Wise Accounting Podcast (WAP)
Discussing tax & accounting news, and how it affects you. Hosted by Tyler Wise, we'll bring you interviews, news and facts to help you reach your goals.
info_outline WAP052 - JobKeeper Updates, SGC Amnesty and Extensions 04/28/2020
WAP052 - JobKeeper Updates, SGC Amnesty and Extensions Welcome back the podcast! In this episode we cover off the latest JobKeeper developments, the SGC amnesty and that lodgement extensions are not really extensions at all.
info_outline $1,500 Wage Subsidy - Government Stimulus Package (WAP051) 03/30/2020
$1,500 Wage Subsidy - Government Stimulus Package (WAP051) The third tranche of the government stimulus package has just been announced, and this is centred around a $130 billion stimulus payment, with indications the Government are not done yet. The Government has now contributed $320 billion to the Coronavirus fight, which accounts for 16.4% of GDP.
info_outline Updated Stimulus Package (WAP050) 03/23/2020
Updated Stimulus Package (WAP050) On March 23rd parliament passed legislation that would see the updated COVID-19 Stimulus Package introduced by the Government become law. This carries with it changes to the cashflow assistance as well as the widening of other assistance payments. The changes are vast, and the impacts will hopefully be positive for you, and the economy at large.
info_outline Government Stimulus Package (WAP049) 03/17/2020
Government Stimulus Package (WAP049) The Government's $17.6 billion stimulus package is set to have far reaching impacts on the economy, without, apparently, impacting Australia's national credit rating. How? By breaking it down in to 4 manageable components. Specifically, the stimulus package was basically broken in to the following aspects:
info_outline WAP048 - Tax News 2nd March 2020 03/01/2020
WAP048 - Tax News 2nd March 2020 I wanted to start with something I am passionate about, and glad to see the ATO cracking down on, and that is essentially widening the net in regards to illegal phoenix activities. For those of you that do not know, Phoenixing is essentially abandoning a company and then recommencing a similar company with similar stakeholders, but essentially your tax liabilities from the former company are neglected, and abandoned. Hence the term Phoenix, it is essentially a company that rises form the ashes of another.
info_outline WAP046 - 10 Lessons in 10 Years 01/09/2020
WAP046 - 10 Lessons in 10 Years Being an accountant and business adviser, I am an extremely lucky person. Not only do I get to help clients achieve their business goals, but I get learn from their successes, and mistakes. With a new year, and a new decade, I wanted to share the 10 biggest lessons I have learned from the past 10 years, drawing on my professional experiences over that time.
info_outline WAP045 - Defeating Email 12/28/2019
WAP045 - Defeating Email Defeating email is a challenge, but this time of year it is the easiest it will be. Use the momentum of this time of year, a quieter inbox, and my tips below to ensure that your 2020 email pain is kept to a minimum. I have previously dealt with a swelling inbox, one that caused an immense amount of stress, but I have employed the following tips to help me ensure I not only manage my inbox from a physical point of view, but also mentally.
info_outline WAP044 - Tax News 7th June 2019 06/07/2019
WAP044 - Tax News 7th June 2019 With the election in the bag, it is time to review the changes that will be coming, starting with the $30,000 immediate asset write-off. This is the good news, the bad news is the ATO and the government are only stronger in data matching your income
info_outline WAP043 - Tax News 12th March 2019 03/12/2019
WAP043 - Tax News 12th March 2019 This week we discuss how the limited days left in parliament could impact your instant asset write-off deduction; how the tax residency system is set for an overhaul (it's first since 1930), and of course superannuation - what would a podcast be without superannuation!?
info_outline WAP042 - Tax News 11th February 2019 02/11/2019
WAP042 - Tax News 11th February 2019 This episode is a bit of a 'mini-sode' due to the current tax news being significant in nature, specifically the release of the (503 page) Banking Commission Report; of which the Government has agreed to action all 76 recommendations.
