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EOFY is coming! Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done. Planning ahead of time and getting everything in one place can definitely help you make the most of it this year.

 

Here are some practical tips that can possibly maximise your tax return before the end of the financial year.

 

Organise your documents

 

Keep all your financial paperwork tidy. Organise your receipts and other relevant documents as soon as you get them. Make use of colour-coded binders or folders to avoid mix-up and store everything in one easy-to-find location.

 

Set an appointment with your tax accountant

 

This is a good time to contact your tax accountant to determine and schedule the most suitable time and day for an appointment. Booking it early could save you potential headaches down the road. If you’re not able to go due to travel restrictions, you may also safely lodge your tax return online. Read more about it on the ato.gov.au website.

 

Leverage your accounting software

 

Accounting programs have powerful features so make the most out of it if you have one installed in your system. There are platforms that allow you to share data securely and efficiently to your accountant for safe-keeping.

 

Be aware of government stimulus measures

 

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Australian government has released the COVID-19 stimulus package. It pays to be informed and always be updated of how this will affect you when you lodge your tax return. Get more information regarding tax relief measures from the ato.gov.au website.

 

Claim self-education expenses

 

If you are studying or planning to study, you may be eligible to claim self-education expenses. Enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs such as attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

 

Claim home office expenses

 

If you are employed, you may be eligible to claim office expenses. Especially now that Coronavirus is causing massive disruption to the workplace, a lot of companies aim to protect their employees by having flexible work arrangements. When you have set up a home office, it may be possible for you to claim work-related expenses such as internet usage, mobile plan usage, computer repairs, software subscriptions, and others that you paid yourself and will not be reimbursed by your company.



Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

 

Click here to find out more or check if you meet the eligibility requirements.

 

 


 

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To remain motivated in your job requires you to be motivated intrinsically. By this I mean that you need to be motivated by your work and overall experience and not by the extrinsic rewards such as money or status.

 

Often the job environment and the manner in which employers treat their employees goes a long way to keep staff motivated. Staying motivated in the workplace requires a contribution from both the employer and the employee.

 

You as the employer should:

 

Remove obstacles

 

Any obstacle that is standing in the way of a positive work environment should be evaluated and removed. If you take them out of the equation employees can focus on their job and not on the petty behaviour that often accompanies these issues.

 

Treat your key employee equally and with respect

 

By treating your key employees as equals allow them to feel that they are worthwhile contributors to the business. Key employees need to be rewarded for their efforts.

 

Involvement

 

Your key employees understand what objectives the business is working toward. If they are included in the decision-making process they have a “stake in the game”. Always maintain transparency and don’t withhold information, work as a team, all with important specific jobs to do.

 

Foster Flexibility

 

Permit the key employees to have flexibility over the way they perform their job such as working remotely when the need arises, give them flexible hours of work, let them show some individual creativity as long as they do their jobs and reach the standards that are set for them.

 

Become an Active Listener

 

Encourage your key employees to talk through their concerns and ideas. Show them you value their input and care about them as an integral part of the company.

 

Encourage Feedback both ways

 

Be honest with your key employees. Just as you would act on feedback from them, they too should act on constructive feedback from you. Be positive when they do something great and empathetic when things don’t always go according to plan.

 

Don’t be a time waster

 

This is more related to ineffective meetings. Meeting too many times and without an agenda and action plans fosters non-productive behaviour.

 

Develop a culture

 

Just as great companies like Google have their own culture, it is important that all good productive companies have a special feel about them. Staff, identify with the company and are socially and professionally attached to it. It’s a great feeling to feel part of something with people that you like and respect.

 

You as the employee should:

 

Clarify your goals

 

You need a clear vision or a set of objectives that you need to follow to remain focused and motivated. Some employees waste the vast majority of their work time performing menial tasks that do not achieve anything for the employee or the business.

 

Establish a clear plan of attack

 

Once your goals have clarity, break down the big picture into manageable segments. This creates a clear blueprint that can be followed to meet your objectives. As each milestone is achieved you can tick it off and then move onto the next in the sequence with momentum.

 

Enjoy the success

 

By working hard and achieving success your work environment can be very stimulating and rewarding. The secret to all success is hard work.

 

Reward yourself

 

Once you achieve the objective you have set for yourself, reward yourself for the effort. This gives you something to work toward when setting off on your next objective.

 

Put work in its perspective

 

Making a difference, helping others, being creative in improving your skills are often the reasons why we go to work. It is important to remember that once away from work you have another life that needs some balance.

 

Surround yourself with positivity

 

If negative feelings are generated in the workplace it is almost impossible to achieve good work-life integration. Surround yourself with work colleagues that support you and create a positive environment. Find things to share with these people and laugh a lot. Always focus on the positive of any situation you are confronted with.

 



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Are you working and also considering study?

If you enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs as a self-education expense.

With tax time just around the corner, and with 20% off* all course fees, right now is a great time to tackle your goals and enrol in a Nationally Recognised or Personal Development course.

