Constant lockdowns, need to source a virtual bookkeeper?

What I’ve heard from business owners of late, is that they are working from home because of the constant lockdowns. Looking after kids, homeschooling and unfortunately the bookkeeping is the last thing they worry about and it’s been put on the backburner.

But….this is where I come in.

I’ve been working as a virtual bookkeeper for over 20 years, with many clients who reside from Perth to Darwin and everywhere in between, so I’m used to working for clients no matter where they live in Australia.

But not doing your bookkeeping is the worst thing you can do, this is when your business will fall into pieces and that’s the last thing you need on top of looking after children, home schooling and lockdowns.

Working as a Virtual Bookkeeper for all these years has given many business owners the opportunity to expand their businesses and don’t think that because of lockdowns that businesses are not expanding.

Some businesses that I work for have been so busy that they have had to put extra staff on, more than they expected because of lockdowns, COVID and their profits have increased.
Don’t let your bookkeeping fall behind because of constant lockdowns.

Please give me a call on 0429 363 047 and let me help you.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

What Happens If You Overclaim on Tax?

It is always in your best interest to deduct the maximum amount your entitled, but deliberate attempts to overclaim can definitely attract harsh penalties from the ATO.

Up to 75% of the claim.

The ATO are cracking down on work-related expenses and rental claims as more and more people are working from home.

More people are overclaiming rental expenses, claims for cars, travel, internet and mobile phones.

Records should be kept for the following and remember by tax law you need to keep your tax receipts for 5 years.

These are the following plus always good to keep a electronic copy as paper receipts do tend to fade.

  • sales receipts
  • expense invoices
  • credit card statements
  • bank statements
  • employee records (wages, super, tax declarations, contracts)
  • vehicle records
  • lists of debtors and creditors
  • asset purchases.

Don’t overclaim on tax and if you are stuck what you can and cannot claim, please contact me direct on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Bookkeeping for tradesmen and tradeswomen

This industry is as we know it in 2020, flat out for tradies, anyone that works on the tools, electricians, plumbers, carpenters,  tradies spend a lot of time mastering their trade and the last thing they want to do when they get home is bookkeeping.

Many might say, I have a wife or girlfriend that can do that for me.

Well, the amount of tradies paperwork I see the partner has been doing, is a complete mess. It isn’t always the best decision to let your loved one do your books.

You need to also remember the time you spend or your partner spends on bookkeeping, is either time you could be charging out or in some case time you should be recharging your batteries ready for the next work day and also if you are in a partnership or married, you won’t be heading to the courts to get divorced.

Keep your business separate and outsource today to a Bookkeeper today.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Keeping track of finances is a struggle, especially for cafes and restaurants

Do you fit that category?

Are you a business owner who owns a café or restaurant?

Those that work in this industry know how busy one gets with juggling staff, shifts, rosters, suppliers, cashflow, serving customers, taking inquiries, stock taking, cleaning, the list goes on.

I have many clients that work in this industry and you know why they outsource to me to do their Bookkeeping and BAS, because they don’t have the time.

Businesses in hospitality have the highest percentage of failure, due to poor record keeping, I bet you didn’t know that.

As a result, with little or no data, decisions are made on emotion, which is a bad thing when it comes to bookkeeping.

Statutory reporting for many cafes and restaurants can also be an issue with many supplier invoices being GST taxable, free or a combination.

Are you nodding your head in agreeance?

Once you have managed all your supplier invoices and then the rostering of employees, outsourcing to a Bookkeeping makes sense.

Nowadays since COVID, cafes and restaurants have had to come up with different ways to serve customers via delivery or for customers to pick up. Now that we are slowly coming out of the pandemic in different states, business owners are looking at better ways to serve their customers whilst maintaining social distance and following all hygiene precautions whilst still making sure food is served and delivered and ultimately the customer is happy.

It is a massive task for any business owner.

If this sounds like you and you need help, then please give me a call direct on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Don’t try to be the Jack or Jill of all trades, outsource your bookkeeping?

What I mean by this is, as a business owner you wear so many hats from operating your business, marketing, advertising, cash flow, talking to clients, doing the work, there is just so much going on all the time.