info_outline WAP041 - Tax News 29th January 2019 01/29/2019
WAP041 - Tax News 29th January 2019 As we anticipated, with a short week, and it being January, there is not a huge amount to discuss on the tax news front. However, having said that, it is worth noting that the sharing economy is still in the ATO sights, with the data matching consultation paper open until February 22nd.
info_outline WAP040 - Tax News 22nd January 2019 01/22/2019
WAP040 - Tax News 22nd January 2019 As is often the way at this time of year, there are not too many exciting tax development, however, it also the time when certain matters have a habit of flying under the radar. In this weeks podcast we endeavour to make sure no such things occur.
info_outline WAP039 - Tax News 15th January 2019 01/15/2019
WAP039 - Tax News 15th January 2019 Hello and welcome back to the Wise Accounting Podcast. I cannot believe how many people have requested we re-introduce this over the past year, so, yes, after popular demand, we are back! Rather than catch up on the tax news that has occurred over the past year, we will just kick it off with the latest news, which for January is a surprisingly good dose.
info_outline WAP038 - Tax News 16th October 2017 10/16/2017
WAP038 - Tax News 16th October 2017 Welcome to Episode 38 of the Wise Accounting Podcast, where this week we guide you through the allowable deductions that can be incurred inside of a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF). These structures are not tax unicorns and are heavily monitored from a compliance point of view.
info_outline WAP037 - Tax News 11th September 2017 09/11/2017
WAP037 - Tax News 11th September 2017 This week we saw the release of the WA budget, and while there are points that will impact some listeners, however we typically do not discuss the state taxes as they have too fine an impact. If you are a current payroll tax employer in WA you should note these changes and how they may affect you.
info_outline WAP033 - A Class-y Interview 03/29/2017
WAP033 - A Class-y Interview Those that know us, know that we are big tech fans, be that hardware or software. One of our favourite Software as a Service providers are Class | Super who allow us to prepare our SMSF fund compliance matters at a level of efficiency we simply have not experienced before. Further to this Class Limited have gone from a private company to a listed company, and their CEO, Kevin Bungard was kind enough to come on to our podcast and answer some of our questions. We get in to how Kevin and Class stay focussed and achieve their goals in a turbulent environment, what the challenges are of running a listed company (compared to a private one), what is in store for Class, and of course, any tips that Kevin has for business owners. It is full of gems throughout, so please enjoy. As I say in the intro, there are some audio drop out issues, however these do not take away from the experience and Kevin's advice and tips still resonate throughout. If you find this podcast, or any of our others beneficial we would really love it if you could please leave a review in iTunes. It helps keep these podcasts going and aid the direction of these.
info_outline WAP032 - Benchmarking Benefits 03/02/2017
WAP032 - Benchmarking Benefits Not to rehash podcasts 32 episodes in but in this episode I discuss the ATO benchmarks. While these have not been met with the warmest regards, it is about finding how to put them to work for you. The benchmarking process is a staple of the Wise Accounting service, and you can utilise them in the same way we do. We employ them for 3 reasons: To determine if a business is operating outside of the industry benchmarks and if they are an audit risk. To track how a taxpayer is performing in relation to their industry peers. Test assumptions on new business ventures and forecasted results to see if they pass the "sense test" and are in line with these known percentages. The benchmarks can provide you an insight in to your business that you may not be able to get otherwise. Competitors are not going to share this information with you, and this is the next best thing. The benchmarking data will provide you a handful of key performance indicators to evaluate the performance of your business at any time. Familiarise yourself with these ATO benchmarks and evaluate your business against industry peers:
info_outline WAP031 - U R OK 02/16/2017
WAP031 - U R OK U R OK - Wise Accounting Podcast Episode 30 As a caveat we are not in the business of motivation, but we are in the business of ensuring business success and sometimes that means reassuring people. So let us reassure you too, things will be ok. You just need to stay true to what made your business successful previously, monitor your cash and heed the key performance indicators below and discussed: Debtor days - get these down as low as possible. If you are not decreasing debtor days then you are bank rolling your customers and clients. Personal Business Withdrawals - ensure these are not more than the business can afford and maintain. This may mean a (dreaded) pay cut, but could be for the long term survival. Decrease illiquid assets - keep assets that can be easily converted to cash to allow your business to "survive" challenging times. Assets that can be readily converted to cash are worth a premium during tough times. Monitor overhead expenditure - especially labour costs. These need to be at least representing the same % of sales as they have previously; however decreasing will allow you to increase cash flow further. No replacement for hard work - this may mean more hours, more work, and less free time...for now. Cash flow, cash flow, cash flow - these are needed and should be referenced frequently; to compare your business to how it is going and how you thought it would be going. This could be the most important aspect of your business and should be maintained regularly. Above all else, do not get disheartened, you are not alone, and if you stay true to the business foundations you can adapt, survive, and then in happier times your business will be designed to flourish. If you need help, guidance or anything else, do just get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist.
