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An Introduction to Business23 July 2019AlisonSymes Accountants hosted local high school student, Alison for a week of work experience in July. Below is her personal overview of her experience with our team.files/images/content/Blogs/WorkExp_Lucy.png
New year - Same you but BETTER14 January 2019Symes AccountantsWe hear the phrase 'New Year, new you' bandied around but you're not an apartment on The Block getting ready for major renovation on January 1st. Own your goals!files/images/content/Blogs/New you, but better.JPG
2018 Year in Review16 January 2019Symes AccountantsInvestors started 2018 full of hope, with the global economy and financial markets in good shape, but by year's end they were uncertain and a little anxious about what lay ahead.files/images/content/Blogs/2018 Year in Review.JPG
Tax and your Website28 January 2019Symes AccountantsPlanning to launch a new website or refreshing an existing one? Make sure you understand the tax implications and what you can claim for.files/images/content/Blogs/TaxandWebsite.JPG
Car expenses on the ATO's radar12 February 2019Symes AccountantsWith almost 4 million Australians making work-related car expense claims, the Australian Tax Office has the practice in it's headlights.files/images/content/Blogs/CarExpenses.JPG
Tax Alert: March 20195 March 2019Symes AccountantsWith small business votes likely to be a key battleground during the Federal election campaign, the Morrison Government has announced its first tax sweeteners.files/images/content/Blogs/TaxAlert_March19.JPG
Make tax time less taxing12 March 2019Symes AccountantsTax time comes around with alarming regularity, so why is it that we tend to wait till the 11th hour to get all our affairs in order? Let's look at some tax strategies.files/images/content/Blogs/Taxtime_lesstaxing.JPG
Selling a business?25 March 2019Symes AccountantsIt can take many years and a lot of hard work to build a successful small business. When you finally decide it's time to sell, tax is often the last thing on your mind.files/images/content/Blogs/SellingaBusiness.JPG
What's New with Online Retail?11 December 2018Symes AccountantsThe retail sector is experiencing a dramatic shake up with massive growth in online shopping indicating a shift in how consumers interact with products, sales and spaces.files/images/content/Blogs/Online Retail.JPG
Should you Salary Sacrifice?20 November 2018Symes AccountantsMany employers offer salary packaging to attract and retain employees with additional benefits. If it's done well it can be good for both the employer and the employee.files/images/content/Blogs/Salary Packaging.JPG
Mythbusting Super12 February 2018Symes AccountantsSuperannuation is the most tax effective home for your retirement savings. Let's take a look at some of the myths and misconceptions that are floating around about super.files/images/content/Blogs/Super.JPG
Tax Alert: December 201810 December 2018Symes AccountantsSmall businesses are likely to find themselves kept busy with the progressive transition to the STP system and new rules designed to beat Australia's 'black economy'.files/images/content/Blogs/Dec2018 Tax Alert.JPG
Business Succession Planning12 September 2018Symes AccountantsHave you considered the who, what, when, how of your business in the future? Succession planning is a family discussion you NEED to have - so why not start today.files/images/content/Blogs/succession planning.jpgWhat are your plans for the future of the business? Are you wanting to find more time to relax and enjoy your lifestyle? Are your children prepared to take on the family business when you retire? Have you actually had a family discussion about succession plans?02
Single Touch Payroll: Get Ready!9 April 2019Symes AccountantsIf you haven't heard about the introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP) it might be a good idea to keep reading as this new system starts on 1 July 2019.files/images/content/Blogs/STP2019.JPG
Could Stretch Goals work for you?23 April 2019Symes AccountantsAgile businesses often seek big outcomes through visionary goal setting. But before setting stretch goals for your team, make sure you have the resources and the track-record.files/images/content/Blogs/Goals_header.jpg
Claiming work-related travel?14 May 2019Symes AccountantsWhile it may be tempting to tack a holiday onto your next business trip, make sure you know what you can and can't claim as the ATO cracks down.files/images/content/Blogs/Travel expenses.JPG
Is your business financially fit?8 May 2019Symes AccountantsAs the end of financial year approaches, there's no better time to give your business a financial fitness check to see where your business is sitting.files/images/content/Blogs/financefit.JPG
Your post-election tax update22 May 2019Symes AccountantsHigher tax offsets for low and middle income earners and a cut in the tax rate for SMEs are just some of the benefits on offer from the re-elected Morrison Government.files/images/content/Blogs/election.JPG
Tax Alert: June 20194 June 2019Symes AccountantsThe ATO has announced a crack down on rental properties, work-related deductions and cryptocurrency. Everything you need to know with the end of financial year approaching.files/images/content/Blogs/TaxAlert_June19.JPG
Tax Tips for EOFY13 June 2019Symes AccountantsThe end of financial year can sometimes feel like a race to the finish. Read through our tips for both businesses and individuals to help you cruise through to the finish line.files/images/content/Blogs/TaxTips.JPG
