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

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.

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Single Touch Payroll & four things that business owners should know

Harry Hoang

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is now becoming compulsory for businesses, which have minimum 20 employees. You will be required to report on the new system from 1st July 2018. What needs to be prepared to get ready for the new system? Would there be any impact on your business transaction or cash flow?

Here are few check points to ensure that you are ready for STP:

1.      Your STP readiness: If you have 20 or more employees on 1st April in a later year, you will commence reporting under STP from the next 1st July. It means you will have a minimum of 3 months to organise your systems & procedures to meet requirement of STP.

3-month period is not sufficient to prepare thoroughly for the change if your accounting system has not been ready for STP. You should check with your software provider NOW to ensure they are STP if you plan to have 20 employees in the next 6-12 months. As a XERO Gold partner, we can confirm that XERO will be compliant with STP.

                                                                                           

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Financials & Accounting Workshop for IACT 2016 participants

Tailored Accounts was pleased to conduct the Financials & Accounting workshops for more than 30 participants from the IACT 2016 competition teams. This is an important training for all teams before the idea pitching date. Accounting knowledge is the key to convince the judge on the credibility of your ideas!


The teams were interact with workshop instructor, raising interesting questions, and sharing their experience in dealing with financial issues in start-up projects. Cashflow, budgeting, and financial forecast were our hot topics. Great discussion among the teams!

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Tailored Accounts becomes 2016 Telstra Business Awards finalist

The judges of 2016 Telstra Business Awards have shortlisted Tailored Accounts to be the finalist for Small Business Award Category. Once again, we have an honour to become a Telstra Business Award finalist together with many other inspiring Australian companies.

The 2016 Telstra Business Awards has encouraged us to reach for higher achievements in serving our clients and being committed to innovation in bookkeeping practice. The news comes to us when we are working hard to improve our service bundle.  July is the beginning of an exciting yet challenging financial year for many of us. Being the finalist of this prestigious award gives us a great inspiration to pursue our goal in the year 2016/2017.

The achievement that we have today comes from the endless contribution and support from our staffs and clients. We are grateful to have amazing team members who never fail to deliver the best quality of work. Our clients have always been supportive of us. The clients’ queries and concerns give us many ideas to design business solutions that answer their needs. Seeing our clients become successful businesses in town is a source of joy.

 

Let us together celebrate this exciting moment as it is another milestone to mark our growth and success.  

Tailored Accounts is proudly listed on Telstra Business Awards website

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End of Financial Year Note

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.

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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.

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Who knows bookkeeping and management accounting could be fun?

By Harry Hoang

Reprinted from B2B Magazine

Harry Hoang of Tailored Accounts

Bookkeeping can be a challenge for many business owners, and even if they don’t mind bookkeeping, they might not enjoy doing it. One of my clients recently remarked to me, “I don’t like doing the books for my business because it is so easy to make mistakes, and the tasks are so tedious! And because I avoided bookkeeping altogether, I was faced with years of overdue bills, tax returns, and so on.” While keeping on top of your accounts can be a real hassle, keeping track of the incomings and outgoings of your business is crucial to its survival.

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How should businesses review their financial systems?

By Harry Hoang

Harry Hoang of Tailored Accounts Canberra

I had a talk with an insolvency partner from one of the biggest accounting firms in Australia last week. We both agreed that small or large businesses should have their financial systems reviewed more regularly by an insolvency expert. This will ensure that the systems are in compliance with latest financial standard requirements and potential ATO audit.

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Accrual Or Cash Basis Of Accounting?

By Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi

Reprinted from The Huffington  Post

After nearly 70 years of discussion, and endorsement by four presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon), it is high time that accrual accounting be implemented... America's future depends on it!

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