For Business

We present articles here that are of interest to people who run a business; either for themselves or someone else.

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  • 20th Aug 2013

    FocusOn - Foreign and Foreign Controlled Companies

    Companies in which foreign individuals and companies have interests may comprise foreign companies or foreign controlled companies.
  • 17th Jul 2013

    Car crash - FBT rules on cars to change

    At this stage it appears that existing car contracts can continue to use the statutory method.
  • 18th Jun 2013

    Top 5 action items for 30 June 2013

    Helpful tips that might that might be advantageous to implement
  • 18th Jun 2013

    Employer obligations update - Commencing July 2013

    On 1 July 2013 there are quite a few changes that will affect employers. Many of them involve superannuation and SGC increase.
  • 17th Jun 2013

    Opportunities for experienced leaders

    Prioritising crisis management at the expense of people management can be extremely counterproductive.
  • 12th Jun 2013

    Creating value in your business - Part 2

    This is the second article in our series on how you can deliberately increase the value of your business.
  • 22nd May 2013

    Year end 2012/13 tax tips for Business

    There may be some actions that can be done to realise the benefits of tax deductions sooner, or to defer income to the next year. There are changes for business tax to consider.
  • 5th May 2013

    An introduction to the audit process

    The audit of the organisation is a mechanism of both monitoring and accountability. Our audits are undertaken in accordance with the relevant auditing standards issued by the Australian Auditing...
  • 18th Apr 2013

    FocusOn - Reportable payments to contractors

    New reporting requirements affect payments to contractors in the building and construction industry.
  • 1st Apr 2013

    Creating value in your business

    Great businesses rarely just happen. You need to be targeted.
  • 28th Mar 2013

    Deciding if we need an audit

    Organisations are required to undertake audits for a variety of reasons: As directed by a regulator As directed by the governing documents such as rules or constitution As directed by an external...
  • 16th Mar 2013

    Business value - Competitive advantage

    Every business should understand what differentiates them from competitors. Understand why your customers come to you. Whilst price is always important, build points of difference around: Excellent...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    What is an audit?

    An audit is an independent evaluation of a process, outcome or report with a view to providing a level of assurance to various stakeholders. Most commonly audit is referred to as "the provision of...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Business update - March 2013

    Various updates for those who own or run a business.
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Systems and control

    Where we determine that the internal control framework is sufficient to mitigate audit risk efficiently we document, assess and test internal controls. This intervention seeks to establish the...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Conduct of an audit

    At Saward Dawson we undertake our audits in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Auditing Standards. The standard set out the requirements, processes and reporting to be followed in the...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Substantive

    Work is performed on balances and transactions that make up the financial report to ensure that the financial report is true and fair. The procedures used are determined after the planning, systems...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process

    The audit process includes the assessment of risk associated with the information being audited and the execution of various audit procedures including: review and testing of internal controls...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Reporting

    During the reporting stage of the audit we will communicate with both management and the governance members. Audit Guide - The audit process
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Who can do an audit?

    At Saward Dawson, all audits are undertaken by registered company auditors. Most statutory audits require a registered company auditor to undertake the work. Statutory audits include audits of public...


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