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15-Aug-2016 Robson Partners

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5 smart things to do with your tax refund

For many people, their tax refund is treated like a mini lottery win. This tax time, consider putting your "gift" from the ATO to good use and silencing the part of you that wants to fritter it away on things that expire.

15-Aug-2016 Robson Partners

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I'm a volunteer. Any taxing issues?

From sporting clubs or environmental groups to many charity associations, volunteers are an indispensable workforce and support network for many organisations. For most, if not all, having volunteers ready to lend a hand is pivotal in them being able to function or survive.

15-Aug-2016 Robson Partners

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Rebate Scheme - Jobs Action Plan

The 2016-17 Budget, announced by NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejoklian recently, has tweaked the government's Jobs Action Plan, which provides payroll tax rebates for eligible businesses hiring new staff.

Starting from July 31, 2016, businesses will only be eligible for the rebate if they employ 50 or less full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

15-Aug-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Casey Gerald - The gospel of doubt

What do you do when your firmly held benefits turn out not to be true?

When Casey Gerald's religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in - in business, in government, in philanthropy - but found only false saviors. In this moving talk, Gerald urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty.

15-Aug-2016 Robson Partners

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Business in Focus: Stuart Pinfold, Property Developer: Stackbrae, Lake Wanaka

This month's Business in Focus is New Zealand resident and property developer Stuart Pinfold who is building an exciting new development on the shores of lake Wanaka, New Zealand, called Stackbrae, Lake Wanaka.

We speak with Director Stuart Pinfold to learn more about this amazing development and the attractiveness to both Australian and New Zealand property buyers.

15-Aug-2016 Robson Partners

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Real estate - Buyers turned into tax collectors

New withholding rules on the sale of property by foreign residents have been introduced. This essentially turns property buyers into potential tax collectors.

15-Jul-2016 Robson Partners

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Work deductions - What's on the taxman's radar?

The ATO says that this year it will pay extra attention to people whose deduction claims are higher than expected, in particular those claiming car expenses.

The expenses the ATO says it will be scrutinising can include claims by those transporting bulky tools, and deductions for travel, internet and mobile phone as well as claims for self-education expenses.

15-Jul-2016 Robson Partners

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Novated leases explained

Wrapping a car into a salary package is a popular choice. Doing so by salary sacrifice often raises the topic of novated leases. Is it worth it?

15-Jul-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Shivani Siroya - A smart loan for people with no credit history (yet)

Trust: How do you earn it? Banks use credit scores to determine if you're trustworthy, but there are about 2.5 billion people around the world who don't have one to begin with - and who can't get a loan to start a business, buy a home or otherwise improve their lives.

15-Jul-2016 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Big Tuna Fish Co.

We speak with Director, Victoria Karozis, on behalf of owner, Alma Bogie on the success of her seafood restaurant and discuss the mindset shifts within the business.

15-Jun-2016 Robson Partners

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Email scam fraud awareness

Business email scams are an increasingly common fraud and many businesses around the world are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. The FBI stated that thieves stole US$2 billion from US businesses from October 2013 to February 2016. Many Australian businesses are also being targeted.

15-Jun-2016 Robson Partners

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Smart budgeting

Smart budgeting is a crucial component of long-term financial success for people of all ages, even if you are financially stable and hold healthy reserves of assets and wealth.

15-Jun-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Knut Haanaes - Two reasons companies fail - and how to avoid them

Is it possible to run a company and reinvent it at the same time? For business strategist Knut Haanaes, the ability to innovate after becoming successful is the mark of a great organisation.

He shares insights on how to strike a balance between perfecting what we already know and exploring totally new ideas - and lays out how to avoid two major strategy traps.

02-Jun-2016 Robson Partners

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Trust Essentials

Trust structures and their use can often be misunderstood - we demystify some of the jargon.

16-May-2016 Robson Partners

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FBT exemptions under the radar

Providing fringe benefits goes hand-in-hand with the task of retaining good and loyal employees as well as attracting new talent for your business. However, the types of benefits provided can sometimes relieve the compliance headache.

16-May-2016 Robson Partners

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Will you achieve the retirement you want?

The thought of retirement planning seems to be looming in the back of many Australian's minds, but is consistently pushed back when life events arise.

16-May-2016 Robson Partners

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Investing for income

A diversified investment portfolio has the potential to generate an income that you could use now or put away for your future. To achieve this desired income, you need to work with a financial adviser to set realistic goals and a clear plan for how you will achieve them. In this article, we help clarify what expectations you might set in order to achieve this desired investment income.

16-May-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Adam Grant - The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organisational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world.

16-May-2016 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Jimmy G's

We speak with owner, James Nouri, on the success of his cafes and restaurants on the coast and discuss the challenges he and his team experience in the day-to-day operations of the business.

16-May-2016 Robson Partners

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The top reasons we ask for financial help

Most people choose to see a financial adviser at significant turning points in their life, according to David Evers from Gosford Accounting and Financial Planning firm Robson Partners.

