Do you know about the changes to unpaid parental leave entitlements?

The Fair Work Act was amended on the 26th November 2020, to include new unpaid parental leave entitlements for parents, who experience the traumatic events during or ahead of their unpaid parental leave.

In other words, this includes premature birth, stillbirth, death of a child.

It’s something we don’t want to talk about or even think about, but these changes will enable all eligible parents to access up to 30 days of their unpaid parental leave. This only applies to a child born or whose placement happens on or after 27th November 2020.

It is hard to fathom what parents go through during these traumatic events.

Even though I talk about business, bookkeeping and PAYG etc, these events do happen to so many people, which is so unfortunate and as a bookkeeper, I keep abreast with these changes which may affect you or your employee.

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!!

Changes to Casual Employment

If you haven’t heard already, on Friday 26th March 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 was amended to change workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. These changes came into effect on Saturday 27th March 2021.

In a nutshell, what has changed is the Amendment Act has introduced the following
-The Casual Employment Information Statement
-The Definition of Casual Employment
-Pathway for casual employees to move to full time or part-time (permanent) employment.

In regards to the Casual Employment Information Statement, now Employers will have to give every new casual employee a Casual Employment Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after they start their new job.

The definition of a Casual Employee is the Fair Work Act has been amended to include a new definition. That a person is a casual employee if they accept a job offer from an employer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work. They will remain a casual employee until they either, become a permanent employee through: casual conversion, or are offered and accept the offer for full time or part time employment, or stop being employed by the employer.

The existing casual employees, which are those casuals who were employed immediately before 27th March 2021 and whose initial employment offer meets the definition, will then continue to be casual employees under the FW Act.

If this sounds all too confusing, give me a call and let me step you through it and remember that there is a new avenue to resolve some disputes about casual conversion through the Federal Circuit Court.

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!!

Businesses given a deadline to acquire a Director ID

Recent news that Business Directors now have a set deadline to obtain a director identification number under the federal governments digital business plan.

It’s providing directors appointed under the Corporations Act 2001 that they have up until the 30th November 2022 to obtain a Director Identification Number (Director ID).

It will apply for both existing Directors who were appointed prior to the start of the Director ID regime as well as Directors appointed during the testing phase. The Government released these details as part of the 2020 budget Digital Business Plan.

The director ID will help prevent the appointment of fictitious directors, which unfortunately some businesses have done. This is under the MBR program which was announced as part of last years.

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

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!!

The COVID Rebound

Can you believe it’s been 12 months already of the 1st case of COVID. In Australia we faired pretty well compared to the rest of the world.

We are definitely in rebound mode, for many business owners, it’s survival. Some have been able to grow leaps and bounds, pivot, while others have relied on the Jobkeeper payments and still could close.

But the outlook looks to be that Australia business is on the rebound.

There has been new consumer confidence in the market, people seem to have more money, they are spending on homes, cars, holidays locally and interstate because they can’t spend that money on overseas holidays.

So there are a couple of things to think about with this rebound which is:

1.Cashflow
Look at your business and review exactly how much it needs to survive and what timeline.

2. Documentation
Document everything, if you are not already, look at streamlining your processes. Start reviewing your costs in pre-crisis revenue and margin to post crisis.

3. Inventory
As Australia is starting to reopen borders, early movers building inventory soon may benefit from pre-surge prices.

4. Prepare to Hire
I know that sounds crazy, but can you afford to add staff now or not. Do you have a HR person to help, look at identifying job descriptions, start dates.

5. Work with the best Bookkeeper
Now this one is a given, you need to talk to me. A good bookkeeper will save you a lot of $$$.

So remember, we are coming out of this pandemic and it’s exciting to see Australia rebound and show the rest of the world, how tough and resilient we truly are.

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!!

Easter time – Special

Firstly, I would like to say to each and every one of you Happy Easter, Easter is a great time of the year.

I would also like to encourage you if you haven’t outsourced your bookkeeping to me already, this is now a great time as I am offering 20% off the first month for any new client that comes onboard. Now that is a huge saving!

Easter is a great time to spend with family and friends and spoil yourself with some chocolate and hot cross buns.

In saying that, it’s also a great time to review your expenses, review your budget, review your bookkeeping.

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

Did you know the Government is planning to reveal a $1.2 billion extension of the Apprenticeship wage subsidy?

