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End of Financial Year – Tax Saving Strategies

Top up Concessional Contributions to Super Did you know the 2018 financial year has a new TAX DEDUCTION?! This is the first there are NO RULES to stop you from claiming a tax deduction on the difference between $25,000 and the amount your employer has contributed to your super as part of the Superannuation Guarantee [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00June 27th, 2018|Superannuation, Taxation|Comments Off on End of Financial Year – Tax Saving Strategies

The good, the bad and the Super

2017 bought a raft of changes to superannuation. No surprises that the mainstream press provided mostly negative coverage, with their usual scare mongering approach. Few people are aware however of some of the new rules listed below that may actually benefit you: Tax Deductible superannuation contributions. Did you know that since 1 July 2017 all [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00December 12th, 2017|General|Comments Off on The good, the bad and the Super

Credit Scores: What are banks looking for?

It’s a number of great importance, but you may have no idea what it actually is. Your credit score is determined by your financial history—factors such as how you have dealt with repayments, any outstanding debts you have, how many accounts you’ve applied for, had, and for how long. If you have had a less [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00December 12th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Credit Scores: What are banks looking for?

BIS Cosgrove: The Best Accountants Gold Coast Wide

When you’re searching for the best accountants Gold Coast wide, you need someone who can do it all. Your financial status may shift over time. Your investment strategy will most likely change through the years as you grow older and your lifestyle evolves. The best way to approach each new chapter is with the help [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00August 6th, 2017|General, Superannuation|Comments Off on BIS Cosgrove: The Best Accountants Gold Coast Wide

Upcoming changes to Super contributions

Upcoming changes to Super contributions Super Contributions - Know Your Limits! It's important to understand how the changes to super contributions limits may affect you for this year and the next. Some of these changes include: A reduction in the amount of concessional contributions that you are able to make. Are you salary sacrificing into [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00June 19th, 2017|Superannuation|Comments Off on Upcoming changes to Super contributions

Changes to super transfer balance caps from July 1

New Transfer Cap Limits May Affect You From 1 July, the total amount that can be held within a superannuation pension account will be limited to $1.6 million. Amounts in excess of this will need to either: Move into an accumulation account Transfer between spouses where possible, or in some cases Move out of the superannuation environment [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00June 19th, 2017|Superannuation|Comments Off on Changes to super transfer balance caps from July 1

SMSF housekeeping tasks to review before June 30

It's important that, as SMSF Trustees, we have our ducks in a row both now and heading into the new financial year. Here is an important list of Trustee housekeeping tasks to review pre June 30. Important tasks for SMSFs pre 30 June 2017 Meeting your minimum pension requirements If your SMSF is in pension phase, [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00June 19th, 2017|Superannuation|Comments Off on SMSF housekeeping tasks to review before June 30

The ATO Has Made It Easier to Handle Deceased Estates

When a loved one passes away, the last thing most families want to deal with is the finances and estate. This is a difficult time that can be very emotionally taxing. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has taken steps to relieve some of the burden by making it easier to take care of any loose [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00June 12th, 2017|General|Comments Off on The ATO Has Made It Easier to Handle Deceased Estates

The Tax System and Your Intellectual Property: Understanding IP Assets

When you think of taxes and deductions, you probably think of tangible goods and services. With an ever-changing modern world that’s focused on technology, there is a bigger emphasis on the value of intellectual property. Naturally, the government has caught wind of this trend and has found ways to incorporate it into the tax system. [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00June 5th, 2017|General|Comments Off on The Tax System and Your Intellectual Property: Understanding IP Assets

Can I Buy Assets on Gumtree and Still Claim Them as a Tax Deduction?

There is no denying that the internet has become a huge part of modern society. We use it to do many things in our personal lives. Naturally, this would also translate to the business world where more companies are using sites like Gumtree to find better deals on assets for their operation. This has created [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:20+10:00May 29th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Can I Buy Assets on Gumtree and Still Claim Them as a Tax Deduction?