“But trying to be everything is a recipe for disaster, not success”

Have you reached the point of absolute physical and mental exhaustion and even though you have been doing your own books, there comes a time where you need to just let go?

This is our little list of the most important things you can do for your business and forget about being a Jack and Jill of everything….

  1. Sounds simple, but know what your good at.If you are good at cooking, or designing clothes, then stick with that and continue. Outsource the rest….
  2. Know your own numbersUnderstanding your numbers doesn’t mean giving up your business and handing it over. Knowing your own numbers is important, but letting go of the string and outsourcing your bookkeeping is vital for your business success.
  3. Get rid of paperPaper floating around the office only creates extra work. Store everything electronically and let the bookkeeper do the rest. We can help set it up for you, create systems so we can manage it seamlessly for you.
  4. Don’t try to do your own taxFocus on what your good at. As a qualified bookkeeper with over 20 years’ experience and as a Registered BAS agent, means we are licensed and able to advise you on all GST related matters, super useful when it comes to allocating things that can be claimed.So if you are getting to that stage and sick of being the Jack & Jill of your business then give Maree a call from Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping on
    0429 363 047.

You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, in-sourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Doing your own bookkeeping – it’s a big mistake as a business owner

Many business owners think that because they are a small business, that they can do their own bookkeeping to save money.

Well that is probably one of the biggest mistakes I hear and see from many of my clients, they think they can do it all at the beginning to save money, but in the end, they not only waste a lot of time but money. I find that’s when small errors become large ones down the track.

Even though there are so many software packages to use out there in the marketplace for the small businesses ie Xero for example and many business owners feel they can use the software and there isn’t the need for a bookkeeper. Well there is so much more to bookkeeping then entering your expenses and income for the month. Many business owners don’t understand bookkeeping or they have their wife or sister do it for them, when in the end I receive the phone call from the wife or sister asking how to do something.

We all own vehicles, but do we all work on our vehicles each month or every quarter and service it. Maybe we can change the oil or put air in the tyres, but do we really know how to service the vehicle correctly with all the electronics. No, we take it to a mechanic, who is qualified and trained in this area. The same applies as a Bookkeeper, I have studied and worked in the industry for over 20 years and have learn’t all the aspects and know of all the current changes within the industry.

So next time you think you can do your own bookkeeping yourself, then think again. Do you really know all the in’s/out’s when it comes to bookkeeping?

Contact me today : Maree Punzet on 0429 363 047

You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, in-sourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

The benefits of using a Virtual (Mobile) Bookkeeper over an Employee

Each day I receive enquiries from new clients asking me what the benefits are in utilising a Virtual Bookkeeper over an Employee. The simple answer to that question is YOU WILL SAVE MONEY.

Just imagine you are the client, you’re weighing up the options of which way to go, do I start advertising in the local paper, on seek.com or asking people for recommendations for a new staff member. Do I really want to go through the shortlisting, interviewing and ultimately in the end employ someone that may not work out. Then have to go through the whole process again to possibly be disappointed once again.

No Way..

As any small business owner would know, most are too busy to interview for staff and you need to consider expense in wages to pay for this employee?

I would much prefer to employ a Virtual Bookkeeper and these are the reasons why:

As a small business owner who is based at home, I don’t want someone onsite regularly coming into my home and family space, using a Virtual Bookkeeper is great, everything is done “Virtually” by email, phone, and cloud.
I don’t really have the space for a staff member. Nor do I have the money for a desk and office equipment, phone etc

That’s right the extra expense of paying sick leave, holiday leave and superannuation.

A Virtual Bookkeeper saves time, money and stress. Why would you consider an employee, it doesn’t make good economic sense?

So contact Maree from Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping today on Mobile: 0429 363 047

 

Job Keeper Payment changes effective 3 August 2020

With all the recent changes, we now have confirmation of the following, this has been taken from the ATO Website.

“JobKeeper Payment changes

The government has introduced changes to the JobKeeper Payment, making it easier for you and your business clients to qualify. The new rules have now been registered and are effective from 3 August 2020.