I for one applaud this initiative from the Government. For any business or group training organisation, if an apprentice is engaged between 5th October 2020 through to 21st September 2021, they may be eligible for a subsidy of 50% of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement. The maximum of $7000 per quarter.

As a mother of two boys my eldest son only having left High School late 2020 after completing his HSC, this is a fantastic initiative for anyone or has just left school or even those looking to change careers.

We definitely need this due to COVID and the economic challenges that are to come in the future.
I hope that businesses will take up this initiative because we need a skilled workforce. It also shows that there is greater confidence for businesses who may have held back over the last 12 months.

I myself am thankful and having children of my own it provides me some security that they have a bright future ahead.

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!!

Maree is the Bookkeeper of the Future

Does your Bookkeeper keep up with the ever-changing pace of technology when it comes to bookkeeping?

Does your Bookkeeper help you and gives you advice when needed?

Does your Bookkeeper answer the phone over the weekend or evening when you have a question?

Well then, maybe you should switch to Maree Punzet from Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping.

One thing with Maree, she keeps up to date with all the changes taking place in the world of Bookkeeping, she has a team of people that assist her from Marketing to even a Cleaner to clean her house, because 100% of her time is helping business owners like yourself, so you can concentrate on what you do best.

Can you say the same about your current Bookkeeper? I bet you, the answer is NO.

Maree is dedicated to her business, to her clients, it would be hard to find another Bookkeeper in Australia with that much dedication to the job.

Maree loves what she does, it’s ‘her thing’ everybody has a ‘thing’ they love and as much as your probably thinking, who could love Bookkeeping that much, well you haven’t spoken to Maree then.

Don’t waste your time, give Maree a call today 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 and saves you time to work in/on your business this makes good financial sense!!

Why the wife or partner shouldn’t do the Bookkeeping

The number of times when I call a business owner and the response is ‘oh the Mrs / partner does the Bookkeeping.’

That there is where the problem lies.

Firstly, not all Mrs or Partners are fully qualified Bookkeepers. Not all know what they are doing.

But because you’re in a relationship with this person, you don’t question what they are doing with your books, because of course you trust them.

Unintentionally the Mrs/Partner may be entering in the wrong information or not coding an expense correctly, not out of spite, but just because they are not experienced and because most couples don’t want to upset the other, they trust they are doing the right thing.

More often than I can count, is when a business owner calls me, because mistakes have been made and then it causes problems in the relationship, which it shouldn’t.

Hence why when it comes to bookkeeping, right from the beginning you should outsource to a bookkeeper. Someone that is impartial, but also makes your business a priority, because that is what I do. I treat your business financials as my own. If I’m helping businesses with PAYG or payroll, reconciliations, whatever it is, I do it as if it was my own business.

So instead of allowing your Mrs/Partner to do your bookkeeping, it is way better to outsource this area of your business and keep your loving relationship intact, otherwise you may be visiting a divorce lawyer instead.

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 will happen when JobKeeper ends?

Can you survive when JobKeeper ends in March 2021?

If you need help to determine your cash flow or if you have insolvency issues, then maybe it might be time to give me a call and let me help you.

There is talk that the ATO is tipped to pounce on businesses once JobKeeper ends.

If you are a business owner, I encourage you to act early on exploring your insolvency options before the ATO comes knocking to recoup debts.

The JobKeeper stimulus is set to expire on March 28, so now is the time to do an assessment on your business.

Firstly, do you have the ability to pay staff wages, rent, super, tax?

Can your business survive – post stimulus?

If the answer is no, then please contact me straight away.

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!!

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!!

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!!

 

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!!

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!!

 

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!!

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!!

 

 

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!!

Every Bookkeeper should sight bank statements

There are a number of reasons why we as bookkeepers need to sight bank statements and the main goal by doing this is to make sure there is a recorded balance of your business and the recorded balance of the bank match up.

Here is why we need to sight your bank statements and reconcile your bank feeds.

  1. Validation – Data entry

Checking your bank statement, we can pick up any irregularities, such as duplicating entries, entering wrong amounts and data errors.

  1. Accuracy of Financial Statements

This is such an important one, where we check that your financial statements match those of the bank. Sometimes, on rare occasions, the bank may make a mistake, so normally it is the business owner that has, so checking that these match-up is paramount.

  1. Tax Reporting

This may sound simple, but making sure your reconciling your bank statement correctly so we can generate a correct tax return for you.

