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Archives for February 2017

Be Careful What You Share

We all get phone-calls from marketing companies – often around dinner time. Often we think it is nice to help someone out and keep them employed. Unfortunately, there are now so many scam attempts that sometimes you don’t even want to answer the phone when it rings. Pretending to be from the Australian Tax Office is one of the most common.

This recent video from the ATO helps explain what you should never do – remember, the ATO will never call you. They only contact you by mail, and even then, you should always contact the ATO or your tax advisor to confirm a debt is legitimate before you pay anything, no matter how convincing they sound.

You can contact Simon on 0409 290 358 or 6111 3124 if you are ever unsure and would like another opinion on a suspicious request.

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Cloud Accounting – Get Started with Xero

Signed up for some cloud-accounting? Great idea! Using Xero? Excellent! Never used anything like this before? Don’t worry, neither have many other people! Have a look at the video below for an overview.


So, what next? Do you really want to spend the next two days figuring this out for yourself? This is where a bookkeeper comes in. Chances are you are changing from managing the books for your business in a spreadsheet, or another program, and moving into Xero. We can help you with a quick and painless transition, setup your payroll and show you some helpful tips along the way.

Talk to the Xero professionals at The Bookkeeper Guy, we are a certified advisor and bronze partner with Xero. Call us on 6111 3124 or 0409 290 358 or just drop in for a coffee and a no-obligation, free assessment of your bookkeeping requirements. We are located at 4/328 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park.

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Payroll Setup in Quickbooks Online

Quickbooks online has quickly established itself as heavy-weight among the cloud accounting providers. They provide all the functionality most small to medium size businesses require with a quality support team to help you through any difficulties.  In addition to this, they are currently offering some very competitive introductory subscription rates to grow their market share.

This makes subscribing to Quickbooks an easy decision to make, after-all, you know the basics of bookkeeping, and it can’t be that hard can it? The answer is yes and no. Cloud accountign products are easy to use and there are plenty of resources available to help you, such as the video above that talks about payroll.

But what do you do next, how do you start quoting? How do you convert the quote to an invoice? How do you enter a journal for your BAS lodgement?

This is where your bookkeeper can help.  The Bookkeeper Guy will assist you with tidying up your file set-up in Quickbooks, Xero, Sage One or MYOB. Often there is very little to do and we can simply help you out, provide some advice and get you going again.

In addition to this we provide a very attractive end of quarter “Bookkeeping Health-Check and BAS Lodgement” service. Until June 30, 2017, for $60+GST we will check your transactions and GST coding, reconcile up to four bank accounts and lodge your BAS for you. Should there be any major problems detected in your accounting file, we will provide a detailed quote to get them fixed up for you.

Contact Simon on 08 6111 3124 / 0409 290 358 or email


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