Client update – February 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s February already, with the nation back at work and kids back at school after the summer holidays.

Maiden Gully CFACasual cash quarter

This casual cash quarter we are recognising the hard work that our local firefighters do, especially during the warmer months. We will be supporting our local Lockwood and Maiden Gully Fire Brigades through casual cash donations.

 

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Economic Update:

All eyes were on the US in January, where newly installed President Trump hit the ground running. Markets took this as an encouraging sign that he would follow through on promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. An encouraging start to the US company reporting season and higher oil prices also boosted confidence, until confusion surrounding immigration policy prompted a late sell off.

In Australia, local shares lost ground over the month despite continued strength in iron ore prices and tame inflation. The consumer price index (CPI) rose by a lower than expected 0.5% in the December quarter, taking the annual rate of inflation to 1.5% from 1.3% previously. This leaves the door open for a potential further rate cut by the Reserve Bank if inflation remains in check.

Also in this issue:

  • Home office deductions explanation
  • Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate changes summarised
  • Tips on how to get your business on track for 2017
  • Venture Financial Advisors raise the topic of education costs
  • What we’ve been up to in the community.

We hope you find this issue informative, should you wish to investigate any of these matters, we encourage you to contact our office.

Home sweet home office

Home office

 

Making the most of home office deductions

Working flexible hours at home or running your small business from the spare room are becoming increasingly popular options for Australians. Read more

Client update – December 2016

AFS turns 70

In this month’s edition we cover the history of AFS. This year we celebrate 70 years of service in Bendigo and beyond. From humble beginnings to a team of over 70, we take a look back at the history of the firm.

 

BDG blogThe wonderful work from all of our team over the years has shaped AFS into the successful firm it is today. AFS now has seven Partners and over 70 staff, comparing itself to second-tier firms in Melbourne.

Our culture sets us apart from other accounting firms. It’s the customer service and respect with which we treat our clients that makes us stand out. It defines who we are and how we connect with our clients and community.

Read about where our firm began and how it became all that it is today here.

 


December newsletter

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Also in this issue:

 

  • December economic summary
  • Superannuation reform Bill passed
  • SuperStream compliance under the spotlight
  • Small business exit plan
  • Research and development tax rate change
  • Primary producer income tax averaging
  • Simplified record keeping
  • AFS takes the cup four years running
  • Toiletry packs for those in need

We hope you find this issue informative, should you wish to investigate any of these matters, we encourage you to contact our office.Christmas hours

Silly season scams: how to stay safe

There’s something about the end of year holiday time that makes people relax and let down their guard a bit. We all spend a bit more, eat a bit more, and stress a bit less. It’s called the ‘silly season’ for a reason.

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Toiletry packs for those in need

Zonta toiletry packs for those in need

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Kathy receiving the $300 cheque from Damien

Our recent casual cash quarter saw proceeds going to Zonta Club of Bendigo. Founded in 1980, the club works to advance the status of women through initiatives and projects locally and further afield. Read more

AFS takes the cup four years running

The annual Bendigo Bank Fun Run was held on Sunday 30 October with over 2,000 participants heading along to run or walk 5km, 10km, 15km and even the half marathon 21km!

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Client Update – October 2016

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Cystic Fibrosis a cause for casual cash

In this month’s edition we cover the fight for cystic fibrosis. Earlier this year we were saddened to hear the news that little Macie had been diagnosed with CF. Macie is the granddaughter of Danny Caulfield, one of our long time associates. Read more

Find your fund with Bendigo GrantGuru

Finding and accessing funding can be a timely process. Thanks to GrantGuru, finding a grant that’s right for your business has never been easier. Read more

Client Update – August 2016

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Community Foundation head up in the clouds

Our cover story is about our work with the Community Foundation for Central Victoria (CFCV) and what transferring to cloud accounting meant for them. Read more

Client Update – June 2016

Lets keep this 24 hour service open

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Our cover story is about our casual cash recipient Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee who do amazing work in Central Victoria. Read more