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Business Finance 101– 5 End of Financial Year tax tips 2018

Business Finance 101– 5 End of Financial Year tax tips 2018

5 End of Financial Year tax tips 2018

Time to plan for a good finish for EOFY and here are 5 tips to get started and prepare for 30 June.

1. Consider the ideal timing for asset sales

If you are thinking of selling a profitable asset this financial year, but are likely to earn a lower income in the next year, it may be worth postponing the sale until after 30 June, as the sale is income, less the original cost. However, if you expect an income windfall from 1 July, it may be worth bringing the sale forward. As always, your decisions depend on your expectations for future asset prices, so don’t postpone a sale for tax purposes if you are expecting your investment to fall in value!

2. Pre-pay investment loan interest 

If you have (or are considering establishing) a geared investment portfolio, you can pre-pay 12 months’ interest on your investment loan and claim the cost as a tax deduction in the current financial year.  This can assist to manage cashflow more efficiently, and potentially reduce your income tax liability this financial year.

3. Pre-pay income protection premiums 

If you are employed or self-employed, income protection insurance provides peace of mind about the security of your income in the event you are unable to work due to illness or injury. Premiums for this insurance are generally tax deductible; prepaying your annual premium prior to 30 June will allow you to claim a full year of cover in advance as a tax deduction.

4. Review your debtors and creditors

Review your accounts receivable / trade debtors – who is taking the longest to pay – is debt-collection failing – consider if it is simplest to write off (reverse) the sale and move on with more Profitable clients and prospects. Likewise – who do you owe? Can you pay them by end of year to tidy up your accounts – or if you are struggling – can you negotiate longer terms to keep things open with suppliers and keep the relationship going?

5. Offset capital gains with capital losses 

Generally, if you have incurred capital losses on your investments, you are able to offset these capital losses against any capital gains you have made. You can also use losses you have carried forward from previous years. Remember, income losses can only be offset against income; capital losses can only be offset against capital gains.

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Case Study – Let down by accountant and then a bookkeeper – They needed the books up to date and accurate!

Case Study – Let down by accountant and then a bookkeeper - They needed the books up to date and accurate!

Case Study – Let down by accountant and then a bookkeeper – They needed the books up to date and accurate!

Disappointment was clear when she told me how let down she felt of the promises by an accountant to have the books and year-end tax return all handled  but the accounts were months behind! Then she appointed a bookkeeper who was a little new to the Xero software, but the bookkeeper still had the main Bank and Merchant payments with unreconciled transactions dating back 8 months to July!!! And communication with both was frustrating!

She needed a plan of action!

(There are 5 easy steps to planning anything – start where you are at, decide what outcome/state you want to have, what that state/position will cost in money (budget to maintain) what you need to outlay set-up and get to that state, and what action we need to take now to get there.)

WHERE it was at –

She had set up the bank feed, and started to learn how to do the entries in the Xero accounts. But it was slow learning this new software, and she wasn’t sure if she was entering the transactions correctly. The expenses she paid personally, were entered, but they came out of the business bank account – was that correct? The customer payments were simple. To keep up to date with who had paid, she entered them also, but some paid by direct transfer, others by EFT and she didn’t realise only the TOTAL for the day settled to the business bank account.

When we reviewed the company file, the bank  had half the transactions with notes “What is this for?” since back in July 8 months ago!!! The customer payments to the bank didn’t match many deposits, as the Square Credit Card Merchant takes its % fee out before on-sending the balance – so the software can’t match them! There was a family loan to the business to assist with taking on a new shared office with another professional. Most of all, like many small business owners, she didn’t know how much the books can help her improve the business, nor how powerful a One-Page Business Plan and quarterly checklist for the accounts can be!

WANT to have –

She was sure the books could be up to date every month. And communication could be responsive and helpful – YES!

COST to have that state – 

A monthly cost would need to be paid, as she was not enjoying the books, and wanted to do what she knew best – her service and products! She wanted to know if it could be done for $100 based on her current small business

NEED to spend to get there –

Getting it back on track was the key – what would it cost, and what would need to be done?

NOW what action to take –

After meeting Paul Humphreys of Account Keeping Plus, at a local council event 6 months ago, luckily she had kept his card (it stood out because it came with a chocolate attached!). He was easy to talk to and helpful – I’ll give him a call and see what he is like.