info_outline WAP030 - All about Omnibus 09/20/2016
WAP030 - All about Omnibus Hello and welcome to episode 30 of the Wise Accounting Podcast! Well this week we saw some changes to the Government’s Omnibus Bill, and it has far reaching impacts. Perhaps not as dire as previously, but far reaching nonetheless. We also speak primary production income averaging, and what the ATO is doing about small business penalties and interest. Get it all below: The new Omnibus proposal involves retaining the existing framework but lowering the non- concessional contribution limit from 1 July 2017 to $100,000 a year (or $300,000 over three years if they are under age 65). However, a new eligibility condition will be imposed which precludes any person who holds a balance of more than $1.6m at the start of the financial year (ie 1 July) from making any further contributions in that financial year. The Tax and Super Laws No 2 Bill contains amendments to allow primary producers to access income tax averaging 10 income years after choosing to opt out, instead of that choice being permanent. The measure assists primary producers as averaging only recommences when it is to their benefit (they receive a tax offset) and they can still opt out if averaging no longer suits their circumstances. The ATO is seeking the views of small business and individuals on the ATO’s approach to penalties for failing to lodge a return or statement on time, or for failure to take reasonable care. In a consultation paper on its Let’s Talk hub, the ATO proposes to give clients one chance before applying a penalty in certain circumstances: for certain small business and individual clients where false or misleading statements are made, for failure to take reasonable care for errors made in income tax returns and activity statements, and failure to lodge on time for late lodgement of income tax returns and activity statements. Plenty more coming in the future weeks with more legislation set to be passed, so be sure and check back regularly, or even better, head to your podcatcher and hit that subscribe button! If you are already a subscriber, a review sure would be appreciated! Good or bad, any feedback will help the direction and improvement of this show.
info_outline WAP EP029 - ATO Fix-It Squads, $1.6m cap staying and ASIC SMSF Penalties 08/30/2016
WAP EP029 - ATO Fix-It Squads, $1.6m cap staying and ASIC SMSF Penalties The mini return! It has been quiet, but it is not our fault! Thankfully there has not been much to report, and even this week it is debatable. However, with the sharing economy getting more and more ATO attention it seemed fitting to record one and share some "hot spots". This week: The ATO "fix it squad" gets it teeth stuck in to the sharing economy. Reminding us to remind you, that if you earn income from these methods, eg Uber, Air BnB, Task Rabbit that it is still assessable income and needs to be declared. Keep your records and ensure all income and deduction sources are at hand. The Treasure has announced that the $1.6 million cap on retirement benefits is not going anywhere! The Government still intends to introduce this in to parliament. If this affects you, then you may eant to watch how this develops closely. ASIC has slugged a practice $10,800 in fines for advertising misleading the consumer in regards to the establishment of a Self Managed Super Fund. Again, just letting accountants know they are out there and keeping a close eye on everything to do with SMSF.
