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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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How does the super guarantee charge work?

September 20, 2017

Employers who do not pay the minimum amount of super guarantee for their employee(s) by the due date may have to pay the super guarantee charge (SGC).

The charge is made up of super guarantee shortfall amounts including any choice liability calculated on your employee’s salary or wages, interest on those amounts (currently 10 per cent) and an administration fee ($20 per employee, per quarter).

Employers must report and rectify the missing payment by lodging an SGC statement by the due date and paying the SGC to the ATO. Employers may be able to use a late payment to reduce the amount of SGC, however, they must still lodge an SGC statement and pay the balance of the SGC to the ATO.

The ATO prioritises the collection of unpaid SGC debts. If an employee reports an employer for unpaid super, the ATO will investigate on their behalf.

Employers must lodge their SGC statement and pay the charge by the due date.

Quarter Period Due date
1 1 July – 30 September 28 November
2 1 October – 31 December 28 February
3 1 January – 31 March 28 May
4 1 April – 30 June 28 August

If a due date falls on a weekend or public holiday, the payment can be made the next working day.

Once the statement has been lodged and the SGC is paid, the ATO will transfer the super guarantee shortfall amount and any interest to the employee’s chosen super fund.