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!!

The Jobmaker Plan

Have you seen the Jobmaker Plan the Government has put together to create jobs and help the recovery of the Economy?

If not, click the link here to read more https://budget.gov.au/2020-21/content/jobmaker.htm

What the Government has put forward is a $74 billion Jobmaker plan to support economic recovery and get Australians back to work and on their feet.

Some of the core elements they are putting together are:

–       Infrastructure, the Government has invested an additional $14 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure projects across Australia over the next 4 years

–       Jobmaker Hiring Credit – $4 billion providing businesses with an incentive to take on additional employees aged between 16 and 35.

–       Energy technologies – The Government is investing $1.9 billion in new energy technologies which will reduce emissions.

  • Reducing red tape for businesses – The Government is incorporating a insolvency system to keep businesses in business and make it easier for consumers and small businesses to obtain credit.
  • Digital Business Plan – The Government is accelerating digital transformation by increasing productivity and job growth; therefore, their goal is a leading digital economy by 2030.

It will be interesting to see over the next 4 years how this Jobmaker plan will unfold and we hope that we all come out of this a stronger and economically sound country.

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!!

The most common accounting errors all small businesses should avoid.

What do you think Number 1 would be, can I hear you….yes, your right?
BAD BUDGETING.

Bad budgeting might sound cliché but budgeting can make or break any business. A budget needs to give you a clear idea of how your business is tracking, whether you are breaking even or making a profit.

The next one is UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS.

Hiring staff can sound exciting, when you tell your friends and family, I’m hiring staff because my business is going well. There are many pro’s and cons to both. Hiring an employee or a contractor has massive differences in terms of insurance, payroll tax, legalities and when it comes to staff who are actually employed by you, then you need to review if you need this help temporarily or on a long-term basis. Remember contractors are businesses themselves, they invoice you for the hours spent on the agree job.

The next one is NO ORGANISATION OR PAPERWORK.
It is so important to make sure your paperwork is in order, especially when it comes to tax time. Have a checklist of tasks to complete and keep your paperwork organised, legally you might hold files either digitally or physical for seven years in Australia

Oh, this one I see way to often MIXING PERSONAL FINANCES WITH BUSINESS

Many businesses say they don’t have a separate bank account for their business and that is a risky situation. Mixing up financial accounts for their business is difficult when you are trying to sort out your personal expenses (which are not tax deductible). Unless you are a sole trader, opening up a separate business account and not mixing business and personal expenses is a good idea, though I do suggest sole traders to separate the two as well.

The last one is NOT HIRING A BOOKKEEPER OR ONE AT ALL.

Many small businesses think that it will cost the earth to outsource, but there are so many benefits to outsourcing help, from saving time doing the books, hiring someone that knows the ins and outs of business finance, they will get to know your business and help you achieve your goals and address any weak areas in your budgeting or cash flow. They will keep you organised and your documentation will be correct and in order. Lastly, they take away the stress out of money management.

If this resonates with you, give me a call 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!!

Are you part of the Construction Industry, here are some helpful bookkeeping tips for you.

How I love working for my clients in the construction industry.

The Construction industry have the unique experience of working with a range of employees, partners, outside contractors, businesses and individuals and all have various payment schemes.

Working within this industry, books can quickly become complex, hence why this industry in particular, should consider outsourcing to a Bookkeeper.

There are many different facets from reporting on incomings, outgoings, tax, super and benefits.

Construction accounting is very different is project driven. Construction workers are contractors who operate their own business around projects and these can be scattered on different sites and locations. Then you need to look at the different sites to consider the wage differences, equipment and transportation costs, the length of contracts can vary, orders and plans can change quickly and these changes need to be tracked diligently. You also need to look at the changes in the construction scope, design, site conditions, project schedule to make sure you don’t break the budget.

If you are struggling and work in this industry and losing track of your finances, then please give me a call. I have many years’ experience in this area.

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 will happen in 2021 when it comes to Bookkeeping?

Like anyone here, I don’t have a crystal ball, I wish I did.

But after what has been a turbulent year for so many in 2020, I think the Government will be assisting businesses, both large and small during 2021.

