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Accounting

Bursars – what accounting changes are on the horizon that may affect you?

We are in the middle of a period of significant change in accounting standards. This article highlights the impact of three new accounting standards upon schools, which bursars should begin preparing for.  

ASIC clamps down on ‘non-lodging’ proprietary companies to confirm their status

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) are targeting proprietary companies that have not lodged financial statements for FY 2016. Over the past fortnight, there has been an increase in activity by ASIC in targeting large proprietary companies and foreign controlled small proprietaries that are not lodging financial statements. ASIC is requesting said companies confirm their ‘non-lodgement’ status or lodge the ‘outstanding’ financial statements.  

Autumn Home Shopping

Finding the perfect property isn’t always easy, and as the colder months approach, the number of homes available for purchase starts to subside. The reduction in house stock can swing the pendulum to favour the seller as buyers fight for the smaller number of properties.

A better workplace

The Budget sees the Government place emphasis on generating ongoing employment opportunities for all Australians.

Client Story – Jeremy Nichols, Composure Group

When asked to describe his life using a film title, Jeremy Nichols, Founder and Managing Director of the Composure Group, answered “Life is Beautiful” and it’s not hard to see why. Jeremy has qualifications in Health Management and a MBA, he played for Melbourne FC during University and has been on the Board of the Club for 4 years. He founded Composure in 2013 after 20 years in the consulting industry. The group has a deep knowledge of human behaviour in an organisational context. They bring passion, energy and intelligence to helping organisations to play at their best, with a vision  based on Strategy, Culture and Leadership. When dealing with clients Jeremy sees culture as the elephant in the room “We all know it’s there but we’re not willing to confront it, we are not willing to talk about it, we are not willing to actually deal with because it’s often confronting”. He recently spoke with some of our younger staff members at Moore Stephens Vic.  

Claiming depreciation on investment property

Rental property investors have access to a range of tax strategies. One such strategy, which is often underutilised, is claiming depreciation as a tax deduction. Property expenses, such as depreciation and capital works expenditure, can be deducted over a number years, adding to a significant return for property investors come tax time.  

Moore Stephens are finalists for Accountants Daily’s Australian Accounting Awards 2017!

Moore Stephens is proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Accounting Awards, partnered by Thomson Reuters.  

Swimming with the Sharks - Insights and analysis from season two of Shark Tank

Channel Ten’s Shark Tank was back for a second season, aired between 8 May and 7 July 2016, and featured budding entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to venture capital investors (the ‘Sharks’). Moore Stephens’ Victorian Corporate Advisory Team took this opportunity to once again swim with the Sharks and gain an insight into the minds of both entrepreneur and investor.

Moore Stephens Victoria - End of year wrap up

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Directors, team members and clients for making 2016 a tremendous year of development and growth for our firm. I am proud of the efforts of our team, and am appreciative of the industry at large for our continuing success.

Changing the structure of your business

Some Australian small business owners may now be able to apply the small business restructure roll-over concession upon restructuring their small business.

Revisiting super basics for employers

For many employers, it can be easy to forget the responsibility of managing your superannuation obligations amidst the busy lifestyle of operating a business. However, those who fail to meet their super obligations risk facing severe and even damaging liabilities. Employers who pay their workers $450 or more before tax in a calendar month must pay superannuation on top of the employee's wages. If an employee is under the age of 18 or is a private or domestic worker, they must work for more than 30 hours per week to qualify. The minimum an employer must pay is called the super guarantee (SG)

New CGT rules when selling or buying a business

Recent changes were made to the CGT treatment on the sale and purchase of businesses involving ‘look-through earnout’ rights. On 25 February 2016, a new law was enacted to deal with the tax treatment of earnouts for vendors and purchasers.

ATO lodgement due dates 2016

The lodgement end dates for individuals are detailed in the following table:

Working together - the reinvention of the ATO

Late last year, Moore Stephens Victoria  supported the AustralianTaxation Office (ATO) and then subsequently hosted a Key Agent meeting by our Directors with several senior ATO executives to enhance collaboration with our firm and ultimately to deliver a better client experience.

Financial model reviews reveal interesting insights

My previous article about the Moore Stephens Victoria Corporate Finance team was on work we had been doing during winter on Initial Public Offerings (IPO), reverse takeovers (RTO) and an expert witness report.  Some of that work carried over into Spring with a successful outcome for a number of those clients.  In this article I am writing about some of the interesting work we have been doing with financial forecast modelling – primarily for financiers.  I also find this somewhat encouraging that a number of our clients are out there getting finance for expansion and new businesses. 

Wealth Management – Market Update

2016 has seen markets across the US, Eurozone & Asia suffer losses in excess of 5% and up to 14% while Australian Shares have fallen over 6%. This has seen markets fall to levels seen throughout the second half of 2015. Concerns are centred around the Chinese economy, the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates and the impact of the rising US dollar against the falling Chinese Renminbi. The falling oil price has also effected markets and has again raised concerns over emerging markets.

Building better bank relationships in 2016

Does your banker wake up every morning thinking about you and your business?  Do any of your suppliers and partners?  Is your banker a true advocate of your business?

What’s next for the $20k write off

The small business $20,000 depreciating asset write-off was announced as part of the 2016 Federal Budget and was passed by the Senate in June 2015. Now that many small business owners are turning their minds to their 2015 Income Tax Returns what does this mean for you?