Federal Budget 2020

PERSONAL TAXATION

Personal tax cuts brought forward to 1 July 2020

In the Budget, the Government announced that it will bring forward to 1 July 2020 the personal tax cuts (Stage 2) that were previously legislated in 2018 to commence from 1 July 2022. The Stage 3 tax changes remain unchanged and commence from 1 July 2024, as previously legislated:

  • Stage 2 tax rates – was 1 July 2022, now 1 July 2020; and
  • Stage 3 tax rates – unchanged; to commence on 1 July 2024, as previously legislated.

The Government will bring forward the Stage 2 personal income tax cuts to 1 July 2020 (from 1 July 2022, as previously legislated in 2018). The Treasurer said this will see more than 11 million taxpayers get an immediate tax cut backdated to 1 July 2020.
From 1 July 2020:

  • the top threshold of the 19% personal income tax bracket will increase from $37,000 to $45,000; and
  • the top threshold of the 32.5% tax bracket will increase from $90,000 to $120,000.

The new low income tax offset (maximum $700) has also been brought forward to 2020–2021, while the low and middle income tax offset (maximum $1,080) has been retained for 2020–2021.
Mr Frydenberg said more than seven million individuals are expected to receive tax relief of $2,000 or more for the 2020–2021 income year compared with the 2017–2018 tax settings. Low and middle income tax payers will receive relief of up to $2,745 for singles and $5,490 for dual income families.

Stage 3: from 2024–2025

The Stage 3 tax changes remain unchanged and commence from 1 July 2024, as previously legislated. From 1 July 2024, the 32.5% marginal tax rate will be cut to 30% for one big tax bracket between $45,000 and $200,000. This will more closely align the middle tax bracket of the personal income tax system with corporate tax rates. The 37% tax bracket will be entirely abolished at this time under the Government’s already legislated plan.
Therefore, from 1 July 2024, there will only be three personal income tax rates: 19%, 30% and 45%. From 1 July 2024, taxpayers earning between $45,000 and $200,000 will face a marginal tax rate of 30%.
With these changes, around 94% of Australian taxpayers are projected to face a marginal tax rate of 30% or less.

Low income offsets: new LITO brought forward and LMITO retained

The Government announced in the Budget that the new low income tax offset (LITO) will be brought forward to start as from the 2020–2021 income year. The new LITO was intended to replace the existing low income and low and middle income tax offsets as from 2022–2023. Although the existing LITO is scrapped, the low and middle income offset (LMITO) will be retained for 2020–2021.
Bringing forward the new LITO is a consequence of bringing forward to 2020–2021 the tax cuts that were scheduled to start in 2022–2023.
The maximum amount of the new LITO is $700. The LITO will be withdrawn at a rate of 5 cents per dollar between taxable incomes of $37,500 and $45,000 and then at a rate of 1.5 cents per dollar between taxable incomes of $45,000 and $66,667.
The amount of the LMITO is $255 for taxpayers with a taxable income of $37,000 or less. Between $37,000 and $48,000, the value of LMITO increases at a rate of 7.5 cents per dollar to the maximum amount of $1,080. Taxpayers with taxable incomes from $48,000 to $90,000 are eligible for the maximum LMITO of $1,080. From $90,001 to $126,000, LMITO phases out at a rate of 3 cents per dollar.

CGT exemption for “granny flats”

The Budget confirms that the Government will put in place a “targeted” CGT exemption for granny flat arrangements.
Under the measure, CGT will not apply to the creation, variation or termination of a granny flat arrangement providing accommodation where there is a formal written agreement in place. The Budget states that it will apply to arrangements that provide accommodation for “older Australians or those with a disability”. There are no further details as to what constitutes “older” or “disability”.
The exemption will only apply to agreements that are entered into because of “family relationships or other personal ties” and will not apply to commercial rental arrangements.
It is intended that the measure commence from 1 July 2021 (i.e. next financial year), subject to the passage of necessary legislation.
The measure was earlier announced by the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer on 5 October 2020, the day the Government also publicly released the Board of Taxation’s report on the taxation of granny flat arrangements (the report had been provided to the Government in November 2019). That report recommended the CGT exemption.

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: additional 10,000 places

The Government will allocate an additional 10,000 places for first home buyers under the existing First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
Under the existing Scheme, eligible first home buyers can obtain a loan to build a new home or purchase a newly built home with a deposit of as little as 5%. The Scheme provides a Government-backed guarantee equals to the difference between the deposit (of at least 5%) and 20% of the purchase price. Applications can be made as part of the standard home loan application process through participating lenders. The Scheme has already helped almost 20,000 first home buyers.
The Treasurer said eligible first home buyers will also be able to take advantage of the Federal Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme and HomeBuilder. First home buyers may also be eligible for State and Territory grants and concessions.
The additional 10,000 places under the scheme will be provided from 6 October 2020. The additional guarantees will be available until 30 June 2021.

BUSINESS TAXATION
Small business tax concessions extended to medium businesses

The Budget confirmed the Government’s announcement on 2 October 2020 that a range of tax concessions currently available to small businesses (aggregated annual turnover under $10 million) will be made available to medium sized businesses (aggregated annual turnover of $10 million or more but less than $50 million). The extension of these concessions to medium businesses will be delivered in three phases:

  • From 1 July 2020, eligible businesses will be able to immediately deduct certain start-up expenses and certain prepaid expenditure.
  • From 1 April 2021, eligible businesses will be exempt from the 47% FBT on car parking and multiple work-related portable electronic devices, such as phones or laptops, provided to employees (note that an FBT exemption for retraining redeployed employees will also apply from 2 October 2020).

From 1 July 2021:

  • eligible businesses will be able to access the simplified trading stock rules, remit PAYG instalments based on GDP adjusted notional tax, and settle excise duty and excise-equivalent customs duty monthly on eligible goods;
  • The time limit for the ATO to amend income tax assessments will be reduced from four to two years for eligible business for income years starting from 1 July 2021; and
  • the ATO power to create a simplified accounting method determination for GST purposes will be expanded to apply to businesses below the $50 million aggregated annual turnover threshold.

The eligibility turnover thresholds for other small business tax concessions will remain at their current levels.

Outright capital assets deduction until 30 June 2022 for most businesses

Businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $5 billion will be enable to deduct the full cost of eligible capital assets acquired from 7:30pm AEDT on 6 October 2020 (Budget night) and first used or installed by 30 June 2022.
Full expensing in the year of first use will apply to new depreciable assets and the cost of improvements to existing eligible assets. For small and medium sized businesses (with aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million), full expensing will also apply to second-hand assets.
Businesses with aggregated annual turnover between $50 million and $500 million can still deduct the full cost of eligible second-hand assets costing less than $150,000 that are purchased by 31 December 2020 under the current instant asset write-off rules. Businesses that hold assets eligible for the $150,000 instant asset write-off will have an extra six months (until 30 June 2021), to first use or install such assets.
Small businesses (with aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million) can deduct the balance of their simplified depreciation pool at the end of the income year while full expensing applies. The provisions which prevent small businesses from re-entering the simplified depreciation regime for five years if they opt-out will continue to be suspended.

