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      • Individuals

          Residents: Personal tax rates and thresholds

          These rates apply to individuals who are Australian residents for tax purposes: 

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          Non-Residents: Personal tax rates

          Non-residents are not subject to the $18,200 tax free threshold and are not required to pay the Medicare levy.   

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          Rental Properties

          Purchasing a rental propertyWhen purchasing a financed rental property you may consider:o The interest on the debt is deductible in contrast to the interest on the debt for your main…

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          Motor Vehicle Deductions

          Since 1 July 2015 there are only two methods available for claiming a deduction for motor vehicle expenses:Logbook, orCents per kilometre All motor vehicle claims need to be supported by…

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      • Tax Rates

          Residents: Personal tax rates and thresholds

          These rates apply to individuals who are Australian residents for tax purposes: 

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          Non-Residents: Personal tax rates

          Non-residents are not subject to the $18,200 tax free threshold and are not required to pay the Medicare levy.   

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          Weekly, Fortnightly & Monthly Tax Tables

          To calculate the Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding tax amount for your employees download the weekly, fortnightly or monthly tax tables below, depending on your agreed pay frequency. These schedules incorporate the…

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      • Lodgement Dates

          Tax Return Lodgements 2017

          A list of lodgement dates applicable to tax returns for the 2016 - 2017 financial year is below:Individual Tax Returns –• Individuals who lodge their own tax returns, the due date…

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          BAS Lodgements 2017-2018

          The lodgement program due dates for the 2017 - 2018 financial year are listed below for all quarterly and monthly activity statements, including PAYG withholding payments. Please note the different…

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      • Checklists and Downloads

          Personal Tax Return Checklist

          Income:• Group certificate(s)• Statements of any allowances, Centrelink benefits or pensions• Details of interest received on bank accounts• Dividend statements• Rental property statements from managing agent or details of any…

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          Tax Return Checklist for Rental Property Income

          Income & Expenses:• Rental statements from property agents – these will include the rental income, property agent fees and commissions, and advertising expenses• Body corporate / strata fees•…

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          Requirements for BAS

          Below is a list of the detail required to be able to process BAS documentation for lodgement:Bank statements for the full BAS period – Make sure you have all the…

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          Spreadsheets - Business Income & Expenses

          It's not always necessary to purchase, install, create and update complicated accounting package programs when starting up a business. Sometimes a simple Excel spreadsheet can be more suitable, particularly with sole traders and…

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          Spreadsheet - Rental Property

          This spreadsheet is a useful tool for monitoring your rental property's income and expenses for your year end tax return. Keep track of your quarterly earnings and expenditure, as well as capital purchases…

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          Spreadsheet - Motor Vehicle Expenses

          This spreadsheet is a useful tool for monitoring and recording your motor vehicle expenses for your year-end tax return. Keep track of your quarterly expenditure, including lease payments and interest on loans…

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          Template - Motor Vehicle Logbook

          A logbook can help you get the most from your business or work-related motor vehicle use. Download this template so you can keep track of each business or work-related trip…

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      • Superannuation

          Consolidating your super

          There are numerous benefits to keeping your super in one place.  Apart from only paying one set of fees, you will also be able to keep track of your retirement…

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          Binding Beneficiaries Nominations

          Under superannuation law, the Trustee of your super fund has the discretionary power to decide which of your dependents receives your super if you die before you retire. The law…

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      • Estate Planning

          Template - Last Will & Testament

          A Will is a legal document that clearly sets out your wishes for the distribution of your assets after your death. Having a clear, legally valid and up-to-date Will is…

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      • Starting a New Business

          Starting Up Your Business

          1.  Business PlanBefore you register for an ABN and start trading it is vital to sit down and flesh out the finer points of your business idea: Consider the different…

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          Company & Trust Set Up

          If you decide on a company or trust structure for your new business AFYF can assist you in meeting the various legal, ATO and ASIC documentation necessary for registration and…

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          Registering a Business Name

          When you first get started in a business you should register your business name with ASIC. Registration of a business name lasts for either one or three years, depending on the…

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          Company & Partnership Agreements & Deeds

          When first setting up your partnership, company or trust there may be a requirement to draw up and sign an agreement or deed. These agreements can regulate the arrangements between partners,…

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          Invoicing - What to Include

          Invoices can be hand-written, carbon copies or computer generated from programs like Xero or MYOB, but they all need to include certain details.  For businesses registered for GST invoices need…

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      • BAS & GST

          BAS Lodgement Dates 2017-2018

          The lodgement program due dates for the 2017 - 2018 financial year are listed below for all quarterly and monthly activity statements, including PAYG withholding payments. Please note the different…

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          Requirements for BAS

          Below is a list of the detail required to be able to process BAS documentation for lodgement:Bank statements for the full BAS period – Make sure you have all the…