What may be claimable?

computer consumables and equipment repairs

purchase of equipment or technical instruments costing less than $300

home office running costs

fares

stationery

textbooks

course fees

accommodation and meals (if away from home overnight)

interest

phone calls

student union fees

trade, professional, or academic journals

decline in value for depreciating assets (cost exceeds $300)

parking fees (only for work-related claims)

internet usage (excluding connection fees)

postage

student services and amenities fees

travel to-and-from place of education


How much can you save?

How much you will save depends on your tax rate and the course cost.

Here’s a guide:


To get ahead of your competition in the employment stakes, you need to demonstrate that you are prepared to continue your education, as often as possible. An education course is a great way of ensuring you keep up to speed with industry developments relating to your field, and with the added bonus of making you look motivated to any potential employers.

To help encourage employers and employees alike to undertake educational programs, there are a number of self-education tax deductions available, which include courses undertaken at educational institutions (whether leading to a formal qualification or not), attendance at work-related seminars, or industry-specific conferences.

The expenses for self-education can be deducted provided there is a direct and provable link between the course undertaken, and how you derive your income.

You will need to satisfy any of the following tests to be entitled to a tax deduction:

The expense has a relevant connection to your current income-earning activities (i.e. the course must be relevant or incidental to how you derive your assessable income).

The self-education program being undertaken enables you to maintain or improve the skills or knowledge necessary to carry out your income-earning activities.

Self-education leads to or is likely to lead to, an increase in your income from your current income-earning activities in the future.

Are you eligible for this reduction?

  • You must be a student at Australian College and paying in full for your course fees to fully claim this financial year
  • You must be employed at the time of enrolment, and the course must be sufficiently related to this employment
  • The course must be 12 months or less to fully claim this financial year

* You may have to reduce the claim by $250

June 30th is approaching quickly, so enrol now, keep a copy of your receipt and save significantly! For more information on claiming self-education expenses visit the Australian Taxation Office website here.

Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

Click here to check if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Claim your tax invoice, Enrol Now!

Source: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Self-education-expenses

 
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Did you know that staying healthy can promote academic performance and help you reach your educational goals? 

 

Research shows that certain foods may be especially important for brain health and promoting mental performance (Kubala, 2020).

 

The following foods have been linked to improved brain health and make excellent choices when you’re cramming study in.

 

Berries

Rich in a variety of compounds that may help promote academic performance and protect the health of your brain. Berries are especially high in flavonoid compounds called anthocyanins – these are believed to improve mental performance by increasing blood flow to the brain and improving certain signalling pathways that promote nerve cell production and cellular processes involved in learning and memory (Kubala, 2020).
 
Citrus fruits

Similar to berries, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are rich in flavonoids. A study in 40 young adults shows that drinking 500 ml of 100% orange and grapefruit juice improved performance on a test that involved matching symbols to numbers (Jaeger, 2018).
 
Dark chocolate and cocoa products

Cocoa has the highest flavonoid content by weight of any other food, which is why cocoa products like chocolate may favourably affect brain health. A study in 90 older adults with mild mental impairment drank cocoa beverage (990 mg of flavonoid) once a day for 8 weeks. At the end of the study, people who drank the high flavonoid beverage performed better on mental tests.
 
Nuts 

Packed with nutrients that are essential for brain health, including Vitamin E and zinc. Research shows that snacking on nuts may even help improve certain aspects of brain function. A study in 317 children found that nut intake was related to improved reaction time and performance on brain tests (Kim & Khang, 2017)
 
Eggs

Rich in nutrients that are necessary for brain function, including vitamin B12, choline, and selenium. However – you need to eat whole eggs, not just whites. One study in 19 children and adolescents found that eating egg yolks was associated with higher short-term learning, memory scores, and attention, compared with egg whites (Kucab, 2019).

 

Main source:

Kubala, J., 2020. The Top 9 Brain Foods for Studying and Exams. [online] Healthline. Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/brain-food-for-studying> [Accessed 4 February 2021].

 

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A healthy mind and body will always be our resource to enjoy life. Regardless of who we are in society, what we have achieved, how much we own and how much wealth we have acquired, if our health is at risk, we cannot perform or function to the best of our ability. 

 

Hence, health is our true wealth – it depicts how we are able to enjoy and fulfil this life!

 

What kind of things should you invest in?

  • The quality and type of food you eat.
  • Exercise – keep moving regularly.
  • Explore – spend more time outside.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Reduce stress – find balance between work and personal life.
  • Stimulate your brain – read, challenge your thought patterns, take up a new hobby.
  • Relax – take some time for yourself, take in and appreciate your surroundings.

 

Slight and simple changes can benefit your health:

 

  • Eat slower to reduce your risk of eating too much.
  • Take a water bottle with you everywhere.
  • Bake or roast instead of grilling and frying.
  • Try at least one new healthy recipe per week.
  • Eat your greens first so you fill up on the good stuff.
  • Cook at home more often.
  • Replace soft drink with sparkling water.

 


Get off to a good start!

 

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