Loss carry-back from 2019–2020, 2020–2021 and 2021–2022

The Government will allow eligible companies to carry back tax losses from the 2019–2020, 2020–2021 or 2021–2022 income years to offset previously taxed profits in 2018–2019 or later income years.
Corporate tax entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion will be able to apply tax losses against taxed profits in a previous year, generating a refundable tax offset in the year in which the loss is made.
The tax refund will be limited by requiring that the amount carried back to not exceed the earlier taxed profits and to not generate a franking account deficit. The tax refund will be available on election by eligible businesses when they lodge their 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 tax returns.
Companies that do not elect to carry back losses under this measure can carry losses forward as normal.

Instant asset write-off: minor change

The following information sets out the rates and thresholds as they currently operate – but should be read in the context that the instant asset write-off rules are effectively irrelevant for most eligible assets purchased after 6 October 2020 until 30 June 2022. The rules set out three taxpayer categories.
For this reason, businesses with aggregated annual turnover between $50 million and $500 million can still deduct the full cost of eligible second-hand assets costing less than $150,000 that are purchased by 31 December 2020 under the instant asset write-off provisions. The tweak is this: businesses that hold assets eligible for the $150,000 instant asset write-off will have an extra six months, until 30 June 2021, to first use or install those assets.
The new outright deduction rules do not apply to second-hand goods, other than those acquired by small and medium businesses (with aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million) – who can fully expense costs associated with second-hand goods.
Accordingly, there were no changes to the rules, other than a slight tweaking for costs relating to second-hand goods acquired by large businesses (with annual aggregated turnover between $50 million and $500 million).
Given the largesse of the new outright deduction for capital assets until 30 June 2022, the instant asset write-off rules have become temporarily irrelevant for most taxpayers (those with aggregated annual turnover of less than $5 billion).

Small business entities

Those taxpayers with aggregated turnover of less than $10 million and who satisfy the other tests in Subdiv 328-C of ITAA 1997 can qualify as small business entities for the purpose of the instant asset write-off rules. A depreciating asset is a low cost asset if its cost as at the end of the income year in which the taxpayer starts to use it, or installs it ready for use, for a taxable purpose is less than the relevant threshold: s 328-180.
For small business entities, when the asset is first acquired and first used/installed ready for use, or the amount is included in the second element of cost from:

  • 3 April 2019 to 11 March 2020 – the threshold is $30,000
  • 12 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 – the threshold is $150,000.

The threshold is due to revert back to $1,000 on 1 January 2021 (although it has not been $1,000 since 2015).

Medium business entities

The next category of taxpayer for instant asset write off purposes is medium sized business entities. This applies to those with an aggregated annual turnover of $10 million or more, but less $50 million.
For medium business entities, when the asset is first acquired and first used/installed ready for use, or the amount is included in the second element of cost from:

  • 3 April 2019 to 11 March 2020 – the threshold is $30,000
  • 12 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 – the threshold is $150,000.

There was an increase in the threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 when the COVID measures started. The instant asset write-off under s 40-82 will cease to be available to medium businesses from 1 January 2021.

Large business entities

The third category of taxpayer for instant asset write off purposes is large business entities. This applies to those with an aggregated annual turnover of $10 million or more, but less $500 million. The write-off has only been available to such entities while the COVID measures are in place.
For large business entities, when the asset is first acquired and first used/installed ready for use, or the amount is included in the second element of cost from:

  • 12 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 – the threshold is $150,000.

to first use or install assets (rather than 31 December 2020). It otherwise ceases on 31 December 2020.until 30 June 2021As noted, taxpayers in this category have

Depreciation rules still relevant

There were no changes to the capital allowance rules in the 2020–2021 Federal Budget. This means that the depreciation rules as currently legislated will not change.
This is not a surprise, given the ability of pretty much all businesses to claim an outright deduction for new asset purchases from 7 October 2020 to 30 June 2022.
Note, though, that as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government had earlier enacted to allow businesses with aggregated turnovers of less than $500 million in an income year to deduct capital allowances for depreciating assets at an accelerated rate. This is a temporary measure – it is due to finish on 30 June 2021.
It is worth revisiting these rules because there may be acquisitions that may fall outside the outright deduction rules but still qualify for depreciation (eg certain second-hand goods). The rules still have an ongoing relevance for acquisitions made on or before 6 October 2020.
Due to the temporary nature of the concession, the measures were enacted in the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 (TPA).

To be eligible for the accelerated depreciation, the depreciating asset must be (s 40-125 TPA):

  • new and not previously held by another entity (other than as trading stock or for the purposes of reasonable testing or trialling) – this excludes most second-hand assets;
  • first held on or after 12 March 2020 (a post-11 March 2020 asset); and
  • first used or first installed ready for use for a taxable purpose on or after 12 March 2020 and before 1 July 2021.

A depreciating asset will not qualify for the accelerated depreciation if (s 40-120(3) TPA):

  • the decline in value of the asset has already been deducted under the instant asset write-off rules;
  • the decline in value of the asset is worked out using low-value and software development pools; or
  • the decline in value of the asset is worked using Subdiv 40-F of ITAA 1997 (ie certain primary production depreciating assets).

In terms of working out the accelerated depreciation, different rules apply depending on whether or not an entity is using the simplified rules for capital allowances for small businesses.
An entity with aggregated turnover of less than $500 million in the income year that does not use the simplified depreciation rules may deduct an amount at an accelerated rate for qualifying assets. The amount the entity can deduct in the income year the asset is first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose is:

  • 50% of the cost (or adjustable value where applicable) of the depreciating asset; and
  • the amount of the usual depreciation deduction that would otherwise apply but calculated after first offsetting a decline in value of 50%.

A small business entity (with aggregated turnover less than $10 million in the income year) that uses the simplified depreciation rules may deduct an amount equal to 57.5% (rather than 15%) of the taxable purpose proportion of the adjusted value of a qualifying depreciating asset added to the general small business pool in an income year.

Corporate residency test to be clarified

The Government will make technical amendments to clarify the corporate residency test.
The law will be amended to provide that a company that is incorporated offshore will be treated as an Australian tax resident if it has a “significant economic connection to Australia”. This test will be satisfied where both the company’s core commercial activities are undertaken in Australia and its central management and control is in Australia.
 
The Government said that the corporate residency rules are fundamental to determining a company’s Australian income tax liability. The ATO’s interpretation following the High Court’s decision in Bywater Investments Ltd v FCT (2016) 104 ATR 82 departed from the long-held position on the definition of a corporate resident. The Government asked the Board of Taxation to review the definition in 2019–2020.
This measure is consistent with the Board’s key recommendation in its 2020 report: Review of Corporate Tax Residency and will mean the treatment of foreign incorporated companies will reflect the position prior to the High Court’s decision in Bywater.
The measure will have effect from the first income year after the date of the enabling legislation receives assent, but taxpayers will have the option of applying the new law from 15 March 2017 (the date on which the ATO withdrew Ruling TR 2004/15: Residence of companies not incorporated in Australia — carrying on a business in Australia and central management and control).