This just enables us as your bookkeeper to monitor and spot any irregularities between your financial statement and that of the bank. It is also a precaution to control theft as it prevents employees or others from stealing from your company.

To give you a prime example, we had a client once who had not done a bank reconciliation for 5 years. The client’s accountant had been doing the tax returns, but not checking it either. There were duplicated sales, missing expenses, everything you could think of.

Therefore, the client’s tax returns for the last 5 years were incorrect.  In this case, we had to go back and go through everything over the last 5 years.

If you’re someone that has been outsourcing your bookkeeping to another bookkeeper and they are not following these simple steps, then it might be time to look elsewhere.

Often, I come across business owners who have been ‘burnt’ by a bookkeeper, because what they thought they were doing was correct but they were not.

If this sounds familiar to you, then save yourself, time and stress and call Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping on 0429 363 047 and outsource your bookkeeping 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, 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!!

If you own an AirBnB, are you compliant and declaring your income?

If not, then you need to call me because the ATO are cracking down on those that have AirBnB’s and are not declaring their incomes.

One thing to note..DON’T TRY TO HIDE YOUR AIRBNB INCOME, it will come back and bite you believe me.

The ATO can track your income and if you’re not earning a lot of money from your AirBnB it doesn’t matter, you need to keep your records.

The ATO are cracking down on people who under-claim their rental income and this will lead you to pay back taxes, you will also incur new fines, penalties and even interest charges.

It’s not worth hiding your income.

In a nutshell, if you aim to host a room or rent your property then you must know the tax implications of becoming an AirBnB host. You cannot under-claim your AirBnB income and you need to make sure you keep every single expense receipt.

It doesn’t matter how irrelevant you may think it might be, you need to keep every single receipt that you have, no matter what the amount is.

Now if this sounds all too hard…then give me a call and I will sort your paperwork and make sure you claim all of your expenses so you can get the most out of those AirBnB tax deductions.

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!!

Bookkeeping is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!!!!

Oh, I so loved that movie with Forrest Gump, sitting on that park bench, talking to whoever wanted to listen.

How true, when it comes to Bookkeeping, you definitely do not know what you’re going to get.

Each client that I work for, come from different areas, backgrounds and industries. When I receive their paperwork, believe me, it is like a box of chocolates. Hand written notes on post-it’s, shoeboxes full of receipts, emails explaining different expenses.

It can be quite funny as many clients absolutely detest this part of their business, that is why they outsource to me.

I actually enjoy the anticipation when I open up an email or shoe box what sort of surprise I will receive because let me tell you, I have had many surprises. There never is a dull day when it comes to Bookkeeping.

So let me get your ‘chocolates’ in order and fix your bookkeeping today and if you want to send me an actual box of ‘chocolates’ I am ok with that too!

Contact 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!!

If I had a little money, it’s a rich man’s world

‘I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain’t it sad

And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That’s too bad’

Now, I’m not going to write all the lyrics of that famous ABBA song. Money, Money, Money, but I do want to talk about money. Why is it so important to small businesses? Money is ‘gold’ when it comes to small business, all businesses large or small need cash-flow.

Money does help to pay the bills, helps expand a business, pay’s the employees and also helps to pay for marketing and websites and a new CRM program or equipment and material for example. It is one thing we all need. Though when it comes to business, it is one thing we seem to not have a lot of, or we are always chasing clients for payment.

This is where a ‘bookkeeper’ comes in handy, making sure your income and expenses are entered into correctly, that you are aware of your profits and losses, how much tax you have to pay. Your incoming and outgoing expenses and just the general efficient running of the ‘money’ side of your business.

So why don’t all businesses utilize a ‘bookkeeper’?

It is the most important job to do for any business owner.

If you are out there making sales, getting work in only to not receive dividends of your hard work, then basically you are working for ‘fresh air’.

No one wants to work for ‘fresh air’ we work for ‘money’.

I hear you saying, but we do it for the love of it, deep down we all know we still do it for the money. That’s what business is about, it is difficult at times and some months are better than others, but don’t let this part of your business fail, because if it does, there won’t be a business.

Review your business model, look at utilizing a bookkeeper and know that you will have ‘money’ always in your account, not ‘fresh air’ and to add, it’s not a rich man’s world anymore!!!

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!!

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!!