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06-Jan-2020 Stone Accountants

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Are you thinking of going for a loan?

After the Royal Commission, banks are restricted with their lending abilities, so don't expect to get finance approved simply because you have in the past. There's some fairly strict criteria you have to meet, so if you contact us in the early stages of applying, we can help you ensure that you'll meet them.

12-Dec-2019 Stone Accountants

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Improve your Profits to Grow your Business

Growing your business means more cash for you now plus a higher sale price in the future when you decide to eventually sell your business. To do this, you can increase your customers, find new markets, develop new products or services, and improve profit.

18-Nov-2019 Stone Accountants

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The latest on SMSF Investment Strategies

As a trustee of a self-managed super fund (SMSF), you are ultimately responsible for your own retirement savings and as part of this, you as trustees are required to consider how you manage your fund assets. As such, you are required to regularly review your fund's investment strategy.

25-Oct-2019 Stone Accountants

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New Hire: an Employee or Contractor?

When hiring a new worker, you must check if they will be an employee or contractor for tax purposes. It will affect your tax, super and other obligations and penalties may apply if you get it wrong.

13-Sep-2019 Stone Accountants

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Do you know which car expenses you can claim?

If you use your own car in performing your work-related duties, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for car expenses. However, many people claim more than they're entitled to, or less, because they aren't sure of what they're allowed to claim.

22-Aug-2019 Stone Accountants

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10 Tips to Help Rental Property Owners Avoid Mistakes

The ATO has been releasing helpful factsheets to help taxpayers avoid various mistakes when lodging their tax returns. Below is a list adapted from the ATO of 10 tips to abide by to save you time and money when preparing your rental property information for your returns.

02-Jul-2019 Stone Accountants

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Keep on top of the financial due dates for the 2019/20 year

Don't get caught out - here are the due dates for income tax returns, activity statements, superannuation contributions and PAYG summaries

11-Jun-2019 Stone Accountants

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Change to tax law: no payroll deduction for non-compliant businesses

There’s recently been a big tax law change that may reduce the tax deductions for many businesses across Australia.

03-May-2019 Stone Accountants

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Thoughts on the upcoming Federal Election

There are a huge number of tax laws that may change this year as a result of the upcoming 2019 Federal Election.

03-Apr-2019 Stone Accountants

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Read our summary of the 2019-20 Federal Budget

This is a Budget not only designed to showcase the return to surplus (and by default the Government’s economic credentials) but engage voters with initiatives to make them feel like they are more prosperous. A massive infrastructure spend adds to this sentiment.

22-Mar-2019 Stone Accountants

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Updates on Fringe Benefits for 2019

The FBT year is about to end on 31 March 2019 and we want to ensure you meet the reporting and payment obligations for the 2019 FBT year.

15-Feb-2019 Stone Accountants

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Single Touch Payroll being rolled out for all businesses

Single Touch Payroll (STP) was introduced on 1st July 2018 for all businesses with 20 or more employees. The laws to extend the Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting requirements so they apply to all employers with less than 20 employees has now passed the Senate and will be Law.

29-Jan-2019 Stone Accountants

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The 5 Principles of Asset Protection

The correct business structure is essential for business improvement, tax minimisation, wealth creation and asset protection. Broadly, asset protection entails minimising your exposure to risks so that you may be able to protect or quarantine assets to reduce the damage if someone were to make a claim of some sort against you or your business.

11-Jan-2019 Stone Accountants

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Are you certain your business is running as profitably as possible?

"No way. I can't reduce my expenses. I’m running as lean as possible."

We sometimes hear this from our clients, but with respect, it’s rarely true. Businesses often have hidden expenses, or costs that contribute little to the growth of the business that can be cut.

28-Nov-2018 Stone Accountants

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Considering buying staff and client Christmas gifts?

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and business owners may be thinking about hosting Christmas parties or buying gifts for their loyal staff and customers. Read on for general information on the deductability and FBT implications of providing employee gifts and entertainment .

19-Oct-2018 Stone Accountants

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The two types of Rental Property expenses you can claim

If you own an investment property and earn rent from it, of course you'll be wanting to claim any expenses you incur while earning said rental income. Unfortunately, the ATO has some pretty strict rules as to what expenses you can claim, and when. Read on for some detailed information on the types of rental property expenses you can claim as tax deductions.

