The ATO is permanently launching the small business dispute resolution service

If you didn’t already know, but the ATO has announced its small business independent review service. It will be a permanent service, following a successful pilot stretching several years.
This service will be available for eligible small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10million. This service will help businesses with disputes about income tax, GST, excise, luxury car tax, wine equalisation tax and fuel tax credits.

You might be asking, what about disputes about employer obligations for instance superannuation; & fringe benefits tax are not eligible for the independent review service. This independent review service is available to eligible small businesses in addition to other dispute options, ie lodging an objection, in-house facilitation.
The pilot program started in 2018, over 1200 or more small businesses have been offered the service. More than 180 small businesses have taken up the ATO’s offer. Since the pilot program started, those that participated found the process to be fair and independent, hence why it’s now been implemented permanently.

Personally, I think it’s a great initiative and extremely helpful to small business.

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 and saves you time to work in/on your business this makes good financial sense!!

Did you know about the Single Touch Payroll Phase 2

Have you any idea what to expect and how to get ready for Phase 2 of the Single Touch Payroll. It now has a start date of January 2022, so processing payroll is about to get a whole lot more complicated.

From what I have read and understood the Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 will remove the need for manual reporting. It looks like The Phase 2 will bring more complex reporting and similar to Phase 1, many businesses will then have to prepare for the challenges of that next roll-out.
That is where I come in.

Many are technical changes whereby the average business owner may get stuck.

For example, you will have to provide a reason for termination. At present an employer may be asked to provide an employee with an employment separation certificate upon an employee’s termination of employment. So, with Phase 2 you will also be required to provide the reason for termination to be included in the STP report sent to the ATO. This will eliminate the need for an employment separation certificate to be issued to the employee altogether.

Another change will be if an employer has to submit a deduction report to the relevant child support agency, when they deduct the child support from an employee’s pay.

When Phase 2 is brought in, Phase 2 will allow employers to report child support deductions via pay events, which will then remove the need to report separately on a monthly basis. It looks to be initially voluntary reporting and if employers do not choose to report via STP, they will need to continue to report monthly as per existing processes.

What I have read also is changes to the tax treatment codes, whereby with Phase 2 they will introduce a 6-character tax treatment code to indicate what PAYG tax scales. Also Lump sum E letters, transitioning employees from another payroll system, paid leave, tax file number declaration, negative YTD reporting, allowance items, Keypay etc.
It will be interesting when the rollout happens and Phase 2 will be here before we know it.

But don’t stress, because it’s my job to know all the ins and outs when it comes to Phase 2.
Please contact me anytime if you need assistance.

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 and saves you time to work in/on your business this makes good financial sense!!

What can we learn from 2020?

That is the million-dollar question right there.

What have we learned from 2020? The year that brought Australia and the world to a stop. A global pandemic that brought businesses to a standstill, many hundreds and thousands of deaths across the world, not only in Australia but all countries because of COVID-19.

We all wanted a slower pace of life, the old saying, there is no place like home.

And home is what we got.

Hundreds and thousands of people, children, families had to stay home because of this pandemic. It made us all look and review how we live our lives, it gave us time to reflect on what we have, our health, our families.

What is most important to us.

Personally, what I learnt from 2020 was I had more time with my two boys and my husband. I was able to see what my boys were learning through school and find out their weaknesses first hand and was able to support and help them. Especially my eldest boy who finished Year 12 this year. I am glad I was able to support him during this time.

I was there for my dad more and helping him with errands and my husband. So for me what I learned was life is precious, family is precious. Business is not the most important thing in life, family, love and our health is.

I truly feel many people probably think along the same lines as I do, but that is what I learnt in 2020.

I hope we all as a community, as a country pulls through this together and 2021 is a better year for us all, but that we don’t forget the precious things in life, which is are families.

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!!

Your paying for my years of experience

When I speak with clients, some hesitate at the cost and say to me, that’s just too much money for BAS reviews and quarterly lodgment.

It is strange, when you think if you have a plumber or electrician come to your home to fix a leaking pipe or a faulty switch, do you ever say, wow, that’s too much money.

You don’t, purely because you know that the Plumber or Electrician is a qualified tradesman and they have spent years in training and courses to be highly skilled in their area of expertise.

It’s no different as a Bookkeeper/BAS Agent, I have spent countless years of study, over 20 years of experience working in client’s onsite locations as well as working online from home, many hours, late nights studying, working on problematic areas of businesses, so why is it any different?

It isn’t.

What I provide to you is not only a service, but I provide 20 plus years’ experience as well. Of course, there will be a cost to that. If I was in my first-year learning Bookkeeping, of course I wouldn’t be charging much, because I would still be learning and inexperienced.

So, don’t look at the price, look at the experience a person can provide you for your business, making sure you’re not losing money but saving money and your bookkeeping and BAS is correct, so you don’t have the ATO chasing you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to 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!!

Common mistakes people do with Bookkeeping Software

Many business owners saying I don’t need a Bookkeeper, because the software is so easy it does it for me.

I see many times when a client comes to me who has been doing their own books and entering data into the software and being honest, have completed excuse the expression ‘stuffed things up’.

People are allocating bank feeds to the corresponding income or expense account and saying I have completed my bank reconciliation but this is not a bank reconciliation you need to physically match your bank feeds to your physical bank statement to make sure the software says you have the same amount in the bank as your statement, without doing this you could be getting into a big mess.

I see many people coding incorrectly.

You  need to code your GST correctly as not every transaction attracts GST. Not every expense you put through your business account is a deductable business expense.

Another common mistake is not differentially between employees and contractors.

This one is another mistake, not going over your financial statements, the amount of times I see this happen, astounds me.

Not keeping receipts for business purchases, a simple but yet common mistake, so therefore what you are entering into your bookkeeping software is incorrect and people will then try to just put an approximate value, which is wrong.

Recording transfers as income is another big no no. Doing this can obviously inflate your revenue which in turn will increase the taxes you pay.

That is why outsourcing to a professional Bookkeeper is the only way to do business.

Call me today and let me explain how I can 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

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!!