FBT exemption for retraining redeployed employees

The Budget confirmed the Government’s announcement on 2 October 2020 that it will provide an FBT exemption for employer-provided retraining and reskilling benefits provided to redundant, or soon to be redundant, employees where the benefits are not related to their current employment.
Currently, FBT is payable if an employer provides training to its employees that is not sufficiently connected to their current employment. For example, a business that retrains their sales assistant in web design to redeploy them to an online marketing role in the business can be liable for FBT. By removing FBT, the Treasurer said employers will be encouraged to retain redundant employees to prepare them for their next career.
The FBT exemption will not extend to retraining acquired by way of a salary packaging arrangement or training provided through Commonwealth supported places at universities, which already receive a benefit, or extend to repayments towards Commonwealth student loans.
In addition, the Government said it will consult on allowing an individual to deduct education and training expenses they incur themselves where the expense is not related to their current employment. In this respect, the Government acknowledged that the current rules, which limit self-education deductions to training related to current employment, may act as a disincentive to individuals to retrain and reskill to support their future employment and career.
 
The FBT exemption will apply from 2 October 2020.
Note that an FBT exemption from 1 April 2021 will also apply for eligible businesses on car parking and multiple work-related portable electronic devices, such as phones or laptops.
 
The proposed FBT exemption for retraining employees follows a Senate Committee recommendation calling for eligible outplacement training to be included under the FBT exemption. The interim report by the Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology recently called on the Government to explore the inclusion of eligible outplacement training under the FBT exemption for eligible start-ups.

FBT record-keeping: reducing compliance burden

To reduce the FBT compliance burden, the Government will provide the ATO with the power to allow employers to rely on existing corporate records, rather than employee declarations and other prescribed records, to finalise their FBT returns.
Currently, the FBT legislation prescribes the form that certain records must take and forces employers, and in some cases employees, to create additional records in order to comply with FBT obligations.
This measure will apply from the start of the first FBT year (1 April) after the date the enabling legislation receives assent.

R&D Tax Incentive changes

The Government has announced a number of changes to the R&D tax offset measures contained in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 and deferred the start date of those measures to income years starting on or after 1 July 2021.
In broad terms, the Bill proposes:

  • increasing the R&D expenditure threshold from $100 million to $150 million and making the threshold a permanent feature of the law;
  • linking the R&D tax offset for refundable R&D tax offset claimants to claimants’ corporate tax rates plus a 13.5% premium;
  • capping the refundability of the R&D tax offset at $4 million per annum; and
  • increasing the targeting of the incentive to larger R&D entities with high levels of R&D intensity.

Refundable tax offset increased

For companies with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $20 million, the refundable R&D tax offset will be set at 18.5% above the claimant’s company tax rate (compared to 13.5% in the Bill).

Annual cap on cash refunds abandoned

The Government will not proceed with the measure proposed in the Bill to impose an annual cap on R&D tax offset refunds of $4 million (with any remaining offset amounts being treated as non-refundable carry-forward tax offsets).
The Bill provided an exclusion from the annual cap for eligible expenditure on clinical trials registered as R&D activities. This carve out acknowledged opportunities for growth in the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. The Budget Papers do not provide any guidance as to whether clinical trials will be given special recognition by other means under the R&D incentive rules.

R&D intensity bands reduced

For companies with aggregated annual turnover of $20 million or more, the Government will reduce the number of R&D intensity tiers from three to two.
The Bill makes provision for R&D premium offsets (above the company’s tax rate) tied to a company’s incremental R&D intensity (notional deductions/total expenses).

State COVID-19 business support grants: NANE income

The Federal Government announced that the Victorian government’s business support grants for small and medium business will be non-assessable, non-exempt (NANE) income for tax purposes. The Victorian Government announced the grants on 13 September.
The Federal Government will extend this arrangement to all states and territories on an application basis. Eligibility would be restricted to future grants program announcements for small and medium businesses facing similar circumstances to Victorian businesses.
A new power will be introduced in the income tax laws to make regulations to ensure that specified state and territory COVID-19 business support grant payments are NANE income.
Eligibility for this treatment will be limited to grants announced on or after 13 September 2020 and for payments made between 13 September 2020 and 30 June 2021.

JobMaker Hiring Credit

The Budget announced that the Government will provide $4 billion over three years from 2020–2021 to accelerate employment growth by supporting organisations to take on additional employees through a hiring credit. The JobMaker Hiring Credit will be available to eligible employers over 12 months from 7 October 2020 for each additional new job they create for an eligible employee.
Eligible employers who can demonstrate that the new employee will increase overall employee headcount and payroll will receive $200 per week if they hire an eligible employee aged 16 to 29 years or $100 per week if they hire an eligible employee aged 30 to 35 years. The JobMaker Hiring Credit will be available for up to 12 months from the date of employment of the eligible employee with a maximum amount of $10,400 per additional new position created.
To be eligible, the employee will need to have worked for a minimum of 20 hours per week, averaged over a quarter, and received the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance (other) or Parenting Payment for at least one month out of the three months prior to when they are hired.
New jobs created until 6 October 2021 will attract the JobMaker Hiring Credit for up to 12 months from the date the new position is created.
To be eligible, the employee must have received the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance (Other), or Parenting Payment for at least one of the previous three months at the time of hiring.
The JobMaker Hiring Credit will be claimed quarterly in arrears by the employer from the ATO from 1 February 2021. Employers will need to report quarterly that they meet the eligibility criteria.
To attract the JobMaker Hiring Credit, the employee must be in an additional job created from 7 October 2020. To demonstrate that the job is additional, specific criteria must be met, requiring that there is an increase in:

  • the business’s total employee headcount (minimum of one additional employee) from the reference date of 30 September 2020; and
  • the payroll of the business for the reporting period, as compared to the three months to 30 September 2020.

Employer eligibility

Employers are eligible to receive the JobMaker Hiring Credit if they:

  • have an ABN;
  • are up to date with tax lodgment obligations;
  • are registered for PAYG withholding;
  • are reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP);
  • meet the “additionality criteria”;
  • are claiming in respect of an eligible employee; and
  • have kept adequate records of the paid hours worked by the employee they are claiming the hiring credit in respect of.

Newly established businesses

Newly established businesses and businesses with no employees at the reference date of 30 September 2020 can claim the JobMaker Hiring Credit where they meet the criteria. The minimum baseline headcount is one, so employers who had no employees at 30 September 2020 or whose business was created after this reference date will not be eligible for the first employee hired, but will be eligible for the second and subsequent eligible hires.

Supporting small business and responsible lending

The Budget confirmed that the Government will implement reforms to support consumers and businesses affected by COVID-19 to facilitate Australia’s economic recovery. The reforms are designed to reduce regulatory burden to ensure a timely flow of credit and resolution for distressed business. These include:

  • introducing a new process to enable eligible incorporated small businesses in financial distress to restructure their own affairs;
  • simplifying the liquidation process for eligible incorporated small businesses;
  • support for the insolvency sector;
  • introducing a standard licensing regime for debt management firms who represent consumers in dispute resolution processes with credit providers;
  • removing duplication between the responsible lending obligations contained in the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) standards and guidance for authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and establishing a similar new credit framework for non-ADIs;
  • enhancing the regulation of small amount credit contracts and consumer leases to ensure that the most vulnerable consumers are protected.