07-Sep-2018 Profit First Professionals Aus

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How is GST treated in the Profit First methodology?

In a recent interview with Mike Michalowicz we answered some of the most common questions we get about how GST fits into the Profit First formula. You can watch that below or read on.

15-Aug-2018 Stone Accountants

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Do you work from home? There's a tax deduction for that

As our globalised world becomes increasingly connected, more people are working from home. Therefore you should be able to claim a portion of the expenses incurred by working from home as a tax deduction. Just make sure you can prove your claims, because the ATO is always looking out for dodgy home office deductions.

09-Jul-2018 Stone Accountants

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Make note of the 2018 / 19 financial year due dates

Don't get caught out - here are the due dates for income tax returns, activity statements, superannuation contributions and PAYG summaries

25-Jun-2018 Stone Accountants

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Our 6 Favourite Books to Help You Increase Your Financial Literacy

Finance books can empower you to budget, invest, pay off debt and tackle many other money-related issues with confidence. We've rounded up a few of our favourites that we believe will empower you to make better and more informed financial decisions.

07-Jun-2018 Stone Accountants

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Top Tips to Reduce Your Tax This EOFY

Paying a lot of tax is an indication that you have a healthy income, but you obviously would like to reduce your tax payable as much as possible. Keep reading for some tax-saving tips before this end of financial year.

24-May-2018 Knowledge Shop

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CGT and the family home: Expats and foreign residents beware

If you are a foreign resident living in Australia or an Australian working overseas who owns residential property in Australia, this reform potentially has serious tax implications for you.

09-May-2018 Stone Accountants

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Read our 2018-19 Federal Budget Summary

Reward for work is a dominant theme in this year’s Budget. The seven year personal income tax plan initially targets low to middle income earners before making significant changes to the tax brackets.

21-Apr-2018 Stone Accountants

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Get ready for Single Touch Payroll

Do you know what Single Touch Payroll is and how it will affect you?

30-Mar-2018 Stone Accountants

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It's time for Fringe Benefits Tax

The Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year ends on 31 March. We’ve outlined the key hot spots for employers and employees.

02-Mar-2018 Stone Accountants

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Why it is important to have a valid estate plan

Since no one knows when they will pass away, estate planning should be on everyone’s agenda, as it is important in ensuring that your wishes are known and respected by your family and friends.

09-Feb-2018 Stone Accountants

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The benefits of online payment services

For small business owners, having good cash flow can sometimes be the most important thing on their minds. If the business is strapped for cash, owners can spend valuable time worrying about how they're going to pay employees and creditors when they should be focused on growing their business.

04-Dec-2017 Stone Accountants

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Purchasing a residential investment property through your SMSF

Are you the trustee of a self-managed super fund (SMSF)?
Do you want to invest in a property inside super?
Do you have a long-term investment timeframe?

03-Nov-2017 Stone Accountants

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How to increase the value of your business for sale

Why do you own a business? And how can you make your business worth more when you want to sell it?

05-Oct-2017 Stone Accountants

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Should you buy or lease your car?

If you’re trying to decide whether you’re better off with a car lease, car loan or going with hire purchase instead, the following comparison table may be useful to you.

11-Sep-2017 Stone Accountants

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The benefits of having an ABN

If you, like many others, do a little extra work on the side or even have your own weekend business to bring some extra money in, do you know how to calculate those profits when tax time rolls around? One of the easiest ways is to obtain an Australian Business Number, or ABN.

14-Aug-2017 Stone Accountants

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What can I claim against my tax?

It’s tax time again. What can you claim to reduce your tax? Check out potential tax deductions below.

10-Jul-2017 Stone Accountants

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Which Business Structure is Right for You?

Whether starting a new business or contemplating changing your current business model, it is important to choose the right structure to enable the best management of your business. Various tax implications, costs, and personal risks and liabilities associated with each business model are important to consider when choosing how best to structure your business. You should be aware of the structures available to you and the strengths and weaknesses of each type so you can make an informed decision, but it is also important to talk to your accountant about the different structures, as they have a thorough knowledge of each and can help you make the right choice for your business.

