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Vehicle logbooks: Paper vs Electronic

The pen may be mightier than the sword – but can it beat the smartphone? When it comes to keeping track of vehicle mileage, we think not.


When do you need to use a logbook? 

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Unless more Australians start making smarter superannuation and investment decisions, many won't have enough to retire when they imagined or live the type of lifestyle they expected.

The Ready to Retire study from 2017 found that the average Australian worker currently has around $200,000 less than they will need to live comfortably. A lowly 22 percent believe they will have enough superannuation funds upon retirement.

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When was the last time your had your homeloan reviewed?

When was the last time you had your home loan reviewed?

There has been so many changes to home loans lately and if you haven't reviewed your home loan in the last 12-18 months, now is the time to engage with a mortgage broker.

Your situation has probably changed since you first took out the loan, and there may be a better option that could save you $1,000s in interest per year. Our brokers are more than happy to help.

Contact us now on 07 54391600 or email support@completebusiness.com.au to organise a free no obligation review of your finance arrangements.

Big Tax Law Changes – No tax deductions if you don't meet your tax obligations

 There's recently been a big tax law change that may reduce the tax deductions for many businesses across Australia.

 This may happen if you:

1.     Don't lodge your BAS's on time; or

2.     Don't lodge your payroll each week using Single Touch Payroll (STP); or

3.     Don't properly withhold a tax amount from a payment before you pay it to an employee or a contractor.

Make sure that this doesn't happen to you!

WHAT HAS CHANGED?

From 1 July 2019, you can only claim deductions for payments you make to your workers (employees or contractors) where you have complied with the pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and reporting obligations for that payment.

If the PAYG withholding rules require you to withhold an amount from a payment you make to a worker, you must: 

·         withhold the amount from the payment before you pay it, and

·         report the amount to the ATO.

Any payments you make where you haven't withheld or reported the PAYG tax are called non-compliant payments. You won't be able to claim a deduction if you don't withhold any PAYG tax or report the PAYG tax to us. If you make a mistake and withhold or report an incorrect amount, you will not lose your deduction.

WHAT CAUSES THIS PROBLEM?

The deduction is only denied where no PAYG withholding amount has been withheld at all or no notification is made to the ATO, either in a Business Activity Statement (BAS) or a Single Touch Payroll (STP) pay event.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

The approved forms for making a voluntary disclosure for reporting or correcting PAYG withholding obligations are the BAS or the STP pay event report.

If a taxpayer does not report their PAYG withholding using the STP pay event report they can still report using the BAS and not lose their deduction. A voluntary disclosure using the approved form can be made any time up until the ATO tells you they are commencing a review or other compliance activity.

NEXT STEPS

To ensure that you don't lose your tax deduction for your employee or contractor payments, ensure that you lodge your BAS's on time, ensure you lodge your STP events every time you pay wages, and ensure that you withhold the correct amounts from your payments to employees and subcontractors.

Please contact Complete Business Strategies today if you have any questions about these recent tax law changes.

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Any business that isn't planning for the future is planning to get left behind.

While most business owners know that budgeting is a critical part of their planning, there is some confusion about which components should be included in a budget. 

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