info_outline WAP EP028 - Bartercard and GST, Annual Taxable Payments and Simplified GST 08/08/2016
WAP EP028 - Bartercard and GST, Annual Taxable Payments and Simplified GST While it was a slow tax week, on the news front, there were some pieces of news that were worth of being shared. This week we discuss when do you need to remit the GST on Bartercard receipts (yes, Bartercard is still a thing); remind you that if you are in the construction industry your Annual Taxable Payments Report is nearly due; and finish off on more GST - this time simplified GST. You ca hear it all: The AAT has held that a taxpayer must attribute the GST payable on taxable supplies it made under a barter scheme to the tax period when its trade account was credited for those supplies. see Taxology Pty Ltd v FC of T 2016 The ATO has reminded tax agentsthat if they have clients in the building and construction industry who paid contractors during 2015-16, their Taxable payments annual report is due by the 28th August 2016. Reporting to the ATO is required if all of the following apply: * a business is primarily in the building and construction industry * it makes payments to contractors for building and construction services * the business has an ABN. The ATO considers a business to be a business that is primarily in the building and construction industry if any of the following apply: * in the current financial year, 50% or more of its business income is derived from providing building and construction services * in the current financial year, 50% or more of its business activity relates to building and construction services * in the financial year immediately before the current financial year, 50% or more of its business income was derived from providing building and construction services. The information reported about payments made to building and construction contractors is used by the ATO in its data matching program to detect contractors who have not either lodged tax returns, or included all their income on tax returns that have been lodged. The ATO have released Draft SAM 2016/D38- GST: Simplified Accounting Method Determination (No 38) 2016 for Restaurants, Cafes and Caterers - purchases snapshot method. The Draft SAM notes that an entity may choose to use the simplified accounting method (SAM) stated in Clause 5 of the Draft to work out its input tax credits for acquisitions of trading stock for a tax period if: * it is registered for GST throughout the tax period * during the tax period, it operated a restaurant, café or catering business, and * its GST turnover does not exceed the small enterprise turnover threshold. The steps for this SAM are: * Choose a sample period * Work out the amount of trading stock purchased during each sample period * Work out the percentage of GST-free trading stock purchases for the sample period * Work out the input tax credits the entity can claim for each tax period using the GST-free trading stock purchases percentage. General information about use of SAMs is on the ATO website.
info_outline WAP 027 - Tax News 4th August 2016 08/04/2016
WAP 027 - Tax News 4th August 2016 Welcome back! This week was very much a mixed bag of offerings on the tax news front with some good, and some bad news delivered. The first part of the podcast we discuss the foreign residen 10% withholding regime, in some detail (but not nealry enough), and then finish on, surprise surprise, SMSF warnings form the ATO. You can hear it all below: Foreign Resident 10% Withholding Regime From 1 July 2016, purchasers who acquire interests in Australian land valued at $2m or more from foreign resident vendors will be required to pay 10% of the first element of the asset’s cost base (usually, the purchase price) to the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner). If the purchaser fails to pay this amount on or before settlement, they may be liable to an administrative penalty equal to the 10% they failed to withhold. The purchaser will not be subject to the withholding requirement where the vendor obtains and produces a clearance certificate from the Commissioner in respect of transactions involving TARP or company title interests. The clearance certificate, which will be valid for 12 months, must be provided to the purchaser prior to settlement. Where a vendor is disposing of an indirect real property interest (but not a company title interest), the purchaser may rely on the knowledge condition, or a residency declaration, to exclude the withholding requirement. We will look to discuss this in further detail in another blog post or video. Deductibility of gifts to clients This determination provides that a taxpayer who carries on a business is entitled to a deduction under s 8-1 of ITAA 1997 for an outgoing incurred on a gift made to a former or current client if the gift is characterised as being made for the purpose of producing future assessable income. The outgoing is not deductible where it is of a capital nature, relates to the gaining of exempt or non-assessable non-exempt income, or some other provision of the income tax law prevents it from being deductible. Example Sally is carrying on a renovation business. Sally gifts a bottle of champagne to a client who had a renovation completed within the preceding 12 months. Sally expects the gift will either generate future business from the client or make them more inclined to refer others to her business. Although Sally got on well with her client, the gift was not made for personal reasons and is not of a private or domestic character. Deduction for Airport Lounge Membership Fee This determination provides that an employer is entitled to a deduction under s 8-1 of ITAA 1997 for annual fees incurred on an airport lounge membership for use by its employees where that membership is provided because of the employment relationship. The ATO notes that the annual fees will be deductible in full even if there is substantial private use of the lounge membership by employees. - See more at: http://www.wiseaccounting.com.au/media/wap027-tax-news-4th-august-2016#sthash.iXqes4a1.dpuf
