• 10 Tips for Marketing in a Downturn

    Marketing is often the first thing to go when tough economic times put the squeeze on cash flow, but experts say that those who maintain spending often emerge the strongest when things pick up again. Here are our Ten Tips for avoiding the pitfalls and how to get the biggest bang for your buck in […]

  • Business Name vs Trading Name

    What’s the difference? According to (What’s the difference between a business name a trading name and a legal name)…….. Nothing! Excerpts from the above explain as follows “Trading Name” is an old term used interchangeably with “Business Name” “Business Name” is the correct term and is the title you trade under. You can link […]

  • Registering a Business Name

    Registering a Business Name A business name is a trading name that helps customers recognise your business. There are legal requirements that come with having a business name. You must register your business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You must then adhere to several legal obligations to avoid fines and the […]

  • SuperStream Changes for Self Managed Super Funds

    SuperStream changes for SMSFs The ATO is calling on self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees to be aware of changes to the way they receive super contributions. Starting from 1 July 2014, SMSFs will be required to receive contributions electronically from employers. Employers have a year to make this change so SMSFs should check with their […]

  • 10 Ways to save both time & money

    10 Ways to Save Both Time & Money Stay on top of your account with SMS and Email alerts. When you register for SMS or Email alerts, you can choose to be alerted by SMS or email when certain things happen on your account, – such as, when your balance drops below a certain amount, […]

  • An Accountant or a Bookkeeper?

    An Accountant or a Bookkeeper? Answer:  Both There is a fairly big blurred line overlapping the roles of the Bookkeeping world and the Accounting world. Noting that neither term (“Bookkeeper” or “Accountant”) are protected words, in Australia. What this “non protected” means is that anybody can call themselves either title without any qualification or certification. […]

  • Upcoming Changes to Superannuation – Everything you need to know

        Things to be Aware of as You Approach Payroll End of Year. The Superannuation Guarantee Charge will increase again next financial year to 9.5% on the 1st July 2014; this rate will freeze until June 2018. The rate is proposed to gradually increase over the next years to 12%, subject to legislative process. […]

  • Who should I cover for workers’ compensation?

    If you need help with your WorkCover QLD reporting obligations give us a call on 1300 0 22688 or 0488 88 6962.   Who should I cover for workers’ compensation? This fact sheet provides useful information to help you determine who is a worker according to Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act). The […]

  • The 2014 Federal Budget Tax Changes

    Summary: Below are the key highlights impacting small business outlined by Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey in the 2014-2015 Federal Budget announced on 13 May 2014. > The much-talked about Deficit Levy will be a new tax now called the Temporary Budget Repair Levy, and will be a 2% levy on salary / wages above $180,000 […]

  • My Accounting Software – What Happens If I stop Paying?

    Whose obligation is it to keep the business records when it’s all online? What happens to your data when you stop paying the subscription? Different companies have different policies regarding keeping the data file of a business after the subscription has finished. ICB recommends keeping all business records for 7 years. We put these questions […]