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Getting an understanding of personal services income

Tax law has a fundamental premise that the income of a person belongs to that person regardless of how they structure their affairs.  And for many smaller operators like IT, legal and medical professionals this concept of bringing the income home to the relevant professional is expressed in the concept “alienation of personal services income”.… Continue reading Getting an understanding of personal services income

Employee v Contractor- the tax confusion goes on

Modern workplace arrangements have changed the concept of employment.  The presence of working from home, flexi time work and the “gig economy” has meant that the concept of employment and contracting has moved significantly over time.  This is especially true in Perth with the physical distance of our state requires innovative business solutions. The concept… Continue reading Employee v Contractor- the tax confusion goes on

Five ways to make a more sustainable business

The focus on many business operators is to provide a more stable business stream.  In a world of volatility and uncertainty the business that can have an ongoing and stable income stream are highly valued. However the process to creating such a business is long and has many elements.  Some of the major ones to… Continue reading Five ways to make a more sustainable business

Labour’s attack on negative gearing: how to structure your portfolio

We have seen numerous examples of governments attacking the tax benefits of negative gearing.  However,the most significant tax attack is proposed by Labour with the position of scrapping negative gearing altogether. A family business, especially from Perth, almost always has property as a significant asset and factor in the succession planning of the family business. … Continue reading Labour’s attack on negative gearing: how to structure your portfolio

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Why saving tax is the wrong place to start family business succession

The discussion of succession in a family business in Perth is difficult.  Often the conversation is difficult and taxation can be a large stumbling block: and the long value driver of an effective family business succession is often at odds with tax effective structuring. We will go over a few classic examples of how tax… Continue reading Why saving tax is the wrong place to start family business succession

When can a binding death benefit nomination be a bad idea?

Estate planning for business families is difficult.  There is a raft of legal terms like enduring powers of attorney, testamentary trusts and complex tax outcomes depending on the structures and the family dynamics.  If that complexity is not enough some business advisors in Perth are not independent and everybody has a different approach. What is… Continue reading When can a binding death benefit nomination be a bad idea?

Getting ready to transition your family business

The act of moving the family business from one generation to the next is a life long journey.  It is affected by the location of the heirs (Perth or international), the capacity of heirs and their relationships within the family.  Understanding, educating and helping the next generation to prepare to control the family wealth and… Continue reading Getting ready to transition your family business

Using Hubdoc and Receipt Bank to automate paperwork and date entry in a family business.

It is a sad fact that doing the accounting taxation, and financial management for a family business in Perth involves a lot of paperwork.  There is a lot of retyping data and filing documents endlessly. Thankfully, and after an incredibly long time, technology is automating the mindless paper chase. And incredibly it is now working.… Continue reading Using Hubdoc and Receipt Bank to automate paperwork and date entry in a family business.

How to reduce your $1.6m transfer balance cap

If you are near retirement you will know about the $1.6m transfer balance.  It is the amount of money a person can put into their pension phase and enjoy tax-free earnings later on. For example Cosimo and Agathe live in Perth, they are over 60 and contemplating retirement.  They have $1.5m and $1.4m in their… Continue reading How to reduce your $1.6m transfer balance cap

How to deal with conflict in the family business

If you are a family running a business you will inevitability have conflict.  The conflict might be over financial matters, the tax structuring, how you talk to each other, the business strategy, remuneration or just the colour of your business cards. Conflict is normal.  And conflict is a good thing.  It challenges how the business… Continue reading How to deal with conflict in the family business

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