Not coping from COVID? Here’s some resources that might help

 

Depending on which state you or your business is based in, there are different support packages that the Australian Government are providing to businesses who are feeling the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

Out team here at Glance Consultants, are working tirelessly to ensure that our clients are aware of what is available to them and ensuring that they are quickly taking advantage of such support packages so that businesses can keep their staff employed and their doors ready to open when they can.

With new approaches to controlling potential outbreaks frequently in development, such as the circuit breaker action that has recently been implemented in Victoria, a $143 million response by the Government has been established that provides necessary assistance to businesses that have lost significant income as a direct result.

There are four initiatives within this support package. These include business costs assistance for those who have incurred losses through cancelled bookings or perished foods, an update on the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund for those who were previously eligible for this support and accommodation support for those tourism accommodation providers who can prove they have lost bookings during the circuit breaker action.

For some of these support packages, you do not need to apply, as you will be contacted directly should you be eligible. For others, it is vital that you bring together the right documentation and deliver through the correct avenues in order to receive the support that you need swiftly.

If you’re unsure whether you can seek specific financial support such as those presented in the circuit breaker action business support package, or you simply do not know where to start with it all, then rest assured that we are able to guide you in the right direction and provide you with relevant advice.

It’s not always about money.

Financial assistance isn’t the only necessary support for business owners and their employees during these tempestuous times. This can lead to more rash decisions as we become jaded to constant fear and anxiety over the precarious situation that we have all found ourselves in. Ensure that you take a moment to congratulate yourself and your staff for what you have achieved over the past year and hold fast knowing that such support packages from the Australian Government seek to keep businesses afloat and individuals in jobs.

Contact us on 03 9885 9793 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with one of our accountants today.

What to look for when buying a business

Finally finding a business, you would like to purchase and invest in is exciting. Before finalising your contract, however, make sure it is genuinely worth the investment you are about to put in.

To protect yourself, consider having a checklist of things to review before closing the deal. Do not just depend on what the seller says, or the business’s overall performance is. Dig deeper and analyse.

To assist you, we have listed down some of the items you have to consider when purchasing a business.

Check, and Double Check the Documents!

Some of the documents you should have, and review are:

  • Contract of Sale
  • Vendor’s Statement or Section 52 Statement
  • Copy of Lease
  • Financial records

When reviewing contracts, it would be best to check if you could add a performance clause. The clause should state “minimum takings of the business” for a set period while you finalise the settlement. Additionally, consider having the right to work on the business before you get into a binding contract. This way, you could confirm all the claims the seller made about the business.

Another thing you should review is the business’s existing contracts with suppliers. Ensure transfer of these contracts is included in your Contract of Sale.

Before the Transfer

Verify the name of the business and make sure the seller has clear ownership. Furthermore, they must have full rights to transfer the ownership of the business.

Does the seller own the premises where the business is located? Are they transferring the title of the premises to you, too? If yes, verify the land ownership to confirm they are the actual owners and have the right to transfer the premises’ ownership to you.

Red Flags

Take caution if you see any of these red flags when trying to purchase a business:

  • A significant amount of customer complaints
  • Dropping of prices to boost gross sales before selling the company to you
  • Pending litigation

Failure to disclose any relevant information regarding the business should be a significant red flag for you. Therefore, it is crucial to perform a background check about the business. You really would not know if a seller were concealing something unless you do your own research.

Is the seller in a hurry to sign off? Are they refusing to introduce you to their suppliers? If so, it may be best to take a step back. Decide if it is in your best interests to proceed with the purchase.

Still need help with acquiring a business? We can assist you. Call us on 03 9885 9793 to find out how we can assist you with a business acquisition. You can get in touch with us by sending an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.

What is strategic taxation planning, and how can it help you?

 

Are your tax obligations stressing you out? While it may be a few months away, thinking about your strategic taxation plan now could help you avoid headaches when your tax liabilities are due. Additionally, it ensures that you won’t overlook anything or come across unpleasant surprises.

Not sure how to go about your taxation plan? Here are some things you should know to help get you started.

