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How to improve your payment terms to ensure you get paid on time under COVID-19?

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According to a report released by ASBFEO (Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman) in March 2019, large businesses that offered payment terms of 20 days or less, rarely paid on time! Further, a survey conducted by ASBFEO in November 2018 found that over 40% of respondents had received late payments for their invoices. On a more extreme level, the survey showed that 28% of respondents received late payments for over 60% of their invoices in the last financial year. Construction, mining, retail, state government, manufacturing and large multi-sectoral businesses were at the top of the list, with late payments of more than 30 days.

Throughout the COVID-19 shutdown period, we have seen more SMEs struggling to receive payments within 30 days. This is partly due to the excuses large companies now have to delay payments. We are here to share some great tips to ensure you survive the cash flow hit during COVID-19 by improving your payment terms and policies.

14-day payment terms

Our business and our clients are mostly operating with 14-day payment terms. With regard to cash flow management, there is a big difference between 30-day and 14-day payment terms. 90% of our clients pay their staff on a fortnightly basis. Considering salaries are the biggest expense for any business, by the time you finish the 2nd payment run for the month, roughly 60% of your allocated cash for that month will be gone. By implementing a 14-day payment term, you can use payments received from customers to pay your staff within one pay cycle. Having a 30-day term means you have to find a fortnights worth of cash from somewhere else to fund your staff’s pay. Thus, if you are currently using a 30-day payment term, we strongly suggest moving to 14 days. Further, it is fair to assume your customers will respect the new payment terms, as you have to pay your staff on time.

Client approval

Make sure you get your client to sign off and approve any work you have done as soon as possible. This permits your finance team to issue invoices immediately, allowing you to collect the payment within 14 days. In the case of many SMEs, we have seen tradesmen who attend multiple jobs in a single day get tired by the end of their shift, resulting in piles of work papers that are not ready for finance to process. These days, apps like XERO or Service8 are available for tradesmen to use whilst on jobs. They allow tradesmen to collect evidence both before and after their work and allow clients to sign off and approve the work. These apps then integrate this information with their financial software to produce invoices. Paperless is the best practice!

Digital Payment Gateways

XERO user reports from 2019 show that more than 50% of customers open their invoices using their mobile phones. Therefore, you need to ensure your invoices are integrated with a payment gateway like Paypal or Stripe to allow customers to pay you with a few clicks on their phone. Most SMEs are either unaware of these payment gateways or believe they cost too much. Our analysis concludes that when compared to any bank merchant facility for credit card payments, Stripe is either equivalent in cost or cheaper as there are no ongoing or setup costs. Further, if you factor in the time and legal costs involved in chasing customers for payments, a seamless payment experience is a worthy investment!

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is becoming ever more prevalent in today's society. Applications like AfterPay are so successful because they provide millennium generation of what they want! These days, most of our customers prefer to use flexible payment arrangements as they are not good at saving cash. We are not recommending that you should implement this method as a high priority because you are not a bank nor are you being backed by rich Venture Capitalists. You should only use this option for clients who are really struggling. Debt collection agencies take a 10-20% cut of the payments you receive, and you do not want to go through a legal battle that will leave you with nothing. Further, Direct Debit could improve your customer engagement as they would appreciate the opportunity to save up and pay you when they are able. In this difficult COVID-19 environment, if you can find a mutually beneficial solution for your cash flow and your customers, I believe both will survive COVID-19 and thrive in the long term!

Due Diligence

Due diligence when preparing your budget and financial plan. I had a bad experience a few years ago when one of our junior accountants prepared a budget for us to present to the Board. Unfortunately, one of the Board members pointed out a flaw in our formula during the board meeting. As a result of that terrible experience, we always have more than one spreadsheet expert to monitor budget and cash flow management plans. If you do not have enough resources within your finance team to cross-check, then outsourcing is your best option. Practising accountant certainly has a deeper knowledge and greater experience than your in-house accountant or CFO. Budgeting and planning are more important than ever at this point in time. As we have heard many times, a bad plan is better than no plan. Using modern software and live data updates is the key to seeing your plan succeed. It will also enable your business to be agile and adapt to any forthcoming challenges.