Wage subsidy for new apprentices

The Government will provide a capped 50% wage subsidy to businesses who take on a new Australian apprentice from 5 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.
It will be available to employers of any size or industry, Australia-wide, regardless of geographic location or occupation. There are two important caps:

  • it is limited to 100,000 new apprentices or trainees in total; and
  • the 50% subsidy will be limited to $7,000 per quarter ($28,000 per annum).

More information can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website. The payment will be paid in respect of commencing or recommencing apprentices; that is, it will be possible to re-employ former apprentices whose employment had been terminated.
The scheme will run from 5 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. The measure was earlier announced by the Prime Minister on 5 October 2020. The Department of Education, Skills and Employment states that the start date for claims is 1 January 2021; that is, payments will be made in arrears.

SOCIAL SECURITY
$250 cash payments for income support recipients

The Government will pay two $250 economic support payments for eligible income support recipients and concession card holders. The payments will be made from November 2020 and early 2021 to eligible income support recipients and concession card holders, including:

  • Age Pension;
  • Disability Support Pension;
  • Carer Payment;
  • Family Tax Benefit, including Double Orphan Pension (not in receipt of a primary income support payment);
  • Carer Allowance (not in receipt of a primary income support payment);
  • Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holders (not in receipt of a primary income support payment);
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders; and
  • eligible Veterans’ Affairs payment recipients and concession card holders.

The $250 cash payments are tax exempt and will not count as income support for social security purposes. These cash payments follow the two $750 stimulus payments in April and July 2020 for social security and veteran income support recipients and concession card holders.

Paid Parental Leave: alternative work test

The Government announced in the Budget that it is also supporting new parents whose employment was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing an alternative Paid Parental Leave work test period for a limited time.
Under normal circumstances, parents must have worked 10 of the 13 months prior to the birth or adoption of their child to qualify, but that is being temporarily extended to 10 months out of the 20 months for births and adoptions that occur between 22 March 2020 and 31 March 2021. This measure is estimated to allow about 9,000 mothers to regain eligibility for Parental Leave Pay and allow a further 3,500 people to claim Dad and Partner Pay.

SUPERANNUATION
Super reforms: accounts to be stapled to members; best financial interests duty; other

The Government will provide $159.6 million to implement reforms to superannuation to improve outcomes for super fund members.
The Your Future, Your Super package, which will seek to reduce the number of duplicate accounts held by employees as a result of changes in employment and prevent new members joining underperforming funds, includes:

  • YourSuper portal – the ATO will develop systems so that new employees will be able to select a superannuation product from a table of MySuper products through the YourSuper portal;
  • stapled accounts – an existing superannuation account will be “stapled” to a member to avoid the creation of a new account when that person changes their employment. Future enhancements will enable payroll software developers to build systems to simplify the process of selecting a superannuation product for both employees and employers through automated provision of information to employers;
  • MySuper benchmarking – from July 2021, APRA will conduct benchmarking tests on the net investment performance of MySuper products, with products that have underperformed over two consecutive annual tests prohibited from receiving new members until a further annual test that shows they are no longer underperforming. Non-MySuper accumulation products where the decisions of the trustee determine member outcomes will be added from 1 July 2022. The funding for this initiative will be met through an increase in levies on regulated financial institutions; and
  • super trustees – best financial interests duty – to improve transparency and accountability of super funds, the Government will legislate to compel super trustees to also act in the best “financial” interests of their members.

The Treasurer said this package of reforms will help improve the $3 trillion superannuation system, and save members $17.9 billion over 10 years, by:

  • having an individual’s super follow them – preventing the creation of unintended multiple superannuation accounts when employees change jobs. Instead, an individual’s super will follow them so that a new employer will pay their super contributions into the individual’s existing account;
  • making it easier to choose a better fund – members will have access to a new interactive online YourSuper comparison tool which will encourage funds to compete harder for members’ savings. It will show a member’s current super accounts and prompt them to consider consolidating accounts if they have more than one;
  • holding funds to account for underperformance – to protect members from poor outcomes and encourage funds to lower costs, the Government will require superannuation products to meet an annual objective performance test. Those that fail will be required to inform members by 1 October 2021. Persistently underperforming products will be prevented from taking on new members; and
  • improving transparency and accountability – the Government will increase trustee accountability by strengthening their obligations to ensure trustees only act in the best financial interests of members. The Government will also require super funds to provide better information regarding how they manage and spend members’ money in advance of Annual Members’ Meetings.

All measures will commence by 1 July 2021.

Stapled accounts: how they will work

The first phase of the reforms is proposed to commence on 1 July 2021. Employers will no longer automatically create a new superannuation account in their chosen default fund for new employees when they do not decide on a super fund. Instead, employers will obtain information about the employee’s existing super fund from the ATO, if it is not provided by the employee. The employer will do this by logging onto ATO online services and entering the employee’s details. Once an account has been selected, the employer will pay super contributions into the employee’s account.
The second phase of the reforms will see the ATO provide a new service for employers. As of 1 July 2022, the ATO will enable digital software providers to give employers the option to automate the communications between the employer’s payroll system and the ATO system. Once this new service is adopted, it will remove the need for the employer to manually enter into their payroll system their employees’ superannuation fund details, reducing business administration costs.
Under both phases, if an employee does not have an existing super account (eg is new to the workforce) and does not make a decision regarding a fund, the employer will pay the employee’s super into their nominated default super fund.

Super trustees: best financial interests duty

The Government will legislate to compel super trustees to act in the best financial interests of their members. Consistent with the recommendation of the Productivity Commission to clarify what it means for a trustee to act in members’ best interests, the Government said it will put beyond doubt that trustees must act in the best financial interests of members. The measure seeks to remove ambiguity on how super trustees should be spending members’ money.
It will also give effect to the statement in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Act 2012 that “RSE [Registrable Superannuation Entity] licensees will have a heightened obligation to act in the best financial interests of members that accept the default option”.
In addition to strengthening the duty owed by trustees, the onus on demonstrating compliance with the new duty will be reversed so that trustees must establish that there was a reasonable basis to support their actions being consistent with members’ best financial interests.
To ensure that the best financial interests duty is complied with by super funds, these changes will be accompanied by anti-avoidance measures, to ensure payments from the super fund to a third party (including an interposed or a related entity) do not undermine the intent of the changes. No materiality threshold will apply to the new duty.
The penalty provisions introduced by the Government under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No 1) Act 2019 will apply for breaches of the new duty for both the trustee and individual directors.

Super Guarantee: no change to rate increase set for July 2021

The Budget did not announce any change to the timing of the next Super Guarantee (SG) rate increase. The SG rate is currently legislated to increase from 9.5% to 10% from 1 July 2021, and by 0.5% per year from 1 July 2022 until it reaches 12% from 1 July 2025.
Prior to the Budget, there was speculation as to whether the Government may consider delaying this legislated SG rate increase in the interest of promoting spending and jobs, at the expense of workers’ retirement savings. Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) modelling has previously suggested that an average income earner aged 30 today, and on a $70,000 salary would have $71,600 less when retiring at 67 if the SG stays at 9.5%.
While the Budget did not announce any change to the start date for the SG rate increase, the Government probably does not need to decide this policy issue until next year’s Federal Budget in May 2021, ahead of the 1 July 2021 legislated change date for the SG rate.