The changes to these rules include:

  • employees’ eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment can now be assessed from 1 July 2020, rather than 1 March 2020
  • employees can now be nominated by new employers if their employment has changed since the JobKeeper Payment began. However, they can still only be nominated by one employer at any given time
  • employers have until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for new eligible employees under the 1 July eligibility test for:
    • Fortnight 10 – commencing on 3 August, and
    • Fortnight 11 – commencing 17 August 2020.

Businesses can claim reimbursement for their new eligible employees between 1 and 14 September 2020, when they lodge their August monthly declaration.

Your eligible business and not-for-profit clients can still enrol at any time until the program closes”

So, what does this all mean?

In simple terms:

Originally you had to be a permanent employee or a long-term casual from the 1st March 2020, but the Government has changed it if you have been a permanent employee or long-term casual from 1st July 2020.

A couple of examples to give you that makes it simpler to understand.

  1. As long as the business you work did have a downturn in their business and was getting Job keeper since the start of the Health Crisis, if the business puts on an Employee in April 2020 for example, they can also apply and get Job keeper for that employee.
  2. If you have a long-term casual who celebrated 12 months or more working in your business in April 2020, you can now get Job Keeper for them.

If you are still confused and not sure about all these changes, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

What is stopping you from outsourcing to a Bookkeeper?

This question keeps coming up all the time in every social media group, forum and I think the big reason why businesses are stopping from outsourcing to a Bookkeeper is ‘fear’

Like anything that is new, because we feel safe doing things ourselves and yes when it comes to finance and paperwork related to a business, there is that element, will this Bookkeeper know what to do? They can se all my finances and what my business makes and what our profits are. I don’t like others knowing personal details about my business. Will they judge how I have been doing my own books? Will they laugh at me when I provide them receipts in a shoe box?

The answer is NO.

I’ve been a Bookkeeper for over 20 plus years. Confidentiality is the most important part of my job. I have never laughed or joked about a client’s business. I applaud when a client comes to me, because it’s at that time where they are throwing their hands in the air saying ‘could you just do all this’ I’m at my wits end and I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.

Now it’s brave to ask for help.

I understand that fear and bravery both come to mind when a client takes that initial step to outsource their bookkeeping to me.

It’s no different if I was outsourcing and sending my car to a mechanic. I don’t have any idea what goes on under that engine. Do I feel fear, anxiety when I take my car to the mechanic, NO…because my mechanic does this work every day, I trust him to look after my vehicle and get it working to its maximum potential?

That’s how you should feel when you outsource, confident, happy, not fearful or nervous.

If you want to have a 15-20-minute chat about outsourcing your bookkeeping to me, I am more than happy to speak to you anytime.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, in-sourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in
your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Has the second Victorian lockdown affected your business?

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/06/jobkeeper-extension-eligiblity-criteria/

‘The second Victorian lockdown has forced the federal government to massively bolster the Job keeper program by significantly expanding eligibility criteria and allocating an extra $15billion to the scheme.

It shows that the Government is making sure that Australia and the wider community are being supported during this time.

What are your thoughts about the extension? Personally, I think it is fantastic.

If you are not sure on your entitlements after September through the Job keeper program, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in
your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

 

Businesses have survived COVID-19 with the help of a Bookkeeper

There has been so much negativity in the news in Australia about businesses closing, people losing their jobs. But there have been many businesses that have thrived and survived during COVID because of the help of a Bookkeeper.

Not one of my present clients have had to cease my services, to be honest, my clients have contacted me during this time, to help them with all the changes of the Job Keeper, Job seeker and EOFY, so it’s been quite the opposite.

The clients I look after range from all different industries and all have survived this health pandemic and economic uncertainty. It proves that many businesses did not have to lay off staff, some have pivoted and looked at other ways to sell their products or services.

As a Bookkeeper and BAS agent, my work has probably increased a little due to more discussions on the phone, face time, emails with questions, but that is part of my job and I love helping my clients.

If you feel that it’s time to look at obtaining a Bookkeeper to help guide you through the COVID crisis, then please give me a call anytime.

I have worked in the industry for over 20 plus years, with qualifications and experience that is second to none.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in
your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

 

My clients refer me, so will you!

