Most people agree there is very little government assistance provided to small businesses. There is however one significant concession the government provides, which relates to selling your small business.
The Capital Gains Tax (CGT) concessions provide options on how to reduce the Capital Gains Tax – sometimes to ‘nil’ – when or if you finally decide to sell.
Continue reading “#TaxTipTuesday: What Are The Small Business Concessions and When Can I Access Them?”
If you are using the software or hardware for your small business, that generally speaking yes, it is a tax deduction. However depending on how much you paid, this will determine whether you can claim a tax deduction immediately or whether it must be claimed over a number of years (depreciated).
These rules apply not just to software, but to most other assets/equipment purchased for your small business.
What IT expenses are covered?
IT expenses that you incur for your small business can be claimed as a tax deduction. They can include ongoing expenses of your website in the year in which they are incurred. This may include maintenance, internet service provider fees, domain name costs and annual registration costs. Software can also include MYOB or Xero that you have purchased outright or on a subscription. If you have purchased this outwrite you may have to depreciate it. However with a subscription you can generally claim a tax deduction if you pay an annual or monthly fee. It is important to note that if software is purchased as part of a computer system then the total cost of the system would be depreciable. Continue reading “#TaxTipTuesday: Are my Small Business IT Expenses Tax Deductible?”
What is a Fringe Benefit (FB)?
Fringe Benefits is a tax payable by you (as the employer/ small business owner) on benefits which you provide to your employees. Even though the benefit is received by your employees, it is you who bears the expense of the fringe benefits tax. This is different to employees’ salary and wages, where it is the employees who bears the cost of the tax through PAYG Withholding Tax.
Fringe Benefits do not include salary and wages or bonuses. They are generally non-cash benefits and can include the following:
- Employee is provided a work car for use. However, the employee also uses this car for personal purposes (the personal component is subject to fringe benefits tax)
- Holidays and entertainment
- Payment of a non-work related expense incurred by an employee – e.g. school fees
- and many others…
Continue reading “#TaxTipTuesday: What is Fringe Benefits Tax?”
What is payroll tax?
Often business owners get confused with payroll tax and PAYG Withholding Tax. Whilst they are both paid by employers and related to the staff they employ, they are two completely different taxes.
What is the difference between PAYG Withholding and Payroll tax?
PAYG Withholding is a tax on staff wages. It applies to businesses of all sizes, regardless of whether you have one staff member or 1,000 staff members. For more information, refer here.
Continue reading “#TaxTipTuesday: What is payroll tax and when do I need to pay it?”
A very important lesson was learnt on Sunday night’s episode of Shark Tank by a founder of Melbourne based startup WeTeachMe and that is, Know Your Numbers!
It is essential to track your numbers and know how your business is going, it is the best thing you can do for you business.
Why should I track my numbers?
- Do you want to be able to raise funds for your business? If so, you need to know what your revenue is and how much is coming in and out of the business.
- How can you keep yourself accountable if you aren’t actively measuring your performance? and further how can you be accountable to others (business partners)?
- How are you able to grow your business and make investments if you don’t even know whether you have any money available?
If you want to be a successful startup then these are the sorts of questions you should be able to answer straight away. Continue reading “Shark Tank – Why you need to Know your Numbers!”
This tax tip is based on our recent article in Startup Daily.
If you are operating your business from your home, there is a chance that you may be able to claim a tax deduction on some or even all of your home office expenses in your tax return. These expenses include rent, equipment, furniture and more.
There are a few questions that you need to answer first in order to determine whether you can claim rent and other home office expenses. Continue reading “TaxTipTuesday: I run my business from home. Can I claim my home office as a tax deduction”
A lot of confusion can occur amongst startups and whether or not they can claim their business lunches as a tax deduction. In order to help eliminate some of the confusion there are a few simple steps that you can follow in order to determine whether you these expenses are tax deductible or not.
The questions that you should ask yourself, are as follows;
- Why is the food or drink being provided? What is the purpose of the food and drink being provided, if it happens to be a social setting than the chances are this is entertainment.
- What food or drink is being provided? As your meal starts to take a more elaborate form, for example there is matching wines, its starts to take the form of entertainment.
- When is the food or drink being provided? If a meal is provided during work hours than the chances of it being classed as entertainment are less likely. You do need to consider though whether or not it is social.
- Where is the food or drink being provided? If you consume the meal on your premises than its not likely to be considered entertainment. However if you go to a restaurant it is difficult to say its not entertainment.
Continue reading “TaxTipTuesday: I am having a lunch with a client. Is it tax deductible?”
So you have a steady flow of income but you’re stuck on how to pay yourself? First it’s important to understand what structure your business is operating under, and this will impact how you can pay yourself.
In this tax tip, we will look at three of the common business structures, being; sole trader, partnership and company, and how you can pay yourself under each of these.
As a sole trader you are the individual operator and from the tax office’s viewpoint, there is no distinction between you and the sole trader – your sole trader is attached to your own personal tax file number. All the money that you make from your business (less tax) is yours. Continue reading “#TaxTipTuesday: I have my own business. How can I pay myself?”
Recently Emma was involved in a podcast for the website, So You Want To Be A Virtual Assistant. So You Want To Be A VA, has created a professional-quality course that will train you to become a successful, self employed virtual assistant.
Emma’s podcast focused on finances, business and you, and these are a few of the key questions which were covered;
What do Virtual Assistants need to consider when they get started?
There are two important things to consider before you start your business.
- Structure: Are you going to operate as a sole trader, partnership, company or trust.
- How are you going to keep your accounting records: It is important to have systems in place, so that they stay organised and know how much money they are making and spending
What is a common mistake when starting out?
Not being organised is one of the most common mistakes seen, people become really overwhelmed with everything they need to do and fall behind very quickly. When starting out you need to make sure you are aware of all aspects from your business – from marketing to customer service to the accounts. If you get a really good system in place you can avoid those sleepless nights. Continue reading “So You Want To Be A Virtual Assistant – Finances, Business and You.”
Crowdfunding is increasing in popularity amongst the startup world – but what exactly is it? This blog post will look at the background surrounding what crowdfunding is and will be followed by a later post in the coming weeks on what you need to be aware of in terms of bookkeeping, tax and recordkeeping.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is where you fund a venture of project by raising small amounts of money from a large group of people.
What are the benefits?
There are three main benefits – (1) you can secure funds to get your business off the ground or help it enter a new phase, (2) you can test whether your business idea is viable before contributing resources to it and (3) you can build a customer base before you even launch.
How can I raise money through crowdfunding?
There are a number of crowdfunding sites which you can use, such as Pozible or OzCrowd.
What do you give in return for crowdfunding?
Generally most crowdfunded projects give something to those who supported them. This can range from the product itself to involvement in naming rights to a different secondary item. You’ll need to think through this, and the factor any of these costs into your crowdfunding budget.
It’s important to have a marketing plan in place before you begin to source financing through crowdfunding . Also, being active on social networks can help raise awareness and get invaluable feedback on your product or service.