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Preparing for the second half of the financial year

Posted on May 8, 2013 by admin


Businesses should start reviewing whether their accounting systems are keeping track of all revenue and expenses, together with any private use of business assets. Planning ahead can save significant tax penalties, which start at 25 per cent of the unpaid tax to as high as 75 per cent. There are a few key areas business owners should focus on. –       Go through each employee and check whether contractors are actually employees, as the ATO has flagged this as an issue they will be cracking down on. –       Look at whether any new business equipment needs to be bought in order to take advantage of the new $6,500 instant write off. –       Review quarterly PAYG instalments. If profit is down considerably from last year businesses may wish to reduce their instalments. –       Businesses may also wish to review personal loan agreements and trust deeds to make sure they comply with the law and that company distributions to owners are properly treated for tax purposes.


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Business Fraud

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Last year business fraud over $100,000 hit the courts more than 61 times, totalling more than $131 million. There are a few ways to minimise the potential of business fraud happening. –       Start at the recruitment phase. Look for employment gaps in the potential employees history, do an internet search to see whether someone left under improper circumstances. –       Notice different or anti-social behaviour of employees. Also look for circumstances changing, such as their partner losing their job or an illness in the family. These things happen to everyone, but it can cause a lot of stress and anxiety and may cause them to find risky solutions to their problems. –       Check on the accounting systems in place. Avoid having all the business asset eggs in one basket. Separate responsibilities for those who record and those who have power to confirm any changes. – Regularly review bank reconciliations to check for a growing discrepancy between accounting records and actual cash and be aware of who can authorise payments and change accounting records.


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Protect yourself from early super release scams

August 7, 2018

When it comes to protecting your nest egg, avoid getting caught out by a promoter of an illegal early release super scheme.

Early release super scheme scams will involve a promoter contacting you and offering to help you access your super early. They usually target individuals under significant financial pressure or those who are not knowledgeable about super laws and the repercussions and penalties involved in illegally accessing your super.

You can only access your super when you meet a condition of release.

Generally, when you:
– Are 65 years old (even if you have not yet retired).
– Reach your preservation age and retire.
– Reach your preservation age and begin a transition to retirement income stream while still working.

There are special circumstances where you may be able to access your super early.

These special circumstances include:
– Severe financial hardship
– Temporary or permanent incapacity
– Compassionate grounds
– Temporary residents leaving Australia
– Super death benefits (inheriting super)
– Super less than $200
– Terminal medical condition

To avoid falling for an illegal early super release scam, be wary if the promoter:
– charges high fees and commissions;
– requests identity documents;
– claims you can access your super and put the funds towards whatever you wish;
– and tries to persuade you to transfer or rollover your super from your existing fund to a self-managed super fund (SMSF) in order to access your super before you are legally entitled.