Small businesses need to manage a lot of ‘balls in the air’ and one of them is tax. Between their own income tax as an individual, company tax, GST and tax withheld for employees there is a lot of money that needs to be accounted for. In fact small businesses account for more than 60% of the total debt owning to the ATO. So if you have a tax debt here is what you need to know. #news #ATO #taxdebt
Ask most business owners what their biggest challenge is and 9 times out of 10 the answer is cashflow. For startups this is even more difficult, especially in the technology arena where significant money is spent on research and development before go to market is achievable.
We all know start up businesses need to operate in a lean environment. Cashflow is often tight and there are months when there are more outgoings than incomings. As a result most business owners take on as many ‘roles’ as they can in the beginning, for two reasons. Firstly, they simply can’t afford to hire other people and secondly because when business is first starting it is often pretty simple so the business owner is able to do many of the roles within the business.
With tax time just around the corner it is a good timing to review your GST status. There are some common GST slip ups that you need to be aware of.
1. Make sure you are actually in business!