Small Business

Small Business Resources

BAN TACS offices are individually owned by small business people just like you. They understand the pressure. We see ourselves not just as business accountants but mentors as well.
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Employee or subcontractor

There is much detail about this in our subcontractors booklet. This is a dangerous area. If you get it wrong the tax office could make you pay additional tax and superannuation and if your subcontractor is injured or dies you could be liable. If you’re paying someone primarily for their labour and they are not operating as a company or trust you should take the test at this ATO link:
http://www.ato.gov.au/businesses/content.asp?doc=/content/00095062.htm&mnu=42711&mfp=001/003

Evaluating A Business

Eighty percent of businesses fail within the first 5 years. Of course the first year is the most difficult but if you have enough cash you may be able to get past your mistakes. This is not necessarily a good thing. In my experience it is quite often better for a business to have minimal excess funds available to it. Spare cash can quite often only delay the inevitable. Is the inevitable failure? No! The inevitable is push coming to shove and the business owner deciding to toughen up.
Usually this means getting serious about making money. Particularly, in the service industry people tend to start out trying to help everyone until they realise that at some time during the working day they must make enough to pay the rent. The tyre kickers have to go and you are entitled to remuneration for your time. My favourite way of explaining this is to ask clients how benevolent they would feel towards someone, who was not destitute, yet walked into their home and stole the food off the table, from their children. This puts them in the right state of mind for me to explain that it is their right to choose to spend their time either providing for their family or spending time with their family. Any customer who prevents them from doing this is simply stealing from their children.
This is not over dramatic. Eighty percent will fail! And it will be their choice to fail, either from lack of planning or lack of self discipline. As for the planning we have a new, scaled down, Buying a Business Booklet available on our website. We also have a disk available (just ring the office) that has a couple of Excel spread sheets on it from which you can build a fantastic analysis tool. Some of the cells are interactive so you can see what effect changes in some of your assumptions can make to your bottom line. Find out what factors have the strongest effect on your bottom line, find your breakeven point and worse case scenario. These spreadsheets are just a template for you to build one for your particular circumstances. Please ask us if you need help.
You should also read your free Buying a Business Booklet before going ahead.

When is a small business a small business:

Comparison of key features of new law and current law
New lawCurrent law
Small business entities with aggregated turnover of less than $10 million can access following small business tax concessions:
• Immediate deductibility for small business start-up expenses;
• Simpler depreciation rules;
• Simplified trading stock rules;
• Roll-over for restructures of small businesses;
• Deductions for certain prepaid business expenses immediately;
• Accounting for goods and services tax (GST) on a cash basis;
• Annual apportionment of input tax credits for acquisitions and importations that are partly creditable;
• Paying GST by quarterly instalments;
• Fringe benefits tax (FBT)
car-parking exemption; and
• Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) instalments based on gross domestic product (GDP)-adjusted notional tax.

Small business entities with aggregated turnover less than
$5 million can also access the small business income tax offset.

Small business entities with aggregated turnover less than
$2 million can access the small business CGT concessions.
Small business entities with aggregated turnover of less than $2 million can access the small business tax concessions.