Simpler BAS

Thought I should reiterate what has been dubbed ‘Simpler BAS’ by the ATO.

With Simpler BAS, from 1 July 2017 small businesses will have less GST information to report on their BAS. The only GST information required will be:

  • G1 Total sales
  • 1A GST on sales
  • 1B GST on purchases

The following GST information will no longer be required:

  • G2 Export sales
  • G3 GST-free sales
  • G10 Capital purchases
  • G11 Non-capital purchases

If your annual GST turnover is less than $10 million, you will be transitioned to Simpler BAS reporting from 1 July 2017.

Simpler BAS will not affect how other taxes are reported (eg PAYG income tax instalments or PAYG tax withheld), or how often you submit your BAS.

You still need to keep records, such as invoices, as proof of any claims you make in your BAS and income tax return lodgements.

Subject to eligibility, small businesses registering from 19 January 2017 have the option to use Simpler BAS immediately.

Simpler BAS was co-designed and user tested with 2,000 participants throughout 2016–17.

The following link is for a short video which provides an overview of Simpler BAS:

2017 touted as watershed year for Australian super

This article was emailed to me by Wayne Turner from intuitive super:

With many of the reforms coming into effect on 1 July 2017, there will be temptation for many to ‘do something’ before the deadline.

The biggest impact of the reforms is likely to be on those with large super balances close to or exceeding $1.6 million. And, it’s not just the wealthy with large super balances. Many SME business operators utilise the business real property exception to hold their business premises inside their SMSF, which can significantly increase the asset value of the fund.

For anyone close to or exceeding the $1.6m cap, it’s essential to have current valuations for assets to know exactly where things stand.

>> Click here to review the new super reforms in full detail <<

One of the key decision points for those with large balances is how CGT applies where assets supporting pension payments exceed the new $1.6m pension transfer limits and need to be moved back into accumulation phase.

Knee-jerk reactions to the management of a fund’s assets – like quickly selling assets pre-1 July – may result in the fund being in a much worse position.

How Intuitive Super helps accountants to help your clients

Accountants acting for SMSF clients need to be across the planning opportunities that exist. While reviewing retirement strategies for clients following the changes to superannuation will require detailed analysis, there is plenty of scope to provide value to your clients if you start planning now.

Contact Wayne Turner at Intuitive Super on 1300 856 064 or at to discuss the impact of these reforms and to set out a plan for your clients.

Click here to read more about how Intuitive Super works with accountants

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Welcome to Harvest Bookkeeping Services Blog

Hi, I’m Shaun McAtamney and I work for Harvest Bookkeeping Services. This Blog supports our website:

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We have been reaching out to more clients in the Stanthorpe area. I am always amazed at the caliber of clients we serve here, being that we are essentially a regionally based business. Yesterday I spoke with the inventor of, ‘A3D’ technology, which is a state-of-the-art audio technology that produces recording studio sound quality without the need for the recording studio. Well that’s basically what it is without getting too technical. I guess you can draw your own conclusions by conducting your own research on the technology. However, without breaching client privilege, I can safely say that I was completely blown away by what my client had to say about manufacturing and marketing in Australia. We really do need to lift our game if we are going to compete with places like the US, China, and Singapore (to name a few) in terms of product marketing, investor relations, and company performance. Currently, Australia seems to have lost sight of this and unless we are bent on becoming a nation of service providers we need to start supporting our product inventors and innovators.

You can see from the following graph that the performance of the manufacturing industry has been in decline in Australia for eight of the past 10 years from 2004-2005 to 2013-2014:

(Taken from ‘Performance in Manufacturing’)

The worst decline in 2008-09 was due to the global economic recession.

Many say that the reason manufacturing has been on the decline in Australia is due to the fact that Australia missed an important opportunity to grow its manufacturing sector due to a heavy reliance on the mining industry.

Malcolm Turnbull has been talking big during press conferences about Australia becoming  a ‘science nation’ and how the catalyst for that should be ‘innovation driven by technology’:

I sure hope the Australian government is good to its word and we put our money where our mouth is in this regard. As with most areas of business investment – the windows of opportunity don’t stay open for long.

If this is something you are passionate about, I would love to hear from you. You can also join our, ‘Contact List’ by filling out our contact form to the right.