Well after several tips on ways to promote my business and market online, he explained how monitoring a few key indicators is so important to know where the business is going and if it’s achieving the goals I set. He explained how the different payments arrived in the bank and the need for clearing accounts and loan accounts for the family loan.

We arranged to meet, and I was given a complimentary Business Score –and later he emailed me the results that gave me a Business Plan On a Page – it really got me focused on the weak points!

He is now getting me up to date – finally! What a relief!

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Cashflow Tips – 5 tips to get more from your accounts/bookkeeper – or how to be a better bookkeeper

Cashflow Tips - 5 tips to get more from your accounts/bookkeeper – or how to be a better bookkeeper

Cashflow Tips – 5 tips to get more from your accounts/bookkeeper – or how to be a better bookkeeper

Do I have the most suitable software for the business needs? Should I upgrade to the next level or another brand? We can help you for FREE – call for a chat!

  1. Expenses we can reduce? What areas of expenses have increased, and are there better deals to reduce costs?
  2. What areas/products of sales are growing? Can we see a trend in products or categories that are underperforming? What about the best performers – should we focus on building them more?
  3. Checklist of the bookkeeping tasks so we don’t forget? Do you have a checklist – there can be at least 10 and more tasks each week/month – invoicing, paying suppliers, payroll, super, Workcover, collating customer payments, reconcile bank statements, reconcile credit cards, petty cash – if you want a template to track the main bookkeeping tasks, call or email info@accountkeepingplus.com.au 
  4. Better Reports for more insight? What other reports does the software offer? I find that exploring other reports and seeing what customization is possible can reveal new reports and insights that help make better decisions!

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Business Tips – Consistency in Marketing – Having an overall consistent message in marketing

Business Tips – Consistency in Marketing – Having an overall consistent message in marketing

Consistency in Marketing – Having an overall consistent message in marketing

Like most business owners, you needs clients, but having consistency in marketing is hard when you find you can’t stop to get them! It feels like you’re being pulled in many different directions (both personally and professionally) that you can’t find the time to have an overall consistent message in marketing.

When it comes to marketing, what is most effective for businesses these days? It used to be you could pay a lump of money annually (or break it into monthly payments) for a Yellow Pages ad and the phone would ring. Or attending a local networking event from time to time. But things have changed. There are so many choices, and advertising doesn’t really seem to work anymore, at least not in the traditional way. Most of us are not outgoing and hate the idea of reaching out and “selling” our services .

So, for many, the marketing just doesn’t happen.

Problem – Yet we know it’s necessary to market our business to build and grow a stable income and reach our goals. But given the time and budget limitations, how can we get past the marketing hurdle?

Answer – Do small consistent tasks that don’t take much time. When you approach it this way, you’ll actually get BETTER results!

In this age of online technology, doing small actions consistently is one of the BEST ways to get and keep your marketing rolling to consistently attract new clients and grow your business.

Some quick and effective things to do that you can spread out over a week, ONE per DAY. And then repeat the process!

  • Create / Update Your LinkedIn Profile – This is a most powerful social media profile you can have for your business. Get it done one chunk at a time.
  • List your business in one new online business directory – These get picked up by the search engines and you never know who will find you this way. Most are free or low cost. Be sure to include a key benefit you have to offer that sets you apart from your competition. This works for both local and virtual bookkeepers.
  • Make one or two phone calls per day to a present or past client – The point here is to talk to someone just to warm up the connection and let them know you are available if they have a need. This also works for connecting with colleagues, strategic networking partners, and any business connections you have or want to establish.
  • Update your Association/Industry profile – If you’re a Certified X (your industry) (or have a listing in any other type of certification or partner program directory) update or improve your profile information so it is appealing to potential clients who see it. Maybe make a special offer that is time sensitive.
  • Making connections in  Social Media like Twitter – Start following people you would like to make a real connection with. Then start sharing (tweeting) helpful information that would be useful to the type of clients you want to attract. Ultimately, you will want to be spending a little time on Twitter daily, if possible.

Getting the word out about your services so it can reach the customer/clients who need your help can be a lot of work, but the load is much lighter when you can approach it just one small action at a time. When it becomes a habit, you will build a true, rock-solid business as a result.

Marketing is not something that should be done all at once and then stop when you get too busy.

Try out this simple daily plan above, and see if it works for you.

Do you already have a daily marketing routine that works well for you? Tell us your tips!

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Business Tax Tips – Can I claim Home Office Expenses?

Business Tax Tips - Can I claim Home Office Expenses?