We must get the economy going and with multiple Grants on offer and assistance through construction, building, low interest rates, Job keeper payments, Job Seeker payments and now Job Maker, I feel that we are heading in the right direction.

One thing I would like to mention is to make sure that when it comes to Bookkeeping, if you decide to do it all yourself, is to keep yourself updated with all the changes and keep your records up to date and accurate.

Of course, I would rather you come to me, because I feel 2021 will be a year of many changes in our industry and across the board.

With that, comes challenges.

Let me know if I can help you in any way as I look forward to looking after you and your 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. 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!!

It’s now December 2020 and Christmas is here, are you claiming all your business expenses?

Probably the last thing you would be thinking about is claiming your business expenses at this time of year. But only another 6 months’ time is EOFY, so we are mid-way and it’s a great time for businesses to go through what you are claiming as a business expense.

The ATO has found that ‘around 90% of small businesses are using a registered bookkeeper/tax professional to help them with their income tax obligations. That is music to my ears as it is important for Bookkeepers like myself to make sure businesses get their tax right.

Come time to do your tax return, are you claiming all of your business expenses?

Those businesses that keep good records and invest in a good bookkeeper will be less stressed when it comes to tax time in 6 months’ time.

Enlist a professional like myself to hep you with your books and uncover more to claim as businesses expenses.

Most people know that general office stationery, cost of renting your office or business space are some common expenses that can be deducted. But here are a few more that you may not know

– Cost of running your website, including maintenance, updates, service provider fees
– Marketing and promotional activities
– Tender fees, bet you didn’t know that, (even though that didn’t have a successful outcome)
– PR related expenses
– Parking related fees

Just to name a few.

Then if you operate and run a car for your business, you are also entitled to receive deductions.

If your business operates under a company or a trust there are additional motor vehicle claims as well.

But a few you can claim ie
– Registration
– Oil & Fuel
– Depreciation
– Interest on motor vehicle loans

Then there is repairs an maintenance on business machinery, tools, travel expenses for meals, parking, road tolls, fuel etc the list goes on and if you operate from home like many are now doing since COVID, you have home office cleaning expenses, percentage of phone and internet, stationery, home office equipment.

Give me a call, let me help you, so in six months’ time you won’t be stressed.

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!!

The worst bookkeeping mistakes that most business owners don’t realise

There are a number of mistakes business owners don’t even realise they are doing and in my years of bookkeeping experience, I have seen so many.

  1. Not setting up your chart of accounts
    If you are doing your bookkeeping yourself, try not to use what the bookkeeping software provides as it may not be relevant. It’s beneficial to build your own and also make sure your GST codes are correct.
  2. Setting up your Petty Cash account in Assets
    If you have an office petty cash tin, it is not an asset. So, don’t setup an account for it.
  3. Not setting up payroll correctly
    Oh, boy have I seen some doozies in my time. It is extremely important that payroll and employees have been setup correctly. Include the employees DOB, TF and ensure their penalty rates are correct and also don’t forget that your linked accounts are correct, which includes tax, superannuation etc.
  4. Reconciling incorrectly
    This includes all bank and credit card reconciliation, BAS reconciliation and payment summaries and superannuation.
  5. Assets or liabilities as expenses
    By now you should know the difference between the two, but many business owners don’t. I can definitely help you and explain the difference.

It sounds simple, but why would you do this yourself, when you can outsource this to me.
Call 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 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!!

Tips on teaching kids about money

This might be one of those things you think about from time to time, but I think teaching kids about money in the early years will set them up during their life.

I am a mother of 2 boys and have tried to install good money and spending habits. I have tried to teach them the value of money and how saving up for something is much better than buying something on credit.

Saving is such a long-term habit and could make a huge difference in a kid’s life if you teach and start them young. Even pocket money or making them do some more chores around the home for a bonus at the end of the week ie match a dollar for a dollar in their bank account for example.

It is about teaching kids’ simple strategies about the difference between wants and needs.

