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Business Tax Tips – Tax on Temporary Residents or Foreign Workers or Non-resident Worker Tax

Business Tax Tips – Tax on Temporary Residents or Foreign Workers or Non-resident Worker Tax

Tax on Temporary Residents or Foreign Workers or Non-resident Worker Tax

If you have employees that are temporary residents or foreign workers, it is important to know the tax that applies and conditions the worker must meet, such as current work VISA – here is what the ATO says

What you need to work in Australia –

To work in Australia you need a visa that allows you to work here. You should also have a tax file number (TFN).

Visas are issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You can check if your visa allows you to work by using the department’s free Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) serviceExternal Link.

Your TFN is your personal reference number in our tax system. You can apply for a TFN online once you have your work visa and have arrived in Australia. You should apply for your TFN before you start work or soon after.

Apply for a TFN

You don’t have to have a TFN, but you pay more tax if you don’t have one. Getting a TFN is free.

If you think someone else has used your TFN or it has been stolen, phone ATO on 1800 467 033 (within Australia), between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

When you start a job –

Complete a Tax file number declaration

Your employer will ask you to complete a Tax file number declaration, which tells them your TFN and whether you are an Australian or foreign resident for tax purposes.

Your employer uses the information to work out how much tax to withhold from your wages. They should also provide your TFN to your superannuation fund so it can accept your superannuation contributions and pay the correct tax on them.

You have 28 days to provide a completed Tax file number declaration to your employer. If you don’t, they must deduct a higher rate of tax from your pay.

You should give your TFN to your employer only after you start work for them. Never give your TFN in a job application or over the internet.

Your employer deducts tax

Your employer will deduct tax from your pay and send it to us. This is called ‘pay as you go withholding’.

You can check how much tax should be taken from your pay.

Note: New working holiday makers tax tables apply from 1 January 2017

If you employ working holiday makers, new tax tables apply from 1 January 2017.

Working holiday makers include individuals who hold either a:

  • working holiday makers visa (subclass 417)
  • work and holiday makers visa (subclass 462)
  • associated bridging visa.

For more information refer to Tax table for working holiday makers.

Superannuation entitlements

Superannuation (or ‘super’) is Australia’s retirement savings system. If you are a temporary resident, your employer should pay super contributions for you just as they do for eligible Australian resident employees.

It doesn’t matter whether you work full time, part time or casually.

Your employer must pay super contributions into a super fund on your behalf if you are paid A$450 (before tax) or more in a calendar month and you are either:

  • 18 years or older, or
  • under 18 and work more than 30 hours per week.

Your employer does not need to pay super for you if you are doing work of a private or domestic nature for 30 hours or less each week – for example, if you are employed as a nanny.

Compulsory employer super contributions are in addition to your salary. Most people can choose which Australian super fund these contributions are paid into.

You can use the Employee superannuation guarantee calculator to work out if you are eligible for super payments and how much your employer should contribute.

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Cash payments and ‘contractor’ payments

Some employers prefer to pay in cash instead of to a bank account. This is okay, provided they still:

  • deduct tax from the money they pay you
  • give you payslips showing how much tax has been deducted
  • pay super contributions on your behalf (if you’re entitled to super).

If they don’t do these things, you could get less pay and super than you’re entitled to.

Some employers may incorrectly treat you as a contractor or even encourage you to get an Australian business number (ABN). Having an ABN doesn’t make you a contractor. Only people who carry on a business can have an ABN.

If an employer offers to pay you in cash without deducting any tax or paying contributions into your super fund, report them to us by phoning 1800 060 062 (within Australia) between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. You don’t have to give us your name.

When you leave a job

After the end of the income year (30 June), your employer will give you a payment summary. This shows how much you earned and how much tax was deducted from your wages. If you leave a job during the year, you can ask for your payment summary when you leave. Your employer must give it to you within 14 days.

After 30 June you lodge an annual tax return to tell us how much income you received and tax you paid. This information will be on your payment summaries. We then send you a notice of assessment and your tax refund if you are entitled to one.

If you’re leaving Australia permanently you may be able to claim your super.

Next steps:

o    Paying tax and lodging a tax return

o    Returning to your home country

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Cashflow Tips – What Cashflow means to your Employees

Cashflow Tips – What Cashflow means to your Employees

Cashflow Tips – What Cashflow means to your Employees

The Great Game of Business (GGOB) is a book and website and coaching movement that originated as a means to save a company division of International Harvester on its demise back in the 1980’s and how employees and management saved the company and their livelihoods with a unique way to run business – it has grown to launch another 60 associated companies and is regarded as one of the for-runners of Open-Book Management. Here is an exert from one of its blog posts).

