There's a lot to be said for keeping an eye on every element of your small business operation. After all, you are ultimately responsible for its growth and development and need to understand what's going on. However, that doesn't mean that you can allocate all of your time to administrative and accounting tasks, especially as you are not likely to be an expert in these matters. Why is it important to get outside help with bookkeeping, in particular?
The Australian Tax Office requires you to submit a number of different returns whenever you register as a small business owner. These returns need to be detailed and accurate, and you have to keep concise and clear documentation to support any figures that you send in. You need to be focusing on accuracy when it comes to your balance sheet, profit and loss, the BAS and GST.
It's true that many small business owners think that they can handle all of these returns and figures themselves, but then may not be aware of many of the pitfalls they could fall into. As a consequence, they could become vulnerable to late penalties and fines if they report incorrectly, or simply didn't know they were doing something wrong. A qualified bookkeeper will make sure that all the details are accurate, timely and involved. This means that you won't have to scramble to try and find any backup materials in the case of an audit. Don't fall into the trap of trying to save money by doing this yourself, as it will likely cost you a lot more in the long term.
Changes in Regulations
Accounting laws and regulations change on a regular basis and it is difficult to keep up to date with this. When you hire somebody to do your tax returns and maintain your paperwork they will certainly have the skills. They will also have access to the resources necessary to maintain your paperwork in line with current requirements.
Managing Your Stress
Bookkeeping certainly shouldn't be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to operating and growing your business, as you do need to maintain focus on projects and clients. However, if you don't allocate resources to proper record-keeping, you will find that tax time comes around all too quickly. Just imagine the stress levels then, when you realise that the deadline is approaching and you're not prepared.
When you consider all the potential implications, it makes sense for you to outsource accounting, record-keeping and bookkeeping to those knowledgeable in all tax reporting matters. Look at this as an investment in your sanity and as a way of avoiding future pitfalls.
For more information, contact a taxation service.