Additional Federal Government Support for Businesses

Following the worsening economic situation since the Federal Government’s initial announcement of measures to assist the economy on 12 March, below is summary of additional measures that have been announced today. We are yet to see the legislation to enact these measures, however the Treasury has provided some detail of the announcement on their website […]

JobKeeper Payments Announcement

This afternoon the Federal Government announced the JobKeeper Payment, designed to help businesses continue to employ workers even as their businesses are impacted by the Coronavirus. Below is our summary from the announcement and the Fact Sheet provided by Treasury. Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a […]

2019 Federal Budget Measures Legislated

Following our post last week, we note that the following measures that were announced in the budget have been legislated: Changes to Instant Asset Write-Off Provisions The announced changes to the instant asset write-off were legislated with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Increasing and Extending the Instant Asset Write-Off) Bill receiving Royal Assent on 6 April. […]

2019 Federal Budget

Last night Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the first budget of the Morrison Government. As expected, it was compete with good news and promises for voters in the hope that the Government can get a large enough bump in the polls to be reelected in May. Given this political backdrop, and the polling to date (as […]

GST on Google AdWords

This morning Google announced that they were changing some of their advertising terms and conditions. The most important part of the announcement is that goods and services tax (GST) will be charged on Google AdWords spends from 1 November 2016. As a technicality, Google are assigning Australian based advertising contracts to Google Australia Pty Ltd, […]

2016 Budget Update for Small Business

Last night the Treasurer delivered his first budget, which lays the way for a Federal Election on 2 July. This year we have split our Federal Budget update into two parts. This second part contains announcements relevant to businesses and business owners. You can read part one with announcements relevant to individuals and families here. […]

2016 Budget Update for Individuals and Families

Last night the Treasurer delivered his first budget, which lays the way for a Federal Election on 2 July. This year we have split our Federal Budget update into two parts, part one below for individuals and families and part two for businesses. To read more about the announcements for business you can read part […]

Tax Lodgement Due Date Fast Approaching

The final date for the lodgement of 2015 income tax returns is 16 May*. That is less than one month away! It is important to lodge your tax returns on time, as the ATO may impose penalties and charge interest on any amounts due if your return is lodged late. Additionally, if you have a […]

Two Factor Authentication in Xero

While not a new feature addition to Xero, we haven’t written about it, and as data security is very important to us, thought it prudent to share. A few months ago Xero enabled users to sign in using two factor authentication. For those not familiar with the term, two factor authentication adds an additional layer […]

Using Technology to Deliver Better Customer Service

One of the key focuses of Cake Accounting in 2016 (and beyond) is delivering excellent customer service. To assist, we are identifying and using technology with excellent customer service in mind. There are a large number of tools that have been developed in the last decade, some of which we are using to help deliver […]