Tag: Activity Statement

Key Dates for Business – May & June 2020

Many lodgement and payment deadlines are looming for business including those relating to Activity Statements, superannuation, and more. 

MAY 2020 
12 May – 3rd Quater 2020 Activity Statements – due for lodgement and payment if lodging electronically 
21 May – April 2020 monthly Activity Statments – due for lodgement and payment 
21 May – 2020 FBT Annual Return – due for payment 
28 May – Due for lodgement and payment of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Statement if yu failed to pay Superannuation Guarantee on time for the January-March quarter. Superannuation Guarantee charge is not deductible 

JUNE 2020 
21 June – May 2020 monthly Activity Sxtatments – due for lodgement and payment 
30 June – Superannuation Guarantee payments must be received by Superannuation funds by this date in order to be duducted in 2019/2020 
30 June – End of 2019/2020 financial year

How a good Bookkeeper can help your business!

Making the Most of the Bookkeeper Relationship  

The use of bookkeepers has grown substantially over recent years. This article examines the merits of using a bookkeeper in your business, and how to get the most out of the relationship.

SERVICES
When many people think of bookkeeping, thoughts turn to looking after petty cash, entering invoices into a software system, and keeping receipts together. The reality though is that the modern-day bookkeeping professional offers a range of services that can be utilised by your business including:
  • Management reporting on business performance
  • Data entry into accounting software
  • Cash flow projections
  • Payroll tax returns and compliance
  • Preparation of year-end financial records for your Accountant
  • Payroll and superannuation processing including dealing with the ATO and superannuation funds
  • Activity Statement preparation and lodgement
  • Record keeping
  • Software training.
Given the breadth of services, Bookkeepers can become trusted partners and advisors to your business.

 REGISTERED
If you do decide to engage a contract Bookkeeper, then unless they are an employee of your business or unless they are only undertaking basic services (such as bank reconciliation, basic date entry such as entering invoices onto a computer program) then they must be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board as a BAS Agent. If they are not registered, then they may be breaking the law. You can check their registration on the Tax Practitioner Board website https://www.tpb.gov.au. They will also have their own BAS Agent number which along with the Tax Practitioner Board logo they may or may not display in their email signature.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Aside from being registered with the Tax Practitioners Board, what should you look for in a contract bookkeeper? Consider the following:

Personal traits that fit with your team
  • Do they understand your business and your industry?
  • Do they have a natural affinity with you and the personnel they will be dealing with in your business?
  • Are they knowledgeable and add value to your business?
  • Are they reliable and punctual, with strong attention to detail?
Track Record
Your bookkeeper should be able to demonstrate that they have experience relevant to the assignment you are offering. Many will likely have testimonials to evidence this.

Back-Up and Support
A good bookkeeper will have back-up and support that they can use to quickly settle issues that may be outside their skillset or experience. Back-up and support can take the form of educational materials, explanatory resources and access to other qualified practitioners from whom the bookkeeper can seek feedback and support should any technical issues arise. This support may be in the form of membership of a bookkeeping industry organisation such as Australian Bookkeepers Network https://www.austbook.net/ .

To read the complete article please see the ATR Bi Monthly update for Jan/Feb 2017 – this can be accessed via your exclusive ATR Members Area https://www.mytaxsavers.com.au/login

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