Hiring the Best Accountant Gold Coast and Beyond: 5 Reasons to Use a Professional This Tax Season

Some Australians shrug off the idea of hiring an accountant. Why spend money when the goal is to save as much money as possible? As the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. That saying is especially true when it comes to handling your taxes. When you have the best accountant [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00May 22nd, 2017|General|Comments Off on Hiring the Best Accountant Gold Coast and Beyond: 5 Reasons to Use a Professional This Tax Season

Cars and the Fringe Benefits Tax: Know the Rules, So You Don’t Get Penalised

Cars are a confusing issue when it comes to the fringe benefit tax, specifically employers providing employees with vehicles. Some Australians do not understand how to properly apply this fringe benefit to their taxes. A common problem arises when the employer does not disclose the fringe benefit. Family vs. Employee When an employee is related [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00May 15th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Cars and the Fringe Benefits Tax: Know the Rules, So You Don’t Get Penalised

Rental Property Improvements vs. Repairs: Tax Rules You Need to Know

A rental property can be a great investment. It’s a chance to expand your financial portfolio and generate income. Some landlords try to take advantage of the tax system by mislabeling any changes or updates they make to the property. While this could lead to some immediate tax breaks, it can also cause big trouble [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00May 8th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Rental Property Improvements vs. Repairs: Tax Rules You Need to Know

If You Own a Beauty Salon, Café, or Restaurant, You May Be Audited This Year

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) began a campaign in recent years that targeted small businesses with a cash economy. The effort was to reintroduce billions of dollars into the tax system that otherwise were going undeclared. That meant more audits of small businesses including those who operate in carpentry, electrical, building trades, road freight, and [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00May 1st, 2017|General|Comments Off on If You Own a Beauty Salon, Café, or Restaurant, You May Be Audited This Year

Changes to Your Superfund Are Coming: Are You Ready?

Change can be scary, especially if you are not prepared for it. The Australian Government announced that there would be changes to the Superannuation system that will go into effect starting 1 July 2017. That date is fast approaching, which is why you need to learn more about these changes now and how they could [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00April 24th, 2017|Superannuation|Comments Off on Changes to Your Superfund Are Coming: Are You Ready?

Is Your Superfund Ethical?: Socially Conscious Financial Planning

When it comes to investments, you may think that the best thing to do is keep your options as open as possible and not disqualify any industry or company, even if you don’t agree with their business practices. No one wants to miss out on a great investment opportunity. You may be surprised to learn [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00April 17th, 2017|Superannuation|Comments Off on Is Your Superfund Ethical?: Socially Conscious Financial Planning

Can I Get a Loan Through My Super: A Quick Guide to Limited Recourse Borrowing

More Australians are turning to their Self-Managed Superannuation Funds as a financing option. According to statistics released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), lending through a Superfund has risen from $1.4 billion borrowed in June 2011 to over $21.8 billion by the same month in 2016. Is an SMSF loan a good choice for you? [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00April 10th, 2017|Superannuation|Comments Off on Can I Get a Loan Through My Super: A Quick Guide to Limited Recourse Borrowing

5 Things You Need to Have Before Visiting Your SMSF Strategy Specialist Gold Coast

Setting up a self-managed superfund can be a daunting task. If you want the process to go smoothly, then there are several things you should have ready before you visit your SMSF strategy specialists Gold Coast office. The following checklist will help you get started. Trustees, Beneficiaries, & Assets In order to have a trust, [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00April 3rd, 2017|General|Comments Off on 5 Things You Need to Have Before Visiting Your SMSF Strategy Specialist Gold Coast

5 Reasons Australians Trust Their Accountants

Can you imagine the world without accountants? A paper recently published by the Social Party of Great Britain described such a situation. The paper, titled World Without Accountants, explores a future where accountants are redundant as common ownership becomes prominent in society. There’s no need for the market sale of goods and services, and so [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:22+10:00March 27th, 2017|General|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Australians Trust Their Accountants

