Crowd Sourced Funding Might Be The Answer 1
The Business Planning Process Helps! 2
Predictive Accounting Identifies The “Financial Picture” 2
Virtual Chief Financial Officer Services Help SMEs 3
“Scale Up” To Implement Your Vision. 3
Thinking About Being A Business Person?. 3
Happy New Financial Year – Best Wishes for 2021/22!!
Research & Development Assisted by Government Grants
The rebate amount was changed from 1st July 2021.
There was virtually no change for a company with a turnover under $20M. The new rebate, which is a refundable benefit, is the “appropriate corporate tax rate that applies for that company +18.5% premium”.
The government has indicated that, from 1st July 2021, the small company tax rate will be 25%, meaning that the Research and Development Tax Incentive Rebate will be 43.5%, which is the same amount as it has been for the last few years, but with a different set of components in the calculation.
There has been significant changes to the non-refundable rebate for companies with turnovers between $20M and $50M.
Companies which spend up to 2% of their total expenditure on research and development will be deemed to have a research and development intensity of 2%. This will be referred to as “2% Research and Development Intensity” and they will receive a non-refundable research and development tax offset of the appropriate corporate tax rate +8.5% premium.
With the corporate tax rate expected to be 25% the companies in this category, this will have an effective research and development rebate of 33.5% of the eligible research and development expenditure.
Where companies in the $20M – $50M category spend more than 2% of their total expenditure on research and development, they’ll have a research and development intensity of over 2% and the premium will be 16.5%.
Based on the corporate tax rate of 25%, companies in this category will have an effective research and development rebate of 41.5% of the eligible research and development expenditure.
The “refundable benefit” for companies with a turnover under $20M means that, if the company is trading at a loss, the company can elect, within its tax return, to receive a cash refund of the research and development rebate so long as the company’s losses exceed the amount of the research and development rebate.
If you are interested in finding out more information on the research and development scheme, please do not hesitate that to contact us for a discussion.
You can raise this capital without having to mortgage assets or issue personal guarantees. The company has to allocate ordinary shares to the investors.
To go through this process the company will need a Business Plan that clearly articulates the directors’ and leadership team members’ vision for the company and the strategies that they intend to implement so that the vision can be achieved.
Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising has been introduced by the government making amendments to the Corporations Act so as to facilitate this type of capital raising.
There is a process for the directors and leadership team members to participate in to have a clear understanding of how this system of raising capital operates.
A company has to work with an accredited Crowd Sourced Funding Intermediary (who has been appointed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission) who has the authority to approve a company to be able to use the Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising process.
If you have any interest in this process or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Planning a business activity is very similar.
The Business Plan should incorporate commentary from the people involved in the business – directors, owners, shareholders, leadership team and other team members, together with a summary of the strategies that have been developed, the tactics for the implementation of those strategies and the allocation of responsibilities for monitoring the supply of funding for the business.
A new financial year has just commenced. This is a great time to be planning what you’re going to do in your business during 2021/22. With the continuation of COVID-19 causing problems all over Australia, there is going to be ongoing problems, particularly for businesses, until the immunisation rates are at the level required for “herd immunity”. In the meantime preparing a “realistic but flexible” Business Plan can give you a map for the conduct of your business until something approaching “normal business conditions” emerges.
If you would like to discuss with us the development of a “realistic but flexible Business Plan” for your business, please contact us.
“Predictive Accounting” creates a “financial picture” of the visions and strategies by preparing four key documents:
- Key Drivers – the key compilation data relative to the predictive reports:
- sales estimates
- raw materials required
- raw materials’ inventory
- labour team required
- labour cost estimates including productivity percentages
- labour on cost estimates
- electricity, gas, oil estimates
- overhead budget
- markup on external purchases for clients
- estimated outlay for client purchases that has to be funded through the cashflow forecast
- sales’ budget
- inventory of completed products
- work in progress
- research and development
- debtors’ budget
- creditors’ budget
- operational budgets for each business activity
- loan accounts
- taxation payments
- capital expenditure
- shareholder accounts
- cashflow forecast
- projected balance sheet
- Budgets – prepared for each business activity.
- Cashflow Forecast – reflects the financial figures shown in the budgets and from subaccounts within the key drivers – debtors, creditors, inventory etc.
- Projected Balance Sheet – highlights the impact of the various financial decisions.
