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Changing Accountants is Easy

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More than once, I’ve heard the misconception that it is hard to change accountants.  While I understand why people think it is hard, there is no need for this to be the case. If you are unhappy with your current advisers or are looking for someone closer to where you live or work and are…

Understand What Your Competitors Are Doing

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All businesses can learn from their competitors and it is important for long-term success to have an understanding of what they are up to. This of course, does not mean colluding with them which is illegal and immoral. We may have had great success in the past operating our business a certain way, be it…

Is Your Marketing Really Value for Money?

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When speaking with small business owners about how to grow their business, marketing forms part of the discussion.  While most have their thoughts on whether or not their current marketing is working for them, few really know. They key issue here is whether or not the results achieved are actually value for money? Which scenario…

Fallout from the “Panama Papers”

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Much has been reported in the media over the last few days regarding the so-called “Panama Papers”. So what are they?  Basically someone had the servers of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca stealing some 11.5 million documents. These documents allegedly relate to the financial arrangements of high net-worth people allegedly hiding their wealth and avoiding…

Labor’s Rental Property Negative Gearing Policy

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It appears the Labor Party has released its plans in relation to Negative Gearing for investment properties.  What does it mean?  Who will it impact? An article can be found here http://www.domain.com.au/news/labors-negative-gearing-plan-investors-could-be-1000-a-year-worse-off-20160214-gmu25c/ So what does it mean? Basically, if elected, Labor will limit negative gearing on investment properties to “newly built properties” from 1 July…

2014 Federal Budget

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The Federal Budget.  There have been many strong opinions shared as to whether or not it is good for the economy and every day Australians.  In Summary, the good out weighs the bad. There has been much hype and spin about what this year’s Federal Budget was and wasn’t going to contain and how measures…

Commission of Audit Released

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The National Commission of Audit has been released with 64 recommendations having been put to the Government.  Debate will rage in the media and social media about the strengths and weaknesses of the recommendations. We would like to hear your thoughts Recommendations we like include: Putting more money aside to fund currently unfunded future government…

Simplifying Super Contributions. Is it really simpler?

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The ATO is implementing a new standard for how employers communicate with superannuation funds.  The aim is to simplify the process but is it really simpler?  Depending on the size of your business, from either 1 July 2014 or 1 July 2015, how you communication with superannuation funds to make contributions on behalf of your…

What’s Up With America?

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What’s up with America? We’ll try and make some sense of it for you. In short, most countries have a limit to which their government is able to borrow without permission from the parliament. When the limit is reached it needs to be increased by the parliament or the government needs to reduce its spending.…

Company Cars No More?

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Thinking of buying a car in a company or salary packaging? The Prime Minister has today announced changes which if ever passed into law would effectively mean for many this legitimate planning strategy and business management strategy is near useless. Our advice is not to buy non-commercial vehicles via a company and/or trust until this…