In 2020, testimonials or if you want to call them reviews or referrals are GOLD. With the current COVID pandemic and economic crisis in Australia, the last thing you would think you would receive are testimonials from your clients, but this is exactly how my clients feel about me and I couldn’t be more thankful for their continued support over the years.

I enjoy what I do as a Bookkeeper and this is just icing on the cake, when you receive testimonials. Many of my clients have reached out to me since the beginning of COVID probably more so, then ever before, but that’s what I am here for, to support, to provide advice and guidance and to make sure that their business is running smoothly.

Here are just a few recent testimonials from clients.

I am very happy with Maree’s professionalism and service. She is very reliable. Her fees are very affordable. 

Gabe Martin | Lawyer | Nightcliff NT

Maree has taken all of the stress out of my bookwork and I would highly recommend her services are truly good value for money

Graeme | Mix It Concrete | Trangie NSW

So, if you don’t believe me, visit my website and you will see more testimonials from clients. Better still why don’t you call me and let’s chat.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in
your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

 

 

Watch Out!!! The ATO is chasing those Job Keeper cheaters

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/how-jobkeeper-cheats-will-get-caught-by-atos-allseeing-eye/news-story/ad0f088e04a423634100f21028ea5aa6

It makes you wonder how many businesses out there that are doing the wrong thing and so many are really in financial hardship.

Stories of people turning down business, claiming for payment for family members who don’t actually work within the business or full time workers who have not lost any hours, but still are claiming the Job keeper illegally.

It makes you think how this is going to affect our country, not only now, but years and years down the track. This money has to be repaid back, it’s not just the taxpayers, but our children and grandchildren who will suffer.

I just hope the ATO are able to chase the cheaters.

But if you yourself are not 100% sure that your legally entitled to Job keeper, then please contact me and we can go through everything, or if you know of anyone that is reporting illegally, the ATO have a Tip Off line on 1800 060 062.

Otherwise, call me on 0429 363 047 and we can go through this together.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

 

ATO to begin Debt Collection in September 2020

Don’t get too excited as the ATO has cautioned that it has its eyes out and will be starting the debt collection restart.

The ATO are looking at recommencing the debt and lodgement intervention in September after it hit a pause earlier this year due to COVID-19

It will be a bit of a cliff-hanger if the government stimulus package such as Job Keeper comes to an end. They are calling it the September ‘cliff’

The ATO are focusing on small business which is currently the majority of tax debts, which hit $16.5 billion in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Did you know that almost one in five small businesses entered into a payment plan with the ATO during this time?

If you are needing assistance and need to get on top of your books before the ATO comes knocking, then contact Maree today.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

What’s your thoughts on the minimum wage rise?

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/minimum-wage-up-13-a-week-despite-coronavirus-recession-20200619-p55471.html

This excerpt is from the Sydney Morning Herald

‘Workers on the minimum wage will earn $753.80 a week, or $19.84 an hour after the rise, but employees in the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus, including tourism and aviation, will have their wage increase delayed until February. Healthcare and other essential workers will get their rise in July while the rest of the workforce will have a pay boost in November. The wage increase also affects 2.2 million employees on industry awards tied to the minimum wage’

These are the industries that the minimum wage will affect.

Minimum wage increases by industry

From July 1 — frontline worker:

    • Frontline health care and social assistance
    • Teaching and child care
    • Other essential services
  • From November 1 — most industries:
    • Construction
    • Manufacturing
    • Most other industries
  • From February 1, 2021 — hardest-hit industries:
    • Accommodation
    • Arts and recreation
    • Aviation
    • Retail
    • Tourism

Does this affect you as a business owner and do you have a business in any of these industries?

If you are not sure if you are paying the correct rates or paying your employees the correct award, let Maree help you today.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

Don’t market yourself as a Bookkeeper, unless you are qualified

As a qualified Bookkeeper, with over 20 plus years’ experience and also a qualified BAS agent, it makes it difficult to see so many business people market themselves as a Bookkeeper, when they are not qualified.

Firstly, it’s false advertising and I see many Virtual Assistants and Consultants that advertise as another service they provide is bookkeeping. Bookkeeping isn’t just a side service offered to clients. Bookkeepers in this profession have spent years crafting their business, years of study, years of completing courses and updating their skills on a yearly basis, this is all part of the Bookkeeping Industry.

