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How Much Does an Accountant Cost?

Good accountants are essential to any business, and it is important to know how much they cost. Not all accountants are created equal, so you need to do your due diligence to find one that offers great value for their services. Accountants can vary in price depending on the type of accountant you need. There…

9 Benefits of Hiring an Accountant

Hiring an accountant is a valuable step for any business to take. Whether you’ve been handling finances solo or you’re planning a start-up, and you need someone with financial know-how, an accountant can provide the exact services you need. If you’re curious about accountancy, whether you want to know ‘what does an accountant do on…

Business Accounting Terms

The accounting profession is full of acronyms, phrases and terminologies that can make it difficult for small business owners with little or no accounting experience to understand what’s going on. But while accounting sounds confusing on the face of it, once you understand a few basic accounting concepts, there isn’t all that much to it.…

New ATO Tax Ruling 2019/5

At the beginning of each financial year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announces a Tax Ruling. This outlines any changes made to the effective lives of assets – typically plant, equipment, and commercial property assets. This year, however, in tax ruling (TR) 2019/5, the ATO detailed several changes to residential property assets. These changes are…

Federal Court affirms PAYG amounts “withheld” from salary or wages

Federal Court Upholds Tax Credit, Despite Non Reporting of PAYG Withheld Amounts It is commonly understood that all PAYG amounts classed as “withheld” from the salary or wages of a taxpayer, must be reported to the ATO. This is a standard element of tax compliance, and is something that the vast majority of Australian tax…

Changes to GST Exemption

Starting from the 1st July 2018, the changes to GST exemption mean that all online goods bought from overseas will now carry a 10% goods and services tax. The previous rules meant that all goods worth less than $1,000 were exempt from the GST, but that is no longer the case. Goods becoming more expensive…

ATO Cracks Down on Cryptocurrencies

If you have invested in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, you need to stay ahead of some changes which are coming from the Australian Tax Office. The ATO is keen to crack down on cryptocurrencies to ensure that investors are paying taxes on their earnings. New crackdown initiative The ATO has a number of different ways…