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Happy New Financial Year! 

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our valued clients for doing business with us. We aim to help your business grow and reach your financial goals this year.

5 tips to slash costs this year

Cost cutting is high on the agenda for business owners at the moment. Nina Hendy outlines why slashing costs is a favourite pastime of business owners as the new financial year rolls around, with most businesses able to reduce costs by about 18 per cent, according to cost cutting firm Expense Reduction Analysts. Immediate savings are commonly found in electricity, insurance, telecommunications, office supplies and recruitment, ERA general manager Brett Coulston says.


Click here to read Nina's top 5 tips to slash costs

If you'd like to discuss these or other ways we can help, give us a call on 3357 5553.

1 July Super Changes

The Australian Government is improving superannuation (super) to help all Australians save for their future. From 1 July 2013, you’ll start to benefit from the first of many improvements. These include up to $500 extra if you earn under $37,000 and more compulsory super from your employer. The super reforms will make our super system stronger and more efficient to better protect the retirement savings of our current and future generations. For more info, go to or give us a call on 3357 5553 to book a time to have a chat with John. 

Client Workshops and Webinars

Following feedback from clients, we're introducing bi-monthly workshops and webinars to help you build better businesses. We'll be covering topics like Marketing, Budgeting & Cashflow, Financial Planning and more.

The first in our series of workshops is on Digital Marketing and what you need to know as a business owner. The workshop will be run by our very own Marketing Consultant, Julie Pidgeon from 360 Results. Julie is a specialist in Digital Marketing and works with business owners to help them build strong profiles online. She'll be talking about how you can use it in your business. There'll be lots of practical tips and tools to help you grow your business. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 17th July from 6pm - 8pm at our office and is just $49. Numbers are strictly limited so if you'd like to come along, please RSVP to by Friday 12th July. 

Our first webinar will be on Budgeting & Cashflow and how you can set up for success for the new financial year. We'll be running this in early July - details coming soon! If you'd like to book an appointment to have a chat with John about doing your own budget forecast for the new year, give us a call.

If you have any suggestions for webinar or workshop topics, please let us know.

ATO Tax 2013 App

The ATO Tax 2013 app puts tax help in your hand at tax time. Available through Google play™ and Apple App Store, you can use the app on your smart phone or tablet to view income tax rates for this year. And use the tax withheld calculator to work out how much tax you pay (although we recommend you get us to do that for you to make sure its right!). After you lodge your tax return, you can use the app to check your tax return's progress. The app includes links to helpful tax information and a list of hot tax topics to help you at tax time.

Coming up

01 Changes to Super
01 Reconcile your accounts
21 Marketing Workshop

28 Qtr paper activity statements

11 Qtr online activity statements
21 If you report monthly

For more key dates, click here.

Meet the team

Amy Mijatovic – Accountant

Amy has over 10 year’s experience in the accounting profession, primarily in business services. Over the years, Amy has gained significant experience with a broad range of small to medium enterprises. Amy’s dedication to her client’s along with her ability to “speak plain English” in relation accounting, business and taxation issues makes her a valuable member of the Sciacca’s team. Amy assists clients on many levels, from bookkeeping advice, training and procedure implementation to management accounting, annual compliance work and taxation advice. Amy loves to see her client’s succeed, and will do everything in her power to help them.

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