Entries by JigsawReview

Year End Tax Planning – Individuals

My previous article was about tax planning for business.  Business is unpredictable and requires planning towards the end of the financial year.  For most individual taxpayers, the tax situation is relatively stable from year to year.  While there are a few tips to help you get the best return, it is best to be planning […]

Year End Tax Planning – Business

It is that time of year when business clients require tax planning.  Tax planning prior to April can be rather useless for businesses as most have a level of unpredictability about their performance.  By the end of March we have a reasonable idea of how the business has travelled and can make some predictions on […]

What is Petty Cash?

It is a common misconception among small business owners, particularly Tradies, that money withdrawn from the company account can be expensed under the guise of “petty cash”.  I know that small business owners are often dipping into their pockets for bits and pieces, but petty cash is not the correct code for these random drawings […]

Cashflow Bullies

Cashflow is the lifeline that keeps a small business’s heart beating.  If you have not had cashflow problems you are one of the lucky ones, but for most small business owners cashflow is the key issue that determines a business’s survival.  The anxiety of not knowing when the money is coming in can set the […]

What is Division 293?

I really hate speaking in the ATO language which involves quoting legislation and expecting the Australian taxpayer to understand what they are talking about.  Like Division 7A, there really is no other way to talk about Division 293 but by its name.  We get asked more questions about this than anything else.  If you receive […]

What is Division 7A?

I am very much aware that when accountants refer to the Tax Act people’s eyes gloss over, they feel uncomfortable and would prefer to be thinking of anything else.  As soon as a section of the Act is quoted it is like we are speaking in a different language and all comprehension of the issue […]

Chasing Payments

Cashflow is one of the biggest issues facing small business.  We all complain about it and get upset at the client who has not made payment, particularly if you have gone out of your way to do a great job for them.  In my business cashflow management is a huge issue as we have a […]

Closing accounting periods

It is a very common mistake when the January arrives that we get the date wrong.  How often in the past two weeks have we stop ourselves as we write 2019 instead of 2020 in the date.  When we are entering transactions into our accounting software it is very easy to get the date wrong […]

What is PAYG Instalment?

I don’t think a day would go by when we are not asked about PAYG Instalment.  It causes a great deal of confusion and distress for tax payers.  The tax office letters that are issued are written in ATO language which means no one can easily understand them.  Perhaps this will in some way help […]