The Fair Work Commission have announced that from 1 July 2017 modern award rates will increase by 3.3%

This equates to an increase of nearly 50c per hour (or roughly an additional $18 to $19 per week) depending on the award and trade involved.

The wage increases will also flow onto rates of pay  for apprentices and trainees.

If your staff are being paid at Current award rates now is the time to take a look to ensure that your staff are not underpaid as at 1 July 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Call Kirstie on 0420 515 693

The End of Financial Year is Fast Approaching

That means getting all your paperwork ready so that the annual meeting with your accountant is based on real figures.

It’s so important that you get your ducks in a row BEFORE you go to see your accountant and BEFORE the end of the financial year so you have time to act on their recommendations.

It’s no good after the 1st of July and it’s no good if the information you provide to them is not accurate and up to date.

So here is a short summary of the things you should have sorted BEFORE you do your year end review


Bookkeeping Tasks:

  • Ensure last year is finalised – Journals are done and your financials match with financials lodged with the ATO.
  • Last year tax return needs to be lodged and you should have a copy
  • Make any adjustments in the data file for any FBT year end adjustments @ 31st March 2017.
  • Review the list of Assets & remove obsolete items
  • Plan for a stock take if you haven’t already done one
  • Write off any old unrecoverable debts
  • Check your payroll is in balance YTD.
  • Check your Trade Debtors & Trade Creditors are in balance.
  • Ensure all of your BAS are lodged
  • Gather together all documents (invoices and finance agreements) for any capital purchases

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Check eligibility for small business tax regime

Small businesses (sole traders, partnerships, companies and/ or trusts with a turnover of less than $2 million) may be eligible for a range of tax benefits including immediate write off of assets costing less than $20,000, a 28.5 per cent company tax rate, simplified depreciation, capital gains tax concessions and accounting on a cash basis.

These measures have now been extended to businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million with the notable exception of the CGT Small Business Concessions.

Maximise depreciation deductions

Small businesses can get an immediate tax deduction for nearly all individual assets purchased costing less than $20,000, to the extent such assets are used for an income producing purpose and is installed ready for use by the end of the financial year. This measure was due to expire on 30 June 2017 but has been extended to 30 June 2018.

For businesses registered for GST, the $20,000 threshold is calculated on a GST-exclusive basis, but for businesses not registered for GST, the threshold is calculated on a GST-inclusive basis.

Review salary sacrifice arrangements

Employees can consider salary sacrifice arrangements under which their gross salary may be foregone to obtain either a packaged car for fringe benefits tax (FBT) purposes, or they can make additional superannuation contributions.

Make trust resolutions by 30 June

Trustees of discretionary trusts are required to make and document resolutions on how trust income should be distributed to beneficiaries for the 2016-2017 financial year by 30 June.

In the event a valid distribution is not made then a default beneficiary may be assessable. If there are no default beneficiaries, then the trustee will be assessable at the highest marginal rate.

Write of Bed debts

Businesses can only obtain income tax deductions for bad debts. If the debt still exists at the time it is written off. Thus, if the debt is forgiven or compromised before it is written off as bad in the accounts no deduction will be available. The debt must also be unrecoverable and written off in the accounts as bad prior to 30 June.

The bad debt must have been previously brought to account as assessable income or lent in the ordinary course of carrying on a money-lending business.