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What is Director ID?

In its 2020 Budget Digital Business Plan, the Australian government announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program. The program is designed to both establish the new Australian Business Registry Services…
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2021 Due dates

Business due dates available as download. Updated posters available The last 2 years Optimised Accounting created and distributed a poster for business owners to see at a glance the important due dates for businesses. Now that all of…

Xero help: 2FA

We've had a few clients recently ask us about removing 2 factor authentication from their Xero files. While 2 Factor Authenticator (2FA) or as it's called sometimes Multi Factor Authenticator (MFA) is important for keeping your data secure,…
What is a BAS?
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What is a BAS anyway?

We mostly deal with businesses who already are in business and therefore aware of what a BAS is, but if you are new to business and GST, you may be scratching your head as to what a BAS is, why you have to lodge it, and how. So we've found…
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Get paid faster with these invoice tips

No one likes late payments from their customers. Late payments have a negative effect on cash flow. Chasing customers for payment takes valuable time. Prevention is better than cure when it comes to getting your invoices paid on time. Here…
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How to mark emails as safe

We send various communications throughout the year, and it's important that you receive them. Some email accounts can sometimes flag emails as spam accidentally, and we want to help make sure ours don't end up in that boat. One thing we…
Xero firsts - training for new users to xero
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Videos for new users to Xero

Xero have just created quite a few videos to help explain and go through some simple how-to's for those new to Xero. Worth a watch if you're new to Xero and still figuring things out. …
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What happens if you don’t pay your super on time?

In the past, monitoring of superannuation payments was not as stringent as it is now. If employees did not regularly read their super statements or check their balances, it is entirely possible that super could go unpaid - and unnoticed by the…
business due date calendar
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2020 Business due date calendar

On the back of the popularity of last years due date calendar, we have created a new one for this year. We usually hand out these posters during pre-EOFY tax planning sessions, however this year these were done on Zoom. If you would like to get your hands on one of these posters, please let us know.
what do i record in a logbook
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Logbooks: what you need to do

Using your car for work purposes? We explain what what you need to record, what you can claim and for how long. What to record in your logbook Your logbook for each car that you wish to claim must contain: when the logbook period…
Invite a user into Xero
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Adding a user into your Xero file

With all new clients we ask to add us as a user into your Xero file. To help navigate this process we've created some screenshots to help explain how to do this:   1. Click on your Organisation name in the top left hand side of…
avoid FBT christmas
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Christmas is coming – avoid being stung by FBT

As the festive season fast approaches, it’s time to start thinking about and planning for the break. If possible, we want to avoid paying more tax in the form of FBT this Christmas time. Because really, who wants to pay an additional tax? (not us!) We’ll show you how.
xero expenses
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Xero expenses

If you have a Xero account for your business and you have staff that are constantly purchasing business related things without a company credit card, the app Xero Expenses is fantastic. Instead of asking staff to keep their receipts, giving…
2 step authentication
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What is 2 step authentication?

Over the last year or so, there have been more and more websites asking for us all to set up 2 step authentication, Xero included. But what is it anyway, why do we need it, and how do I set it up with my Xero account? Cyber security…
International travel
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Travel for work – what can I claim?

This is a question that we get quite often. Everyone likes to hope that they can go overseas and claim it as a business expense. But can you? The short answer is sometimes, yes. But often not the entire trip. Firstly there needs to…
Single Touch Payroll
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Have you heard of STP?

Single Touch Payroll or STP is a new system whereby all employers are required to submit payroll data to the ATO on the same day that they pay their employees.
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List of possible deductions

Can you believe it's tax time again already? As we aren't holding in person tax return appointments this year, all information will be collected using our Tax from the Couch. If you'd like to gather your information in a spreadsheet prior…