We cannot just advertise and never do anymore study on a yearly basis, because in this industry, you must keep up with the ever-changing rules and regulations and new software.

When I see people advertise they do bookkeeping, it’s not just data entry we do and that’s it, there is so much more and way more behind the scenes work we do.

So if you do outsource your work to someone that mentions they do Bookkeeping, make sure you actually see their qualifications because I would hate to see business owners learning down the track that an amateur, someone that hasn’t a clue about the ins and outs of the bookkeeping industry to be looking at your books, paying your staff, because as the old saying goes, ‘you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’.

If you are looking for a Bookkeeper that is highly experienced and easy to work with, then please give me a call, my details are below.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

It’s that time of year again, EOFY, let Maree take care of you and your business.

Let Maree take care of you and your business.

Ask her anything about EOFY, tax, Job keeper or Job seeker packages, anything, she is your go too lady.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
0429 363 047

EOFY Preparation: Are your books up to date, it’s TAX TIME….

Are your books up to date?

I can see you there, shaking your head.

Was that a NO?

Well aren’t you glad you came across this post and found me.

I’ve been helping so many business owners and I know how hard it can be to keep on top of things when it comes to your books and tax time.

So if this is you, give me a call, there is no cost to you to just call me and have a quick chat and see where you are at. I offer hourly rates and packages to suit all budgets and client needs.

If you don’t want the hassle in getting your books up to date, then throw it over here and let me take care of it all.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

Single Touch Payroll became compulsory in July 2019, have you reported your wages through STP this year?

Have you been reporting your wages through STP this year?

If not it’s not too late to outsource your payroll to Maree.

Most people think this Single Touch Payroll is quite easy, but it really isn’t. Have a read from the ATO website below of the different options when it comes to STP.

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Other-languages/In-detail/Information-in-other-languages/Single-Touch-Payroll/

There will be no group certificates/payment summaries this year, all payroll will need to have been reported to the ATO through single touch payroll.

If you need help with your Single touch payroll get in touch today

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

COVID-19 Crisis – 10K grant has been announced for those living in NSW

This information has been taken from the following website

 https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-small-businesses/grants-loans-and-financial-assistance

Small business support grant

The NSW small business COVID-19 support grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible NSW small business owners.

To be eligible, businesses will need to:

  • have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
  • Have a downturn of 75% turn over
  • a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
  • have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
  • be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
  • use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
  • provide appropriate documentation upon application.

Highly Impacted Industries

Eligible industries are those that have been subject to closure or are highly impacted by NSW Government health directions in relation to COVID-19 and include:

  • Retail trade
  • Accommodation and food service
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services
  • Administrative and support services
  • Arts and recreation services.

For further eligibility criteria and the application form, visit Apply for the small business COVID-19 support grant.

If you need any further assistance or just want to ask questions in relation to the stimulus packages, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime on 0429 363 047

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

Why Maree is your go to Bookkeeper during the COVID-19 Crisis!

Bookkeepers are like gems because they know all the in/outs when it comes to bookkeeping and especially now during the COVID-19 Crisis. Maree has been working in this area for over 20 years and helps many businesses.

She has recently found that many clients have outstanding GST and / or Tax returns and have totally forgotten because of the upheaval of COVID-19. Does that sound like you? Well she doesn’t want to scare you, but this could mean you will miss out on your Government Stimulus…

What?

Even if you are not behind, maybe your current advisor is keeping you in the dark and not assisting you with what you may or may not be entitled too.

Did you know you need to make sure you have current up to date financials to apply for grants/loans?

You need current up to date financials to apply for grants/loans, so this is an opportune time as things may be a bit quieter for you to outsource so when business gets back to normal you are ready to hit the ground running.

If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to give Maree a call. Having a Bookkeeper is an asset, not an expense, so why wouldn’t you!!!

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
0429 363 047

 

COVID-19 CRISIS What the banks are really offering!

So earlier in the week the reserve bank cut rates and banks are now looking at deferring loan repayments, including mortgages, waiving of merchant fees, overdraft fees etc.

So where will this leave an individual?

