Posts Categorized: Tips of the week

STP and super payments

The roll-out of Single Touch Payroll (STP) has proved to be an interesting process! 

For some, it just meant clicking another button or two within their payroll program.

For others it meant changing the whole way they processed their payroll.

It has also uncovered some interesting practices.

We have been somewhat surprised to find that some clients weren’t making their employee SG super payments through a SuperStream, nor using a super clearing house. The former is the payment method, the latter is the notification of employee’s contributions.  We have also been surprised to learn that super funds, like some of the really big ones, have still been accepting cheques.

There are free solutions out there but the best solution is almost always the one built within your payroll software. Whilst there may be a cost, it is nominal and avoids double handling.

Please call us if you would like to discuss your situation and needs.

WorkCover remuneration certification

It may be time to complete your 2019 WorkCover remuneration certification. Large employers are required to submit early.

Other employers have delayed lodgement dates. That said, it still may be in your interest to lodge soon.  This is particularly the case if your remuneration will be significantly less in 2019/20 than for 2018/19.

You will get back what you over pay based off their estimate; but why over pay in the first place.

You will also ensure it is lodged.  Many employers forget to lodge and suffer from WorkCover’s default 20% annual increase.  So get it done now when you have finalised and issued the PAYG Payment Summaries.

Other STP tasks

Single Touch Payroll (STP) started for all non-large businesses two weeks ago.  So all business should by now be reporting wages at the time of payment.

For some this has meant using a payroll software program for the first time.  This was the perfect opportunity to ensure that all other HR employment requirements had been attended to.

If you are still struggling with all of this then please contact us so we can discuss ways in which we can help you.

 

Are STP extensions the answer?

Struggling with Single Touch Payroll (STP?

Or have you yet to take action?

There are two things you need to do:-

  • Move to a payroll software solution.
  • Tidy up your HR records.

We can help you with both.

So whilst there are extensions available, we recommend not relying on them – it just creates more work (and therefore cost) later.

Take the first step right now by contacting us (the first meeting is free).

STP starts next week!

Single Touch Payroll (STP) starts next week!

From Monday 1st July all businesses will be required to report to the ATO each employee’s gross pay, tax and super no later than the day of payment.

Whilst there are extensions available we generally recommend not using them as it only creates more work later – and therefore cost.

If however you need to rely on an extension, then you must have applied for one by week’s end.

Either way, you have to do so something.

We have been taking our clients through the transition journey principally by way of a series of weekly preparatory emails.

If your accountant hasn’t helped you then it is time to change accountants!  Contact us below and we can discuss how we can help you.

 

 

$30000 asset write-off limit

So what if you want to buy an asset costing more than $30,000 (ex GST)?

Well as a small business, you will be able to claim 15% depreciation on the cost of the asset.  So a $50,000 asset bought today will still generate a $7,500 tax deduction in the 2019 tax year (and $12,750 next year).

Buy the same asset on say 7th July, and your claim for next year is only $7,500.

And you still may be able to write-off the balance in the 2020 year for an asset costing more than $30,000.  The $30,000 limit also applies to the undepreciated pool balance.  We had one client buy a vehicle for $35,000.  Come July 1 2019, the pool balance will be $27,500 (as that is the only asset they are depreciating).  They can write off the balance of the car in the 2019/20 year.

Please refer to our three part series of 21 tips and traps for the instant asset write-off.  Or better yet, call us on 9899-7511 to discuss your situation and opportunities.

Super contribution warning

A quick super contribution warning.

In order to claim a tax deduction for a personal or employer super contribution, it must be paid by year end.

This year is a bit of a trap with June 30 falling on a Sunday.

Another trap is that I just read that the ATO’s own employer super clearing house requires payment to be made by the close of business on Monday 24th June.  Pay later than that and the contribution will go into the next financial year.  That’s a real problem if you have retired and are aged over 65 as you will thereby breach the work test rule in the first week of July 2019.

Some clearing houses and super funds close off earlier than the 24th.  Make sure you now what you cut-off dates are.

Be ready for STP

Single Touch Payroll (STP) will be here in just 4 weeks!

It is critical to use the month of June to prepare yourself.  Don’t fall for the trap of delaying and then finding you can’t meet your first pay run in July.

Our clients will be receiving weekly STP reminders and action steps.  Please fill in the contact form if you want either STP assistance or to simply receive the weekly STP emails.

 

Single Touch Payroll webinar

Are you wondering what you should be doing in preparation of Single Touch Payroll?

Do you know that from 1st July all employers in the country are required to report how much every employee will be paid, the PAYG WH tax thereon as well as what their super will be at the time of payment?  And yes whilst there are exemptions it just means more work later.

You need to be ready for Single Touch Payroll now or in the process of getting ready.

So do you know what you need to do before 1st July?

So do you know what you should be doing from 1st July?

If you can’t answer these questions then you need to attend out STP webinar on Tuesday 28th May at 5pm.

You can enrol by clicking on the following link:-

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/a10dbea62247ddf5d746f627e8486654

 

Improving cash flow

Want to improve your cash flow?

Not much of a question really – of course you do.

For some it is easy as making it easier for your customers.  For those providing a good or a service, it can be as easy as taking payment upon or before delivery.  And for some this can be as easy as using Square, Pay-pal and other such options.

You are asking for payment at the time – and isn’t easier to ask to be paid at the time of the exchange?  You are also making it easier for your customer / patient to pay you.

Want other cash flow tips?  We have hundreds obtained from our experience of working with a wide range of clients form different industries.  Call us.