Understand your rights and obligations

Last but not least, you must understand your rights and obligations when filing for legal action. If you have a customer that is unsatisfied with your staff’s work, you must seriously consider providing them with a partial or full refund. Through a refund, you can attempt to retain the unhappy customer for another 10-20 years. In my 13 years of business experience, I have found that most Australian customers are honest and respectful. Therefore, if they say there is a problem with the work they received, you are better off to invest some time and resources to understand the problem and to try and fix it. Don’t resort to legal threats as your first option. We are in the 21st century where customers are in the middle of our business. We are all human beings and we all make mistakes. If our customers are giving us valuable feedback to improve, we should take it on board and make some changes. 

COVID-19 is expected to last for at least the next 18 months. Therefore, it is time to seriously make changes and adapt to survive. Most importantly, if we stay together as a business community, we will survive together!

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The latest JobKeeper amendment notice

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The latest amendment to the JobKeeper 1.0 rules has been released. This seventh amendment, released on Friday 14 August, encapsulated the changes set out in the 7 August version of the “JobKeeper Payment” fact sheet, as discussed in Tax & Super’s article “When considering the latest JobKeeper changes, stay tethered to the facts”.

Note: In recognition of the short time available to employers to meet the wage condition for newly eligible employees, particularly in relation to JobKeeper fortnight 10, the ATO has given employers until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for JobKeeper fortnights 10 (3-16 August) and 11 (17-30 August). See What Employers Should Do Now Below.

Entitlement based on employees

The major change is the admission into the JobKeeper scheme of employees who were on the books as at 1 July 2020, from JobKeeper fortnight 10 (3-16 August).

The rules as amended not only enable individuals who may be new into the workforce after 1 March 2020 to join JobKeeper, but also enable individuals who were employees of an entity (the “old entity”) as at 1 March 2020 (“1 March employee”) but who have subsequently left the old employer and found new employment on or before 1 July 2020, to give a nomination notice to, and join JobKeeper, through that new employer.

The individual must have ceased to be employed by the old entity after 1 March 2020 but before 1 July 2020. The reason they ceased their relationship does not matter (for example, they could have had their employment terminated, they could have resigned, or their employer may have ceased to exist). By satisfying the requirements with reference to the 1 July 2020 date, it does not matter whether the individual had previously been an eligible individual of another qualifying entity.

Additionally, if an employer qualified for JobKeeper payments for an eligible employee for a JobKeeper fortnight ending on or before 2 August 2020, that individual may still be an eligible employee for JobKeeper fortnights beginning on or after 3 August 2020 even if they terminate their employment and are later re-employed by that employer.

Provided that these individuals have not become an eligible individual (whether as an employee, business participant, or religious practitioner) under the JobKeeper scheme for another entity at any time, they do not need to retest their eligibility with reference to the new 1 July 2020 date since their eligibility under the former 1 March 2020 requirements and nomination requirements continues to be preserved.

This ensures that the JobKeeper scheme can provide support to employers that have re-employed their former employees who had been let go because of the effects of COVID-19.

Under the amendments, there are new notification requirements for 1 March 2020 employees where their employment ceased before 1 July 2020 and they are re-employed by an entity after 1 July 2020. As qualifying entities are not entitled to claim the JobKeeper payment in relation to returning eligible employees that have at any time been eligible individuals of another entity, the amendments require individuals to provide a notice to the re-employing entity if all of the following circumstances apply:

  • The individual was an eligible employee of the qualifying entity (as a 1 March employee of the entity);
  • The individual had ceased to be employed by the qualifying entity after 1 March 2020 but before 1 July 2020; and
  • The individual was re-employed by the qualifying entity after 1 July 2020.

This notice will enable an employer that re-employs a 1 March 2020 employee to determine whether or not they are able to rely on the original nomination notice that was provided to them before the individual ceased their employment. Individuals who provide a false or misleading statement may be liable to criminal and administrative penalties.