A great place to start it explaining the basic needs, ie food, water, shelter, you can reinforce the concept of a want versus a need. When you go shopping with your child and they have asked for a treat when you walk down the confectionary aisle. Unless it’s a special occasion, firstly don’t walk your kid or kids down that aisle (bad idea), but unless they have earned it during the week, then it is a treat for them, because they washed dad’s car or helped put clothes on the line.

Kids should be given goals, it’s too easy to give kids everything they want, they won’t appreciate working for things like cars and houses as they get older if you as a parent have just always given them what they wanted, when they wanted.

Get kids to make a vision/goal board and help them write out what they want and how they can reach that goal. Let them earn their own money and they can start ticking off that vision board each item they have worked for, be it doing more chores around the house for pocket money or saving more each week into their bank account.

Show them and explain to them about compound interest, the earlier and quicker they start saving it will grow so much in only a few short years.

I realise this isn’t so much bookkeeping related, but I think it’s an important one to touch on, as adults if we are clever about money, we can to be saving money and using our money wisely in 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. 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 NSW Government hands down the 2020-21 Budget

I have to applaud the NSW Government during COVID-19, this year has been tough for so many both personally and professionally.

Recently the NSW Government announced it’s $1 billion Working for NSW Fund, which will help sustain businesses and create much needed cash flow and help businesses retain employees across government and non-government businesses.

They also announced that over $6 billion, that’s right $6 billion dollars will go towards waiving or deferring taxes, levies and fees, which includes payroll tax and licensing and registration fees to support businesses.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on certain industries in NSW, the Government announced assistance for the following

$50million for arts rescue and restart, $27.3 million for sports and $11.6 million to support the taxi industry.

That is an incredible amount of money and the Government has advised the will also extend funding of $39.3 million for the Business Connect Program, which assist businesses in need of advice with those facing the multitude of challenges of COVID-19.

Let’s face it, the NSW Government are trying to serve and support local and small business, because as we know, we are the backbone of the country. If you didn’t have the local and small business, NSW / Australia wouldn’t function, pure and simple.

I support the NSW Government as they hand down the budget and we all know the future is uncertain, but this will definitely help many for a more positive 2021.

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!!

Do you know the differences of a Sole Trader and a Small Company

Business structure in Australia has a number of different structures from sole traders to companies, partnerships and trusts.

Definition of a Sole Trader

“A sole trader is an individual running a business. It is the simplest and cheapest business structure. If you operate your business as a sole trader, you are the only owner and you control and manage the business.” – ATO.

Definition of a Company

“A company business structure is a separate legal entity, unlike a sole trader or a partnership structure. This means the company has the same rights as a natural person and can incur debt, sue and be sued.” – Business.gov.au

Each one has different structures.

As a sole trader there a few costs and setup obligations, whereas if you have a company it is totally different.

Without going into great detail of both structures, it comes down to making sure you all your paperwork is in order, that you have good record keeping, and know what your responsibilities are if you are a Sole Trader or a Company.

If you would like to have a 20-minute free scope call to discuss your needs and talk about how you should structure your business, then please make an appointment with me or call 0429 363 047.

Let me setup your company/business correct right from the start.

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!!

Does your business comply in a COVID-19 World?

Every business has a duty of care and especially now Post COVID. It has never been a more important time to businesses to stay on top of the ever-changing compliance obligations.

If you have staff, you need to consider and review the following

  1. The changing employment laws in Australia ie Awards
  2. Those returning to the workplace, if they have been working from home during lockdown
  3. If your staff are remaining working from home on a full time or part-time basis
  4. Payments and leave entitlements
  5. Reviewing your staff working hours, location and duties
  6. Standing down employees or ending their employment due to COVID

There is so much to consider during and post COVID-19. We in Australia are not out of the woods yet, we could get more waves of COVID in different states, business will never ever go back to what it used to be and I personally think, that is a good thing.

But be vigilant, stay on top of compliance and if you need me to look at these things for you, please do not hesitate to give me a call 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!!

Did you know Services Australia will begin contacting welfare recipients from November 2nd 2020?

I am sure many people don’t.

The Government has outlined that Services Australia will begin contacting welfare recipients who they think have been paid too much, especially now that the government is ending the pause put into place due to the Pandemic.