A key aspect of the role is to be able to “dig down” into the business’ records other than just to extract key financial data.
Virtual CFOs are performing this function for small or growing businesses that haven’t yet reached the scale to justify the investment in a full-time CFO.
The engagement of a virtual CFO fills a void in SMEs’ commercial financial management capability by providing high value, essential strategic financial management advice and enabling business owners to focus on commercial matters within their business and in dealing with their own clients.
Any business that is contemplating “scaling up” possibly by approaching external investors, will benefit by being able to indicate to those investors that a virtual CFO engagement with their accounting firm is assisting the leadership team in the development of the key financial policies for the business.
If you are interested in exploring the concept of utilising a virtual CFO Service, please contact the person in our organisation with whom you normally deal.
“Scaling up” requires the following key items to be attended to:
- The business needs to assemble a “leadership team” that is committed to ongoing training and professional development and that are prepared to ensure that they conduct quality communications with the team members.
- Businesses that are attempting to scale up need enthusiastic “team members” who are well trained and who are committed to the culture of ongoing skills development. To achieve this, the business needs to have an ongoing commitment to the concept of succession planning in every segment of the business’ operations.
We then come to the challenging part of a scaling up process and that is the “implementation of the strategies”. This is a major commitment to ensure that the business will operate in accordance with the vision. Unless there is commitment to implement the vision, it probably will not happen!
Businesses need “money” to implement their strategies. The leadership team needs to have a complete understanding of the financial position and to have developed strategies to raise additional funds, loans or capital from the public, if need be, to ensure that sufficient funding is available.
“Scaling up” is a process that is available for every company/business that has a vision. If you would like to have a discussion with us about the process to implement a scaling up strategy for your business, please contact the person in our office with whom you normally deal.
Unfortunately, there is a high failure rate in the first 3 years of a business’ life. An accountant’s role is to advise you on systems and processes that will contribute to your business being successful. Some of the problems which confront new business operators include:
- Inadequate Planning – it is important that adequate consideration is given to planning when considering starting or acquiring a business. Will the lifestyle of running a business suit you and your family? Most small business people have to work longer hours than they would if they were in paid employment – sometimes on weekends and at nights. How will these working hours fit with your family and sporting commitments and perhaps studies?
- Lack of Professional Advice – the CEO of a public company, or even a larger business, has a team of in-house experts or other key advisors readily available to assist him/her in making decisions. Small business operators do not normally have this luxury of having key advisors readily available.
- Accountants who are offering proactive business advice – not just preparing annual accounts and income tax returns.
- Commercial solicitor to advise on agreements, leases, terms of trade agreements, personal property securities register requirements, retention of title agreements etc.
- Marketing consultant to advise on the establishment of a marketing strategy, social media strategy and general communications with clients/customers and prospects.
- Web consultant – to implement and maintain a suitable website for your business.
- Sales coach – to advise on the implementation of appropriate selling strategies for your business.
- Business mentor (who could be your accountant) – to assist in the setting of business strategies, business plans, budgets and cashflow forecasts.
- Experienced business people/directors – to be a board of advice and subsequently a board of directors for your business – this is a very important concept because even though it is your business, it introduces the “accountability function” for you by instigating a regular reporting function to your own board of advice/directors.
- Inadequate Capital – this is a big problem for many types of businesses – at the beginning you need to prepare an honest appraisal of your capital needs in your business. Discuss your calculations with your accountant. Your accountant would advise you of some of the financial issues to which you will have to give consideration.
- Not Establishing Appropriate Systems – this is where you should be heeding the advice from your accountant, relative to the establishment of appropriate systems and then implementing those systems so that your business receives prompt accurate monthly financial accounts and, in some businesses, weekly profitability estimates and key performance indicators for each business activity, daily, weekly and monthly, so that you are fully aware of your business performance.
- Not Understanding Working Capital Requirements – this relates to your business investment in stock (inventory), work in progress (applies to trades, manufacturing and professional firm businesses) debtors’ management (knowing who your customers are, prompt preparation of tax invoices, prompt dispatch of debtors’ statements at the end of a month, calculation of debtors’ days outstanding each month, having effective debtors follow-up processes in place.
- Periodic reviews of expenses in each of the business activities to ensure that “value for money” is being achieved from each purchase transaction.
- Preparation of the Business Plan which incorporates all aspects of the business and clearly identifies the strategy that the company wishes to implement.