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Accounting & Taxation Services

We believe accounting services should be straight forward and stress-free. By providing cutting edge bookkeeping, accounting, taxation and financial solutions and using the right products for your record keeping, our team at Guests Accounting will work with you to understand your needs and help you achieve your goals, making it easier for you to manage your cash flow and meet your tax obligations.

While fiscal compliance is of the upmost importance, we at Guests Accounting also believe in offering management advice and support at all levels of our services. We are committed to offering the highest level of friendly and professional service and welcome the opportunity to work with you.

The areas we specialise in are as follows:

  • Accounting & Tax Consultancy Services
  • Personal & Business Tax Returns
  • Annual Reporting
  • Business and Tax Advisory
  • ATO correspondence Management
  • Self-Managed Super
  • Cloud accounting experts

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Business Accounting

Concentrate on running your business and let Guests Accounting take care of all your business accounting and taxation requirements.

Some of the services we can offer your business include:

  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • Accounting software advice and assistance
  • Business & company tax returns
  • Taxation – GST & PAYG advice, BAS preparation
  • Guests Accounting can liaise with the ATO on your behalf
  • WorkCover: your obligations
  • Audit advice & audit insurance
  • Superannuation for you and your staff
  • Business ‘start up’ advice
  • Prepare Business plans and financial budgets and review regularly
  • Measure your performance against industry benchmarks
  • Trust & company structures
  • Business Insurance

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Personal Accounting

We offer a range of Personal Accounting services for individual employees. Our most popular Personal Accounting service is assisting with completing tax returns for individuals.

Tax returns can be complex and there are allowable tax deductions and expense claims that can be made that you may not be aware of. We can help you minimise your payable tax and potentially increase your tax return and make sure your tax return is lodged on time.

We also offer advice on:

  • Investment properties, tax and negative gearing
  • Tax & share investments
  • HELP (higher education loans) debts
  • Superannuation advice
  • Advice on setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF)
  • Late tax returns

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Bookkeeping & Financial Record Management

One of the most important steps in the preparation of financial information is the data entry. It is the vital part of your accounting process, ensuring that your financial information is up to date and accurate.

Our highly experienced team of bookkeepers will get the job done efficiently by using cloud based products and software shortcuts, leaving you more time to concentrate on your business.

Guests Accounting can take over all, or some of your bookkeeping activities allowing you to concentrate on growing your business. We can:

  • Design, establish and review accounting systems and software
  • Perform checks, reconciliations and end of financial year reports
  • Manage your accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Ensure your business is up to speed with legislative requirements and management reports
  • Undertake payroll duties and compliance
  • Prepare and lodge BAS statements
  • GST & PAYE advice
  • BAS Lodgement
  • GST Reconciliation
  • PAYG Withholding & Superannuation reports
  • Completing expense reports
  • Direct to bank account transactions
  • Organising your documents and records
  • Data / ledger entry
  • Paying bills
  • Completing expense reports
  • Direct to bank account transactions
  • Provide general business administrative support

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Business Advisory

Helping our clients grow, strengthen and develop their businesses is our main aim.  Whether small, medium or large receiving expert help in areas such as strategy development, management accounting, cost analysis and budgeting is very important to attaining a business’s short and long objectives.

Our aim is to enable you and your business to maximise potential and profitability.  We do this by providing the highest level of technical and commercial solutions to resolve issues that might impair the attainment of these outcomes.

We also have particular expertise in advising our private clients with family succession strategies that allows for the effective transfer of wealth to future generations.

Our expertise and time will help you attain your goals.

We specialise in the following:

  • Corporate Structure
  • Strategy development and facilitation
  • Strategic board and management reporting
  • Budget preparation and review
  • Updating your business plan
  • Business value maximisation
  • Systems review
  • Sustainability
  • Financial diagnostic analysis
  • Cash flow and profitability
  • Business succession planning and implementation
  • Business valuations for acquisition or sale
  • Estate planning
  • Asset protection structuring

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Business Start-Ups & Structures

Choosing your business structure is an important decision and we can advise you on the best structure for your requirements. There are four main business structures commonly used by small businesses in Australia and we can help with them all:

Sole trader: an individual operating as the sole person legally responsible for all aspects of the business.
Partnership: an association of people or entities running a business together, but not as a company. A partnership is relatively inexpensive to set up and operate.
Company: a legal entity separate from its shareholders.
Trust: an entity that holds property or income for the benefit of others. Trusts require a formal trust deed that outlines how the trust operates, require the trustee to undertake formal yearly administrative tasks and if you operate your business as a trust, the trustee is legally responsible for its operations. A trustee of a trust can be a company, providing some asset protection.

It is important to note that you can change your business structure throughout the life of your business.

We can help with the following:

  • Corporate Structures
  • Updating your business plan
  • Business value maximisation
  • Systems review
  • Sustainability
  • Strategic planning
  • Financial diagnostic analysis
  • Cash flow and profitability
  • Corporate compliance
    • Formation of trusts and new company registrations
    • Provision of registered office services for service of notices
    • Attending to ASIC returns and regular filings on your behalf
    • Business name registrations and maintenance
    • Preparing minutes and drafting resolutions

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Cloud Accounting solutions featuring MYOB, Reckon and XERO

Cloud Accounting

Cloud accounting is essentially your accounting software stored and accessed from an online server which allows upgrading of software, tax tables for payroll, also data backups are managed remotely and automatically by the software provider.  This is a great time saver for any small to medium business owner.

Our solutions will help your business take advantage of an eco-system where your accounting software is the centre of all your information. From manufacturing, inventory, to customer relationship management (CRM), rostering/timesheets to payroll, you will be in control of every aspect of your business represented by a thorough reporting system.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for an obligation free consultation session on business software solutions. Our well-trained staff will provide you with the best solution that suits your needs and budget. With customised solutions, discounted software subscription, hands-on and personal training, we are committed to deliver you a quality of service that will meet and exceed your expectations.

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Auditing

There are many reasons why a business or association may need to be audited. These include audits regulated by ASIC, government departments and licensing authorities.

You may wish for your business to be audited to ensure your financials are all correct, up to date and compliant with Australian accounting standards.

We offer ongoing support for annual audits and can discuss audit insurance for your business.

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are required to be audited annually.

Our business auditing services include:

  • Statutory Audits
  • Specialist Reviews
  • Business Risk Reviews
  • Self Managed Superannuation Fund Audits
  • Due Diligence reviews

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Payroll Management

Whether you’re just starting out, experiencing rapid growth or sustaining a mature company we have the solutions for your payroll needs.  We know that accrual and recording of annual and sick leave is a headache most employers can do without.

At Guests we offer a cost saving service that will keep your company compliant with all relevant legislation and will processes your payroll on time and accurately.

We will save you time, reduce costs and offer flexible options.

We can assist with the preparation of:

  • Pay slips
  • Payment of salaries and other benefits
  • Accrual of all types of leave and recording of leave taken
  • Calculation and payment of superannuation

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Migration Assistance Services

We have been working closely with a number of leading migration lawyers and agents to assist our clients to obtain Business Migration Visas (Visa subclass 188, Subclass 132, Subclass 888), Employer sponsored skill migration visas (the old 457 visa or the new TSS visa program).