The areas that still remain in a state of disaster such as Victoria will continue to be exempt.

Though Services Australia will not begin taking money from Australian’s until February 2021 and that the delay in this debt recovery will still allow people to plan for their future. It still provides enough time for people to consider their circumstances  and what options they have moving forward into 2021.

Services Australia will work with people to make sure the process is simple and that people will be able to commence repayments of their debt voluntarily.

It is something many people are not aware of and because of the Pandemic, Services Australia realizes this has put a financial and mental burden on many people who have lost their job or 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. 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!!

Are you behind in your Bookkeeping?

Are you needing help?

Are you behind in your bookkeeping Lodgements?

Many times, I have what you call, RESCUE JOBS.

Rescue jobs are those clients who have come to me with more then three months work that is behind.

For example, if you are in the following situation, then you are a rescue job

  1. Behind in your tax return lodgements
  2. Behind in your Superannuation contributions
  3. You haven’t lodged any BAS for months or even years

If this is you, I can definitely help you.

Many business owners are fearful that because they have put off their lodgements that they fear they will receive a HUGE BILL from the ATO.

Unfortunately, even though you probably will have a huge bill to pay, you may also receive penalties on top of what you owe for every quarter overdue in you haven’t lodged every quarter.

It can really add up.

Don’t take the mental burden of being behind in your obligations and let me look after your reporting, your BAS and your Tax Returns and everything in between.

It just takes one phone call to 0429 363 047 to rescue you.

Call me 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!!

 

The ATO has issued a reminder to businesses who may be subject to penalties for missing October 2020 deadline to fulfil their Superannuation Guarantee Obligations

Don’t be one of those businesses that is subject to penalties.

By law, the ATO has advised and reminded businesses they cannot extend the due date to pay superannuation.

If you have already missed the 28th October deadline to pay your quarterly SG contributions, you will need to lodge a superannuation guarantee by the 28th November 2020 to avoid penalties, after this date you will incur the penalties and believe me you don’t want to miss the deadline.

‘The ATO noted the superannuation guarantee charge is different to the regular contributions businesses pay and is made up of SG shortfall amounts, interest on those amounts (currently 10 per cent) and an administration fee of $20 per employee per quarter’

If you need assistance now, then please give me a call 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!!

 

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!!

The ATO is warning businesses to stay up to date with their obligations

The ATO have been sending out notices to all businesses, warning them that if they are not staying up to date with their obligations, that is may in fact impact their eligibility for future stimulus measures.

In short, they are saying that businesses who are doing well need to resume their obligations whilst those that are facing ongoing hardship are encouraged to get in contact with the ATO.

Since September 1st 2020, the ATO has stopped providing blanket extensions to small business audit cases. The ATO have also recommended activity where the business is either not adversely impacted by COVID or is now in a position to progress.

If you need some help in this area, 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!!

Don’t be caught out underpaying staff

Are you aware that changes are happening from the 1st November 2020 to Award Wages, if you don’t you need to read below?

Did you know that the award minimum wages for Group 2 Modern Awards has actually increased by 1.75% from 1st November 2020? The increase in this wage will have a flow on effect to all businesses with loading, penalties, allowance and also overtime payments.

So as a business owner, you should take the steps to ensure wages are compliant with the November 2020 Modern Award increase.

I’ve noticed sometimes businesses never deliberately underpay, so normally it’s a lack of attention or oversight.

Remember to also review any of your ‘all-inclusive’ pay arrangements for employees covered by this Group 2 Modern Award. It’s important to know that employees who receive an all-inclusive salary, that the increase to the minimum rate may affect that of the all-inclusive salary, so make sure you check by going through the employee’s awards entitlements by reference to their actual hours of work.

Now if that sounds all too confusing, please give me a call on 0429 363 047 to have a look through.

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!!

 

The Budget 2020, what’s in it for SME’s?