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      • Business Planning

          Business Planning

          A business plan is an essential tool in starting up your business. It allows you to set a clear direction for your business, to communicate planning objectives and strategies to…

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      • Employing People

          Weekly, Fortnightly & Monthly Tax Tables

          To calculate the Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding tax amount for your employees download the weekly, fortnightly or monthly tax tables below, depending on your agreed pay frequency. These schedules incorporate the…

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          Job Descriptions with Various Templates

          The job description should be the very first step in the recruitment process. It provides a support for writing job advertisements, specifying necessary qualifications, interviewing candidates, planning job training and…

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          Letters of Offer & Example

          A letter of offer is an important aspect when hiring a new employee as it outlines the terms and conditions of the job being offered.Try to include as much detail…

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          Letters of Appointment & Example

          A letter of appointment is another aspect of the recruitment process that the employer should complete to confirm the details of employment. It generally only needs to be a short…

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          Issuing Payment Summaries to Employees

          Payment summaries must be issued to every employee paid during a financial year ending 30 June. These summaries should be given to employees by the 14 July each year.The information…

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      5 Ways to Boost Profit

      One of the biggest mistakes made by startups is to confuse making sales with making money. New business owners seem to think that business is about busy-ness - that is, how many times the cash register rings. They fail to take even simple steps to ensure they earn enough to cover their costs as well as take home a healthy paycheck. Without that, you may as well be working for someone else.

      Everyone who goes into business knows the need to make a profit, but somehow it gets lost in translation. People neglect to do the math to determine whether there will be money left over after they pay their bills. They promote deep discounts that cut profits to the bone. They even give services away when they shouldn't.

      Case in point: a company that offered computer-based training to businesses. Part of its model was to provide free training to one person from each client's corporate staff. When one client brought four additional people to the session, the company comp'ed the four extras as well. At $1,000 a pop, that was $4,000 of pure profit lost.

      The first step in maximising your margins is to take profitability into account on every policy you set and every sale you make. Second, hire an accountant who can help you see the forest (net revenues after expenses) for the trees (cash on hand). Third, keep operating costs as low as possible by justifying expenditures and outsourcing services like bookkeeping and telemarketing. A dollar saved is a dollar earned in profit.
       
      Next, follow a few simple rules to generate peak profits from each transaction. For example:

      1. Take the high road on pricing. Many startups think they need to undercut their competitors to bring people in the door. That's a recipe for failure. If your only appeal is a low price, there will be no reason for customers to come back to you if they find a source that's even cheaper. And you won't make the profits you need to stay in business.

      To develop your pricing, look at your costs and break-even point. Then look at your competitors' pricing levels, particularly the business that's been around the longest. Don't be afraid to be the highest in the market or to increase your prices if they're too low, but offer a better product and/or value to justify your rates.
       
      2. Push high-margin products and services. Different brands, SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) or service offerings have different profit-making potential. Knowing the margin difference between Product A and Product B is critical for shaping your profit plan. One tyre retailer I know significantly boosted his bottom line by pushing a lesser-known tyre brand that had a bigger margin than the one with a household name. The dollar value of those sales was smaller, but he put more money in his pocket.

      3. Dump the discounts. I once coached a men's clothing store that regularly ran a 20 percent off promotion on men's suits. If someone bought a $500 suit, the store lost $100 in profit. I counseled instead to give away a $100 shirt that cost $50. Customers perceived it as the same dollar value, but the store retained more money (and margin).

      The same concept can be used in any industry. For a computer store, the giveaway might be an hour or two of a technician's time. For a beauty salon, it might be an eyebrow waxing. Offers like these help draw customers or close sales without taking such a big bite of the profits.

      4. Cross-sell/upsell high-profit items. I have previously talked about a hardware store that created a checklist of add-on items like brushes and drop cloths for customers who bought paint. Those items helped increase the profitability of paint sales because they had higher margins. In another case, I worked with a TV store that drove profits to a new level by improving the way it sold service warranties. This skyrocketed from one in 10 customers to one in four, becoming a key profit center.

      5. Put your product mix on a diet. Imagine you're a jewellery store with 25 percent of your inventory tied up in stock that sells once or twice a year. By getting rid of those slow-moving items, you can put the money into merchandise with the highest turnover. The same principle applies to service businesses. If you're a day spa with body wraps that attract only a handful of clients per week, put more resources into facials or other services that will keep your appointment book filled.

      There are other tactics you can use, but the key is always to keep your eye on the profit prize. Remember, it's not how much you sell, but how much you earn. Otherwise, when you're out of working capital, you're out of business. If the dot-com companies of the late '90s had kept that lesson in mind, the internet bubble might never have burst.

      By Brad Sugars
      MyBusiness Magazine, April 2008


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