03-Jul-2017 Stone Accountants

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Here are the financial #duedates for the 2017/18 financial year

Don't get caught out - here are the due dates for income tax returns, activity statements, superannuation contributions and PAYG summaries

30-Jun-2017 Stone Accountants

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Happy End of Financial Year!

Today's the day! The End of Financial Year is here and we're sure you have plenty of things to do.

Below are details of important lodgement deadlines and tasks you must complete in the next few weeks so you're ready for the 2018 financial year. We also wanted to let you know about and some new information we've uploaded to our Resources page for you to help you compile your 2017 tax returns.

12-May-2017 Stone Accountants

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2017-2018 Federal Budget Update

We at Stone Accountants & Advisors are here to help you make smart financial decisions now so you can have a beautiful financial future. One way we do that is through careful tax planning! If you haven’t met with us yet, now is the time to contact us to arrange a tax planning meeting, so we can help you limit your tax payments, and grow your wealth.

21-Apr-2017 Stone Accountants

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Do you have your tax debts under control?

From 1 July 2017, a new tax measure will come into play for small businesses, and we’re here to help prepare you for this tax change.

09-Mar-2017 Stone Accountants

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What Every Employer Needs to Know About Fringe Benefit Tax

On 31 March 2017, the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year ends. The ATO will be reviewing whether all employers who should be paying FBT are, and that they are paying the right amount.

17-Feb-2017 Stone Accountants

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Tax tips for the Australian freelancer

Being a freelancer is great in many ways, but it can also be quite difficult, especially when it comes to taxes.


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Tax Planning Starts Now

There are 5 key things all business owners must consider right now. Some of them are brilliant wealth creation ideas. Please read on…

25-Jan-2017 Stone Accountants

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The biggest changes to super in a decade - how to capitalise now!

These are the biggest changes in the last 10 years. They are significant. Most of these changes will take place on 1 July 2017. That’s why we need to start planning ASAP with you.

The expert Stone Accountants Team have spent the past 3 months creating a number of cutting edge and brilliant strategies to help you.

There are 3 key actions for you right now.


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Are you taking out the right tax for your working holiday makers?

As you may know, the Australian Government has changed the income tax rates and superannuation requirements for working holiday makers, affecting their employers as well.

12-Dec-2016 Stone Accountants

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Not much super? New superannuation reforms may help...

When the 2016 Budget was handed down, there was a lot of focus on the superannuation reforms that it contained (let's face it, there wasn't much else in it to focus on!).

29-Sep-2016 Stone Accountants

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Has your credit card taken on a life of its own?

I was watching one of the early morning news shows on television this morning and they were talking about credit card debt.

28-Sep-2016 Stone Accountants

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A small tax cut!

Finally, some good news on the tax front – a small rate decrease for some of us. In the May 2016 Budget, it was announced that tax thresholds would rise for the middle tax rate. As of 1 October 2016 this will take effect.

15-Sep-2016 Stone Accountants

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Co-owning a property

Property ownership is something that most Australian's aspire to, however as housing prices rise affordability falls making the dream, in many cases, just that – a dream.

13-Sep-2016 Stone Accountants

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Cash flow an issue?

One of the most common issues faced by small businesses is cash flow. As a small business you are extremely reliant on your customers to not only pay you, but to pay you on time.

02-Sep-2016 Stone Accountants

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Building your business

So you've started a business and you are starting to gather new customers, but is there a secret to not only maintaining momentum, but building it as well?

30-Aug-2016 Stone Accountants

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Claiming depreciation can save you tax

Setting up any new business brings with it a significant number of expenses, some of which can even be claimed as tax deductions.

27-Aug-2016 Stone Accountants

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Making sense of car expenses

One of the most popular expense claims at the end of a financial year would have to be related to car usage. But it could also be one of the most misunderstood.

22-Aug-2016 Stone Accountants

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Business or hobby?

In years gone past, work was work and a hobby was something you did in your spare time. But in recent times the lines between the two have blurred somewhat.


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Here are the financial #duedates for the 2016/2017 financial year

Don't get caught out, here are the due dates for tax returns, BAS statements, Superannaution Fund returns and PAYG summaries


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5 Things Every Business Should Know About Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT)

How do I know if I need to pay FBT? What is exempt from FBT? And what to be aware of come 1 April 2016.