Check out this link for further info, but the Budget 2020 was an interesting one.

https://www.mybusiness.com.au/finance/7527-budget-2020-what-s-included-for-smes?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=06_10_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1&utm_emailID=

There were a mixture of Tax Concessions, JobMaker hiring, whereby if a business hires a young job seeker aged 16-35 they will receive a JobMaker hiring credit of $200.00 per week for every new worker and $100.00 a week if they hire a new person aged 30 to 35 years. This is payable for the next 12 months, if that new person works at least 20 hours per week.

The other one I found particularly interesting was the $800m digital plan, to push businesses to adopt digital technologies post COVID.

Have a look at the link yourself and see what you think. Interesting times ahead for Australia.

Though if you are totally confused by it all, 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!!

Insource your Accounts Receivable to Maree today

As a Business owner, you have many things to do, ordering stock, rosters, getting new customers, marketing and much more. This can sometimes mean you don’t get time to get your invoices sent out to your clients, resulting in lack of cash flow.

Some of the benefits of insourcing are:

Effective efficiency: obtaining professional assistance gives you back the time to concentrate on your area of specialty. It can free staff from doing their own jobs.  Insourcing your accounts receivable, your business will experience less wastage and save money.

Remain in control: By insourcing accounts receivable services, you will always have access to up-to-date data. Better then your cashflow being impeded, you’ll be ready to make any necessary rectifications.

Lowers unnecessary costs:  Insourcing accounts receivable helps to lower the indirect costs associated with trying to do it all yourself. By having an insourced person doing this, they can make the follow up phone calls, they can keep the books up to date and look at areas of missing discounts or opportunities for growth.

Staffing costs: The responsibility of managing the accounts receivable is done by Maree Punzet. There is no need to look at having a full-time accounts receivable person to do this, insource is financially the better option. Your cashflow will love you.

For a small fee I charge the following:

  • Preparing of invoice for your client
  • Emailing the invoice to your client
  • Regular reporting to you about clients owing money
    Up to 5 invoices to be sent $120 Per Month (GST Inclusive)

I can even chase up your clients for late payment and do debt collection. So why waste your time, when you can give it to me to do.

If you would like to know more about what I can do, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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!!

maree punzet small and medium business bookkeeper at Maree's Mobile Bookkeeping

About Maree Punzet

Hi, I’m Maree Punzet, a mother to two boys who like many other mums out there with teenagers, one is finishing his High School Certificate this year and it’s been a tough one, doing assessments and exams during COVID-19.

I live in Cobar NSW, a mining town, a small community, where most people who live in Cobar for a while know the locals by their first name. Country towns are like that, everyone knows everyone, everyone knows your husband, kids, heck even the family dog’s name.

When I finished School I started out at the local shire, doing accounts payable, then I got a job at the local travel agency one of my jobs there was to keep the books this was back in the hand written bookkeeping days that was well and truly over 20 years ago, the 10 years ago I decided to start my own business.

I love numbers, finance, anything to do with Bookkeeping I just love it, it’s in my blood, my mum was an accountant. I am a Qualified Bookkeeper & BAS Agent and also been doing my certification to become a Tax Agent, though I do work closely with a Tax Agent. I am a sole trader, I have many people who look after my marketing, my social media, blogs, because I feel marketing is so important.

There are many many bookkeepers in Australia. Competition is fierce, so you need to stand out from the crowd.

I am happily married to my wonderful husband who I met whilst I was still at school and  it was love at first sight. Sickening I know, but when you know, you just know.

In my spare time I love dancing and I dance with our local dance group doing classes in Jazz, tap and Musical theatre.

So that’s just a small glimpse about me, Maree Punzet – Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping

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!!

PAYG Variations

This is a handy link about PAYG Variations.

‘The Australian Taxation Office has updated its guidance on pay-as-you-go instalments, reassuring businesses that they can vary their PAYG throughout the year if they think they will pay too much, compared with their estimated tax for the year’

https://www.mybusiness.com.au/tax-accounting/7465-ato-reiterates-stance-on-payg-variations-due-to-covid?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=23_09_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2&utm_emailID=a4e9c39a71c818b32f3ea4e19578eb08e4c1bb37f2731e2f53df0320a967ae57

If this doesn’t make sense to you or if you have any questions, 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!!

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!!