Business Tax Tips – Can I claim Home Office Expenses?

Many clients ask “Can I claim Home Office Expenses?” There is great information on the ATO website, and links for more info and a cool expense calculator, as part-reproduced here –

If you are a sole trader and your home is also your place of business you can claim tax deductions for a portion of the costs of owning, maintaining and using your home for this purpose. When you sell your home you may be liable for capital gains tax.

If you operate a business at or from your home, you may be able to claim a deduction for some of the expenses relating to the area you use for business purposes.

These expenses can be divided into two broad categories:

  • Occupancy expenses (such as mortgage interest or rent, council rates, land taxes, house insurance premiums);
  • Running expenses (such as gas and electricity, phone, decline in value of plant and equipment, decline in value and cost of repairs to furniture and furnishings, cleaning).

As for motor vehicles, if you are carrying on a home-based business you can claim the cost of trips between your home and other places if the travel is for business purposes.

Generally, you can ignore a capital gain or loss you make when you sell your home, unless you have used any part of it for business purposes.

Next step:

Home office expenses calculator

Disclaimer:

  •  All outcomes provided by this calculator are based on the information you provide and the deduction rates available at the time of calculation. You should use the outcomes as an estimate and for guidance purposes only;
  • You need to self-assess your eligibility and entitlement to a deduction for home office expenses before using this calculator.

Warning – Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Home

Be aware that if you claim home expenses for business, then Capital Gains Tax may apply if you sell the home.

The ATO explains further (and gives examples there)  –

Generally, you can ignore a capital gain or loss you make when you sell your home. However, you may have to pay CGT when you sell your home if you have used any part of it for business purposes.

CGT will not apply if any of the following apply:

  • You operate your business from a rented home;
  • You do not have an area specifically set aside for your business activities;
  • You operate your business through a company or trust.

In most cases, the portion of any capital gain on your home that is taxable is the same as the portion for which you could claim a deduction for interest. Generally, this is based on the floor area of your home you have set aside for business, for example 10%.

You do not have to pay CGT for those periods you did not use your home for your business.

If you have a capital gain because you use your home for business purposes, you may be able to apply one or more of the small business CGT concessions to reduce your capital gain.

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Business Finance 101 – What is the Balance Sheet – Example and Definition

Business Finance 101 – What is the Balance Sheet – Example and Definition

What is the Balance Sheet – Example and Definition

An important part of helping our clients at Account Keeping Plus, is to educate and help businesses and bookkeepers to understand what is the Balance Sheet (also known as the Financial Position) and here we give an example and definition.

Definition

The Balance sheet presents a look at a point in time (eg end of month or year) of the assets and liabilities of the business. In other words, it is a picture or summary of what the business has and how it is funded.

There are three areas in the Balance Sheet – Assets Liabilities and Equity –

Assets include bank accounts, petty cash, inventory, debtors or accounts payable, which are also grouped as Current Assets because they turn over in less than 12 months. Long Term Assets show Plant & Equipment and Motor Vehicles.

Liabilities include credit cards and short term loans, creditors or accounts payable, GST, payroll withholding tax, PAYG and super accounts, which are grouped as Current Liabilities as they also turn over in less than 12 months. Long Term Liabilities show business loans and overdrafts, car loans/finance.

Equity is the difference of assets less liabilities. Sometimes known as net worth  or Shareholder Equity.

Example

The Balance Sheet can be likened to a house with a loan. The house has a value (Asset), say $450,000 and if there is a loan (Liability) say of $250,000 there would be a net of $200,000 which is also called Equity or net worth.

Bal Sht like house

In a similar way, a business reports these as the Balance Sheet Assets, less its Liabilities, leaves Equity (Shareholder’s Equity)

Bal Sht summary

Look for future Posts where we will look at important ratios that can be calculated from parts of the Balance Sheet.

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Cashflow Tips – A cool tool to see what affect changes make on Cashflow

Many run by gut or the bank balance early in running a business – but understanding your cash flow is critical to your business success, and a handy tool that bank NAB have created is an online cash flow improvement tool. Whether using MYOB, Reckon/Quickbooks or Xero for bookkeeping, Try it and see what you think! (Click icon to go to the page)

Cash Flow Imp CalcLet us know how you went…

For other NAB cool tools see Calculators and tools

Also see Cashflow Tips – 5 Ways to Keep Cash Flowing

Or Cashflow Tips – To Discount or ADD VALUE?

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