News and Views

Five minutes with Jo Austin, one of our 30 year firm veterans!

Joanne (Jo) Austin first joined the firm in 1987, straight out of school and looking for work. Initially just a small business with six people operating out of an East Perth house, Jo has been with the firm for 30 years and has seen it grow from six people to close to 100; from East Perth, to Osborne Park, and finally into the Perth CBD. We caught up with Jo on her 30th anniversary to ask her a few questions about her time with the firm.

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.

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.  

2017-2018 Federal Budget Expert Analysis - Executive Summary

This Budget is premised on the principles of fairness, security and opportunity with the Treasurer reporting an underlying cash balance deficit of $29.4 billion for 2017-18. The Government anticipates a significant improvement to the bottom line with a forecasted $7.4 billion surplus by 2020-21 supported by economic growth of 2.75% in 2017-18 and 3% in 2018-19.

2017-2018 Federal Budget Expert Analysis - Health

Key points

  • Medicare Levy to increase by 0.5% from 1 July 2019

  • Medicare Levy low-income thresholds increased

  • Medicare Guarantee Fund to be established to ensure Medicare is fully funded

  • The freeze on the indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) has been lifted

  • Retention of bulk billing incentives for diagnostic imaging and pathology services

  • Affordable access to medicines continued

2017-2018 Federal Budget Expert Analysis - Property

Key points

  •  Measures aimed at foreign resident property owners
  • Restricting ownership by foreign ownership in new developments

  • GST integrity measure on property transactions

  • Limiting plant and equipment depreciation claim for property investors

  • Integrity measures regarding the Small business Capital Gains Tax (CGT) concessions will be introduced

2017-2018 Federal Budget Expert Analysis - Superannuation

Key points

  • Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements to be included in a member’s superannuation balance and transfer balance caps

  • First home owners will be allowed to salary sacrifice to superannuation for home deposits

  • Home sellers 65 years or over can make non-concessional contributions to superannuation

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