– Prepare financial reports and Business Plan in a compliant format for migration purposes.
– Prepare statements of financial position of the Applicant and Sponsoring Employer.
– Undertaking due diligence on business and asset purchases.
– Buy/Sell Agreement and Negotiations
– Provide insights on compliance with the Points System necessary for the Government visa requirements.
– Provide tax and business advisory services in order for holders of the subclass 188 visa to meet the requirements of Permanent visa subclass 888.

Primary contact: Ms. Ha Nguyen. Email: hn@guests.com.au

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Accounting services for Accommodation, Restaurants and Hospitality Venues

Accounting for Accommodation, Restaurants and Hospitality Venues

This is an industry with high levels of competition, hard won competitive advantage, and global influences that are constantly changing. Guests Accounting’s experience in this industry is extensive and we have the expertise and provide the range of services that are delivering the results our clients want.

While our accounting skills are very important in delivering the financial analysis and interpretation needed for better strategy development and implementation it is how we use these skills and experience in the following areas that make our efforts even more productive.

  • Acquisition or sale of a business, Amalgamation advice
  • Management advice in the operation of properties
  • Business and governance support
  • Specialist advisory and taxation services, including:
  • Business planning
  • Cashflow projections
  • Working capital management

The accommodation and hospitality industry is subject to many rules and regulations and it is part of our role to ensure our clients are kept abreast of changes and the financial impact that can accompany such change.

Our experience in this industry means you can be confident we’ll provide the financial guidance you need while you focus on what you do best, provide customer satisfaction.

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Accounting services for barristers and solicitors

Accounting for Barristers and Solicitors

Work as a barrister or solicitor can be incredibly time consuming. Potentially long hours and long work weeks, keeping up to date with constantly changing legal paradigms and working through client cases can leave little time for yourself.

Give Yourself a Break

With so much on your plate, the last thing you may want to worry about are your taxes and accounting requirements. By using an accountant to assist in handling your taxes and other relative finances, you could reduce your taxation workload and potentially claim more of your expenses, plus you could have more time to focus on your career and your personal life.

Years of Industry Knowledge, Aimed at Helping Clients

Guests Accounting have been providing accountancy and taxation services to clients throughout Melbourne for many years. We focus on developing strong client relationships, identifying each client’s individual scenario along with their goals, and helping them achieve their accountancy requirements.

Professional Services for Business Start-ups and Established Businesses

We offer a broad range of business services for individuals and small to large firms. Whether you’re managing an established business or starting up one of your own, we can assist you with your accounting and tax needs, from the preparation of certain financial documents, claiming expenses, your tax returns and much more.

If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss your options. Staff at Guests Accounting are more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

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Accounting services for construction and property developers

Accounting for Construction and Property Developers

The process of running a construction business can be profitable though extremely time-consuming at points. Client deadlines, management of construction supplies, Occupational Health and Safety on site, along with overseeing staff and subcontractors is a lot to deal with it as it is.

Effective management of your cash flow and other financial requirements such as taxation can make the difference between your building business flourishing or struggling. Using a professional accountant that understands the financial issues of running a business can provide a benefit to you and your business, such as giving you more time to focus on your business and personal life, rather than worrying heavily about taxation.

With years of industry experience, Guests Accounting has provided accounting services to building businesses in the suburbs of Melbourne, delivering comprehensive tax services and knowledge in the industry.

Comprehensive Services

We provide a wide range of accounting services and advice to businesses and individuals, including:

  • Payroll and bookkeeping services and options
  • Advice relating to claiming motor vehicle expenses
  • Preparing income tax returns and certain financial documents
  • Advice on record keeping software, spreadsheets and tools for recording income and expenses of your business
  • Equipment finance (tools, construction supplies, etc)
  • Advice in relation to the sale and purchase of a business
  • Tax planning strategies
  • Advice for business start-ups
  • Plus much more support.

Whatever direction you’re looking to take your business or contracting, we’re here to help with your taxation and accounting needs. It’s a common situation where builders, trades people and businesses are using software that is beyond their requirements, potentially leading to confusion along with a waste of time and money. We can provide advice with record keeping in regards to your expenses and income, based on your accounting skill level and what is appropriate for your business and goals.

If you’re interested in finding out how we can help you and your business with your taxes, give us a call today or email your enquiry. Staff are happy to answer any questions you may have in relation to our services and appointments.

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Accounting services for doctors and medical professionals

Accounting for Health and Allied Services, Doctors and Medical Professionals

Working in the medical industry can be incredibly fulfilling though also extremely time consuming. Potentially long and extended hours, keeping up to date with patient or client details, travelling and on call jobs can leave you exhausted.

With all this on your plate, worrying about parts of your taxes shouldn’t be an issue. A professional accountant can assist you with your taxes and accountancy, giving you more time to focus on your career and personal life. Not only can accountants reduce your taxation work load but they can also assist with evaluating your expenses to reduce the amount of tax payable or enhance your tax return depending on your situation.

Guests Accounting have helped a range of doctors and medical professionals with their accounting and taxation needs for years in Melbourne. With a devoted team of accounting experts, we focus on providing great service and support for all our clients, whether an individual, small practice, organisation or large business.

Not only do we provide accounting services to doctors but also a large range of medical professionals and careers, such as the following:

  • Patient transport service (PTS) drivers and ambulance care assistants
  • Art therapists
  • Audiology staff and businesses
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Chiropractors
  • Counsellors
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, technicians and therapists
  • Dieticians
  • General practitioners (GPs)
  • Housekeepers
  • Learning disabilities nursing
  • Massage therapists
  • Mental health nurses
  • Music therapists
  • Myotherapists
  • Neurophysiology and neurosurgery
  • Osteopaths
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Practice secretaries and typists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Sterile services management
  • Plus many more medical areas.

Staff at Guests Accounting are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or the taxation and accounting process. If you would like to book an appointment or have a query, please contact us today.

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Accounting services for investors

Accounting for Manufacturing Companies

Working closely with our clients and providing professional specialised accounting and management expertise is why many quality manufacturing firms have employed our services for generations.  The benefits of working with a firm that knows what it’s like to be at the ‘coal face’ can’t be overstated.

It’s this approach, passion, professionalism, skill-set and dedication to our task that has given many large Australian businesses the confidence to employ our services.

Manufacturing is the one of the more complex forms of business and made all the more difficult because competition, competiveness and global trends are constantly changing.  Managing this change is what makes or breaks companies but we know our extensive experience across industries and accounting issues has helped many manage their way through problems and others build on their success.

Whatever the situation Guests Accounting has the expertise and experience to help you get the job done.

The services we offer to help you deliver the outcomes your company and stakeholders want are as follows:

  • General accounting input
  • Information technology
  • Audit services
  • Regular management reporting
  • Detailed financial analysis and reporting for profit and loss, balance sheet, and funds statements
  • Cost of production analysis
  • Accurate cost accounting
  • Lead time management
  • Capital requirement
  • Tendering
  • Analysis of actual vs standard cost
  • Identify inefficiencies
  • Manage wastage
  • Source supplies
  • Optimise plant capacities.

Providing financial reporting is one thing but it is how this data is interpreted and used to implement strategy is at the core of Guests Accounting’s value to your firm.

