Take the Stress Out of Getting Your Startup Ready for Tax Season

As a small business owner, you probably don’t get excited about tax season. At best, prepping your taxes feels like a hassle, the least fun of all your business activities. At worst, it has you pulling your hair out in a state of distress and confusion. Tax season doesn’t have to be painful. With the following tips, you can take the sting out of tax-related tasks and save your...

5 Startup tips to give your business a headstart

As a startup it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement, the product, the service and the marketing that you forget to focus on some of the fundamentals of beginning a business.  Getting these foundations right though from the start, will serve you well as you progress on your business journey and down the track you’ll thank yourself for it.

Demystifying the difference between accountants, tax agents & bookkeepers.

You see accountants are like doctors – they’re everywhere but just as there are many different types of doctors – such as general practitioner, paediatrician, psychiatrist, oncologist, ophthalmologist, etc – in the accounting profession there are also different types of accountants too – such as in-house company accountants, management accountants, tax accountants, financial accountants, cost accountants, forensic accountants, and the list goes on.
If we go back to my previous analogy of Accountants and Doctors we can go a step further and say that bookkeepers are like nurses, and they do the day to day work such as raising invoices, paying bills and processing payroll but it is the accountant who ensures the allocations are correct, prepares and interprets reports and ensures all the compliance requirements are being met.

Improving your cash flow is as easy as 1 2 3

  Cash is the life blood of our businesses. It’s no secret, it’s not rocket science but cash flow is consistently one of the biggest pain points for Small Businesses everywhere. So what can you do to improve cash flow? Invoice your customers. Yes that’s what I said – just invoice your customers. Sounds too simple I know but I see many Small Businesses who are ‘too busy to...

8 tips to pay less tax

No-one wants to pay more tax than they absolutely have to, yet all too often I see people unnecessarily paying more tax than they should have. Here are 8 very simple tips to ensure you don’t pay any more tax than you need to – they’re quick, simple and totally legitimate: 1. Keep your receipts If you’re paying cash for business or work related expenses make sure you keep...

Is an Accountant the same thing as a Tax Agent?

Despite common belief no they are not the same thing. Just like there are numerous different types lawyers e.g. criminal lawyer, family lawyer, property lawyer, there are also lots of different types of accountants too. The title accountant is a broad term for anyone who has a qualification in accounting. In the accounting profession there are management accountants, tax accountants, financial accountants, cost accountants and the list goes on....