Further, the eligibility of existing employees is preserved for employees who are already covered by the JobKeeper scheme under the original 1 March 2020 arrangements. In practical terms, for JobKeeper fortnights beginning on or after 3 August 2020, individuals that were already eligible employees for their employer for any JobKeeper fortnight under the former rules do not need to retest their eligibility with reference to the new 1 July 2020 date under the 1 July 2020 requirements or satisfy any new nomination requirements.

The amendments do not allow an individual to be eligible if they either stay in employment or continue to actively engage in the business as a business participant in respect of another entity, and attempt to switch their eligibility with reference to a second employer if they have not ceased their employment or business engagement with the first qualifying entity. The requirement that the relationship must have ceased after 1 March 2020 but before 1 July 2020 prevents this from occurring.

Accordingly, where all other eligibility criteria are met, for JobKeeper fortnights beginning on or after 3 August 2020, the JobKeeper scheme can apply if an employer:

  • Employed a new employee by 1 July 2020, even if that employee has previously been an eligible individual for another entity under the JobKeeper scheme (whether as an employee or business participant) provided that the employee was not employed or actively engaged in the business of the other entity by 1 July 2020;
  • Had existing employees who were not eligible due to the former reference date of 1 March 2020, but become eligible employees under the new 1 July 2020 reference date;
  • Had existing employees who were eligible prior to the commencement of the instrument and they continue to be employed without any termination in employment and are not excluded from being eligible employees; or
  • Qualified for JobKeeper payments in respect of an eligible employee prior to the amendments commencing, and the employee ceased to be employed after 1 March 2020 but was later re-employed by the same employer. However, this only applies if no other entity qualified for JobKeeper payments in respect of that individual for any JobKeeper fortnight.

However, for a qualifying entity to claim the JobKeeper payment in respect of an eligible employee for a JobKeeper fortnight:

  • The employee must continue to meet other eligibility criteria including being in the required employment relationship with the entity and not be excluded from eligibility; and
  • The entity must continue to meet other eligibility criteria including meeting the wage condition requirements.

The existing notification requirements for entities that first start to participate in the JobKeeper scheme continue to apply. Similar to the existing requirements to give notice to employees, the amendments require employers that have already elected to participate in the JobKeeper scheme to give notice to all employees other than:

  • Employees that the entity has previously given a notice in writing advising that the entity has elected to participate in the JobKeeper scheme;
  • Employees that had previously provided the employer with a nomination form in relation to the JobKeeper scheme;
  • Individuals who the entity reasonably believes does not satisfy the 1 July 2020 requirements; and
  • For employers that are ACNC-registered charities that have elected to disregard certain government and related supplies and the individual’s wages and benefits are funded from such government and related sources.
  • All other requirements under the JobKeeper 1.0 rules remain unchanged. For instance, although the eligible employee test has moved to 1 July 2020, the carrying on a business in Australia test, to determine an eligible employer, has not. Consideration must still be given to all the former requirements when determining employer eligibility.

The ‘one in all in’ principle

Under the amendments, for JobKeeper fortnights beginning on or after 3 August 2020, an individual can be an eligible employee if:

  • They meet the eligibility requirements with reference to the new 1 July 2020 date; or
  • Their eligibility from 1 March 2020 was preserved as a 1 March 2020 employee under the amendments.

Accordingly, a qualifying entity that has some eligible employees that were in an employment relationship with the entity on 1 March 2020 and other employees that are newly eligible by applying the 1 July 2020 requirements cannot choose to exclude any eligible employees if the entity participates in the JobKeeper scheme.

Entitlement based on business participation

The eligible business participant rules remain largely unchanged. There was a minor amendment to the rules around eligible business participants, clarifying that the same individual could not be the eligible business participant of two entities in the same fortnight. Previously there was no timeframe on this condition.

However, the rules still require that the nomination notice provided by an eligible business participant stipulates that, at the time the individual gives the entity the nomination notice:

  • The individual has not given any other entity, or the Commissioner, a nomination notice; and
  • No other individual has already given a nomination notice to the entity.


WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD DO NOW

When considering which employees may now be eligible for JobKeeper assistance, bear in mind that the “one in all in” principle applies to the newly eligible 1 July 2020 employees, just as it did to the 1 March 2020 employees;

Consider which employees are now eligible to bring into the JobKeeper scheme, not forgetting:

  • Employees who may have joined the business after 1 March 2020 but are currently stood down;
  • Casuals who may qualify as long-term casuals as at 1 July 2020;
  • Employees who may not have met the age condition as at 1 March 2020, but do as at 1 July 2020;
  • Employees who may not have met the residency condition as at 1 March 2020, but do as at 1 July 2020;

Immediately obtain Nomination Notices from the newly eligible employees (including former employees now re-engaged, as discussed above);

By Friday, 21 August 2020, notify those newly eligible employees in writing of the business’s intention to apply for JobKeeper on their behalf;

By Monday, 31 August 2020, ensure that the newly eligible employees are paid $1,500 per fortnight for JobKeeper fortnight 10 (3-16 August) and JobKeeper fortnight 11 (17-30 August);

Add the new employees into the JobKeeper monthly reporting for August 2020 (due 14 September).

The article is authored by Neville Birthisel, Tax & Super Australia. Retrieved on 18 August 2020. URL

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End of Financial Year Tax Tips For Individuals 2019-2020

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The following tax planning measures should be considered in respect to your own individual circumstances. For specific guidance please refer to the ATO website or consult your Tailored Accounts accountants.

End-Of-Financial-Year Tax preparation often seems a bit daunting for many people. The COVID-19 outbreak this year has generated a range of impacts on the community and individual well-being. Tailored Accounts will help you overcome the burden of individual tax return complexities. The following tips provide a comprehensive list of important items for your coming tax return.

  • Salary Sacrifice Arrangements

If employed, you may wish to review your remuneration arrangements with your employer and forego future gross salary in return for receiving exempt or concessionally taxed fringe benefits and/or making additional superannuation contributions under a valid salary sacrifice arrangement.

Please review your contributions including Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and Salary Sacrifice to assess whether you have over/under contributed. It is now a good time to adjust your contributions.

  • Additional Superannuation Contributions

Voluntary superannuation contributions would help grow your super balance quicker and reduce your personal tax liabilities.

  • Work-Related Deductions

For employees who are working from home during the period 1 March to 30 June 2020, the ATO is allowing a temporary simplified method of calculating deductions for additional running expenses. There are 3 alternatives including:

  1. 80 cents per hour for all additional running expenses incurred after 1 March 2020 until 30 June 2020; or
  2. 52 cents per work hour for heating, cooling, lighting, cleaning and the decline in value of office furniture, plus the work-related portion of phone and internet expenses, computer consumables, stationery and the decline in value of a computer, laptop or similar device; or
  3. The actual work-related portion of all running expenses, which will need to be calculated on a reasonable basis.
  • First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme

The FHSS scheme essentially allows an individual to make additional voluntary salary sacrificed superannuation contributions or after-tax contributions to a complying superannuation fund from 1 July 2017 up to a maximum amount of up to $15,000 per year (and $30,000 in total) which can be withdrawn to help finance a first home deposit from 1 July 2018. In addition, where the buyer’s partner also has never owned real property, the couple can effectively withdraw an amount of up to $60,000 to jointly fund a home deposit.

  • Early Access To Your Superannuation

You may be able to withdraw up to $10,000 from your superannuation balance in Financial Year 2019/20 and a further $10,000 in 2020/21. You do not need to declare those amounts in your tax return, in other words, they are tax-free. In order to be eligible, you must pass one of the following tests:

  1. You are unemployed; or
  2. You are eligible to receive a JobSeeker payment, youth allowance for jobseekers, parenting payment (which includes the single and partnered payments), special benefit or farm household allowance; or
  3. On or after 1 January 2020:
  • You were made redundant; or
  • Your working hours were reduced by 20 per cent or more; or
  • If you are a sole trader and your business you suspended or there was a reduction in your turnover of 20 per cent or more. 

