Category: Small Business Info Sheets

On November 17, 2017

How do I start a business? Info for startups

We’re always being asked: how do I get my great idea off the ground and start earning a living from it? Well, we’ve been there and done that, and work with plenty of business owners who started with a side project before turning it into a profitable startup! Here’s a compilation of some sites to
On June 9, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Simpler BAS Bookkeeping Guide

What is GST? Goods and services tax (GST) is a broad-based tax of 10% on the value, (i.e. 1/11th of the price), of most goods, services and other items sold or consumed in Australia. There are some transactions that are GST-Free or GST-exempt. Businesses that are registered for GST will: include GST in the price
On June 9, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Simpler BAS from 1 July 2017

The New World of GST Codes – Simpler BAS The ATO has simplified the GST reporting system to make it simpler for a business to conduct its trading with less complexity in applying the GST law. GST or Not Included To trade in Australia a business must: Obtain an ABN. Decide whether to register for
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Contactor or Employee

This document is intended to raise an area of possible concern for discussion and to provide information about workers who may be engaged as contractors but should be engaged as employees. To remain compliant with the laws of Payroll Tax, Workers Compensation and Superannuation Guarantee, an independent contractor must pass a number of tests to
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Superannuation Guarantee

Superannuation Employer Obligations Offer your employees a ‘choice of fund’ Identify new employee is eligible Provide a standard choice form Nominate a default fund (must be a MySuper product) Act on employee’s choice of fund Pay superannuation guarantee before due date As of 1 July 2014, the superannuation guarantee rate is 9.5% You must keep
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – SuperStream

SuperStream Overview SuperStream is a compulsory system of submitting Superannuation Payment information (standardised data) electronically. The information links the payment made by the employer to the employees account in the relevant superfund/s. It is the intention that SuperStream will make the whole superannuation system and employer meeting their obligations efficient, faster, more reliable and with
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Record Keeping Obligations

Business Record Keeping Requirements Under tax law, if you are operating a business you are required to keep ALL records explaining declared income and expenses, (i.e., tax deductions), whether it is a $5,000 sale or a $2.00 deduction, the ATO want to see some form of proof and also they may seek out inconsistencies. These
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Small Business Director Obligations

What it Means to be a Director of a Company A company is a separate legal entity with its own rights and obligations. Company assets, liabilities, income and expenses belong to the company entity, not to the individual directors. Directors are bound by certain rules that govern your behaviour. You must carry out your duties
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Payroll and FairWork

Payroll and FairWork Information Requirements There are many legal obligations that an employer is bound by. As soon as you engage employees, you will most likely have tax and superannuation obligations at the least, and there are many more issues to consider when employing people. It is the legal responsibility of the employer to pay
On May 5, 2017

Business Information Sheet – Making Payments on Your Behalf

If you engage a bookkeeper/BAS agent to make payments on your behalf, you need to take care of security issues as this can be risky. Ensuring you have appropriate procedures and security controls in place and that you and your staff follow these at all times is very important. Inadequate internal controls can leave the