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Small business enjoys independent tax review

The Tax Office have made their independent review service a permanent feature of the tax landscape.  The service is open to any business with a turnover under $10m.  So, if you are being audited by the Tax Office, and you receive notification of the audit results, you can request an independent person with the ATO… Continue reading Small business enjoys independent tax review

Directors Identification Numbers are coming

It is surprising for many families in business that you do not need to prove the identity of a person when they become a director.  In effect a company could be created with fake directors’ present (like Donald Trump or Julius Ceasar) and ASIC will not impact or follow up on the application. This creates… Continue reading Directors Identification Numbers are coming

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

Why do family businesses fail?

The reasons for a failed business can come through thick and fast. In a world faced with technology change, high taxes, high employment costs and digital automation the reasons for a failed business are literally endless. So what is the major reason a family business fails? In our experience it is the family. The ability… Continue reading Why do family businesses fail?

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?

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 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

The R&D Tax Incentive: What is it and how do I get it?

Many family businesses in Perth are doing incredible work.  And it is great to know that the research and development tax incentive or the research and development tax offset are specifically designed to assist these family owned businesses in Perth. How much is the R&D Incentive worth? In effect: if you turnover less than $20m… Continue reading The R&D Tax Incentive: What is it and how do I get it?

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