If you are unsure of your current tax status or need assistance and advice for your EOFY preparation, please contact Tailored Accounts for a 20-minute of free consultation. Alternatively, you can access the Tailored Accounts - Sharing Is Caring Page for a free download of an individual cashflow assessment plan. 

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End of Financial Year Tax Tips For Business Owners 2019-2020

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This information is intended as general guidance only.  For specific guidance please refer to the ATO website or consult your Tailored Accounts accountants.

Uncertainty about the continuing spread of the noble coronavirus makes people fear for their health and their lives. If you are doing business in one of the industries, which are most susceptible to health and economic problems, such as tourism, food services, retail, or healthcare, the pandemic has struck your disproportionately hard. Under high uncertainty, funding and immediate government grants have been made available for eligible businesses to navigate the road to recovery. This End-Of-Financial Year Tax Tips will help you reach out and effectively leverage a range of existing support measures for business survival and growth.

Covid-19 Stimulus Measures

The government released a number of economic measures in response to COVID-19. Some of them may impact your FY 2020 tax return. 

  • Enhancing the instant asset write-off

The cost threshold for which entities can access an immediate deduction for depreciating assets and certain related expenditure has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 for the period 12 March 2020 to 31 December 2020. The turnover threshold of businesses eligible for the instant asset write-off during this period has also been increased to include businesses with an annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from the existing cap of $50 million).

  • Backing business investment

Entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million in an income year who do not use the simplified depreciation rules for small business may be eligible for accelerated depreciation if the entity starts to hold the asset and the asset was first used or installed ready for use for taxable purposes between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2021.

The tax implication on received stimulus payments:

  • The Cashflow boost you have received will be treated as non-assessable, non-exempt income and is therefore not taxable to the entity. However, JobKeeper payments received are assessable income of the entity. Deductions for payments to employees are available provided the general requirements for deductibility are satisfied.

Other tax-saving tips

  • Super Contribution

All contributions which are required to be received by the superfunds by 30 June 2020 need to be scheduled for payment within ClickSuper by 4 PM AEST on Monday, 24 June 2020.  Superannuation contributions paid after this date may or may not be received by the superannuation fund by 30 June 2020. 

  • Review your Debtors

Review your aged receivables and write off any recoverable debts before 30 June 2020. The bad debt written off can be claimed as a tax deduction for the 2020 financial year. 

  • Pre-pay your expenses

Small business entities may be able to prepay expenses and claim an immediate deduction in the financial year in which they are paid. 

  • Trust resolution

Document and sign the trust distribution resolutions before 30 June 2020.

JobKeeper tips

If your business was not eligible for the JobKeeper grant during the March-May period, it is recommended to re-assess your JobKeeper eligibility for the period of June-August. 

Tailored Accounts is committed to supporting businesses during this critical time. Please contact us for JobKeeper, EOFY, Tax and Advice supports. Our expertise and experience will put your business in the best possible position for sustainable success. 

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End of Financial Year Note

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Most business owners do not know that the SME sector in Australia has wasted millions of dollars due to inefficient cost, most of which can be attributed to the complex bookkeeping process. As the financial year is coming to an end, here is a guide to help business owners save the unnecessary cost and improve the company performance in a period when financial management is very much needed.

To improve the existing financial management process, you will first have to evaluate the system. Take a minute and think about how you control your financial process right now. Most SMEs have the same mistakes listed below:

  • They fail to realise how important financial management is. Businesses with poor financial management tend to suffer from poor cash flow and profit margins, ineffective debtor control, and an inability to meet their business’ commitments;

  • They are unaware of alternative solutions such as hiring an accountant or implementing an accounting system. If crunching the numbers is not your strength, either hire or outsource to an accountant or bookkeeper who will deliver regular and reliable information and advice that you can use to manage your financial position;

  • While many businesses are in the field of IT, it is surprising how backward their accounting systems are. Stacks of receipts, manual ledger books, simple Excel sheets, messy financial transactions and reports, and overdue BAS and tax returns are common among start-ups with bad financial management;

  • Businesses owners tend to focus on their products, ideas, and clients, often neglecting the fundamentals of their business. I have never seen a successful business that does not have strong financial management.