Subbies and ABN check

Now what does Subbies and ABN’s have in common?

Think about it, when was the last time you checked your subbies ABN’s?

Just because you are a business and you trust your subbies who work for you, when you are being invoiced for GST, are they actually registered for GST.

Have you checked this?

You’re probably thinking, but I’ve had the same subbies work for me for years. That doesn’t mean they may not be GST registered anymore,

It’s good business practice every 6 months is to go in and check each subbies ABN is GST registered by following this link

Link:  www.abr.business.gov.au

Because you may have been getting charged over time for GST and not realise it and the subbie has been pocketing the extra money, without your knowledge.

Don’t always believe in trust and the hand shake. During difficult times, people do silly things.

So, check your subbies ABN and check they are actually registered for GST.

Or better still, give me a call and I will check out their details for 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!!

Why waste your time with Payroll, outsource to Maree today!

Oh, I hear often many business owners who absolutely detest doing Payroll. They say it’s the worst job in the world.

Payroll is one thing many businesses should just outsource.

There is quite a lot involved with PAYG, Superannuation, making sure all employees are paid and receiving timesheets on time, the process of payroll can be extremely time consuming for any business that has staff.

Between making sure the business is running smoothly, training staff, meetings, looking after customers, growing the business, the last thing on a business owners mind is the Payroll.

I offer this to clients and it’s one of my most popular packages.

The package includes the following:

  • Processing of Payroll and emailing of payslips to employees
  • Single Touch Payroll Reporting
  • PAYG Lodgement
  • Superannuation Reconciliation and Lodgement
  • From 1 to 5 staff

Cost: $125.00 per month (GST Inclusive)

It’s actually extremely cost effective to outsource and if you have more staff, I can custom a package to suit.

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!!

Why you should insource your Accounts Payable to Maree

So what is Accounts Payable? It is basically paying the suppliers you purchased goods from on credit.

You need to complete payments coming in from your suppliers and also going through all invoice expenses to make sure they are correct, plus processing into your accounting system correctly, verifying and reconciling invoices.

Now for the average business owner, this does not sound like fun. But for me, I love this, I really enjoy it.

The benefits of insourcing this task is that your supplier invoices are paid faster and on time. Business owners can get busy and forget to pay their suppliers on time, this can result in stop credit and comprise the business supply chain.

I do offer an Accounts Payable package which includes the following and I use our Better Accounts Payable Systems to avoid invoice duplication. Insourcing this can also be more profitable as I offer a package based on how many invoices as opposed to hourly rate.

For a small fee, this is what I offer:

  • Entering of Supplier invoices into your Bookkeeping system
  • Depending on client preference:
    (Option 1): Preparing a list of suppliers due to End of Month payment run
    (Option 2): Preparation of electronic file, client can then upload straight into their online banking
    (Option 3): Logging onto client’s bank and paying suppliers on client’s behalf

    5-10 Supplier invoices $120 Per month

(For more Supplier Invoices, contact Maree to custom a quote)

It really isn’t a lot of money in the whole scheme of things and many times I custom a quote if they have more each month.

If you would like to know more about what I can do, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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!!

 

 

1st October 2020 marks the start of the Job Keeper Extension

From 1st October, Job keeper 2 or the extension to Job Keeper has started, this link here provides a little bit more information.

I have received a number of calls from clients not sure how to determine not only if there are eligible but also what tier their employees or even themselves as business owner will be on.

People will need to total what their September Quarter sales were for 2020 and the same with 2019,.

If you have had a reduction of 30% or more, you will definitely be entitled to the Job Keeper extension.

Then you just need to use the reference period of Feb 2020 to determine if you or your staff worked more or less then the 80 hours in the month to determine the Tier.

If, you are still stuck and don’t have any idea what to do, please give me a call on
0429 363 047.

https://www.mybusiness.com.au/tax-accounting/7398-ato-releases-jobkeeper-extension-guidance-setting-out-post-september-procedures?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=07_09_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1&utm_emailID=a4e9c39a71c818b32f3ea4e19578eb08e4c1bb37f2731e2f53df0320a967ae57

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!!