What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Offshoring Model

Facing rapid market change and regulatory conditions, Aussie financial services firms are partnering with third-party firms more than ever before. Most often, this is an economic decision to remove tedious low-value work from teams who can focus on high-yielding activities, by re-allocating the services to regions with lower pay. Meanwhile, some firms opt to enhance […]

The Top 5 Mistakes made on an SMSF: Advice from the Australian Tax Office

The ATO published a list of the most common mistakes made in the accounting process of SMSFs around the country last year. A few of the top five mistakes relate to the SMSF Annual Return (SAR) which is required to be lodged for some SMSFs next month. With recent growth of 15% in SMSF’s for […]

ATO Updates for April

Trustee Reporting Obligations for April: Transfer Balance Account Report (TBAR) For some SMSF’s, the Transfer Balance Account Report (TBAR) is due on April 28. It’s important to note additional considerations ahead of the indexation of the transfer balance cap later in the year. You’re required to lodge a TBAR for SMSF clients where: A transfer […]

SMSF Auditor Independence Standards – The Tough Decisions for Accounting Firms

In preparation for a tougher clamp down on SMSF Audit Independence Standards as of July 1, many accounting firms face a predicament. Under the updated code, those firms that offer both non assurance and SMSF audit services to their SMSF clients to decide to offer one, or the other.  The independence standard also affects those […]

6 Tips that Save Money or Spring New Business Growth.

Although the start to 2021 has been a little shaky, hopefully this year will be different to the last 12 months. If you haven’t already, take a look at six key ways in which you can reformat some areas of your financial services firm up to make 2021 your best year yet.

April 2021 ATO Deadlines (21, 28, 30 April)

21 April Today’s the deadline for lodge and payment of Quarter 3, 2020–21 PAYG instalment activity statement for head companies of consolidated groups. Lodge and pay March 2021 monthly business activity statement. 28 April Lodge and pay quarter 3, 2020–21 activity statement by this date if you’re electing to receive and lodge by paper and not an active STP […]

Your Lodgment Checklist for March 2021

21 March It’s the deadline for lodge and payment of February 2021 monthly business activity statements. 31 March Today’s the date you’re to have lodged the tax return for companies and super funds with total income of more than $2 million in the latest year lodged (excluding large/medium taxpayers), unless the return was due earlier. Payment […]

4 Industry Changes Financial Professionals Need to Know

A Market Update: Jan ’21 It’s already looking like 2021 is going to be another year of change and a dynamic time for our Industry. Although the pandemic seems to be relatively under control in Australia, unfortunately this is not the case for much of the World.   At this stage, restrictions upon travel and the […]