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SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING NEWS

Latest news about small business accounting and taxation from Billings + Ellis, the small business accountants in Melbourne.

Billings + Ellis, Accountants South Melbourne

 

2018 Federal Budget highlights

2018 Federal Budget highlights explained

The 2018-2019 Federal Budget, handed down on 8 May 2018, focused on personal taxation, business taxation, superannuation, and measures to assist older Australians. Here, highlights are explained with tables to help calculate savings or changes to previous circumstances as the Budget 2018-2019 measures are brought into effect.
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Billings + Ellis strikes Gold with Xero!

For many businesses, Xero doesn’t need an introduction. But if you’re not familiar with Xero, it’s cloud accounting software that allows access to your business finances anytime from anywhere via your internet-connected device. Xero lets you collaborate with your accountant, bookkeeper, and staff in real-time. Billings + Ellis is proud to be a Xero partner and even prouder to have recently achieved Xero Gold Partner status. So how does an accounting firm become a Xero Gold partner and what are the benefits?
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Single Touch Payroll, Xero Gold Partner

Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018 – are you ready?

Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting affects employers with 20 or more employees (known as a substantial employer) and commences 1st July 2018 in accordance with new Australian government legislation. So, what is Single Touch Payroll? How do you prepare for STP? What changes do you have to make? The following should help you better understand Single Touch Payroll reporting and how to get ready for the transition.
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Changes small business 2017-2018

Some good news for small business in Federal Budget 2017

The Federal Budget announced on 9 May 2017 delivered no sweeping changes to the small business landscape, and increased compliance is something that most business owners have become used to. However, there was some good news for business owners wanting to continue investing in assets to improve business productivity, profitability, and capacity for innovation.

Here we explain Budget highlights as relevant to small business owners:

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Airport lounge club membership benefits

Are airport lounge club membership fees tax deductible?

Belonging to The Qantas Club or Virgin Australia Lounge can provide business travellers with somewhere comfortable and convenient to relax, revitalise, or work productively whilst remaining inside the airport terminal. Exclusive amenities like deluxe armchair seating, hot showers with complimentary towels and toiletries, ‘free’ food and beverages, WiFi, workstations, and priority passenger services don’t come too cheaply, however. Any airport lounge club membership will cost hundreds of dollars per year for each traveller.

Many frequent flyers regard membership of an airport lounge club as vital for relieving some of the stress and work-disruption associated with business travel, and at Billings and Ellis we’re often asked the question: “Are airport lounge club membership fees tax deductible?”

The good news is that airport lounge club memberships can be wholly deductible for businesses with travelling employees. Even sole traders and employees may claim a deduction for their own membership fees in whole or part, subject to general rules summarised below.
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Receipt Management Software

Receipt Bank works like magic for entering bills and receipts

How much time do you spend entering data from supplier bills into Xero? How about sorting those crumpled receipts for expenses? If you’ve got better things to do with your time than sifting through paperwork and entering data, you’re going to love Receipt Bank. Receipt Bank reads the data from bills in any format – even camera shots of receipts. Receipt Bank enters the data into Xero for you, and saves a PDF of the original document in Xero.
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Budget 2016 for small business

Federal Budget 2016 – changes affecting small business, tax, super

The May 2016 Federal Budget announcement has delivered changes that will affect many people of all ages and stages in life. Some changes affect small business owners, and changes to taxation and superannuation (which includes SMSF members) will affect almost everyone. It’s not all bad news, of course! The changes for business owners and wage-earners are generally being received as favourable. Here we summarise the major changes, in easy point form. As always, we’re here to discuss the finer details and implications with you.
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Vend POS for clothing stores

Vend integration with Xero ideal for typical retailers

Vend POS for clothing stores

Vend POS can handle inventory and loyalty programs, making it a popular choice for retailers like clothing stores.

Vend is suitable for many different kinds of retail trading situations where a modern POS system system with powerful features is needed. Vend integration with Xero provides a seamless, end-to-end POS and accounting solution, and has proven ideal for many businesses such as:
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Cafe point of sale software

POS and Xero integration for small business

xeroPoint-of-sale (POS and also EFTPOS) software integration with Xero cloud accounting can now bring the benefits of a complete end-to-end accounting system to small businesses including retail stores, restaurants and cafés, hotels and bars, all manner of service-based businesses such as hairdressers and car repairers, and even highly mobile businesses like market stalls and pop-up stores. Some POS systems are also suitable for use with online stores.
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What does the May 2015 budget mean for you and your business?

The big news on 12 May was the government handing down their second budget. There have been some significant changes announced in the budget and it’s important to understand how these changes will affect you. There wasn’t a lot of tax reform in the budget because of the government’s forthcoming White Paper on Tax Reform, which is considering a number of different aspects of the taxation system in terms of fairness, complexity and how it can be improved. The White Paper on Tax Reform will not be completed quickly. However, it will most likely form the government’s policies leading into the next election.
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