Posted on December 18th, 2019 by WLF
Reporting requirements for NFPs vary depending upon how they are registered, and their governing documents. A registered charity will be required to report annually to the ACNC, and depending upon their size, may be required to have an annual audit and submit their annual financial statements. Smaller entities may only need to provide very basic data to the ACNC, but all are required to confirm that they are doing what they say they will do.
The governing documents will usually specify whether an audit is required, and how often directors should report to members. This wil…
Posted on December 11th, 2019 by WLF
In this instalment of our NFP series Marg Marshall looks at the ten principles of good governance, as identified by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tune in now for Marg’s expert commentary, and you can also find out more on the AICD website.
We hope you enjoy this sixth instalment in our series. The next and final topic we will cover is financial literary and reporting for NFPs.
If you have any queries about the information and how it relates to your organisation, please feel free to contact the WLF team.
Growing a state-wide business with a focus on service and culture – the expansion of Fork Truck SpecialistsPosted on November 27th, 2019 by WLF
Operating a successful family business is much more than just a job – it involves care, commitment and of course a lot of hard work! It’s also important to establish your goals early, and this shouldn’t be limited to just your financial goals. For real success, you need to consider the organisational culture you want to achieve and develop a shared understanding across the team of what you are all working towards.
For Virginia Chilcott, Managing Director of Fork Truck Specialists (FTS), these goals are clearly defined. “World domination isn’t on our list” says Vi…
Posted on November 27th, 2019 by WLF
We’ve recently launched a new online resource to assist the Not-for-Profit sector in Tasmania. The ‘NFP Series’ has been rolling out over the past month, through a combination of written and video articles covering everything from start-ups to compliance, accounting processes to governance, insurances and more.
WLF Partner Marg Marshall, who leads our Specialist Taxation Advisory division says the series is a way of sharing our expertise in a format accessible to everyone.
“Over the past few years our team has noticed a significant increase in the num…
Posted on November 27th, 2019 by Jo Bailey
The WLF Accounting & Advisory office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year break from 12 PM Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2020.
The WLF Partners and team wish all our valued clients a Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead. We look forward to working with you in 2020….
Posted on November 27th, 2019 by WLF
Home Office expenses fall into the following categories:
Running expenses relating to income earning activities
Depreciation on equipment
Occupancy expenses where the home is a place of business
A deduction can be claimed for home office running expenses comprising of electricity, gas and depreciation of office furniture (e.g. desk, tables, chairs, cabinets, shelves, professional library) in the amount of:
The actual expenses incurred; or
52 cents per hour
Like making a motor vehicle claim, diary/logbook evidence should be maintai…
Posted on November 25th, 2019 by Claire Thornett
The board of a charity or not-for-profit is ultimately responsible for ensuring the organisation is meeting its tax obligations. This may not be as straight forward as you think, for instance, if your not-for-profit has employees, you need to consider Fringe Benefits Tax, PAYG withholding and superannuation obligations.
Also, if you’re a board member of a not-for-profit you have can be held personally responsible for ensuring PAYG withholding, super and GST obligations are met. So take some time to consider the below and contact us if you need help.
Posted on November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel Mendlik
We emphasised the importance of the finance function in not for profit organisations in Article 2 of this series, which is why it is also critical to have the right accounting software and financial processes. These underpin the finance function and allow for meaningful data to be extracted for inclusion in reports for all stakeholders.
A review of both should be done at least every 3 years to ensure the finance function is being as effective and efficient as possible.
At the very least you should be asking these questions of your accounting softwa…
Posted on November 20th, 2019 by Claire Thornett
The nature of charities, especially small ones, is that they are often run by volunteers who may not be aware of all necessary steps required to effectively handover control of a charity when board or committee members change.
In an ideal world, government agencies and systems would talk to each other, but unfortunately that is rarely the case. So even if you notify the ACNC of certain changes to your charity, you will probably also need to notify the ATO of the same information.
For instance, if you don’t arrange for the departing Public Officer to personally notify…
Posted on November 13th, 2019 by Rachel Mendlik
Not-for-profit organisations are a significant part of Australian society. They provide essential services to the underprivileged, aged, disabled and other vulnerable people and animals in the country. They also employ many people on a full-time, part-time and casual basis.
They are funded in many ways including local, state or federal government grants, donations and fundraising activities.
These organisations have a huge responsibility to ensure the funds they receive are used appropriately and effectively in delivering the services they are funded to provide.