Do I need to use a BAS agent to submit my BAS?

Posted on: 24 March 2017

While you are not legally obliged to use a BAS agent to submit your BAS (Business Activity Statements), it can be a great idea for small business owners to use a BAS agent. Here are some of the reasons that it can be useful.  Frees up time If you are not an experienced BAS agent, it can be time-consuming to submit the statements. Not only do you need to source and submit all the correct information, but you also need to be able to navigate the ATO (Australian TAx Office) business portal, which is known to be finicky.
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How Can Self-Employed Persons Reduce the Amount of Tax They Pay?

Posted on: 12 October 2016

As a self-employed person, you'll need to spend time making sure that you save enough of your income to pay the taxman each year. Luckily enough, there are also several ways to legally reduce the amount of tax that you pay. Here are just four ways that self-employed people can reduce their tax bills. Contribute to Your Retirement Fund A superannuation is a way to save money towards your retirement. As a self-employed person, you will need to contribute to it yourself instead of having an employer fill it up.
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Don't Ignore the Fact That It's Time You Hired an Accountant

Posted on: 26 July 2016

You are often legally allowed to prepare your own tax returns, either for yourself or for your business, and doing this on your own might save you the cost of hiring an accountant. However, hiring an accountant to handle your returns can also mean saving on the cost of overlooking certain deductions, and the possibility of penalties and fees you might face from mistakes you make on your returns. Unfortunately many people overlook signs that it's time they hired an accountant to prepare their returns; note a few of them here so you can ensure that you don't make this same mistake and always have your taxes prepared properly.
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Accountancy tips for new businesses

Posted on: 19 November 2015

Provided that you have not qualified as an accountant, the world of accountancy can be intimidating and overwhelming to those who are involved in starting a business for the first time. Especially if you are young, it can be a very confusing topic that you have little to no experience with handling yourself. You may have never had to file a comprehensive tax return yourself, thanks to being employed by a corporation that looks after most of that stuff for you.
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