What is Strategic Taxation Planning 

Strategic taxation planning is the process of understanding, managing and anticipating tax liabilities based on your business financial goals and activities. Ideally, it’s recommended to carry out a review atleast annually so that your business is up-to-date with any changes in the taxation legislation. It also ensures that your taxation plan matches your current business goals.

Why is Taxation Planning Important

The most important benefit of having a taxation plan is that it allows you to minimise your tax liabilities within the rules and regulations in place. It also gives you more confidence in making strategic business decisions that could impact your finances.

When you fully understand your tax liabilities related to your business’s financial activities, you can take better control of your cash flow, debt payments, and other financial responsibilities.

Tips for Taxation Planning

When creating a strategic taxation plan, consider looking into the following factors:

  • Cash flow — When you understand your business’s financial highs and lows, it will be easier to anticipate tax liabilities & deadlines and prepare for them. You would be able to avoid any undue financial strain on your business.
  • Superannuation liabilities and contributions — Did you know that you could use your concessional superannuation contributions to reduce your tax liabilities? Often, business owners maximise their superannuation contributions in order to minimise their tax liabilities.
  • GST cash accounting — This strategy could improve your cash flow as you pay GST at the point of collection and not when issuing an invoice to a customer.
  • Small business restructure rollover — Looking to change your small business structure? Consider transferring active assets to another small business entity.
  • Trading Stock Write Off – Obsolete/damaged stock – If identified, these items can be written off for accounting & tax purposes
  • Bad Debts – Review your debtors and if any are unlikely to be recovered, write them off as bad debts before 30 June.
  • Instant Asset Write off Concessions – concessions are available for eligible businesses that are looking to invest in fixed assets
  • Prepaid expenses – bringing forward the recognition of certain expenses

Taxation planning doesn’t have to be complicated. At Glance Consultants, we specialise in taxation & cashflow planning for businesses. Our team of experts is ready to assist you in preparing your financial plans, financial statements and lodgement of your annual tax returns. We assist in the preparation and lodgement of your Business Activity Statements and variety of other lodgement obligations that you and your business face.

Call us at 03 9885 9793 or send an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au for more information on our business services.

 

Registering as a Sole Trader? Here are some tips

 

The most cost effective and straightforward business structure you could set up in Australia is a sole proprietorship or sole trader. It’s a business type that doesn’t have any legal distinction between the business entity and the owner. 

A sole trader business structure is popular among consultants and individual contractors. Most operate under their personal names because you’re not required to have a separate trade or business name. Just as it’s easy to set up, a sole trader business is also relatively easy to dissolve.

Are you thinking of registering as a sole trader? Here are some tips to help you get started. 

Sole Trader Vs. a Company and a Partnership 

The main advantage of registering as a sole trader is that you don’t have to pay workers’ compensation, PAYG tax withholding and payroll tax (if you do not employ staff), as you’re not considered an employee of your business. Additionally, you are able to offset any losses in your business against other income-generating assets, such as your personally held investments provided certain criteria are met. A Sole Trader structure may suit best for individuals operating as consultants or individual contractors due to Personal Services Income issues, however this will depend on your particular situation.

A Sole Trader structure offers complete control over your business compared to a partnership or company structure where you may have other partners.

Another factor to consider is that this type of structure does not offer the income tax minimisation opportunities that a company structure could potentially offer.

Unlike a company structure, you have full liability for debts of your business as there is no legal distinction between private and business assets. This liability could place your personal assets at risk. Because you and your business aren’t two separate entities, your business’s debt could be considered your personal debt, too. However, note that even under a company structure, the director can be personally liable for debts such as unpaid employee entitlements.

With a partnership, each partner is jointly and severally liable for the partnership’s debts – that is, each partner is liable for their share of the partnership debts as well as being liable for all the debts.

Things You Need to Register as a Sole Trader 

If you would be using your name, you won’t have to register a business name to set up a sole trader business.

You will first need to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

If your annual business turnover is or likely to be more than $75,000/annum, you are required to register your business for goods and services tax (GST).

Finally, don’t forget to include your business income and losses as part of your income tax return.

 Not sure if a sole trader is the right business structure for you? Call us at 03 9885 9793 or fill out our contact form to determine how we can help you get your business off the ground.       