Australians are Retiring Up to 3 Years Later: Here’s Why & How You Can Avoid It

There is an upward trend in the average retirement age across Australia. That means more people are working later in life, sacrificing years that are supposed to be spent enjoying retirement. Roy Morgan conducted a study that revealed this disturbing trend. In 2008, the average retirement age was 57.5 years. That rose to 59.6 between [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00March 20th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Australians are Retiring Up to 3 Years Later: Here’s Why & How You Can Avoid It

The Benefits of Choosing a Trust

Family trusts are still a popular choice when it comes to investing in the future. Many have found that this type of investment has numerous perks, like lower tax rates. If you are looking for the best way to transfer wealth from parents to children, trusts may be the best way to go. Are Trusts [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00March 6th, 2017|General|Comments Off on The Benefits of Choosing a Trust

ATO and Centrelink Scams on the Rise: Don’t Become a Target

ATO and Centrelink scams are on the rise, which is why everyone needs to know how to protect themselves. When most people think of scams on the internet, they usually envision poorly worded emails with obvious mistakes and oddities. The problem is that scammers are getting much better at what they do. Many have adapted [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00February 27th, 2017|General|Comments Off on ATO and Centrelink Scams on the Rise: Don’t Become a Target

Understanding the FBT and Why Many Australians Want it Overhauled

The FBT, or fringe benefits tax, is another form of payment an employee can receive that isn’t a traditional wage or salary. According to Tony Greco, IPA senior tax advisor, the FBT “has that unsavoury aspect of being the most cumbersome of all taxes and the one that drives most employers the biggest compliance burden [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00February 20th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Understanding the FBT and Why Many Australians Want it Overhauled

Understanding Super Contribution Taxes & Your Investment

Taxes are a part of superannuation planning. It’s important to understand how and when you will be taxed because this will affect the amount you save over the years. There is some confusion about why taxes are taken out when contributions are made. The first thing to understand is that, at some point, your super [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00February 13th, 2017|General, Superannuation|Comments Off on Understanding Super Contribution Taxes & Your Investment

Superannuation Planning for Your Age: Making the Most of Every Year You Have to Save

Age plays a big role in your superannuation planning. This is a long term investment that should be started as soon as possible to make it easier to reach your goals and live comfortably after retirement. While you may have other types of investments out there, you may be tempted to shift it all into [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00February 6th, 2017|General, Superannuation|Comments Off on Superannuation Planning for Your Age: Making the Most of Every Year You Have to Save

How to read financial news headlines

If Fund managers have a difficult time sorting through the noise of the financial news, can you imagine how confusing it must be for regular investors? Plus, people don't really read the news anymore. It's all consumed through headlines. We recently saw a great article by Ben Carlson on A Wealth of Common Sense explaining [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 30th, 2017|General|Comments Off on How to read financial news headlines

Why Your Superannuation Savings Goals Might Not Support Your Lifestyle

$1 million sounds like a lot of money. Imagine what you could do if a stranger gifted you that much cash today. While it might be an enormous windfall right now, when you’re talking about the future and retirement, suddenly $1 million doesn’t seem like such a large sum. Proper planning is essential to a [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 30th, 2017|General, Superannuation|Comments Off on Why Your Superannuation Savings Goals Might Not Support Your Lifestyle

Is Your Spouse’s Superannuation Balance Low?: What You Can Do to Help Save

Many are not aware that they can contribute to their spouse’s superannuation balance. This is actually a smart tax strategy for people who plan to retire before the age of 60. Split contributions can be made regardless of your age, but your spouse must be under preservation age or between preservation age and 65 and [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 23rd, 2017|General|Comments Off on Is Your Spouse’s Superannuation Balance Low?: What You Can Do to Help Save

