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The important role of CFOs in Not-For-Profit Associations

Recent changes in government policy have resulted in substantial impacts on the Not-For-Profit (NFP) association sector. Government grants to NFP associations are expected to decline, contributing to the resourcing pressures for many NFP associations in Australia. Financial resources from memberships, donations, and government grants were core funds used to sustain NFP associations for many years. However, the concern in the sector now would be their survival under the increasing budget constraints. 

The recent changes in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) removed many existing grants paid directly to the NFP association sector. According to market research conducted by BDO in 2016, most associations were not ready for the changes in the new scheme even after the NDIS was rolled out. The complexity of the changes required more effective change management. Typical associations in the healthcare and community well-being industry needed significant training and transitional support. 

A significant strategy for NFP associations to effectively adapt to change is the development of new leadership. It should begin with Board reforms to create an “A-team”, who is willing to  lead the association through changes. In order to achieve this changing leadership need, the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is crucial. CFOs can assist their CEOs and Board members with strategic decisions on budget, financial health analysis and estimation. 

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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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Cash flow management: A key to business success

On 23rd of September, Tailored Accounts co-organised a breakfast seminar with Jigsaw Accounting and Taxation Services and Chamberlains Law Firm. The event was designed for business owners and covered three much needed topics including cash flow management, tax strategies round-up, and managing, securing and recovering debt. 

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Small fish, big fish and the magic of cash flow

Cash flow is important for business growth.

One day, I was watching the Discovery Channel with my four-year-old son Charlie when he asked, “Why does the big fish eat the small one?” Having gone through so many life experiences compared to my son, it seemed like a natural phenomenon because that’s just the way things are, in business too. Big companies are able to yield more power than smaller ones due to the availability of resources; it comes as no surprise then that 90% of small business failures are caused by poor cash flow.

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How to Make Your Cash and the Investor's Patience Last Until You're Profitable

By Martin Zwilling

Reprinted from Entrepreneur

Cash flow management for startup

Cashflow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Investors check your burn rate to assess your efficiency, and project your remainingrunway before you run out of money and into a brick wall. Don’t wait until you are almost out of cash before managing every dollar spent, or looking for the next refueling from investors. Desperate entrepreneurs lose their leverage and die young.

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4 Smart Financial Moves For Businesses

By Brian Hamilton

Reprinted from INC

If you’re bootstrapping or working on a budget, the expertise of a CFO may not be a luxury you can afford. Even if you’ve successfully scaled your business, knowing a few core financial principles is essential as you continue to grow. Below are four pieces of financial knowledge that, even if you know nothing else, can help you keep a pulse on your company’s financial health and make better, more informed business decisions.

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