Dave Sholten writes … Here are three statements in which I fully believe:

1.     Cash flow trends can be the ultimate measure and indicator of success and/or failure of the company performance.

2.     Your employees are begging you to be transparent with them.

3.     It is important to your employees that they can TRUST you.

Put These Three Statements to Good Use

If we can assume (and agree) that the above three suggestions are accurate, then employees really want to know the honest financial health of the company, which most often includes cash flow.

Don’t ever let your pride convince you to hide the bad news, or get in the way of being honest. Honesty doesn’t have to be easy, and doesn’t always have to be good news, but it is necessary and fair in every trusting relationship.

It would serve you and your conscious well if you identified a few of the key “success/failure” financial indicators of your company’s performance, and then plan a way to start sharing with the employees the “score” involving those indicators.

You might start with your annual update, and then enhance that communication to a quarterly update. You should look forward to when your employees start to ask you questions like:

  • Why did that number go up?
  • How does this number impact that numbers results?
  • What can we do to make that trend better?

When this happens, YOU HAVE ARRIVED! Your team, however many, are asking the questions, are asking to be more included in your game of business and want to learn more about the numbers and how to positively impact the future. You will gain support and teamwork in the future course of your business. Your entire workforce will be engaged in supporting your quest to “win the game.”

For those employees who don’t embrace the information and learning, keep a close eye on them. Their heads are in the sand, and hopefully (not a recommended corporate strategy) they don’t treat your product/service/customers/clients and fellow employees that way.

In conclusion, here is what your company’s cash flow means to employees:

  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Confidence
  • Continued employment
  • Commitment to the team and organization
  • Faith in the future
  • Winning

What is your experience with employee engagement and helping you run the business as a team together so ALL benefit?

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MYOB – How to Delete Old Items

MYOB – How to Delete Old Items

MYOB – How to Delete Old Items

Website enquiry from Lilian

Hi Paul

Hope you are well.

I would like to know if you know how to get rid of 56k of old items in MYOB (currently we are using Premier Enterprise 19.7version) pls?

I have done research and found that a Program called “FGHTables” may work. But we were too scared to use it so we don’t mess up.

So I am wondering if you have experience in this area pls?

Best regards and thanks

Lilian

Answer

Hi Lilian,

Yes it is hard to delete old items – usually up to 2-3 years after rolling over a financial year, because the MYOB keeps totals of some sales and item data for comparison reports for 2-3 years. Some clients also find well beyond the 2-3 years that items will still not be able to be removed, and it is not clear why!

Yes http://www.fghtables.com  is a very reputable company and they have a service to assist removal of items not required, as well as other very reasonable offers

We also use them for clients for Payroll Tax Tables for those who don’t want/need to upgrade from v19 Account Right with Payroll.

Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions

Kind Regards,

Paul Humphreys, Account Keeping Plus

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Cashflow Tips – Improve your Cashflow – By Invoicing Promptly!

Cashflow Tips – Improve your Cashflow – By Invoicing Promptly!

Cashflow Tips – Improve your Cashflow – By Invoicing Promptly!

Many times, small business owners are uncomfortable about asking to be paid, yet the top way to improve your cashflow is by invoicing PROMPTLY! When you run a business, (especially service businesses) if you don’t invoice promptly as well as collect payment promptly (which causes a cash crisis in the first place), then consider the following –

Consequences for your cashflow:

  1. Clients can quickly forget what they owe you;
  2. They are less likely to remember how much they loved your work and pay you promptly;
  3. They may conclude that you do not expect quick payment and will take their time in sending in their money.

Some ACTION solutions:

  1. Where possible, issue invoices at the time services are delivered;
  2. Send your invoice by email to speed the process;
  3. If you can’t issue immediately, be sure to issue your invoices weekly, or at least twice per month on designated days, such as on the 15th and the last day of each month;
  4. Do it like clockwork – it will help to even out your cashflow.

Take-away message

Create the habit – invoice quickly and often.

Part of our service is assistance with cashflow budgets, debtor collection and reviewing supplier costs and terms.

One of our clients said the business finance is now in the BEST shape it has ever been – for our 4-5 hrs work weekly involves managing the invoices, payment follow up unique method and now supplier payments! The owner now can catch up on quoting jobs and finalizing the sale to grow the business.

Could this assist you in your business and let you focus on your best skills and on running the business? If you would like to speak with these clients, email me and I’ll supply contact details!

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Business Tax Tips – Tax on Commissions & Bonus Payments

Business Tax Tips – Tax on Commissions & Bonus Payments

Tax on Commissions & Bonus Payments

Does tax apply on commissions and bonuses paid to your staff?

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has a great page that summarises when tax and super applies in neat easy-to read tables. Here we focus in 2 main payments that employers are often unsure about.

Bonuses

There is PAYG (Pay as you go) tax as well as super on bonuses which are still income for the employee.

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Commissions

There is PAYG (Pay as you go) tax as well as super on commissions which are still income for the employee, like ordinary hours, see further down this table.