David Evers says “I usually see people set up a meeting for advice when starting work or changing jobs and looking at superannuation options.”

15-Apr-2016 Robson Partners

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Robson Partners acquires Hypertax

On the back of our successful acquisition of Broadview Accounting in September last year, we are now are excited to announce our recent acquisition of Erina accounting firm, Hypertax.

15-Apr-2016 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: My Baby Basics

We speak with Sally Maxwell, business owner of My Baby Basics on her startup success and discuss the challenges she and her team face.

15-Apr-2016 Robson Partners

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The How To's Of Increasing Your Cash Flow

Proper forecasting is essential for the long-term success of your business – particularly when it comes to cashflow.

Cashflow is generally cited by the small business owners I work with, as their NUMBER ONE concern. Many are regularly caught unaware by cashflow shortages, a situation which in turn severely restricts their ability to grow their business as they’d like.

15-Mar-2016 Robson Partners

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Plan for Success

As with most life goals, a financial objective is hard to meet without a plan. On the other hand, discussing the process with a professional, putting pen to paper and envisioning the steps to long-term success brings that goal into focus and makes it a reality.

15-Mar-2016 Robson Partners

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Automatic cancelling of the ABNs of inactive trusts

From February onwards, the registrar of the Australian Business Register will begin cancelling the Australian business numbers (ABNs) of certain trusts.

15-Mar-2016 Robson Partners

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How much do you need to retire?

When it comes to superannuation and retirement savings, it seems that size really does matter.

15-Mar-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Audrey Choi - How to make a profit while making a difference

Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change?

15-Mar-2016 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Gourmet Organic Herbs

This month's Client in Focus is Gourmet Organic Herbs.

We speak with Anibal on the success of his and his wife's business and explore the challenges they currently face.

09-Mar-2016 Robson Partners

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Debbie Bloffwitch and client Sally Hart conquer the Fred Hollows Foundation Coastal Trek

On Friday, 4 March 2016, Client Service Manager Debbie Bloffwitch and client Sally Hart participated in the Coastrek 55km team trekking challenge which journeyed from Palm Beach to Balmoral in support of The Fred Hollwows Foundation and their work towards ending avoidable blindness here in Indigenous Australia and in developing countries around the world.

15-Feb-2016 Robson Partners

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Mandatory drug and alcohol testing under the Building Code 2013

From Friday 16 October 2015, the new fitness for work amendments to the Building Code 2013 commenced for all building contractors covered by the Building Code. Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Building Code and will have a three stage approach to auditing the drug and alcohol testing requirements.

15-Feb-2016 Robson Partners

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The quick and easy way to keep track of your deductions - all year

The Tax Office has released an app to help individuals record and manage income tax and work-related expense deductions over an annual period.

15-Feb-2016 Robson Partners

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Estate planning - what you need to know

Estate planning involves much more than having an up to date WIll. It is more important to ensure that your assets are distributed in the most effective manner and without adverse tax consequences for your beneficiaries.

15-Feb-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Achenyo Idachaba - How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business

The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant - but it's actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life.

In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.

15-Feb-2016 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Central Coast Disability Network

Our client in focus for this month is Central Coast Disability Network.

We speak with CEO, Jenny MacKellin, on the establishment of the organisation, discussing its' changes over time and how the team has responded to recent challenges within the industry.

15-Jan-2016 Robson Partners

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Taxpayers still guilty until proven innocent

Small business and individual taxpayers hit with hefty tax bills that they want to dispute will continue to be held guilty until proven innocent, and the Australian Taxation Office won't have its appeals and compliance functions split under a separate commissioner, the Federal Government has said.

15-Jan-2016 Robson Partners

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Building a new home? Is it exempt from CGT?

There is a concession in the CGT rules that can allow a taxpayer to treat a property as their "main residence" even though it does not yet have a habitable dwelling.

15-Jan-2016 Robson Partners

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5 things you need to know to ride out a volatile stock market

15-Jan-2016 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Danit Peleg - Forget shopping. Soon you'll download your new clothes

Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg's fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear.

"Fashion is a very physical thing," Danit says. "I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital."

15-Jan-2016 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Cateraid

Our client in focus for this month is Cateraid.

Passionate owner, Greg Stephenson, shares with us the success of his business and discusses the challenges he and his team overcome on a day-to-day basis.

15-Dec-2015 Robson Partners

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ATO targets rentals and work deductions

The Australian Taxation Office expects to contact more than 350,000 taxpayers who have errors in their tax returns and cross-check data from third parties as it moves to clamp down on dodgy claims.

15-Dec-2015 Robson Partners

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Boxing Day trading changes and NSW public holidays

The NSW Parliament has passed the Retail Trading Amendment Bill 2015 (NSW) which will allow all shops across NSW to open their doors on Boxing Day. It is important to note that employees must freely elect to work and there are significant penalties for employers who roster workers without their consent.

15-Dec-2015 Robson Partners

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Savings and silly season

Don't let the Christmas holidays undo your great work throughout the year. Be aware of spending patterns to turn silly season into savings season.

