How an Audit for a Superannuation Fund works

The superannuation fund is an adaptation made by the Government of Australia to motivate its citizens to accumulate funds that will provide them with a stream of income in their retirement years. The state does this by making it compulsory for employers to contribute superannuation on top of their employees’ salaries and wages. They also provide tax benefits for further encouragement. 

If you have a superannuation fund, you need to know that it should have a mandatory audit done by an auditor accredited by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. The audit will include a Financial Report Audit and a Compliance report audit. 

 

Financial Report Audit

The following are the primary requirement to get a financial Report Audit:

● An audit engagement letter signed by the trustees

● Trustee representation letter which is signed

● Financial accounting reports, such as member statements, income statements, balance sheets, etc. 

● Duly accomplished annual tax return

● Supporting documents

 

Compliance Audit Report

Here are the documents needed for the Compliance audit report

● A signed copy of pension documentation if it is in pension mode

● Permanent files copies

● Actuarial Certificate

● Life insurance certificate (if applicable)

● ASIC annual return if employers are acting fund trustees

Once the auditor receives the files mentioned above, they will proceed with their auditing task. If there are breaches, auditors will try their best to rectify the matter legally. 

 

Final Word

When getting an auditor who will be in charge of auditing your superannuation fund, make sure that ASIC accredits them. You can check their legitimacy by going to the website and confirming their registration. 

If you have more questions that are not covered by this article, kindly fill out our contact form or call us at 03 9885 9793.

We will help you and assist you with your superannuation fund concerns and enquiries. 

How to Maintain Customer Relationships During the Coronavirus Outbreak

how to maintain customer relationships during the coronavirus outbreakCOVID-19 has forced many organisations to scale down their business activities, if not temporarily stop their operations altogether. 

While we’re all going through a difficult time and struggling to adapt to our present situation, let’s not forget about our customers. What you do right now could determine the way your customers will work with you in the future. 

Here are some tips to help you nurture customer relationships during the outbreak. 

Humanise Your Brand

Empathy can go a long way — especially during these times. Show your customers that your organisation is more than the services or products you provide. Let them know the steps you’re taking to support your customers, employees and stakeholders. 

The best way to do this is through social media channels. Additionally, consider sending out email newsletters regularly.   

Develop a Customer Communication Strategy

Uncertainties can easily lead to anxiety in the part of your customers. Communication is important. Please don’t leave your customers in the dark. But make sure everyone in your company is saying the same things when reaching out to them. 

To avoid wrong information being sent out or miscommunication, it’s best to create a customer communication task force within your company. This group will be responsible for creating your customer communication strategy. Keep the team small and when possible, choose key individuals that are familiar with the customer-facing side of your business.

Prioritise Customer Issues and Inquiries

It’s understandable for customers to reach out to you more often during a crisis. To ensure you’re providing support promptly, develop a system that prioritises more pressing issues. This way, you could provide immediate assistance to customers who need your support ASAP.

Additionally, never forget to reach out to customers for follow-up. This way, you can make sure that you provided appropriate assistance for them.  

Stick to Your Company Values

It’s easy to forget about your company values, mission, and vision when you’re trying to keep your business afloat. 

Remember that it’s during these times that your customers need you to stick to your promises. Assure them that you will continue to provide the level of support they’ve come to love about your organisation. 

Do you need help managing your business during this time? Glance Consultants is here to assist you. We can help you find a stimulus package that your business is eligible for and get you the financial support you need. 

To learn more about our services, you may call us at 03 9885 9793 or send an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au

How to Protect Your Business During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Protect Your Business During the Coronavirus OutbreakThe world continues to fight Coronavirus (Covid-19) and stop it from spreading four months since the first case was discovered in November. With over 700,000 cases recorded worldwide and approximately 3,900 cases in the country, SMEs and enterprises struggle to keep their businesses afloat.

Have you been affected by the Covid-19 Shutdown? Here are some tips to help you cope with our current situation.

Working From Home

If your business can continue its operations remotely, think about creating a set of work-from-home guidelines to support your team. This is especially important if it’s the first time that you will be implementing a work-from-home set-up.

Which positions or employees are eligible to work from home? Please keep in mind that not everyone is suited to work from home. For instance, if the job requires a high degree of supervision and you won’t be able to provide that, it might not be a good idea to have that position on a work-from-home set-up. Additionally, if the position requires equipment and resources that your employees don’t have at home, and you can’t offer, a work-from-home set-up might not be applicable.

To help your team transition to a work-from-home set-up, consider following the same schedule that you have in the office. If you have regular meetings at 10 am, think about doing virtual meetings at the same time. The key is to create a routine that is as close to what you have in your office as possible.