Upcoming Changes to the GST on Low Value Imported Goods You Should Know About

The GST, or Goods and Services tax, adds a 10% fee on many goods and services sold in Australia. This is something that effects all businesses, no matter what industry you operate in. Inland Revenue determined that the government was missing out on $140 million in GST revenue for goods that were bought on the [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 16th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Upcoming Changes to the GST on Low Value Imported Goods You Should Know About

Women and younger members are the big winners in the ATO’s latest SMSF data

The ATO has released new figures regarding Self Managed Super funds and the data brings with it some great news for women and younger SMSF members. In the last 5 years, the savings of female Self Manage Super Fund members have grown at a much faster rate than men. This is great news in what has [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 10th, 2017|General, Superannuation|Comments Off on Women and younger members are the big winners in the ATO’s latest SMSF data

8 Cloud Accounting Benefits You May Be Missing

Cloud accounting is one of the best things to come out of modern technology in the Finance industry. There once was a time when it was much harder to get information on your bank account. You had to visit a branch office, make a phone call, or send something in the mail. Today, we have [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 9th, 2017|General|Comments Off on 8 Cloud Accounting Benefits You May Be Missing

7 Tax Planning Tips to Maximize Your Money This Financial Year

Tax planning can make a huge difference in how much you have to pay each financial year. Compiling your receipts, invoices, and other financial documents can be very tedious and time consuming. The best way to complete the process as smoothly, quickly, and cheaply as possible is to have a plan. The following tax tips [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00January 2nd, 2017|General|Comments Off on 7 Tax Planning Tips to Maximize Your Money This Financial Year

Smart Investing: Why Selling Stock Might Not Be Your Best Option

There are many reasons an investor might choose to sell stock. Current events can play a big role in how the stock market performs. Before you make a quick decision and possibly lose out on financial opportunities, make sure you understand market influences and why staying and not selling might be the better choice. The [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00December 19th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Smart Investing: Why Selling Stock Might Not Be Your Best Option

What is an Estate Plan?: A Quick Guide to Managing Your Finances After Death

Estate planning is not a fun endeavour for most people. In fact, many prefer to put the task off as long as possible or, in some cases, not do it at all. No one wants to consider what will happen after they die. It is a sad reality we must all face, and the more [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00December 12th, 2016|General|Comments Off on What is an Estate Plan?: A Quick Guide to Managing Your Finances After Death

Can Your Accountant Give You Self-Managed Super Fund Advice?

Who do you turn to when you need self-managed super fund advice? Most people rely on the recommendations of a professional when making decisions about their SMSF. Just because someone claims to be a financial expert doesn’t necessarily mean they can legally provide the information you need. Make sure you’re trusting your financial future to [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00December 5th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Can Your Accountant Give You Self-Managed Super Fund Advice?

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Self-Managed Super Fund

A self-managed super fund, or SMSF, is an attractive investment option that many people use. An SMSF allows trustees to control investments. It also provides a better perspective on how to manage retirement savings to get the biggest return. Before you get started, make sure you are aware of these common SMSF mistakes. SMSF Mistake [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00November 28th, 2016|General|Comments Off on 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Self-Managed Super Fund

What Makes the ATO Tick?: 5 Ways You May Be Attracting Unwanted Attention

The ATO or Australian Taxation Office, is responsible for collecting funds from citizens and businesses. Their job is to administer the federal taxation system and superannuation legislation. While the ATO serves an important purpose, most people would rather not attract their attention. So what are you doing that might put you on the ATO’s radar? [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00November 21st, 2016|General|Comments Off on What Makes the ATO Tick?: 5 Ways You May Be Attracting Unwanted Attention

Preparing Your Finances for Christmas: 5 Tips for Smart Holiday Spending

Have you begun preparing your finances for the Christmas season? This time of year can be full of fun and excitement. For some, it can also get very expensive. Whether you only have a few people to buy for or a large group of family and friends, it’s important to plan out your seasonal spending. [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00November 15th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Preparing Your Finances for Christmas: 5 Tips for Smart Holiday Spending

Why You Should Use Tax Accountants

When tax season comes around, many people decide to tackle this difficult task on their own instead of heading to a professional. Although you may think you are saving money, in the long run, a tax accountant is actually a great investment, especially if you have a complicated tax situation (you run a small business [...]

