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Cleaners & Couriers now required to lodge a Taxable Payments Annual Report

The ATO has now confirmed that those who run a courier and/or cleaning business must lodge a Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) from 1 July 2018.

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Meal entertainment: when does GST apply?

The area of “meal entertainment” is an absolute minefield for accounting professionals like us. It can be very difficult to know when an expense incurred by a client relating to food or drink should be recorded with GST or not. Luckily there is a resource out there via the ATO that brings some clarity to […]

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Cyber Security: How we protect your data

Earlier this year, we were approached by a company called Practice Protect which is a platform that provides accountants and bookkeepers with 24/7 cloud data security. I had been concerned/worried about data security (mainly client data) for some time and when Practice Protect called me, I immediately became interested. Here was a ready-made program on […]

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One 12 month STP authority to replace a per pay event authority

Accountants Daily have reported this week that the ATO have done a back-flip on the requirement for agents to get written authority from their employer clients to send pay event data to the ATO, each and every pay event. The ATO will now accept one lodgement authority for STP per client, to be renewed annually. […]

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e-BAS Accounts pricing update

  This blog is about our recent pricing updates. We’ve made a few little changes and we’d like to share those with you today. Firstly, our hourly rate has gone up to . Some of our more specialised services have also seen a price rise – see those here. We have also increased the prices […]

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12 Month Super Amnesty

Recently, something really good has happened… or may happen! The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, has announced that there will be a 12 month amnesty for any naughty employer who has historical employee super debt, to pay that debt without also having to pay the usual penalties and charges. What’s more, those payments will […]

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2018 Federal Budget: what bookkeepers need to know

The Federal Budget is usually full of information that would make even the most financial-data-loving expert, yawn and roll his eyes more than once! I’m an interested observer but really, truth be told, most of it just goes over my head. The only aspects of the budget that I’m interested in are those that affect […]

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Single Touch Payroll – is your accounting/payroll software ready?

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is formerly starting on 1 July 2018 for employers of 20 or more staff. So if you fall into this category, do you know if your accounting software is going to be ready by start date? In today’s blog we outline who will be ready and who is lagging behind! We […]

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[Blog Series] How we use Jetpack Workflow: Part 5: Support & Help

In our fifth and final part of this blog series about Jetpack Workflow (JW), we’ll take a look at what can be the make or break for users of some software – the level of support and help. In the last blog it may have seemed we were bagging JW a little (we weren’t) by […]

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[Blog Series] How we use Jetpack Workflow: Part 4: What we think needs to be improved

So far in this blog series we have covered our reasons for moving to Jetpack Workflow (JW), an overview of the features we use and the software integrations we have set up and how they relate to our workflow. In part 4 of this series we will look at various features that we believe require […]

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