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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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Managing risk in your SMSF

October 12, 2018

SMSFs provide the trustee autonomy and an increased opportunity to maximise your retirement savings. However, an investment strategy must be accompanied by a risk management plan should some of your investments come up short.

Consider the following risk management strategies:

Diversification
Diversification reduces risk by investing in many different assets including property, annuities and equities. By spreading your earnings across several investments you minimise the risks to your retirement nest egg that can occur if one investment suffers a loss or a disappointing return. Organise your target returns according to your asset class and establish the accepted variation range from this target. This allows you to track your investment portfolio and whether it is setting you on the right financial path.

Liquidity
If you tie up your money in assets like property, then you may run short on cash. It is important that you have cash to cover the costs of running your SMSF and in the case of a member’s total and permanent disablement. If you’re also forced to sell an asset to get this cash the market conditions may not be ideal, and you could receive a disappointing return because you need cash in a rush.