By |2019-05-22T13:05:06+10:00November 7th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Why You Should Use Tax Accountants

Why You Should See Your Financial Advisor Regularly

Think that meeting with a financial advisor is a one time occurrence? Think again. To really get the most out of financial planning services, you should be meeting with your advisor a few times a year, as well as any time you need to make a big financial decision. Your financial advisor is a great resource for [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00October 31st, 2016|General|Comments Off on Why You Should See Your Financial Advisor Regularly

Why We Are The Gold Coast Accountants For You!

Here at BIS Cosgrove, we offer a number of different financial services that can help you do more with your money, regardless of who you are. We work with you to assess your finances and help give you options to achieve your goals. All of our trained accountants are very caring and friendly, and will [...]

By |2019-05-22T13:03:55+10:00October 24th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Why We Are The Gold Coast Accountants For You!

What is Accounting and Why Do You Need Professional Services?

Accounting is often thought of as just the business of managing money, but it is so much more complex than that. Many people believe that they don’t need an accountant for their business, and that they can handle their finances on their own, but this is far more difficult than you might expect. Accountants handle [...]

By |2019-05-22T13:01:31+10:00October 17th, 2016|General|Comments Off on What is Accounting and Why Do You Need Professional Services?

What Can Financial Planning Do For You?

If you have a good grasp of basic budgeting and financial concepts, you may think that you don’t need a financial planner, or that you just wouldn’t benefit much from one. However, this is a huge misconception that prevents plenty of people from using a resource that can help you save and make more money [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00October 10th, 2016|General|Comments Off on What Can Financial Planning Do For You?

The Difference Between Self-Managed Super Funds and Regular Trusts

If you are thinking about saving for retirement, one of your best options is a self-managed super fund. This is a retirement account that you manage on your own, and that is set up to benefit you (or possibly your dependents) in the event of your retirement. Although this is a great way to save [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00October 3rd, 2016|General, Superannuation|Comments Off on The Difference Between Self-Managed Super Funds and Regular Trusts

How Auditing and Accounting Work Together

Accountants handle all aspects of a businesses’ financial transactions, from sales to expenses to payroll, and more. Auditing is a process that is often used in accounting to verify the accuracy of a businesses’ operations. Many people are unclear on exactly what auditing is or how it can help your company. Most accounting firms are [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:13:23+10:00September 26th, 2016|General|Comments Off on How Auditing and Accounting Work Together

Do You Need An Accountant or A Bookkeeper?

Many people use the terms ‘accountant’ and ‘bookkeeper’ interchangeably, but in fact, they actually mean very different things. The two positions serve very different purposes, and they are better suited to different types of businesses as well. However, they both provide important financial services that can help keep your business running at its peak performance. [...]

By |2019-05-22T13:03:30+10:00September 19th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Do You Need An Accountant or A Bookkeeper?

Common Mistakes People Make on Their Tax Return

Every year, the ATO makes thousands of dollars in audits relating to mistakes people make when lodging their taxes. The tax process can be very complicated, and the cause of most tax mistakes is simply confusion or a lack of awareness of regulations. It is important to be aware of these common mistakes so that you [...]

By |2019-05-22T13:02:55+10:00September 12th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Common Mistakes People Make on Their Tax Return

5 Reasons to Talk to Your Accountant

Financial management is a big responsibility, and making mistakes with your money can be costly. One of the best resources that you have when it comes to managing financial issues is an accountant. Accountants are trained and certified in many complex monetary issues, processes, and regulations, so they are highly equipped to help you with any [...]

By |2019-05-22T12:59:47+10:00September 5th, 2016|General|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Talk to Your Accountant