As a matter of fact, most people fails to realize their mistakes until it’s too late. If you are a small business, it is highly likely that you need to do everything to manage your business, from administration, marketing to bookkeeping. It is seemingly running well and you believe you are able to manage it until the end of financial year approaches. One client shared with us that EOFY used to be her nightmare and she was always lost with massive paperwork. Only until the end of financial year does your disorganized bookkeeping system come back to bite you. To avoid this scenario, though, here is the EOFY to-do list from our executive director.

 

 1. Undertake analysis

To see if you will achieve your budget in the last quarter. If you haven’t made budget, consider what you can do? Cut costs? Improve sales? Or lower your expectations?

 2. Review your financial performance from July to end of financial year

The best report in any accounting software is multiple period profit and loss. This report compares monthly performance so you can see which month is the best and which one is the worst. It also helps you to monitor recurring costs and highlights if costs have spiralled in any particular month.

 3. Cash is king!

Review your cash flow to include big ticket items so you don’t get any surprises towards the end of the financial year. Make sure your cash flow includes last quarterly BAS; last quarterly super; FBT; company tax return; personal tax return; accounting and/or auditing costs.

 4. Business plan

Review or prepare your business plan for the next year and 5 years and ask yourself following questions.

Review your budget and cash flow for next year and 5 years. Assess your goals. What do you want to achieve in the next five year?

Assess your goals. What do you want to achieve in the next five years? Retire? Achieve $1M turnover or just slow down?

How much do you want in your super fund when you retire? Make sure you include your family or partner in the plan.

5. Cloud solutions

Local business owners can customise cloud solutions to meet their business needs and environment―for example, Vend has become a popular Point of Sale choice among local retail businesses because the software is straight-forward and very easy to learn. First-time users are able to get oriented to the system within a day! Additionally, with functions such as product register, stock management and sales recording integrated into the “Vend HQ” interface, business owners can manage sales centrally. The owner of one of my favourite gift shops shared with me how Vend saves her an hour each day by populating payment receipts and e-mailing them to customers automatically.

Receipt Bank is another app that many business owners love. Collecting and sorting receipts can be a nightmare during tax time. Receipt Bank is so popular because it saves hundreds of hours by eliminating the hassle of digging out receipts and invoices left carelessly in car trunks or shoe boxes. Simply upload photos of receipts or invoices using your mobile phone, and Receipt Bank will extract and process the key information (e.g., invoice number, date, GST, etc.). The information is subsequently published to your cloud accounting package (e.g., Xero or Intuit QuickBooks), which saves time and money all thanks to automation.

While cloud technology offers significant benefits to small business owners, it is crucial to consider the following factors as not all cloud services are suitable for your business needs and environment: What are your business categories? Where is your major revenue coming from (online/walk-in)? Which business activity do you spend the most time on (and is it extremely important or extremely time-consuming)? Keep in mind that when choosing a specific cloud product or service, you need to consider the eco-system that it operates in as well. Just like preparing dinner for an important guest, your decision to cook a beef steak as the main dish will significantly influence your choice of wine. Hence, before cooking, it is better to find out if your guest prefers beef to other meat choices.


In Tailored Accounts, we offers a professional service that checks all boxes above. As our employees is dedicated and tech-savvy, we offer the latest technology in the accounting industry with the lowest overall cost. Should you be interested to outsource your accounting and financial system, give us a call at (02) 6169 5196. Tailored Accounts is the accounting department of Canberra and the preferred choice among small businesses.

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End of Financial Year Preparation: Magical touch on your books!

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With end of financial year (EOFY) fast approaching, the Tailored Accounts team is counting down to the last day of the financial year! Offices of accountants and bookkeepers will be filled with the hustle and bustle of time-critical challenges. You may wonder why EOFY often becomes such a hectic time for us. I hope this article can shed light on the inner processes of EOFY preparation.

