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We regularly deal with a broad range of personal and corporate taxation issues and make a point of understanding the individual needs of every client. Whether you need advice on company tax, personal tax effectiveness or indirect taxation including payroll tax and GST, our team will identify the best solutions for you.

Our taxation services include:

  • Preparation and lodgement of taxation returns
  • Capital gains taxation planning
  • Fringe benefits tax returns
  • Land tax returns
  • Payroll tax returns compliance
  • Tax planning and minimisation
  • PAYG and superannuation compliance

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  1. Drought assistance - Boma

    New drought assistance will help Queensland primary producers better manage future droughts through proactive measures, including tailored training, grants and loans. The new drought preparedness measures will be open to all primary producers without needing a drought declaration.

    New measures include:

    Farm Business Resilience Program             
    Skills training will be offered on drought and climate preparedness and other business risk management for primary producers. 

    Farm Management Grant Program 
    A rebate of 50 per cent to a maximum of $2,500 will be available to primary producers for the professional cost of developing a farm business resilience plan for their property. 

    Drought Preparedness Grant Scheme            
    The Drought Preparedness Grant scheme will provide a rebate to primary producers of up to $50,000 for on-farm capital improvements identified in their Farm Business Resilience Plan to improve the drought preparedness and resilience of their property. Examples include drilling of a bore, installing water infrastructure, installing feed storage, expanding dams and improving irrigation.

    Drought Ready and Recovery Loan Scheme            
    The Drought Ready and Recovery Finance Loan provides a concessional interest loan of up to $250,000 for primary producers to undertake preparedness measures identified in their Farm Business Resilience Plan to improve the drought preparedness and resilience of their property. Examples include drilling of a bore, installing water infrastructure, installing feed storage, expanding dams and improving irrigation. This is a complementary measure to the drought preparedness grants. 

    Emergency Drought Assistance Loans Scheme             
    The Emergency Drought Assistance Loans Scheme provides an interest-free concessional loan to drought-declared primary producers of up to $50,000 as emergency finance for carry-on activities like paying wages or creditors during drought. 

    Drought Carry-on Finance Loan Scheme              
    The Drought Carry-on Finance Loans Scheme provides a concessional interest loan to drought-declared primary producers of up to $250,000 for drought carry-on finance. These loans will be available where the $50,000 available from the Emergency Drought Assistance Loans Scheme is insufficient. 

    These new drought assistance measures are the Queensland Government’s response to the Drought Program Review and will also deliver Queensland’s obligations under the National Drought Agreement.

    These new assistance measures will be available for application through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) from late 2021 and are funded by the Queensland Government. The Farm Business Resilience Program and the Farm Management Grants are jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government.

    The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) will continue while this drought lasts. Drought-declared producers can choose to continue accessing DRAS support or transition to the new measures. Once they access the new measures, they cannot go back to DRAS which will be phased out as local government areas come out of drought. All other existing in-drought assistance measures will be considered for future droughts.

    For further information visit https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/agriculture/disaster-recovery/drought

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    Struggling to achieve results? The Results Mindset may help: Decisions x Actions x Accountability = Results. Need help making better decisions in your business? Unsure which actions to take?

    If you struggle to achieve the results you want, it’s likely you’re disregarding one of the key components of The Results Mindset formula. This formula helps to ensure our ideas are implemented, our goals are achieved, and we obtain our desired results.

    The formula for achieving results is:

    Decisions x Actions x Accountability = Results

    1. Decisions

    What are the decisions you need to make to achieve your results? Evaluate potential risks and opportunities and distil these into a maximum of four overarching goals for the year. These are clear decisions; what you are choosing to focus on.

    You’ll likely start with more than four goals, but some might become actions you take to achieve a bigger goal. Focus on the four goals/decisions that will have the biggest positive impact on your business.

    When you’ve chosen your goals, it’s essential that you record them in a plan. Depending on the results you want to achieve, this could be a Business Plan, Succession Plan, or a plan to improve your cashflow.

    So, step one is to document your decisions as goals in a plan.

    2. Actions

    The second part of making sure that we achieve our results is to break down our decisions, or goals, into actions. For each goal we record in the plan, we might have 4-5 actions that we need to take. Breaking the goals into actions clarifies the steps to take along the path to achieving our goals, making the path to success clear and less overwhelming.

    3. Accountability

    The final component is accountability. This is often the missing piece of the puzzle. If we don’t have someone holding us accountable for the goals and actions that we’ve set, they often won’t happen. If you know somebody will be checking in to see that you’ve completed your actions, you’re far more likely to do them.

    It’s important to decide on a person who is going to take responsibility for each action as well as establishing a review process to make sure the plan is being followed properly. Accountability helps us get the most important things done - remembering that the most important might not be the most urgent!

    Achieving the results

    If we want to get better results, it’s important to document our decisions in a plan, make sure that goals are followed up with clear actions, and hold ourselves to a system of accountability. Part of that accountability involves meetings and discussions to help determine the changes that need to be made toward achieving those goals.

    The Results Mindset is all about the power of an idea being in its implementation. Let’s use it and make sure we don’t fail to implement the things that will greatly impact our business.

    “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” - Stephen Covey