Though all banks are facing the same challenges with the uncertainty of the Coronavirus, we as a nation are still in a strong and stable financial system and though the economy is heading towards massive unemployment and a recession, the banks are at least providing assistance where it is needed in these trouble times.

At time of writing this blog post, changes are still being updated by the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Check out this link where the banks are offering consumers support during this time. https://www.nab.com.au/personal/customer-support/covid19-help/business-support

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

COVID-19 CRISIS Do you really want to withdraw your Superannuation early, the Government has allowed early access?

https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/withdrawing-and-using-your-super/early-access-to-your-super/?anchor=Compassionategrounds#Compassionategrounds

The Government has allowed early release of Superannuation, allowing individuals affected by COVID-19 to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21.

The best thing is, that individuals will not need to pay tax on amounts released and it won’t affect payments such as Centrelink or Veteran Affairs payments. The dates the Government has imposed for the first amount you can apply from mid-April up to before 1st July 2020, the further $10,000 you can access from 1st July 2020 until 24th September 2020, after that it will not be available.

So, there are a couple of requirements though, they are:

  • If you are unemployed
  • You are eligible to receive a job seeker payment, youth allowance, parenting payment (including those on single and partnered payments) special benefit or farm household allowance.
  • Or you have been made redundant
  • Your working hours have been reduced more than 20% or more
  • If you are a sole trader and your business has either suspended or there was a reduction in your turnover of 20% or more

But is it wise to actually access your superannuation? It really comes down to case by case, but remember, once it’s taken, that $20,000 will take some time to build again into your Superannuation fund, so it’s food for thought.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

COVID-19 Crisis: Small businesses can defer loan repayments for 6 months

As of Monday 23rd March 2020, banks are allowing small-businesses to defer loan repayments for 6 months

This is a great incentive brought in by the Australian Banking Association and one of necessity.  

What that means is due to the COVID-19 virus the banks have allowed small businesses to defer any loan repayments for the next 6 months. This relief package is estimated to apply to $100 billion small business loans, but it will look at putting as much as $8 billion back into the economy.

This lifeline will provide small businesses the option of keeping their doors open to customers and keeping their staff in jobs, which is brilliant.

If you are a small business and have loan repayments, you can contact your bank as from Monday 23rd March to discuss the support package.

Small businesses are the backbone of Australia, due to the serious impact the COVID-19 will have on the economy, not only now but in months down the track, this will certainly bring relief to many small businesses in Australia.

Let me know if you have any questions about anything during this time, I am only a phone call away.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

 

COVID-19 CRISIS, remember there are other things to consider!

Apart from making sure you are healthy and in self-isolation and following good hygiene practices, when it comes to your business, there are a few important things to consider.

  1. Superannuation is still payable and due, so consider paying superannuation each pay run, or monthly to ensure better cashflow
  2. Ensure your supplier payments are all paid and up to date
  3. If you can, pre-pay your electricity, rent, mortgages and phone bills, whilst you can for at least 3 months in advance
  4. Talk to your staff daily, ease their mind, plan for the now and the future. Organise staff to work from home if possible.
  5. If you have staff in the office, make sure that staff are practicing good hygiene habits
  6. Review what you have in the bank to pay your liabilities at least for 2 months including wages
  7. Ensure to review staff entitlements if they do need to self-isolate
  8. Diversify your business, it may be easier than you think! What can you do differently but still operate your business? What other services can you offer
  9. Talk to your Finance Providers. What deferrals or loan reductions could they put in place for you today?
  10. Get the right information from the ATO Link, Fair Work and Department of Health
  11. Minimise as much as possible customer contact
  12. Review your business insurance and make sure you are covered
  13. Seek other suppliers within Australia if you have been sourcing previously from overseas.
  14. Review your Business insurance to see what you are and are not covered for.

Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping can assist in the following areas

  1. Provide assistance with communicating with the ATO – assistance with payment plans, deferrals
  2. Help communicating with suppliers about deferring payments or putting payment plans in place
  3. Review your expenses
  4. Chase outstanding debts
  5. cash flow analysis planning know what’s coming in and out
  6. Understanding HR obligations
  7. Bookkeeping and BAS requirements
  8. Stay on top of your bookkeeping is now more important than ever before

If you need any help with any of the above or anything else my contact details are below.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

Could the ATO be coming after you?