ATO spotlight on laundry claims8 July 2019Symes AccountantsWith an increase in claims each year, the ATO has announced it will be cracking down on clothing and laundry expenses. Find out what you can and can't claim this tax time.files/images/content/Blogs/ClothingClaims.JPG
Let's maximise your tax refund17 July 2019Symes AccountantsTax time can often feel like a hassle, but it's all worth it when that tax refund lands in your account. So, what's the best way to spend it?files/images/content/Blogs/InvestingTaxRefund.JPG
Getting on top of tax debt29 July 2019Symes AccountantsDo you have an tax debt owing to the ATO? Overwhelmed and unsure of your options? Don't panic - the ATO is more inclined to help if you act promptly.files/images/content/Blogs/taxdebt.JPG
Single Touch Payroll. Get ready!6 August 2019Symes AccountantsThe STP reporting clock is ticking. Are you ready? The ATO is making some allowances for small business owners, but only for a limited time.files/images/content/Blogs/STP.PNG
Carving up your GST12 August 2019Symes AccountantsGST reporting can be time consuming, especially for small businesses. But there is a simpler way to separate business and private expenses.files/images/content/Blogs/CarvingGST.PNG
Investing in time pays dividends19 August 2019Symes AccountantsTime performs best when we invest it wisely, so understanding the principals of time investment could leave you with more hours in the day to pursue the things you love.files/images/content/Blogs/InvestTime.PNG
Tax Alert: September 20193 September 2019Symes AccountantsPersonal tax cuts are now law but the ATO is also taking a tougher line on taxi claims and the black economy. Let's take a look at some of the other developments in the world of tax.files/images/content/Blogs/Sept19_taxalert.JPG
Is negative gearing right for you?9 September 2019Symes AccountantsNegatively gearing an investment property is viewed by many Australians as a tax effective way to get ahead. Always make sure it's the best investment strategy for YOU though.files/images/content/Blogs/negativegearing.JPG
Managing your side hustle25 September 2019Symes AccountantsSide hustles are a great way to expand your skills, pursue your passions or provide a little extra cash. Here are some tips to help you fit it all in, and not break the bank in the process.files/images/content/Blogs/SideHustle1.JPG
5 signs of a well-run business30 September 2019Symes AccountantsThere are a lot of backroom tasks involved in running a business but developing good habits can help your business thrive. We look at the 5 top signs.files/images/content/Blogs/5signs.JPG
Employee or contractor?8 October 2019Symes AccountantsDeciding if someone is an employee or a contractor causes a lot of confusion, but getting it wrong can be costly. Do you know the difference between the two?files/images/content/Blogs/Employee_Contractor.JPG
Managing when business is rough14 October 2019Symes AccountantsSmall businesses in some sectors are doing it tough, if you are feeling the pinch there are a number of strategies you can introduce to get your company back on track.files/images/content/Blogs/SafeHarbour.JPG
Effective business reporting19 November 2019Symes AccountantsToo often businesses fall short of their goals because they don’t understand how to acquire and interpret data. Plan, evaluate and change your metrics to suit your goals.files/images/content/Blogs/Business_reporting.JPG
Keeping up with SMSF rules5 November 2019Symes AccountantsThe lure of greater control over your retirement savings with an SMSF may be enticing you need to ensure you comply with the rules.files/images/content/Blogs/Right_side_smsf.JPG
Tax and the festive season26 November 2019Symes AccountantsIf you're planning to throw a Christmas party for employees or give out gifts, you need to understand the tax implications for your business.files/images/content/Blogs/Tax_festive_season.JPG
Tax Alert: December 20193 December 2019Symes AccountantsSummer holidays are just around the corner but it’s business as usual for the ATO. Here is a roundup of some of the latest tax developments.files/images/content/Blogs/Dec2019 Tax Alert.JPG
The joys & pitfalls of giving10 December 2019Symes AccountantsWith Christmas approaching it’s natural to want to give to family and those in need in a meaningful way, but don’t lose sight of any tax considerations.files/images/content/Blogs/XmasGifting.JPG
Maximise your holiday break16 December 2019Symes AccountantsThe end of the year is a great time to reflect on your achievements and recharge. Here are some tips on how you can make the most of your upcoming break.files/images/content/Blogs/XmasHoliday.JPG
2019: A Year in Review19 January 2020Symes AccountantsInvestors with a diversified portfolio had plenty to smile about as 2019 drew to a close, with big gains in shares offsetting historically low interest rates.files/images/content/Blogs/2020 Year in Review.JPG
Small business tax concessions21 January 2020Symes AccountantsIf you run a small business you may be entitled to some valuable tax concessions, so check what’s on offer.files/images/content/Blogs/SBE_concessions.JPG
Your greatest asset is YOU28 January 2020Symes AccountantsWant to make 2020 your year? The year you reach great heights? Key to reaching these dizzying heights is recognising that you are one of your greatest assets.files/images/content/Blogs/RecognisingYou.JPG