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Victorian State Budget Announcement

The Victorian State Government  delivered its 2016-17 Budget on Wednesday with proposed big spending on good hospitals, reliable roads and public transport and securing jobs in growing industries throughout the state.

FBT and Logbook Requirements

FBT – Log book requirements

With the FBT year-end fast approaching, it may be a good time to review your internal procedures to reduce the FBT liability for your business. As a firm, we prepare numerous FBT returns for clients across various sectors and one of our most frequent recommendations is for our clients to keep log books for their motor vehicles. With the change to statutory percentages in 2011, the costs of owning motor vehicles in an entity (companies or trusts) have increased and keeping a log book may be a better option than to use the 20% flat rate where the business usage for the vehicles are high.

Ease of Doing Business in Australia

We are often asked the question “how easy is it to do business in Australia?”

The World Bank Group annually ranks all countries for the ease of doing business and Australia currently ranks in the top 15 amongst the 217 countries measured.

Considering Australia is a developed country that also has the hallmarks of low sovereign risk, a stable economy and competitive currency value, this bodes very well for those looking to do business in Australia.

Moore Stephens expands presence in SA and NT

Moore Stephens Australia is pleased to announce it will be expanding its national presence in the South Australian and Northern Territory markets to meet growing client demand. From April 1, Hayes Knight South Australia and Northern Territory will be joining the Moore Stephens network as the new representatives of the respective locations.

UK Investment Property - Time to put the rent up?

HMRC are introducing new rules which will restrict the amount of tax relief available to landlords for finance costs relating to residential properties.

These changes do not extend to furnished holiday accommodation.

You will only be affected by these changes if you have a loan on your investment property.

 

Ease of doing business in Australia

We are often asked the question “how easy is it to do business in Australia?”
 
The World Bank Group annually ranks all countries for the ease of doing business and Australia currently ranks in the top 15 amongst the 217 countries measured.

What does your size say?

Last year at the National ASBA conference we asked the education industry what the key challenges facing the sector are, and here is what you had to say.  We have segmented the results by school size based on net recurrent income and here is what we found to be the highest rated challenges. 
 

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.
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