Business Advisory

How incremental innovation can drastically help your business

If you are that person who thinks to be innovative your business needs to create the next great thing in the form of a new product or a new service, you are missing the whole point. Every business can bring innovation into its corporate culture just by adopting a ‘do better’ or aka incremental approach to innovation. Small changes in processes, service delivery and products can add huge value to your business with minimal impact on the expense items in your P&L. In fact, when done well, incremental innovation can be extremely profitable.

I’ve worked really hard and things are taken care of…or are they?

You’ve worked really hard for a long time, made big sacrifices…family time, early mornings, late nights, taken risks and it has paid off. Time for you to enjoy the fruit of your labour that has been made possible by your sacrifices.
 
Unexpectedly something comes out of the woodwork and you find yourself in a legal battle. You didn’t expect this and suddenly everything you’ve worked so hard for could be gone. Have you done everything you can to protect your assets?

Taxing times

It’s something we all believe won’t ever happen to us. We tell ourselves tax audits happens only to the risk takers. We mistakenly find solace in the seeming randomness of those who do happen to capture the attention of the Australian Tax Office’s auditors, but the reality is that it’s rarely that haphazard. 
 

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.  

Claiming depreciation on investment property

Rental property investors have access to a range of tax strategies. One such strategy, which is often underutilised, is claiming depreciation as a tax deduction.

Property expenses, such as depreciation and capital works expenditure, can be deducted over a number years, adding to a significant return for property investors come tax time.
 

Shock for landlords as land tax skyrockets

Over the past month soaring property values have seen landlords hit by steep increases in landlord taxes.

A number of landlords, property owners and lessors have been shocked when confronted with sharp increases in land tax bills this month.

The State Revenue Office (SRO) argues that 2016 was a revaluation year, which means your site value will most likely increase in 2017.
 

Be careful using the ATO like a bank overdraft

Individuals and businesses with cash flow difficulties sometimes use the ATO like a bank overdraft. They deliberately don’t pay their taxes on time and whilst they may incur interest in doing so, it allows them to use the monies owing to the ATO for other purposes.

Up until now, the ATO have been very slow at chasing outstanding monies owing to it but this may change. Soon they will be able to disclose tax debt information to credit reporting bureaus which may have serious and inescapable consequences.
 

How will IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers affect you?

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published IFRS 15[1] Revenue from Contracts with Customers in May 2014 effective for reporting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2018.  During the development of IFRS 15 the construction and property industry was identified as one of those most likely to be impacted upon by the new standard[2].  Given the long term nature of contracts within the construction and property industry it is vital that you understand and prepare for the impacts of IFRS 15 now.

Doing Business in Australia- new video

This video offers practical information about doing business in Australia. Moore Stephens WA Director James Tng provides an overview of all relevant tax issues that will arise and covers regulations you need to be aware of to maximise the chances of success in Australia. 

Revisiting super basics for employers

For many employers, it can be easy to forget the responsibility of managing your superannuation obligations amidst the busy lifestyle of operating a business.

However, those who fail to meet their super obligations risk facing severe and even damaging liabilities.
Employers who pay their workers $450 or more before tax in a calendar month must pay superannuation on top of the employee's wages. If an employee is under the age of 18 or is a private or domestic worker, they must work for more than 30 hours per week to qualify. The minimum an employer must pay is called the super guarantee (SG)

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. 

Financial Reporting

Upcoming Changes to Contributions and Leasing Standards. The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) is currently considering the responses it has received from constituents regarding its proposals in ED 260: Income of Not-for-Profit Entities.