As your trade business grows, there will be a need to add new team members in order to service new and existing clients. Potential employees will come from different backgrounds and with different levels of experience. As the business owner, you need to be sure that the people you are hiring add value to your business.
From 1 July 2019, tax and super information needs to be sent to the ATO each time payroll is run and employees are paid. The new reporting requirement is called Single Touch Payroll (STP) and is currently available through most payroll, accounting and business software.
As we fast approach the end of the financial year, did you know that as a trade business owner, you can legally minimize your taxation liability by seeing a professional adviser.
It is common in business that clients may sometimes delay in paying what they owe you or even fail to pay up. The question then is, what can a tradie do in a situation where a customer fails to pay. One way to protect your business is to demand payment up front which can work for some clients but then you might end up losing business to other businesses that offer better payment terms. However, another means of protecting your business against bad debts is to get credit insurance. Credit insurance covers your business, so that you still get paid even if they go under or fail to pay you.
Understanding every aspect of your business not only ensures that you are in control of your business but also enables you to forecast and prepare it for the future. Tradies that are hands on usually focus on getting the actual work done, however, the financial side of the business needs equal attention.
As a QBCC licence holder, you may have received a letter from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) notifying the licence holder of the new annual reporting requirements.
Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) is a tax payable by employers for benefits paid to an employee (or an employee's associate e.g. a family member) in place of salary or wages. This is separate to income tax and is calculated on the taxable value of the fringe benefits provided. Trade businesses in particular usually have vehicles or other assets that are used by employees for private purposes. It is important for business owners to identify this usage and report to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). We will prepare your FBT returns for you and lodge them with the ATO.
The most common questions we receive from clients in regard to purchasing a vehicle for their business are:
You have started receiving calls from potential clients that are interested in your service, soon you are busy getting work done and the money starts coming in and you are set for life! Well, not quite. As your Trade business grows, there are certain obligations such as tax, licensing and employment laws that come with it.