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We're Moving!

  It's with excitement that we announce West Carr & Harvey will be relocating to Federal Mills, North Geelong, in early 2019.  We will be in touch shortly to share the...

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Do you know about the First Home Super Saver Scheme?

  The First Home Super Saver Scheme helps Australians boost their savings for a first home by allowing them to build a deposit inside their superannuation, giving them a tax...

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We Are Geelong

  Many of us are Geelong born and bred... We remember when the one horse town got two horses; when the ‘Waterfront’ was nothing more than an old pier and...

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What it takes to be a winner!

  We sat down recently with our Geelong Business Excellence Award winning client, Christine Smith from Great Ocean Stays, to talk about what makes a small business truly successful. Chris...

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Find your Superpower

  We asked customer service expert, Cate Schreck, to tell us what she believes makes all the difference in ensuring a customer’s experience is positive. What appears an easy suggestion...

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Key Tax Dates

1 December 2018 Income tax for taxable large/medium taxpayers, companies and super funds due Income tax for the taxable head company of a consolidated group with a member deemed to be...

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ATO Targets Taxpayers with Short-Term Rentals

The superior data-matching program used by the ATO over recent years has given them the ability to identify components of a taxpayer’s undeclared income that may have previously been hidden...

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Downsizer super contributions

We asked WCH Investor Services Financial Planner, Craig McKenzie, to give some insight into the effective management of downsizer super contributions. To benefit from Craig’s advice, please read on: By...

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What's New in Business and Tax

  Important decision affecting casual employment From 1st October 2018, ensure your business is prepared for the important change to the definition of ‘casual employment’. Recently, the Full Federal Court...

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RSPCA Cupcake Day – the Sweetest Way to Fight against Animal Cruelty

  Last year, the RSPCA rescued 33,535 animals who were suffering mistreatment, neglect or abuse. This sickening statistic makes animal advocates everywhere fight all the harder to support the RSPCA...

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Key Tax Dates

21 September August 2018 monthly BAS / IAS due 30 September PAYG withholding payment summary due 21 October Annual PAYG instalment notice (Form N), due September 2018 monthly activity statement...

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Are you helping Australia but not claiming the benefits?

Your business could qualify for Research and Development (R&D) tax incentives and you may not be taking advantage! The Government continues to implement its R&D tax incentive scheme to encourage...

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Geelong Business Excellence Awards

We're proud to have as our clients some of the most talented people and businesses in Geelong. We are thrilled that several of them were announced as winners and finalists...

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Are you prepared for the Tax Man?

  Due to a rise in unpaid taxes in recent years, ATO audits have increased across Australia. Audits occur at random and can be a costly exercise. It can take...

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Dream Big at Deakin

On Tuesday, 31 July, we enjoyed attending the second Deakin University TALENT Experience and Employment Expo for the year held down at the Geelong Waterfront campus. Manager, Liam Drady, and...

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Are you aware trading names will soon be removed from ABN lookup?

  If you’re a business owner, it’s important to take note that from November 2018, all trading names, including the trading name listed against your Australian Business Number (ABN), will...

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Tax planning strategies to be implemented before 30 June 2018

Now is a good time to consider the recent legislative changes, especially those to personal tax rates in 2017/2018 and how they may relate to you. This year’s Federal Budget...

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Healthy staff, healthy workplace!

West Carr & Harvey (WCH) promotes a healthy workplace, implementing a variety of initiatives to improve the fitness and nutritional level of its staff members. WCH is a partner of...

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Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

  The government has announced the commencement of a 12-month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty). The legislation is yet to be passed, however details of the proposed Amnesty are below. ...

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Key Tax Dates

  21 June         Lodge and pay May 2018 monthly activity statement 25 June      Lodge 2018  Fringe benefits tax annual return  for tax agents (if lodging electronically). Payment...

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

  We threw our diets out the window this morning and indulged in a delectable feast, supporting The Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. This is the Cancer Council’s most...

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New Residential Land GST Obligation for Purchasers

The Government is fulfilling its Budget commitment to stamp out tax evasion in the property development industry by implementing The  Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No.1) Bill . From 1...

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Beware of the ‘Other’ Risks

  In February, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued a warning to anyone trying to falsely claim personal expenses by passing them off as work-related.  Tax deductions claimed as “Other” ...

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West Carr & Harvey Finds Tomorrow’s Talent at Deakin

Celebrating 70 years as a leading financial services provider recently, West Carr & Harvey (WCH) remains committed to finding the best professional talent in the region. Deakin University has played...

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Federal Budget: Other

Measures for older Australians The Government will introduce a range of measures from 1 July 2019 to enhance the standard of living of older Australians: increase the Pension Work Bonus...

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Federal Budget: Superannuation

Work test exemption for contributions by recent retirees From 1 July 2019, the Government will introduce an exemption from the work test for voluntary superannuation contributions by individuals aged 65-74...

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Federal Budget: Businesses

Taxable payments reporting system to be extended The Government will extend the taxable payments reporting system (TPRS) to the following industries from 1 July 2019: security providers and investigation services; ...