info_outline WAP026 Tax News 20th July 2016 07/20/2016
WAP026 Tax News 20th July 2016 Exciting tax times this week, as they are every week (sarcasm intended) however, there Episode 26 is very much a listen as in this podcast Tyler discusses several of the weeks changes in detail. It may even pique your interest as to whether or not the small business restructure is something you should be considering. Specific items discussed in the podcast are: Companies who provide their Australian-based employees the opportunity to participate in an employee share scheme (ESS) have to meet mandatory reporting obligations to both those employees and to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and they are 14th of July 2016 and 14th of August 2016 respectively. The ATO has simplified the process of claiming fuel tax credits for those claiming less than $10,000 in fuel tax credits a year. From the Business Activity Statement (BAS) period ending 31 March 2016 onwards, where there is a change in the rate during a BAS period, the claim may be calculated by using the rate applicable at the end of the period. Also, to calculate the quantity of fuel purchased in a tax period, the total cost of fuel purchased may be divided by the average price per litre for the BAS period. The ATO has updated information on fuel tax credit rates that will apply from 1 July 2016. For heavy vehicles using taxable fuel such as diesel or petrol, and travel on public roads, the fuel tax credit rate has increased to 13.6 cents per litre from 1 July 2016. For such users, as the road user charge exceeds the rate of duty paid for biodiesel (B100), there is no fuel tax credit entitlement for B100. The fuel tax credit rate for biodiesel is 1.3 cents per litre from 1 July 2016. The ATO has released the following Law Compliance Guidelines relating to small business restructure roll-overs introduced by Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Restructure Roll-over) Act 2016: LCG 2016/2 Small Business Restructure Roll-over: consequences of a roll-over LCG 2016/3 Small Business Restructure Roll-over: genuine restructure of an ongoing business and related matters. The ATO has reminded tax practitioners that overseas business clients may no longer be subject to GST from 1 October
info_outline WAP025 Tax News July 12 2016 07/12/2016
WAP025 Tax News July 12 2016 Welcome back to the Wise Accounting Podcast…it has been a while! This week, Tyler discusses the tax changes that have occurred and will potentially impact your end of year positions. Below are the specifics of information discussed in the podcast: The ATO cents per kilometre for vehicle travel, up to 5,000km has been clawed back significantly to $0.66 per kilometres regardless of the vehicle type.Â This is down from as high as $0.78 previously: Transitional period over for accountants offering SMSF advice. Effective July 1st accountants need to registered in some form with an Australian Financial Services Licence to offer SMSF advice as it stands here is what is permissible and what is not: see website. 4. The supervisory levy for SMSF’s will increased to $590 for all funds for the 2016/17 financial year.
info_outline WAP023 - Rental Calculator Demo 01/29/2016
WAP023 - Rental Calculator Demo Negative gearing. It's such a trendy term we've all heard of it, but is it everything it's cracked up to be? In this podcast I discuss the benefits of having a negatively geared property, and share some of the tips and traps that can be waiting for investors who want such a property. Understanding the cashflow consequences that go along with the taxation ones is something that many people forget, however, thanks to our developed calculators I'll show you how to go in to such an investment with eyes wide open. Below is a tutorial to see how to access the calculator and how to best use it: A favour please? If you have found this podcast, or any other episodes useful it would greatly appreciated if you could please a review in the iTunes store " they help with our ranking and I read them all"good or bad!
info_outline Wise Accounting Podcast EP022 01/29/2016
Wise Accounting Podcast EP022 Welcome back to the Wise Accounting Podcast! Jeff White, the CEO of White Echo, a social media management company, joins us to discuss social media. Where your efforts should be focussed, what the future holds for this medium. If you want to survive in the modern market place you must have a social media presence. It can be daunting understanding the ever changing social media environment, but Jeff shares his pearls of wisdom on how to maximise your online social media presence.