15-Dec-2015 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Regina Hartley - Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley says to always give the "Scrapper" a chance.

As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace.

"Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose," she says. "Hire the Scrapper."

15-Dec-2015 Robson Partners

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Business in Focus: Coast Shelter

Robson Partners recently raised a significant sum of money and chose to donate this money to Coast Shelter, a local organisation helping those in need here on the Central Coast. We speak with Executive Officer, Laurie Maher, to discuss the support they provide to disadvantaged people and how they have grown to become a well known "safe place" on the Coast.

16-Nov-2015 Robson Partners

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Food for (tax) thought, and the GST debate

There may be several positives to come out of the government's push for tax reform, with the various submissions to its Re:think initiative from industry and the wider taxpaying community.

16-Nov-2015 Robson Partners

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Parliament gives Fair Work Amendments the Green Light

The Federal Parliament has finally passed a range of changes that have been 'log jammed' in the Senate for well over a year now.

16-Nov-2015 Robson Partners

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Protecting your Xero Organisation Online Security

There seems to have been an increase in phishing scams using Xero's branding. A phishing scam is when a malicious email targets people by pretending to be from a legitimate company like Xero or a bank, to gain sensitive information such as login credentials.

16-Nov-2015 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Tom Wujec - Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

Making toast doesn't sound very complicated - until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work.

Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Tom's surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.

16-Nov-2015 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Hot Chilli Source

We speak with owners, Jason and Melanie Stenning, on the expansion of their business and their success over the last 12 months.

15-Oct-2015 Robson Partners

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Top 5 avoidable tax mistakes small business owners keep

It's something of a little white lie, isn't it - the one told to aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs is that hard work guarantees success.

15-Oct-2015 Robson Partners

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Simple steps... No regrets

Avoiding common financial traps by following some very simple steps could provide a healthy boost for your savings and retirement wealth. Here we outline several everyday errors that could affect anybody - from first-time savers to serious investors.

15-Oct-2015 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: Allcoast Locksmiths

We speak with owner, Nicole Dimech, on the successful expansion of the family business, and discuss the challenges faced when merging two businesses.

15-Sep-2015 Robson Partners

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Four rental property deductions under scrutiny this tax season

This tax time the Tax Office is specifically targeting excessive or inappropriate deductions made by rental property owners.

The Tax Office has revealed four problem areas where landlords may be incorrectly or inadvertently claiming deductions that don't suit their circumstances. They've also included case studies so that landlords can clearly and easily identify if they're being compliant in these areas.

15-Sep-2015 Robson Partners

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5 ways to stop email ruling your life

When email first started infiltrating its way into mainstream business culture, it was very exciting for email novices to receive a notification for their inbox.

Fast forward a couple of decades and most desktops and smartphones are brimming with notifications of bursting inboxes, adding far more stress than excitement to the daily lives of email users. If your inbox is starting to rule your life, we've got a few tips to help you take back control and stop being a slave to your email.

15-Sep-2015 Robson Partners

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Insuring your life, naturally

A healthy lifestyle is a smart investment in the future, not only for you but also for your family. What does science say an individual can do to improve their chances of longevity?

15-Sep-2015 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Barry Schwartz - The way we think about work is broken

What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.

15-Sep-2015 Robson Partners

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Robson Partners acquires Broadview Accounting

Robson Partners are excited to announce their recent acquisition of Talos accounting practice, Broadview Accounting via a private sale agreement.

17-Aug-2015 Robson Partners

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Government announces Small Business Grant

The Small Business Grant is designed to encourage small businesses that do not pay payroll tax to employ new full-time, part-time and casual workers and expand their enterprises across NSW.

17-Aug-2015 Robson Partners

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Xero - Opening the door to financial services for small business

Every business needs capital to grow. You have to hire staff, purchase equipment and invest for the future. That need is even more important for small businesses, but for many, capital can be hard to come by.

17-Aug-2015 Robson Partners

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Teaching kids about cash

Many valuable lessons are learned throughout life. One of the most important to pass on to kids is about the value of money. But how do you do it?

17-Aug-2015 Robson Partners

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TED Talks: Shai Reshef - An ultra-low-cost college degree

At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science - without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money).

Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all."

15-Jul-2015 Robson Partners

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Client in Focus: P J Donnellan & Co

We speak with Practice Manager, Donna Makepeace on the operation of the business and the success it has experienced.

15-Jul-2015 Robson Partners

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Need to know - What's new in tax for individuals?

The Tax Office says before taxpayers complete their tax return, there are some changes people need to be reminded of, just in case these changes will have an impact on their tax returns.

15-Jul-2015 Robson Partners

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Strangest tax deductions the ATO will allow

Dog food, Xboxes and make-up for dead people are just some of the bizzare claims the ATO will allow.

15-Jul-2015 Robson Partners

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Winning the money mind games

Success in generating long-term wealth has a lot to do with awareness of the tricks money can play on your mind. How many of these do you recognise?