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Federal Budget: Individuals

Personal tax rates – 7 year reform plan starting from 2018-19 The Government announced staged tax relief for low and middle income earners as part of a 7year, 3-step plan...

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What’s new in business and tax?

Single touch payroll – what you need to know. What is it? Single Touch Payroll is a new reporting method for payments such as salaries, wages, pay as you go...

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Entrepreneurs set to take off

Runway Geelong is an organisation making big things happen for startups in Geelong. This innovative client of ours runs regular six month programs to help entrepreneurs along the “runway” to...

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Maintaining your records and making life easier

We know this can feel like the boring part and the “must do” of your business management, however it is vital to running a successful business. Also, if you put...

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Are you protected from the risk of exposure?

On 22 February, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) introduced the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme (NDBS) to combat the growing threat to data privacy and security, which is...

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Our Clients

Reed Graduation Services has recently launched a new business, EventBookings.  EventBookings online software allows you to create, sell, host and track bookings for your events. Check it out at https://eventbookings.com/ ...

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Key Tax Dates

21 March          February 2018 monthly BAS due 31 March          Tax return for companies and super funds with total income in excess of $2 million in the latest...

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What’s new in business and tax

Residential property purchasers to pay GST directly to ATO Draft legislation has been announced to propose new GST rules requiring purchasers of newly constructed residential properties or new subdivisions to...

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Managing cashflow cycles

  ‘Tis the season to be jolly and for some of us, ‘tis also the season to reap the reward of the busiest time of year. We work with many...

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Business partnerships – how do they work and what things should you consider?

Going into business together can be awesome. You get to have the benefit of shared control and management of the business with your partners. We have seen first-hand how like-minded...

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How much are you willing to risk for your business dream?

There are some who have re-mortgaged their houses and piled all of their assets into their business to establish the start-up capital needed to get established. Some we have even...

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Planning for selling a business or closing down

Planning to close down your business can provide great short term cash flow, however you may also have to: pay out staff entitlements, where applicable clear leases or, if you...

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Our clients

Andre Heimgartner finished second overall for the year in the Carrera Cup. We have had some great news from our clients over the last quarter and would love to share their...

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Our community

Run Geelong On Sunday 19 November the annual Run Geelong was held by Cotton On with proceeds of all registrations going to Barwon Health’s Paediatric Rehabilitation Services. As part of...

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Key tax dates - December 2017

1 December Income tax for taxable large/medium tax payers, companies and super funds due 21 December November 2017 monthly BAS / IAS due 15 January Tax return for taxable large/medium...

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What’s new in business and tax - Sept 2017

  Sharing is caring but what does it mean for tax? Sharing is the new fad. Whether it’s ride sharing (Uber), house sharing (Airbnb) or odd job sharing (Airtasker) our...

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Good news for Geelong

Recently, several of the West Carr & Harvey team had the opportunity to attend a presentation by highly regarded Westpac economist, Bill Evans at the Pier in Geelong. Director, David...

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What NOT to do when you get a text message from “your bank”

A friend of mine recently did the unthinkable. Yes, she responded to a text message from “the commonwealth bank” asking her to “update her details.” She’s still kicking herself. But...

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Property: renting vs selling

So, you’ve just bought a new house and you’re wrapped and excited to move in. It’s no doubt bigger or better than your previous home and you’re looking forward to...

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What’s new in Super – annual concessional contributions cap reduced to $25,000

As of 1 July 2017, the amount of concessional contributions you can make to your super each year has been reduced to $25,000. This is the new concessional contributions cap. ...

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Applications making it easier for you to do business

We are continuously striving to find ways to make it easier for you to conduct your business. You may already be aware that we can provide high level assistance and...

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Client news

  Ronnie and Georgia from "The Block" celebrating their winning guest bedroom. Photo credit: Channel 9 We have had some great news from our clients over the last quarter and would...

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Community news – Geelong Mums fundraiser

  Geelong Mums are excited to be running a charity fundraiser with a view to expanding their premises. These new premises will allow Geelong Mums to continue their great work...

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21 September August 2017 monthly BAS / IAS due 30 September PAYG withholding payment summary due 21 October Annual PAYG instalment notice (Form N), due September 2017 monthly activity statement...

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Three pieces of good news for small businesses!

1. Grant program available for local Geelong businesses   The State Government of Victoria has recently announced a grant program to help grow local businesses in Geelong. Up to $2...

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Planning for your community – taking charge of the change you want to see

  As we approach the new financial year you will no doubt be reforecasting your budgets for 2017-2018. While we often talk about sales, expenses and wages, one thing that you...

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Celebrating your achievements

While we do love talking tax with you, we also love hearing about other aspects of your business! Every so often we will hear of a recent award win, a...

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Four ingredients for a great partnership

Great partnerships often start with a realisation of shared interests, some good company, a passion for the local community, and of course, a glass of wine… We are proud to...

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Superannuation and housing affordability

The Government will allow a person aged 65 or over to make a non-concessional contribution of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home from 1 July 2018. ...

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Rental properties and CGT on affordable housing

The Government will limit plant and equipment depreciation deductions to outlays actually incurred by investors in residential real estate properties from 1 July 2017 The Government will disallow travel expenses...

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