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February 2, 2017 Noelene Lake
Review your Business Performance

REVIEW your business sales, expenses, profit and bank balance -monthly at a minimum. COMPARE the budgeted figures with the actual figures and analyse the variances. MANAGE your business by changing your business plan if it is wrong and implementing strategies to improve your business bottom line. QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:

  • What value am I to my customers and can I add more value?
  • Can I do it better, quicker or more efficiently?
  • What other services can I offer?
  • Who am I marketing my products and services too?
  • Is this the right market for me or should I target another market?
  • Are there any new products or services and can I offer?

January 20, 2017 webMaster
Tax Tips Jan 2017


The month of June is not the time to start tax planning. NOW is.
There are lots of things you can do to legally minimise your income tax.
I will list a few:
Undertake and pay for:
• work related study
• work related travel 
• work related car expenses
• work related uniforms and protective wear
• income protection policy
• donations to registered charities
• retirement savings (e.g., before tax contributions to superannuation via salary sacrifice). 
• Hold investments in the name of the lower income earner if you are part of a couple and in different tax brackets. 
Your particular circumstances will determine the tax strategies to use. 
It is in your best interest to do some tax planning now, so please contact me. 


If you suspect your company is in financial difficulty get proper accounting and legal advice as early as possible, as this increases the likelihood of a company surviving. 
Some warning signs of insolvency are:
• Ongoing losses
• Poor cash flow
• Incomplete financial records 
• Increasing debt
• Problems selling stock or collecting debts
• Unrecoverable loans
• Creditor’s unpaid or paid outside of trading terms
• Solicitor’s letters, demands, summonses, judgements, warrants 
• Suppliers placing your company on C.O.D. terms
• Overdraft limit reached or defaults on loans repayments
• Problems obtaining finance
• Overdue taxes and superannuation obligations

TAX TIPS 2017 - Analysing trends to improve business

Analysing your business performance is valuable if you take action to improve your business results, however one trend by itself, is not that useful.  If, for example, your employee wages are trending upwards, you need to also look at turnover, and profit; and then analyse the ratios of wages to profit. Doing financial calculations, and analysing ratios will allow you to step back from the day to 
day operations of your business and look at the overall business performance. Remember, it is only useful if you act on the results.

August 11, 2016 webMaster
Work-Related Deductions

Some of the expenses that you may be able to claim as tax deductions are:

  • Work related expenses (e.g., uniforms, occupational specific clothing, protective wear, telephone calls, stationery, seminar and conference expenses and travel expenses).
  • Motor vehicle expenses if you used your car for work (other than to and from work unless heavy tool carrying).
  • Self-Education expenses
  • Tools and equipment expenses
  • Computer expenses (if used partly for work)
  • Home office expenses
  • Gifts or donations to registered charities
  • Union fees
  • Overtime meal expenses
  • Tax agent’s fees paid in the financial year
  • Personal superannuation contributions
  • Rental property expenses
  • Income Protection Insurance costs
Maximise your refund by bringing your expense receipts to me.