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  • Three easy steps to improve your company's accounting management
  • Dear reader, The first quarter of the year is almost finished but you still have a chance to improve the way you run your company and do business. This includes your accounting management. After all, if you can't manage your finances properly, your company won't grow. Now's the time for you to make the changes you need to get your company to grow and succeed. To help you do this, I... ››› more
  • [15 March 2017]
  • Three easy steps to improve your company's accounting management in 2017
  • February is almost finished but you still have a chance to improve the way you run your company and do business. This includes your accounting management. After all, if you can't manage your finances properly, your company won't grow. Now's the time for you to make the changes you need to get your company to grow and succeed. To help you do this, I'm going to show you three easy steps ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • How do you value gifts-in-kind in your accounting records?
  • In South Africa it's estimated that income generated through donations is in excess of R11 billion per annum. But many entities don't know how to treat this income in their accounting records. Robin, a member of the Accounting and Tax Club , asked a question about gifts-in-kind and the impact they have on his books. Let's see what he asked, and what Alan Lewis, Tax Advocate and independent tax ... ››› more
  • [27 October 2016]
  • What are your legal obligations when it comes to financial statements in your business?
  • If you run a registered company or a close corporation, you have a legal obligation to prepare financial statements. And you have to present your financial statements to SARS. If you don't prepare them correctly, you may declare incorrect income and incur penalties and fines from SARS. Or you could present a false picture to any person who relies on your financial statements to make business d... ››› more
  • [20 November 2015]
  • Amazingly simple way to manage your 2016 financial budgets
  • I'm not sure about you, but this time of year stresses me out. With just two months left of 2015, there's so much I haven't done that I set out to do. And there's not much time left to get it all done. Fortunately budgeting wasn't one of them. I've spent the last month working on this year's financials, and forecasting for 2016. It's never an easy task, and one I've always battled with. N... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
  • Three tips for hiring a great accountant for your business
  • Sure, do-it-yourself accounting software is easy to use. But it's not the sole answer for you as a business owner. Just as having Microsoft Word doesn't make you a writer, having accounting software doesn't make you an accountant! And that's why it's necessary to have an accountant... The first step to finding a good accountant is getting referrals. Ask people in the same industry who they u... ››› more
  • [23 July 2015]
  • Why your business needs an accurate, up-to-date accounting service
  • I come across many business owners who believe they don't need to hire a bookkeeper, accountant, or even engage accounting services. They'll only do so when forced to by legislative compliance. And doing this will cost so much more money because the accountant must play catch-up! But from day one, your business incurs expenses, earns income, purchases assets, owes money etc. You need to rec... ››› more
  • [15 June 2015]
  • What your trial balance can tell you about your accounting errors
  • If you run a business, you have a legal obligation to present your financial statements annually to SARS within six months after your financial year end. And you know that the first step to creating them is your trial balance. It's the main tool you should use to prepare statements as required by IFRS and The Companies Act. But if your trial balance is incorrect, your financial statements wi... ››› more
  • [25 May 2015]
  • Shareholders: listen up or you could trigger unnecessary dividends tax!
  • As a shareholder, you probably make and take loans to and from your company. But do you understand the serious consequences from SARS if you don't account for these loans correctly? Added to that, some shareholders aren't aware their liability is limited, even though the company is a separate legal entity. Read on and I'll show you the negative implications of shareholder's loans so you ... ››› more
  • [18 May 2015]
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