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Running your business from home

Running your business from home Running your business from home The information in this section applies where your home is also your principal place of business – that is, you run your business from home, and a room is set aside exclusively for business activities. Examples include: a small business operator whose main office is [...]

Workforce and Productivity Summit

Workforce and Productivity Summit Workforce and Productivity Summit Workforce and Productivity Summit: There’s 944,500 reasons to embrace knowledge Australia has enjoyed “massive job creation” in the past five years as we shift to a knowledge economy, but we can’t bank on the trend continuing, said Rod Jones, the chief executive of international education provider Navitas. In a keynote speech […]


Saasu Saasu is everything you need to run your business from anywhere. It’s time to make owning a business easy and rewarding again. Saasu allows you to  view at a click of a button:- DASHBOARD: See bank balances, sales and upcoming payments. GENERAL LEDGER: The backbone of your accounting records. JUMP GLOBAL SEARCH: Type nearly anything […]

EOFY Preparation

EOFY Preparation EOFY Preparation For many businesses, end of the financial year brings greater demands than usual. Payroll professionals often find this time of the year a stressful period. Other than the usual weekly/fortnightly/monthly payroll processing and tasks there are the additional items that need to be considered – balancing and producing payment summaries, resetting year to […]

Award Winning Accountants

Award Winning Accountants Bottrell Business Consultants Are Award Wining Accountants Bottrell Business Consultants participate in local business awards and are very pleased with our outcomes. Some recent awards we entered are below:- 2015 – Finalist Australian Accounting Awards: Fast-Growing Firm of the Year and Firm of the year (Less than $1bn in revenue), Partner of […]


MyGov MyGov is a fast, simple way to access government services online. MyGov is a secure account that allows you link a range of Australian Government services with one username and password, all in one place. When you create a myGov account, it allows you to link: Medicare Australian Taxation Office Manage ABN Connections Centrelink Australian JobSearch […]

Becoming a Client

Becoming a Client Becoming a Client You have made the decision you want to move accountants and the next step is to work out if we are a good fit for you, and likewise that you are a good fit for us. We like to organise an appointment to get to know you and how we […]

Changing Accountants

Changing Accountants You have made a decision in changing accountants and there may be a number of reasons why you’ve come to this decision.  When we’re meeting with new clients, we often hear the following statements: “My accountant takes 3 weeks to get back to me” “My accountant is a little ‘old school’ and doesn’t understand cloud accounting “My accountant […]

Tax Returns

Tax Returns Tax Returns Have you lodged your 2015 tax return? Do you have a registered tax agent?   Did you know that registered tax agents are the only people allowed to charge a fee to prepare and lodge your tax return? As Bottrell Business Consultants are registered tax agents we have special lodgment schedules and can […]

Complying pension for aged care

complying pension for aged care complying pension for aged care Prior to September 2004 the government allowed retirees to purchase a complying lifetime or fixed-term pension with the intention that if the pension was not commutable, the pension attracted special assets test exempt status for Centrelink treatment. These rules encouraged a lot of retirees, concerned […]

The tax implications of winding up an SMSF

The tax implications of winding up an SMSF There are many reasons for winding up a client’s SMSF, including: No more members left No more assets left for the members Insufficient funds to cost-effectively maintain the SMSF Divorce of the members While there is plenty of material written about the wind-up process (including the ATO […]

Playing with fire

Playing with fire Late late month, ASIC revealed to SMSF Adviser that it has only received 205 applications for a limited licence. Of those 205, it has approved a mere 78. Does this give a complete picture of how many accountants are ready for the exemption to expire in June 2016? No. Does it point […]

SMSFs at risk of ‘lawyer feeding fest’

SMSFs at risk of ‘lawyer feeding fest’ SMSFs at risk of ‘lawyer feeding fest’ One prominent industry lawyer has expressed serious concern about the state of SMSF documentation as the dominance of new business models grows. Managing principal of Argyle Lawyers, Peter Bobbin, doubts the ability of online document providers to confidently structure estate planning […]

Government scraps anti-detriment payments

Government scraps anti-detriment payments SMSF practitioners may need to reassess any anti-detriment payment strategies in place for clients with the government looking to remove the tax refund as part of its tax reform plans, says the SMSF Association. Speaking to SMSF Adviser, federal member for Deakin Michael Sukkar said he was calling for the anti-detriment […]