Are you one of those people that are behind in their GST and or Tax obligations, and think the ATO wont chase you or you just keep putting in the too hard basket.

Our team has received over 15 calls in the last 2 days chasing clients with outstanding lodgments and or debts.  Even with the threat of the Corona virus, we are still receiving calls from clients and we thought things would quieten down, so the ATO will come after you, no matter what.

Do you have outstanding GST and or Tax lodgments overdue?  I can definitely help you get on top of things.  Don’t wait for the ATO to send you a letter to say you need to catch up on your outstanding lodgments I can help you get on top of this before they contact you. But don’t delay and contact me today 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
0429 363 047
Qualified BAS agent with over 20 years Bookkeeping experience
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

Is Bookkeeping causing problems in your relationship?

I often chat to either a husband or wife, normally the husband who would prefer to outsource the bookkeeping instead of the wife/partner doing it, because it has caused some conflict or issues within the relationship.

It’s like the old adage, sometimes it is always better if an outside person, not related, not a friend takes care of things like bookkeeping, because as we all know, you should never mix business with pleasure.

Even though some of the best businesses in Australia are those of a husband and wife team, when it comes to bookkeeping, it’s a different story.

A lot of the time, whoever does the bookkeeping, would be better off utilizing that time better to work on the business instead of in it and if mistakes are made, there is nothing worse then blaming your wife or husband, girlfriend/boyfriend for something they may not know about or have done before.

I’ve worked in this industry for over 20 plus years and then some more and I can tell you the number of times I hear of a business needing to outsource because it’s actually affecting their relationship and causing arguments and stress. Just don’t do it, save your marriage, save your relationship and call me, Maree Punzet, from Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au
0429 363 047

 

Should You Put Your Prices on Your Bookkeeping Business Website?

Ok, I’ve seen this question come up heaps on social media platforms and personally for me, my answer is YES.

You know why….most clients when they initially speak to me ask me what do I do, how can I help them and how much?

How much is sometimes the first question they ask if they haven’t look at my website. So why wouldn’t you put your pricing on your website. It shows transparency, it gives the client the ability to see what your packages and pricing are and if it suits them and within budget, then they will call.

I am not sure why Bookkeepers wouldn’t put their pricing on their website. It doesn’t make sense to me.

I understand with other industries you sometimes can’t cost a job unless you go out and see it, but for bookkeeping, when I do BAS reporting or bank reconciliations or data entry etc, I have a fixed price.

If you want to check out my prices further, please visit my website, see link below www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au or call me on 0429 363 047

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au

0429 363 047

Did you know changes from 1st March 2020 changes take effect to those on Annualised Salary Arrangements?

As from March 1st 2020 there are now changes being made to the way employers form and monitor employee salary arrangements.

https://lawpath.com.au/blog/changes-to-annualised-salary-arrangements-to-come-into-effect-from-1-march-2020

In a nutshell they will affect employers who set off their wage rates against modern award entitlements, this is a great link which shows which awards are being affected.

So if you have any questions about this, let me know.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au
0429 363 047

 

 

Tax Changes happening in 2020, does it affect your business?

There are a few things to check, from this article they talk about the following https://www.mybusiness.com.au/finance/6535-incoming-tax-changes-for-smes-in-2020

  1. TPRS – Expansion, which stands for taxable payment reporting systems. In other words small businesses in certain industries are now required to report to the ATO about payments made to the contractors they use
  2. AUSkey to be scrapped (thank goodness for that, always hated it), so from 1st April 2020, the AUSkey system will no longer be used for businesses to report to the ATO (win), so now you will need to use your myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager instead.
  3. E-invoicing, so they are urging Australian businesses to consider embracing the new system
  4. Single Touch Payroll reporting, so businesses with fewer than 20 employees were granted a three month extension to 30 Sept 2019 to make the transition and penalties are being waived until 30th June 2020.

So does all these things affect you. Yes I would think they do. If you don’t have a clue where to start or what to do, please give me a call on 0429 363 047 or PM and let me help you.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au
0429 363 047