Is it time to switch to Cloud Accounting?

It’s 2021, and if your business still relies heavily on spreadsheets for your business operations and record keeping purposes it may be time to consider a more efficient option.

A 2018 study by Deloitte Access Economics and Research Now showed that approximately 31 per cent of businesses in Australia use cloud services for invoicing. Furthermore, about 26 per cent of companies use cloud services to manage their financial operations. In the recent past, the take up of cloud based accounting software has further increased for a variety of reasons.

Why do these companies use cloud services? One of the most popular reasons many make the switch is cost savings. You’re able to scale up or down your resources quickly based on your needs. Cloud based software offers efficiency and gives you an opportunity to provide better customer service. Imagine what you could do for your business if you could free up your time by automating or increasing the speed of processes like quoting, invoicing, payroll, sending follow-up emails, managing debtors & creditors and consolidating data.

Is cloud based accounting software for you? Here are some reasons why you should consider this option.

Understanding Cloud Based Accounting Software

In its basic form, cloud based accounting software allows your business’s financial data to be available online. This means you can access your books anytime, anywhere, and on any device. You are also most importantly able to provide access to your bookkeeper and accountant.

Today’s cloud based accounting software offer many features that make it easier to manage your finances and track your business cash flow. Additionally, these platforms come with multiple security layers to protect your data, so you manage your books with confidence and peace of mind that your data is secure.

Benefits of Cloud Based Accounting Software

It is suitable for all types of businesses. Whether you’re a small business owner, a sole trader, or a CEO of a fast-growing corporation, you would be surprised how cloud based accounting software fits in your business.

Here are some of its benefits.

  1. Time- and cost-efficiency — A desktop-based accounting system requires regular upgrades. Additionally, you’ll also have to think about hardware management. This means that apart from spending on the hardware and software, you may need to spend on higher IT services. Cloud based software would increase the speed of your business operations and scaling up your operations would be easier to achieve.
  2. Sustainability — With cloud based accounting software, it will be relatively easy to go paperless and do your part in protecting the environment.
  3. Collaboration — Cloud based accounting software allows you to give access to team members, your bookkeeper and accountant who need to access your books. No more sending emails back and forth to share information. You could access the same data instantly.
  4. Security — With cloud accounting, you won’t have to worry about losing important data. Your books are backed up on a real time basis, and your work is automatically saved.

Cloud based accounting software is easy to integrate into your business processes, and we are here to help you make the most of it. Get in touch with us to learn more about cloud based accounting software and how it can support your business growth.

How to create a succession plan for your business

 

For many entrepreneurs and business leaders, managing a business is similar to going on a mission with people who share your vision. However, at some point, your task would reach its end, and it’s time to find someone else to take your place.

How do you ensure your business will continue to thrive even after you’ve stepped down? That’s what a succession plan is for.

Here are some tips to get started with a succession plan for your business.

Do I need a succession plan for my business?

Many small business owners often ask if they too need a succession plan for their business. The answer is yes. It doesn’t matter how big your business is. A succession plan would help you make sure your business transitions smoothly to new leadership.

Creating a Succession Plan

  1. Build a Succession Planning Team

It’s best to have a team with people who are process-oriented and know your business inside out before starting with your plan. Additionally, it would help choose people from different areas of your organisation to keep this team balanced.

Your succession planning team should also understand competency development to tap talent in your business with great potential.

  1. Take Stock of Your Business Assets

The next step is to take stock of your assets — including your staff. What are your assets, and how would these assets be affected by a change in leadership?

Part of succession planning is thinking about the future leadership of your business. Are there individuals within the workforce who can be the next leader of your organisation?

  1. Define Essential Roles and Responsibilities

One way to find top talent in your staff who may have what it takes to lead your business is to define essential roles and responsibilities and evaluate which of your team could take on these tasks.

  1. Revisit Your Strategic Plan for Your Business

Your strategic plan informs your employees and clients of what they can expect from your business in the years to come. Because of this, your succession plan must be in line with your strategic plan. Otherwise, your succession plan could fail.