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Bookkeeping – Paid Parental Leave – What is it and how to do the bookkeeping

Bookkeeping – Paid Parental Leave – What is it and how to do the bookkeeping

Bookkeeping – Paid Parental Leave – What is it and how to do the bookkeeping

The Paid Parental Leave here we explain what it is and how to do the bookkeeping in your accounts. The scheme became compulsory on 1 July 2011 – it is an offer from the government of up to 18 weeks paid parental leave is offered to eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011. The government makes a payment to the employer to then pass on to the employee. This post explains generally what is involved to setup and record paid parental payments within your software.

What is the current rate of parental leave?

The rate is paid at the National minimum wage. For more information see Paid Parental Leave for employers.

How to do the bookkeeping

1.     Create an account to track parental leaveWe need to create a Liability account to track your Parental Leave. Depending on your Parental Leave reporting obligations, you may want to create an Expense account to track this leave instead of a Liability account. Speak to your accountant or the ATO for the appropriate solution based on your circumstances.

2.     Create a new wages category

3.     Exempt Paid Parental Leave from calculating superannuation

4.     Exempt Paid Parental Leave from accruing entitlements – depending on the way the employee is set up

a.     Hourly employeesthe entitlement will not accrue as there are no hours to calculate the percentage. This seems contradictory, but normally hourly employees will accrue leave as a percentage of hours worked. While they are on Paid Parental Leave, they are being paid via a Salary Wage category, rather than an Hourly Wage category. Therefore having no hours on the paycheque means that no leave will accrue.

b.     Salary Employeesneed to have the Entitlement(s) deselected in their card. This is because generally these employees will be set to accrue a flat amount of hours per Pay Period/Month/Year, and unless the entitlement is deselected in their card, the entitlement will continue accruing throughout the period of their Paid Parental Leave.

5.     Note: When the employee finishes the Paid Parental Leave you will need to select these entitlements again so that the leave entitlements will accrue.

6.     Action – when my employee is taking paid parental leave?
In MYOB for example, you go to the standard pay and zero all the salary or hourly $ amounts, and against the Paid Parental leave category, enter the amount that is to be paid.

7.     We are now ready to process Paid Parental leave payments for your employees. When you have finished paying the paid parental leave payments, you can use the Reset to Original Amounts button on the Payroll Details tab of the employees card (as shown above) to restore the values back to the standard hours.

8.     Receiving the payment from the government. When the employer receives parental leave payment from the government, this needs to be recorded as a Receive Money transaction into the Liability account created.

9.     Note – Paid parental leave and Payment SummariesIf you include the paid parental leave amount in the Gross Wages on your Payment Summary, you will need to account for this if you attempt to reconcile the total from the Payment Summaries with the total in your Wages & Salaries expense account. The paid parental leave amount is not shown as an expense, and therefore it is expected that the Payment Summary total will be higher than the total of the Wages & Salaries expense account. For more information on Payment Summaries, see the MYOB support note Preparing and printing Payment Summaries.

10.   Removing paid parental leaveWhen an employee returns to work after parental leave, their card needs to be updated so the Paid Parental Leave payment will be removed from the employee’s standard pay, and their normal Base Salary will be reinstated.

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Business Tax Tips – What if you consider not paying tax to the ATO and help with paying tax owed

Business Tax Tips – What if you consider not paying tax to the ATO and help with paying tax owed

What if you consider not paying tax to the ATO and help with paying tax owed

Business can be hard – do I spend money to grow such as advertise or pay the tax bill? What if you consider not paying tax to the ATO (Australian Tax Office), and how do I get help with paying tax owed?

The ATO explains –

If you don’t pay –

If you don’t pay on time:

o    interest will accrue on your tax debt

o    we’ll use any refunds to reduce your debt.

If you don’t pay, we will:

o     contact you soon after the due date

o     refer selected debts to external collection agencies for collection on our behalf

o     take stronger action against taxpayers who are unwilling to work with us to address their tax debt or repeatedly default on agreed plans.

Make sure you lodge your activity statements and tax returns on time, even if you can’t pay by the due date. You’ll avoid a penalty for failing to lodge on time and show us that you’re aware of your obligations. Read More.

Help with paying tax owed

If you can’t pay on time, we can help you.

You still need to lodge your activity statements and tax returns on time, even if you can’t pay by the due date. You’ll avoid a penalty for failing to lodge on time and show us that you’re aware of your obligations and doing your best to meet them.

If you require a payment plan, for debts:

o   $100,000 or less – set up online and automated payment plans

o   over $100,000 – phone us.

Online and automated payment plans

If you’re an individual or a sole trader with an income tax or an activity statement debt of $100,000 or less, you may be eligible to use our online services for individuals to set up a payment plan. You’ll need a myGov account linked to the ATOExternal Link.

Read more on Help options and instructions.

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