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Accounting services for marketing and digital marketing agencies

Accounting for Marketing and Digital Marketing Agencies

Advertising agencies, marketing consultancies, designers and digital innovators collectively represent one of the fastest growing business segments. They create brands, build websites and deliver marketing campaigns.

At Guests Accounting we believe that accounting is an important and necessary piece of every digital agency’s strategic framework. Accounting is more than balancing books and making sure you’re ready for next year’s taxes. It’s planning for future growth and success.

The specialised services Guests Accounting offer include:

  • Ongoing internal accounting for the Marketing/Advertising Agency itself
  • Assisting to build processes for reconciling your employee’s billable hours to preparing and sending invoices to your client’s on a consistent and continual basis (hourly billing)
  • Calculating project costing and profitability (fixed fee and hourly billing)
  • Employee compensation consulting in an organisational environment wherein your employees consist of a variety of skill sets (engineers, creatives, core operations and business development)
  • Forecasting profits based on management and ownership goals
  • Monitor revenue and collection patterns (Cash Flow)
  • Identifying your key metrics and benchmarking with your competitors
  • Assist with ownership and transition strategies
  • Work to establish financial reporting best practices
  • CFO business advisory and evaluation services
  • Business valuations
  • Succession and ownership transfer planning
  • Risk management (insurance strategies)
  • Budgeting, forecasting, and performance review
  • Customised monthly, quarterly, or annual financial reports
  • Growth strategies (from Mergers and Acquisitions to Organic growth)

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Accounting services for business enterprises and private businesses

Accounting for Private and Business Enterprises

Many of Australia’s best and most successful businesses are privately owned but such ownership comes with its own unique needs and challenges.  Guests Accounting have many years experience working in this area and understand well the unique challenges facing owners of family businesses.

While family businesses face the normal ups and downs of business life there is always the added complexity of family relationships that can make business decisions more difficult.  At Guests Accounting we are able to manage all businesses aspects of such ventures due to our long experience working with family businesses that means we look to address other issues that might impact more heavily than they should.  Issues such as:

  • Lack of quality succession planning and inadequate training of junior family members.
  • External investments draining cash from operations and diverting focus on core operations.
  • Poor governance and management systems.
  • Lack of capital investment and financial support.
  • Has the business adequately distinguished business and family governance?
  • Is there a degree of independent guidance?
  • Is the management team adequately equipped?
  • Generational transition planning, business coaching and mentoring.
  • Operational and strategic management structuring: family versus independent management.
  • Objective external advice on family issues and conflict resolution processes.
  • Assistance with the development and implementation of a family charter, family forums, family councils and advisory boards.
  • Responsive financial, accounting and business advisory support.
  • Family business succession planning.

We pride ourselves on the strength of the relationships we build with our clients and the depth of knowledge and understanding we develop over time.  Nowhere is this more important than with our family business clients.

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Accounting services for primary producers and farmers

Accounting for Primary Producers and Farmers

Managing a farm is a time consuming task. Overseeing staff and ensuring your day to day operations are running smoothly can take up enough time as it is; the last thing you may want to deal with is financial paper work and tax.

A professional accountant can help you efficiently manage your accounting, bookkeeping and taxation requirements, while also providing you with advice and strategies to help effectively grow your business. This can give you more time to focus on what’s important to you, such as handling tasks on your farm and enjoying life outside of work.

For over 60 years we have been providing accounting services for primary producers and farmers throughout Victoria. We understand what farmers require to effectively manage the finances of their farming operations and endeavour to provide all of our farming clients with effective advice and services to do such.

Take the Stress out of Tax with Help from a Professional Accountant

Time is money—two things that accountants can save for you. A professional accountant has the expertise and industry experience to help you efficiently, effectively and quickly manage your accounts, all while helping you save money and reduce tax.

Here at Guests Accounting, we can help you with:

  • Identifying opportunities to legally reduce tax payable
  • Preparation of income tax returns
  • Equipment finance
  • Assistance with employment compliance, such as WorkCover and superannuation
  • Cash flow projections
  • Tax planning strategies
  • Liaising with farm consultants
  • Advice on record keeping software, spreadsheets and tools for recording income and expenses of your business
  • Advice in relation to the sale and purchase of equipment or properties
  • Advice in relation to business expansion and growth
  • Assistance with drought and flood claims
  • Assistance with government incentive programs
  • Advice for business start ups
  • Succession planning.

Looking for help with your accounting and taxation requirements?

Whether a small or medium sized business farm, our team at Guests Accounting have the expertise to help you with all of your tax, accounting, GST and business advice needs.

Contact us today for comprehensive services at affordable prices, and advice you can trust.

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Accounting services for retail businesses and managers

Accounting for Retail Businesses and Managers

Managing a retail business can be a time consuming and complex task. You have to make sure that your staff can perform well, are receiving appropriate payment in regards to their wage and superannuation, plus then there’s the range of OH&S and compliance issues that must be followed.

Guests Accounting understands the financial implications that retailers have to deal with. We offer you professional experience, technical knowledge and support with your taxes and accounting.

Professional Accounting Services

Our services for retailers include:

  • Start-up business financial advice
  • Payroll and bookkeeping services
  • Income tax returns
  • Tax planning strategies
  • Accounting software advice and selection
  • Tools and spreadsheets to assist in detailing and reporting income and expenses
  • Advice about the sale and purchase of your business
  • Advice about claiming motor vehicle and transport costs
  • The preparation and analysis of certain financial documents and statements.

Ongoing Support

Over time, you may want to change the direction your business is heading and this could lead to financial issues. Financial advice and services from professionals could help you and your business keep on track with your goals and evolve positively. Guests Accounting can provide professional accounting advice and services as your business progresses and changes.

If you setting up a new retail business or looking to take your current business to the next level, please contact us today.

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Accounting services for tech companies

Accounting for Tech Companies

The technology industry faces very rapid change.  The extent and variety of this change in the last twenty years alone has been hugely diverse and at a pace that sees companies come and go in very short periods of time.

This risk and instability has also been accompanied by amazing opportunities and finding the best way forward is always complex and difficult.  However, even amongst so much disruption the basic principles of good business are still the guiding light.

Guests Accounting’s expertise, industry knowledge, stability and experience is helping our clients navigate the best way through these opportunities and threats.  Clients include information technology, big data, telecommunications, computer networking, software development and hardware development businesses.

Added into the mix is an ever increasing regulatory framework that has to be understood and managed.  Our experience in this area is extensive and allows our technology clients to stay ahead.

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Accounting services for trades and service industries

Accounting for Trades and Service Industries

When operating in your trade or business, you want to be able to focus on your client’s needs and help them, rather than becoming bogged down with tax, accounting and finances of your own. The friendly team at Guests Accounting provide professional accounting services for trades people.