Having worked in the accounting industry for more than a decade, I consider EOFY preparation as a chance to place extra effort to ensure accurate, up-to-date numbers as well as presentable reporting. These outputs are the results of, what I call, a magical touch on your books.

The following list articulates the main examples of magical touches that we exert to ensure your books are in the best order:

1.      The year-end payroll

During the financial year, we process 12 – 52 payrolls for our clients subject to their pay cycles. At the end of each month or quarter, our team reported the payroll information to Australian Taxation Office (ATO), including Gross Wage and Tax details. In addition to the accurate reports regularly lodged to the ATO, payroll reconciliations at year-end takes care and attention to ensure all requirements are met. Here are the core tasks that our team has been undertaking in the process of EOFY preparation:

  • Final super payment runs must be done before 25th June each year to ensure the last super payment is eligible for a tax deduction in the current financial year. Final salary sacrifice payment runs must happen on or before the same date to ensure all salary sacrifice arrangements are captured in the current year’s payment summary for employees. These particular tasks will require a few extra hours of work during the EOFY period.
  • Payment summaries are to be communicated to employees via email/post before 14th July. We ought to undertake a full year payroll reconciliation to ensure the accuracy of the information in payslips, Business Activity Statements (BAS), and payment summaries. This significant task requires half a day at a minimum, depending on the number of employees and complexity of the payroll structure.
  • Payment summary reports must be submitted to the ATO before 14th August in the following year. The task usually takes an hour to complete. To illustrate, 300 clients at Tailored Accounts are interpreted into a budget of minimum 300 hours for all payment summaries with no mistakes allowed.

2.      The last GST & BAS of the financial year

As you may be aware, April-June BAS is not due until 28th July in the next year. Regardless of the due date of BAS, our team finalises the last quarterly BAS before 14th July to reconcile balances between payslips and BAS. To prepare the end of the year BAS, the assignments below must be carefully completed:

  • Our team undertakes all reconciliation processes for the last quarter BAS as usual, requiring half a day.
  • We review all quarterly sets of BAS submitted during the financial year to reassure the integrity of your financial data since all adjustments need to be made in the final BAS. This task usually takes half a day.

3.      The final review of all other accounts

After the big year-end reconciliation processes of Payroll and BAS, our team also reviews every single account in your Trial Balance prior to closing your books. If your business has 50 accounts codes, for instance, we will need to thoroughly go through all 50 of the accounts. To deal with the sheer volume, the Tailored Accounts team implemented the effective way to review the accounts as follows:

  • We reconcile final bank account, credit card, petty cash & term deposit first. These reconciliations are usually completed by 30th June; however, a good summary of the whole year bank reconciliation will be prepared separately to support your tax agent in finalising their files. This task takes up to two hours.
  • We undertake stock-taking and complete the asset register. If on-site, physical stock-taking is required, it will take from three hours to a day for completion. Based on the volume of stocks and assets, our team may require another half a day for their reconciliation and adjustment.
  • We reconcile debtors’ information, normally taking half a day. This task includes a follow-up with debtors to identify doubtful debts and subsequent end of year adjustments.
  • Our team reconciles creditors’ information, which usually takes less time since most businesses pay their creditors regularly.
  • We reconcile loan accounts where businesses have internal loan transactions with directors. Preparing interest schedules and calculating a final balance should be completed before 30th June, which will then be rigorously reviewed for another two hours.
  • Our team prepares consolidation of all accounts after the reconciliation of Payroll and BAS, taking an hour to methodically consolidate them. The items include Salary & Wages, PAYG withholding, Super payable, Super expenses, Leave entitlement, GST, Sales, Capital purchases, Non-capital purchases, and PAYG tax installments.
  • We finally analyse other accounts from the Statement of Profit and Loss, including a Budget versus Actual comparison and discrepancy identification. This task will require up to four hours as Tailored Accounts places its accuracy as a top priority.