You shouldn’t rush the creation of a succession plan. And it doesn’t hurt to start creating one as early as possible. This way, it’ll be easier to begin the process of transitioning the business to new leadership as you already have a plan prepared.

Need help with succession planning? Contact our team. We could help you create a succession plan together with the legal paperwork (in collaboration with our legal network) that meets your goals. Send an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au or call 03 98859793.

Guide to end-of-year bookkeeping

 

Is your organisation ready for the holidays? Before heading off to merry land, there is one more thing you have to do, and it is not a Christmas shopping list but your end-of-year bookkeeping.

Have a good start to your New Year by not worrying about your books from the previous year. Closing your books does not have to be complicated. And we are here to help you get started.

Make sure all transactions are recorded.

One of the reasons many businesses struggle with end-of-year bookkeeping is that they don’t have accurate records of their transactions. This does include not only sales but also your expenses, other miscellaneous costs, asset & liability balances.

Be sure to double-check invoices and accounts receivable.

Make sure all invoices are created and sent out. If there are any unpaid invoices, consider sending out email reminders so your clients could settle them as soon as possible. On the same note, check if you have any outstanding invoices from your suppliers and resolve them.

Don’t forget your tax responsibilities.

Are you thinking of giving out holiday bonuses to your employees? Check to see whether or not you need to withhold a certain amount for PAYG Tax Withholding.

Assess your inventory.

The end-of-year is an excellent time to check your inventory for errors and areas of improvements in your stock management process. Be sure to correct any discrepancies between the numbers in your books and your actual list.

Revisit your financial statements.

After you’ve completed all necessary adjustments in your books, it’s time to review your financial statements for significant movements from the previous year’s numbers. Doing so gives you a good idea of how your business has performed for the year.

Create your balance sheet report and profit and loss report.

It would help to create financial reports for the year, especially if you have partners in the organisation that would want to stay up-to-date with your business’s performance. With these reports, you could get started creating your business plan and strategy for the next year, giving you a confident start for 2021.

Are you having a hard time with end-of-year bookkeeping? Count on Glance Consultants to help you close your books. We could help you with a bank account and credit card reconciliations, accounts payable and receivable, payroll processing, PAYG summaries and more.

Call us at 03 9885 9793 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our bookkeeping services.

Pros and Cons of a Business Partnership Model

 

A partnership is a business model where two or more individuals agree to work together to form a business. These individuals share ownership of the business as well as the responsibilities that come with managing one.

Are you planning to form a partnership? Here are some things you need to know.

Types of Partnership

There are three types of partnerships. Depending on your needs and agreement with your partners, your options are the following:

  • Incorporated Limited Partnership (ILP) — In an ILP, partners can have limited liability. However, there should be at least one partner with unlimited liability.
  • Limited Partnership (LP) — In an LP, general partners have liability but only to the amount that they contributed to the business.
  • General Partnership (GP) — In a GP, all partners have unlimited liability and share all responsibilities regarding the company equally.

Pros

One of the reasons many entrepreneurs choose to create a partnership, is that it’s relatively easy to set up. Financially, you won’t take on the burden of starting up the business yourself as you can pool resources with your partners.

Building a partnership has reduced requirements compared most other business structures, and the partnership does not have its own income tax obligations. However, each partner would have to pay income tax on their share of the net partnership income.

Cons

One of the biggest challenges of having a partnership is that differences in opinion could pose a threat to the business and its operations. Because all partners play a role in the business, making decisions could take time, especially if you and your partners find it difficult to come up with a consensus.

Another disadvantage is the way profits are divided among partners. Any miscalculation on how income should be shared could result in disagreements and issues.

It would help to keep in mind that in a partnership, partners both have an individual and joint liability. Therefore, all partners could also be liable for the actions of the other partners.

The key to a successful partnership model is making sure you choose partners that you can depend on. Choose those who understand and share your vision for the business. Additionally, it’s essential to select the right type of partnership for your business.

Not sure about which type of partnership is best for your business? Our team at Glance Consultants can help. Our professionals provide tailored advice to help you make an informed decision. Call us at 03 9885 9793 or send an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au for more information on our services.