Other key considerations for working from home are as follows:

  • Work hours and breaks
  • Environment, such as noise, lighting, and home safety
  • Workstation set-up, including computers, printers, and a reliable Internet connection

Scaling Down Operations

Scaling down your operations could help limit your business expenses while still providing essential services to your clients. This way, you won’t have to shut down your operations entirely, and you’re still able to provide your employees with financial support.

Since the shutdown, many businesses have chosen to lessen their employee hours. Another thing you could do is to reduce supplementary labour. Whenever you can, delegate the crucial tasks you usually outsource to contractors or labour hire workers to your employees.

If your business is in the position to provide extended service leave at half-pay, it might be a great idea to do that to scale down your operations.

Getting Financial Support

The government is prepared to help SMEs during these trying times. Through the Economical Survival Packages, you could get financial support for business-related payments, wage subsidies, and short-term loans.

Do you need help managing your business and making sure things are in order? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You could send an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au or call us at 03 9885 9793.

 

Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Investment Portfolio

investment portfolio

“Buy a stock the way you would buy a house. Understand and like it such that you’d be content to own it in the absence of any market.”

— Warren Buffett

The same goes when building your investment portfolio. Do not make rash decisions. Take your time to learn about it just as you would when checking a property you would like to purchase. Understand the market and consult experts before buying your first investment.

Are you ready to get started with building your investment portfolio? Here are some tips.

Review Your Finances

You’d want to make sure that you are not sacrificing anything financially when building your investment portfolio.

Take stock of your liabilities and assets to determine how much you could invest. Writing down what you own and what you owe lets you see how you could diversify your investments.

You could also use a budget planner or net worth calculator to assess your financial situation.

Set Your Goals

Goals help you focus on the steps you need to take to build your investment portfolio. Furthermore, they help you choose the most appropriate investment products according to your needs and risk tolerance.

Once you’ve set your financial goals, take them a step further by categorising them into:

  • Short-term goals — those you would like to achieve within two years
  • Medium-term goals — those you want to accomplish in three to five years
  • Long-term goals — those you want to achieve within five years or longer

Understand Your Risk Tolerance

Every investment decision carries its own risks.

Do significant market movements bother you? Would you like to maximise your returns over a long period? If you answer yes to both, you may be a high-risk investor. If you don’t worry about small market changes but stress over large ones, you may be a moderate-risk investor. However, if even the slightest market changes stress you out, you may be a low-risk investor.

Choose the Best Options for You

Many low-risk investors often start with certificates of deposits, money market deposit accounts, and basic savings accounts. Moderate-risk investors, on the other hand, may be comfortable investing in mutual funds and buying stocks of financially stable companies.

Those with a high-risk investment appetite may find themselves drawn towards more sophisticated investment products and stocks of start-up businesses.

Building your investment portfolio doesn’t have to be complicated. However, it does require due diligence and careful consideration of your finances.

Let Glance Consultants help you achieve your financial goals. We offer end-to-end investment advice. Our team is ready to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions.

Get in touch with our office and team of financial planning partners to obtain further information.

 

How to Manage Your Cashflow to Stay on Top of Your Finances

How to Manage Your Cashflow to Stay on Top of Your FinancesIf cash is king in business, then cashflow is queen.

Cashflow is the amount of money that goes in and out of your company. It includes payables, receivables, operating expenses, and other financing activities.

For continuous business growth, make sure to manage your cashflow properly.

How do you do it? Here are some tips.

1. Always update your books

As they say, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

While some see bookkeeping as a monotonous, boring task, it’s an essential part of a company’s financial process. It allows you to collect data that would help you make sound business decisions in the future. Furthermore, accurate bookkeeping makes you more confident in managing your cashflow as you have up-to-date records to back you up.

2. Monitor payments and invoices

Late payments could throw your working budget off track. Make sure your clients pay for your products or services on time. Additionally, always settle debts with your suppliers on or before their due dates.

Are you having a difficult time tracking and following up on invoices? Think about using a bookkeeping app or software that lets you set invoice reminders.

3. Keep your financial processes as simple as possible

You could do bookkeeping, accounting, and cashflow management in many ways. When setting up your processes, remember that the less complicated the process is, the more you’re likely to stick with it.

4. Make technology your best friend

Your time is precious. Make sure you are using it efficiently. To do that, consider integrating the latest technology into your business.

For instance, you could automate specific bookkeeping processes by using an accounting application. You could also create financial reports instantly. This makes it easier to perform cashflow forecasting and management.

5. Think about having a cash reserve

You know you’re managing your company’s cashflow properly when you’re able to build a cash reserve. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount — just enough to keep your business afloat for a few months and weather the storm.