Total hours of required effort tend to rely on a number of factors, such as the size of your books, your accounting software, and the maintenance status of your accounts.

For instance, a small business, with up to five employees and having less than $500,000turnover,would need three hours for the year-end payroll processes, three hours of finalising all sets of BAS, and another six hours for other EOFY tasks. An additional provision of three hours is required for assisting your tax agent or auditor.

Accordingly, one-hundred small business clients can be translated into a budget for 1,500 hours (equivalent to 6.5 full-time staff) at a minimum for six weeks prior to EOFY. This response, hence, addresses the original question, "Why are accountants and bookkeepers busy during the EOFY period?"

At Tailored Accounts, we adopt the latest technology to minimise manual reconciliations. The purpose of implementing the most recent systems and processes is to save time and cost during EOFY period, consequently providing you with optimal savings. With strong attention to details, the Tailored Accounts team and I have always delivered neat, error-free and presentable reports to more than five-hundred clients since 2008. As the EOFY period is now approaching, this is an opportunity to set your financial reporting right by contacting Tailored Accounts today!

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Can your software replace the role of a financial analyst totally? Think again!

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Whether you're a start-up or experienced business person, you have your call to decide which one is better for your business: a finance staff or an artificial intelligence system.

As we all know, data is everything today. It is why big institutions are paying big amount of investment to collect data in all sorts and forms. For example, Big Data is now the topic going right from local start-ups to multinational corporations.

Being an CFO, who had over 12 years of experience working in financial and accounting industry, I think we are lucky enough to witness the shift from data collection to data analysis.

While many firms out there are still focusing on compliance, I am already gearing my staff toward the future of Big Data.

The future is here!

It is hard to believe that I will not have to conduct bank reconciliation, data verification by checking receipts or even filing a simple Business Activity. I could realise that future is here already! 

Financial and business software are transforming toward digital data analysis. The software functions could communicate to the tax office and banks. There is no extra need for manual data checking and reconciliation to get your data in the right format.

So what finance majored students are going to do after their graduation and years of professional development? It is scary to think about the young generation of finance people who are still being trained about the skills that were already replaced by innovative business software.

Would accounting jobs be no longer relevant? The answer is No! Finance jobs can still survive. Business clients want services that no software could possibly offer.  

Here is a good example, your sales team is about to seal a new contract that requires extra resources. The team requests you to provide extra resources and a quick update on the financial viability of the new job. You can straightaway contact your analyst and request a quick insight on how much the company could earn and spend to make a certain profit. With the information, your sales team and you can go on to tender with a peace of mind!

There is another good example of using Big Data in finance & accounting. One of our clients is doing software development. They are in the process of preparing for the launch of a brand new product to the market. They come back to us and request a set of sales data in the past 5 years to show them sales activities could answer the following queries:

  • What is the new recurring sale per month?
  • What is the churn rate?
  • What is the cost of acquiring new sales? 

I can provide you the answers to within 45 minutes with suggestions to benefits your product launch.

In both of the examples here, we can see the finance role has changed yet it still stays relevant to a client’s need. The only that changed is the role have to move from a data collection into data analysis to produce business intelligence and help clients making important business decision instantly!

We think the future of data mining, business intelligence and business solution will give accountants a future career, growing side by side with technology. At Tailored Accounts, we don’t know the future, we create them!

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Tailored Accounts PowerHour: JobKeeper, Stimulus Package, and Your Business

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The Federal Government and ACT Government have been rolling out extensive economic stimulus and support measures for business in response to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harry Hoang from Tailored Accounts will provide everything you need to know about the Government support initiatives and how to access them.

45-Min Discussion Agenda

  • JobKeeper Eligibility
  • COVID-19 Stimulus Packages
  • How to support your staff?
  • Essential business checklist
  • Q&A With Harry

Speaker profile:

Harry Hoang is an accomplished accountant and business owner based in Canberra. After completing his studies in Accounting and Economics at the ANU, he founded Tailored Accounts in 2008 and found significant success. To date, Tailored Accounts has grown to represent over 500 clients with no sig