 

Tips to create a holiday budget for your small business

 

If you still haven’t worked on your holiday budget, it’s not too late to get started. The trickiest part of planning for the holiday season is making sure you’re not just focusing on the potential revenue that the holiday brings.

Here are some things to look into when setting a holiday budget.

Inventory and Production

Inventory planning is vital, especially if you’re looking into having an end-of-year sale. It’s crucial to have enough inventory to get you through the shopping season. You wouldn’t want to run out of stock a week or two leading to Christmas, would you?

Managing your inventory can significantly affect your holiday revenue. If you have a list sitting on your shelf when the holidays are over, you may have overspent on your merchandise. Look into last year’s holiday sales, inventory and your trend for the past months. This could help you determine the budget to set for your holiday stock.

Marketing

Marketing your holiday campaigns does not always mean spending a fortune on ads. Make the most of your online assets, such as your social media profiles, email newsletter list, and website. All these channels could help you inform everyone about your upcoming offers. Want to supplement these assets with an ad campaign? You could set a reasonable budget as you do not only depend on the ads to promote your business and reach your target customers.

Holiday Miscellaneous Expenses

You would be surprised at how much you are spending when you add up all your minor expenses. Be sure to consider them when planning your budget, so you do not overspend.

These costs include holiday décor, packing materials, postage and shipping, utilities, and office supplies.

Tax Deductible items

As you enter the busy holiday season, be sure to monitor all your holiday expenses. Ensure you keep an accurate record-keeping system to ensure these tax-deductible expenses are captured for income tax purposes.

The holiday season is an exciting time. We may be amid a pandemic, but there is still reason to spread some cheer and make the most of this season’s growth opportunities.

Need help with budgeting, bookkeeping and forecasting? Get in touch with our team at Glance Consultants. We can help ensure your books are in order and your budget is on point so you can have a worry-free holiday season.

Please fill out our contact form or call 03 9885 9793 for more information on our services.

What you need to know about the VIC Budget 2020-21 announcements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This budget is about repair, recovery, and making us stronger than before. This is a budget that puts people first.” — Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria

VIC budget has recently been announced and just as the Premier has said, the budget focuses on rebuilding the economy and helping people recover.

Here are some important things you have to know about it.

Payroll Tax Measures

There will be an increase in the yearly reporting threshold for businesses that are registered for payroll tax in the state. From $40,000, the threshold will increase to $100,000 on July 1st, 2021.

Did your taxable wage increase this year? Is your payroll less than $10 million? Your business may qualify for a payroll tax credit for the tax year 2020-21. Additionally, if you meet this threshold in 2021 to 2022, you could apply for the same tax credit for the same payroll tax year. This move hopes to encourage business owners to create new jobs, rehire workers, and restore or increase their hours.

Land Transfer Duty Measures 

There will be a 50 per cent land transfer duty concession for contracts made on or after January 2021 for industrial and commercial properties in Victoria.

Additionally, all residential purchases in the state with a dutiable value of up to $1 million will have a 50 per cent land transfer waiver. This waiver applies for contracts made between November 25th of this year and before July 1st of 2021. However, you may still have to pay Foreign Purchaser Additional Duty if it applies to you.

Land Tax Measures 

Land occupied and owned by not-for-profit clubs will be exempted from the absentee owner surcharge. However, to be eligible for the exemption, the clubs should have been offering cultural, educational, literary, recreational, and social interests to their members. Racecourses do not qualify for this exemption and they maintain their current concessional rate.

From land tax year 2022 until January 2040, eligible build-to-rent developments will receive a 50 per cent land tax discount. Furthermore, they will be exempted from the absentee owner surcharge.

Additional COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures 

Those who are building or buying new residential properties in Victoria could be eligible for a $20,000 First Home Owner Grant. To qualify, your contracts must be made by June 30th, 2021. There will also be a full waiver of vacant residential land tax liabilities in 2021 caused by 2020 property vacancies.

Are you confused with all these adjustments and changes? Glance Consultants can help. Our team provides personalised services to meet your needs. We offer individual and business taxation services, bookkeeping, business advisory and more.

Call us at 03 9885 9793 or email enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au to learn more about our services and how we can help your business.

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