Apart from your typical builder, plumber, carpenter and electrician we also service clients in a range of other trades including:

  • Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • Arborists
  • Bathroom Renovators
  • Blinds – Repair & Installation
  • Bricklayers
  • Builders
  • Carpenters
  • Carpet Cleaners
  • Carpet Repairers
  • Ceiling Repairers
  • Commercial Cleaners
  • Concreters
  • Domestic Cleaners
  • Electricians
  • Electrical Appliance Repairs
  • Fencing & Gates
  • Floating Floors
  • Floor Sanding
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Fencing Contractors
  • Guttering
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Gas Fitters
  • Glazers
  • Handymen
  • Home Security
  • Insulation
  • Interior Decorators
  • Joinery
  • Kitchen Renovators
  • Landscape Gardeners
  • Lawn Care
  • Painters
  • Paving Contractors
  • Pergolas
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Rendering
  • Retaining Walls
  • Reticulation
  • Roller Doors
  • Roof Tilers
  • Roofing Repairers
  • Rubbish Removalists
  • Security Doors, Gates & Grills
  • Swimming Pools & Spas
  • Telecommunications
  • Tiling
  • Timber Floors
  • Tree Loppers
  • Vinyl & Carpet Layers
  • Window Cleaners
  • Wrought Iron Gates & Balustrades
  • Welders

Tailored Support

Guests Accounting are here to help you with your accounting; whether you’re looking to grow a business of your own or just sort out your own finances and taxation.

Many self employed tradesmen use accounting and finance software that is beyond their business needs, potentially leading to confusion along with wasting time and money. We can provide advice with what software or methods would be appropriate for your needs, along with what would be easy to use for you, giving you more time to focus on your work.

If you’re looking for a professional accountant who is dedicated to helping your trades business, please contact us today.

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Accounting services for transport and logistics professionals

Accounting for Transport and Logistics Professionals

Managing a transport & logistics business can be a time consuming and complex task. You have to make sure that your staff can perform well, are receiving appropriate payment in regards to their wage and superannuation, plus then there’s the range of OH&S and compliance issues that must be followed.

Guests Accounting understands the financial implications that transport and logistic industries have to deal with. We offer you professional experience, technical knowledge and support with your taxes and accounting.

Professional Accounting Services

Our services for Transport and Logistics Professionals include:

  • Start-up business financial advice
  • Payroll and bookkeeping services
  • Income tax returns
  • Tax planning strategies
  • Accounting software advice and selection
  • Tools and spreadsheets to assist in detailing and reporting income and expenses
  • Advice about the sale and purchase of your business
  • Advice about claiming motor vehicle and transport costs
  • Advice and assistance with claiming Fuel Tax Credits
  • The preparation and analysis of financial documents and statements.

Ongoing Support

Over time, you may want to change the direction your business is heading and this could lead to financial issues. Financial advice and services from professionals could help you and your business keep on track with your goals and evolve positively. Guests Accounting can provide professional accounting advice and services as your business progresses, grows and changes.

If you setting up a new Transport and Logistics business or looking to take your current business to the next level, please contact us today.

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Avi Paluch

Avi Paluch

Partner

ap@guests.com.au

(03) 9509 7033 / 0418 542 606

Avi Paluch became a partner in 1975. His client base comprises of professionals in a diverse range of industries, sole traders, national, multi-national and international groups in relation to taxation and management issues.

His clients also include large family groups and high net worth individuals. In addition, he is involved in a range of audits. Avi currently involves himself in various community boards in the capacity of honorary treasurer.

His other interests are being with his family and attending sports events.

Andrew Goldberger

Andrew Goldberger

Partner

bg@guests.com.au

(03) 9509 7033 / 0419 155 373

Andrew Goldberger joined Guests in 1987. Prior to that he occupied a senior position with the Australia Taxation Office. As well as looking after a diverse range of groups of SMEs and high wealth individuals, Andrew is an expert in taxation. He has been involved in a number of Large Income Tax and State Revenue Audits and provides advice on various technical tax issues and areas of tax planning. Andrew also consults to other practitioners in these areas.

Andrew has also written articles for various taxation publications including CCH and participated in taxation focus groups. He is regularly called on to address various public practitioner groups on taxation matters and has conducted training sessions for CPA Australia.

Ha Nguyen

Ha Nguyen

Partner

hn@guests.com.au

(03) 9509 7033 / 0439 898 487

Ha joined Guests Accounting in 2002 and has earned her position to having been recently appointed a Partner in the firm. Since obtaining a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction) at RMIT, Ha has completed an MBA at Monash University and recently a Masters of Taxation at Melbourne Law School.

Having worked for a number of ASX Listed companies before joining Guests, Ha possesses both robust technical skills in management accounting and turn-around strategies, accounting technologies, together with in depth knowledge in public practice as a tax specialist and business advisor.

Ha’s diversity and quality of clients have accorded her a never-ending opportunity to learn. This has fuelled her ongoing loyalty to the firm to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. Maintaining a good rapport with clients and well known for her personal and caring approach, she believes embracing new technology will be instrumental in providing deeper insights to their business. She has effectively utilised her knowledge, skills and creativity to the benefit of many of our clients’ business, both large and small enterprises.

As a firm believer in the importance of life time learning, Ha intends to continue her professional engagement with Australian professional bodies and institutions. Whilst regularly speaking and lecturing at Monash University and Latrobe University, she is actively involved with CPA Australia as an author and a group leader for the “Practice Management” Module of the CPA Professional Public Practice program. She is also a member of the Victorian Public Practice Committee CPA Australia, and a board member of KOTO International, a not-for-profit organisation in Australia.

Moshe Trebish

Moshe Trebish

Partner

mt@guests.com.au

(03) 9509 7033 / 0417 081 305

Moshe joined Guests Accounting in 1985 and has more than 40 years of extensive experience. He has an indepth understanding of business and is responsible for a diverse group of clients and is in charge of the Superannuation Team and the Audit of superannuation funds.

Moshe’s knowledge in many different areas including business structuring, accounting, taxation, auditing, SMSFs and business planning in various industries enables him to provide advice on ‘the big picture’, taking into account both present and future needs of clients.

Moshe has been involved in various not-for-profit organisations during his career in an honorary capacity. This has given him a good grounding in the corporate governance area. Moshe continues his interest in the new regulatory environment of the not-for-profit sector.

  • Diploma of Commerce (RMIT)
  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Public Practice Certificate (CPA)
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Registered SMSF Auditor
  • Registered Company Auditor
  • Limited AFSL Licencee
  • Chartered Tax Advisor (TIA)
Mory Kalkopf

Mory Kalkopf

Partner

mk@guests.com.au

(03) 9509 7033 / 0405 642 458

Mory graduated from Monash University in 1979 and joined our team with more than 20 years experience. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the CPA and a Fellow of the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants.

After more than 18 years experience with a Chartered firm, Mory travelled to the United Kingdom and gained invaluable experience working with various Accounting and Legal firms in London, developing operating systems and in investigative accounting roles.

Mory joined Guests in March 2002 and became a partner in July 2005, specialising in Taxation and Business Services. Mory has also served on the executive of community boards and not-for-profit organisations.

Gary Bryfman

Gary Bryfman

Partner

gb@guests.com.au

(03) 9509 7033 / 0411 077 998

Gary Bryfman is a FCPA, having a Masters Degree in Taxation. His earlier accounting background was in industry, specialising in costing and budget preparations.

He has been a partner of Guests for 31 years. Gary has been involved in a number of Jewish organisations, including JCCV as honorary treasurer; CSG, JEMP and advisor to MDA executive.

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