Cashflow management is the key to your company’s long-term success and survival. It could help you sustain sufficient working capital to get your business through any financial roadblocks or market changes.

Learn more about cashflow management and forecasting with the help of Glance Consultants. Our team works with small to medium businesses and support entrepreneurs in achieving their goals.

For more information on cashflow management, please fill out our contact form or send your questions to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au.

Do You Need Cloud Accounting for Your Business?

Do You Need Cloud Accounting for Your BusinessDo you spend more time managing your books than managing your business?

Cloud accounting could automate and simplify your financial processes so you could get your time back without worrying about keeping your records up-to-date.

What is Cloud Accounting

Cloud accounting is an application you could access online. It is hosted on a remote server where all your accounting processes are done. Because all tasks are processed remotely, you won’t have to worry about security issues, which could be a concern if your employees are sharing office computers.

Unlike a desktop accounting program, cloud accounting frees you from the hassle of maintaining the software and making sure you’re using the latest version. Furthermore, you won’t have to install the software on multiple computers so other people in your office could use it. All authorised personnel could access real-time data anytime and anywhere they need to.

What Makes It Different From Traditional Accounting Applications

Cloud accounting streamlines business processes to help you get a better view of your company’s overall financial status.

What makes cloud accounting different from traditional accounting is that it offers more than just accounting and bookkeeping tools.

Today’s cloud accounting software encompasses a wide array of solutions that are perfect for both SMBs and large enterprises. From bank account and credit card reconciliations, and payroll processing, to invoice creation, and inventory and time-tracking, cloud accounting increases business efficiency.

How Could Cloud Accounting Help Your Business

Here are some of the benefits you could get from cloud accounting:

  • Secure Data Storage — Because your data are stored remotely, you won’t have to worry about losing your files when your computer breaks down. Furthermore, you won’t have to think about unauthorised access to your information. Cloud accounting comes with robust security systems.
  • Third-Party Service Integration — With cloud accounting, it is easier to integrate other applications into your account. This helps you maximise your time and boost your productivity.
  • Multi-User Access — Your team will grow as your business thrives. When that happens, you’d want to have systems in place that can accommodate this growth. Cloud accounting makes it more convenient to collaborate and communicate with your growing team. You could provide access to multiple users as needed.

Are you ready to try cloud accounting? Glance Consultants offers Xero accounting software integration. With Xero, you get timesaving tools that could help you manage and grow your business. Call us at 03 9885 9793 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our bookkeeping and accounting services.

 

2020 Tax Changes You Should Know About

Did you know that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is implementing tax changes this year?

Whether you’re a small business, an enterprise, or an individual taxpayer, these changes apply to you. But don’t worry, there’s still time to learn about them and find out how they could affect you.

Here are some of the tax changes you should know.

 

For Small Businesses and Enterprises

  1. Immediate Asset Write-Off — If you have a turnover of less than $10 million and assets worth $30,000 or less, you could now claim a deduction for every asset installed or used within the following threshold:
    • Before January 29, 2019, for assets worth less than $20,000
    • From January 29, 2019, until 7:30 pm (AEDT) of April 2, 2019, for assets worth less than $25,000
    • From 7:30 pm (AEDT) of April 2, 2019, until June 30, 2020, for assets worth less than $30,000
    • On July 1, 2020, the threshold for assets will return to $1,000
  2. The general rules for depreciation would continue to apply for assets that cost more than $30,000
  3. Starting April 2, 2019, small businesses with a turnover of anywhere between $10 million and less than $50 million would also enjoy an immediate write-off for their assets.
  4. Tax offset for small businesses has increased to 13% for the 2020-2021 tax year. The offset will further increase to 16% for the tax year 2021-2022.
  5. Base rate entities (or companies with a turnover of less than $50 million) now have a 26% tax rate for the 2020-2021 tax year. Their tax rate was previously at 27.5%. For the tax year 2021-2022, the tax rate will further be reduced to 25%.

For Individual Taxpayers

  1. Foreign investors with properties acquired before May 9, 2017, may claim the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) main residence exemption if the disposal of the property happened before June 30, 2020.
  2. Foreign investors who acquired properties on or after May 9, 2017, are no longer qualified for the CGT main residence exemption.
  3. The Personal Income Tax Plan has been expanded as announced in the 2019-2020 Budget. From $530 per year, the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) is now $1,080 annually. Furthermore, the base amount was also changed from $200 to $255.

Are you still confused about these changes? Glance Consultants can walk you through them and provide sound taxation advice. Please send an email to enquiries@glanceconsultants.com.au or give us a call at 03 9885 9793 for a confidential discussion of your needs.

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