging your tax records to help your business make more money?Are you waiting for the government to simplify tax regime or are you going to do something about it? You might be waiting a while! we are... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. Time. It’s probably a small business owner’s most valuable asset and simultaneously their scarcest resource. Being a small business owner myself I understand the list of ideas, tasks and possibilities is almost always bigger than the time I have available. There is nothing quite so motivating as building and maintaining a successful business, yet nothing as frustrating as having more ideas than you have time to implement them.One of the first things many business ow... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. If your self managed superannuation fund pays a pension you may be at risk of a significant tax penalty if you make a mistake - even an honest administrative error. In a draft ruling released by the Australian Taxation Office (TR 2011/D3), the Commissioner states that where the minimum pension amount is not paid within the financial year the pension will be taken to have ceased and the deduction allowed for exempt pension income will be denied.Unfortunately for SMSF... More...
Written by Adele Wardley. I’m excited to share that you can now obtain an instant quote for SMSF administration services from the website. Our objective pricing system is directly related to the number and type of investments and membership categories in the fund so you pay based on your fund activities not on an accountants “gut feel’ or “capacity to pay”.Of course as usual our plans include telephone calls for non-strategic advice, are fixed fee and paid monthly so there are no surprises a... More...