With the end of the 2016 FBT year upon us, now is the time to think about your business’ FBT obligations and commitments, whilst also making use of effective strategies to manage the FBT obligations.

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“Incentives may be taxable fringe benefits provided by the motor vehicle dealerships, where the dealerships actively or passively participate in the provision of the benefit”

Tax Time Tips

The end of the financial year is almost upon us, and it’s time to turn your thoughts to getting your tax affairs in order and to optimising your tax position. Deloitte partner, Damien Bones shares some tips to help business owners maximise their tax savings and streamline the end-of-year tax compliance process.

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“Now may be a good time to acquire new laptops and portable devices under this initiative, especially if you are moving to a cloud-based financial management solution”.

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. The objective of the Entrepreneur’s Programme is to drive business growth and competitiveness by supporting business improvement and promoting economic growth through research connections and commercialisation of new products, processes and services.

AusIndustry is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and focuses on enabling SME’s an opportunity to access advice, assistance and tailored support to help them improve business performance, capability and competitiveness. It is a key component of the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, popularly known as “Welcome to the Ideas Boom”, and importantly, is a free service for participating businesses

We are fortunate enough to work with the Department through this Programme to provide the best possible service to Australian businesses– with a difference.

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“The business advisers, are independent former business people with no agenda to push other than helping their clients improve their business”

Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are the measures through which your business can assess its performance – essentially a set of key metrics which provide you with valuable information about how your business is performing. Regardless of the type of business you are operating in Australia, you can be sure of one thing; competition and the pace of change will continue to increase dramatically in the coming years.

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“It has been said that ‘you can manage what you can measure’. If you do not have hard facts and data, then at best you will be making decisions based on gut instinct alone”

Recently, I was asked to provide some insights on the disruption economy for an article in Open Forum. As we are actively disrupting our own business model from the inside out, I am always all too pleased to share my thoughts on this topic. There is constantly something new to learn about digital disruption and it’s a constant learning curve trying to stay ahead.

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“Disruption is an ‘S’ curve: “it starts out slowly, and then boom – it hits you!”

Like scaling a mountain face, property investment has many potential pitfalls and risks, even for the experienced investor. When done well however, both can provide significant reward.

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“To make good investment decisions, you must have clear objectives and strategy. This can help to dampen the noise of groupthink and enable you to analyse and seize opportunities that benefit you”

Top talent is looking beyond climbing the corporate ladder and monthly pay-cheques to seek out work that provides a deeper sense of purpose and meaning. They want to link their day job with an organisation’s mission that goes beyond the financial success of the business.

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“Organisations need profit to make a real impact on society. This is a great opportunity both for business and society”

They say the only constant in life is change. Today’s changes are driven by a confluence of business and technology forces fuelled by innovation. The dental industry is becoming impacted like never before and this trend is set to continue. 

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The ability to harness technology and take cloud accounting to another level has created a whole new level of actionable insights for businesses.

As we are on the doorstep of 2016, I hope you all are about to enjoy a well-deserved break. It is a special time of year when many us get to spend some quality uninterrupted time with our family and friends. Before we go, I want to reflect on what has been an incredible year at Deloitte Private for us, our clients and readers.

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