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How to deal with financial stress and other worries about money

If you cannot figure out where your money is going, you are not the only one in this category. A lot of people find it hard to face their financial stress. That is why we are putting together some tips that would help you control your budget to get the most out of your earnings. Take a look at these essential tips and see the effects.


Keeping track of every transaction is very important to deal with such situations. To control your expenses, you should know where you are spending the most money. Without knowing those factors, you will not be able to deal with such stress. This can be done very quickly by looking at your incomes. Consider even the smallest gain that you have and then sum up the total expenditure.

Every large bill that you get yearly or quarterly should be broken down into smaller pieces.

Go for auto-withdrawal accounts for your debts.

Auto-withdrawal accounts are very effective in dealing with debts. The payments for your debts is made automatically with the help of these accounts. So, people don’t have the option to spend the money that is intended for a debt. This is very necessary.

Consider your unnecessary expenditure.

People don’t consider small things, but these small expenditures affect the most in the long run. Here are some tips to help in saving money from these little expenditures:

  • You can very easily save $25 a week if you start making your coffee.
  • Food delivery services also cost the most.
  • Avoid your personal means of transportation as they not economical.
  • Home brands are the best ones if you want to save money, and remember buying things in bulk will be a beneficial decision.
  • It would help if you considered cutting down smoking and drinking expenditure.

Try to be realistic while formulating your saving plans.

Most people fail in sticking to their saving plans because they set unrealistic goals. Inspect what you are earning and then take a look at the possible expenditure. After a thorough analysis, you will be able to plan your saving strategy nicely. But keep it in your mind that you will not achieve anything if you don’t change your lifestyle.

Pay your debts

Debts are the most significant reason behind the cash crunch in most people’s lives. If you have outstanding debts, most of your savings should be invested in paying those debts. Several professionals can help you with such matters.

Prepare an emergency fund.

Many people are caught up in debt when there is some emergency. You can prepare yourself for such situations. Having an emergency fund will help you a lot in such matters. If you don’t have anything like this, you should start by saving in smaller amounts like $10-$100 every month.

Look ahead for a better future.

Once you have cleared your debt, there is no need to relax and start your old habits again. This way, you are going to fall into the same cycle again. Now is the time to start fresh and hope to enter better times.

Expert help

The tips mentioned above are enough, but many people find it hard to apply these efficiently. Taking some professional help will solve all such problems but make sure you adhere to those suggestions.

‘You-scratch-my-back’ care of me’ auditing arrangements of ATO

For some time, it has been an acknowledged standard that the examiner of an SMSF should be autonomous of that fund and be an outsider third party to the SMSF. This prerequisite is written into the SISR legislation.

There have been breaches of these prerequisites and examples where inspectors and asset trustees have endured regulatory punishments or even preclusion for resistance here.

The more explicit breaks of the necessity to utilize a third party include somebody reviewing their SMSF or close relatives’ asset. However, another worry for the ATO identifies with inspectors who go into plans that mirror that old maxim “tit for tat.” The ATO has named these as proportional evaluating courses of action and has issued a warning about them.

It says that such courses of action emerge where at least two auditors, each with their SMSFs, consent to review the other’s asset. The ATO compares the circumstance to a two-accomplice practice where one accomplice assumes crafted by reviewing an SMSF of which the other partner is the trustee.

From both the ATO and ASIC perspective, there is no practical protection accessible for these exceptionally comfortable courses of action and no other method to see them than being non-free.

In any case, the ATO has additionally recognized another type of a proportional game plan that it is making dynamic moves to examine intently. This is the place where there can be two accounting professionals who are additionally SMSF examiners. They each offer administrations, set up the records for various SMSF customers, and arrange that each will review the assets that are on the other one’s books.

They worry the ATO has (and ASIC concurs with it) is the danger to freedom from these complementary courses of action. The ATO alludes to the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standard (APES) 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (counting Independence Standards) and says the issues that can emerge include:

Personal-interest – an SMSF inspector might be impacted to fluctuate their review feeling or not report a contradiction if they see this will affect the result of the review on their asset or on the off chance that they dread a possible loss of business, thus

familiarity – an SMSF examiner having a cozy relationship with, or high respect for, the other evaluator might be affected to overlook specific issues or to attempt a careless and lacking SMSF review

Intimidation – the other evaluator’s information or their industry contacts may impact the inspector not to report specific issues and apply less examination to the review.

The ATO has demonstrated that endorsed SMSF reviewers who keep on taking part in equal evaluating plans will be liable to expanded examination. It cautions that reference to ASIC may result in SMSF evaluators having neglected to meet autonomy necessities.

What are the tax-deductable legal expenses?

What sorts of legal expenses are tax-deductible? When a standard cost is brought about according to a business’s activity to generate assessable income, it is commonly permissible as a deduction. Exceptional cases are when the legal charges are domestic or private if it is explicitly rejected by another segment of annual tax enactment or is caused in acquiring excluded and non-assessable non-exempted income.

In such a manner, for people incurring legal charges, the cost incurred would not be deductible except if there is an unmistakable nexus with the price being brought about in inferring assessable income (for instance, for an investment property). In different cases, the cost might be private, so an allowance of deduction would not be accessible in such cases.

These sorts of legal costs are not deductible under the overall deductibility arrangements since they are of a capital or private nature. Instead, they are made deductible under a special deal in tax law:

the readiness of an income tax return, the contesting of a tax evaluation, and the getting of expert tax counsel

  • the arrangement of documents
  • individual obtaining costs, and
  • individual home loan release costs.
  • Other necessary legal expenses are considered underneath.

Business rent costs

The expense of getting ready, enlisting, and stepping a rent is deductible if the taxpayer utilizes or will utilize the property for procuring assessable income. The rent installments themselves will be deductible under the overall deductible administers and are thus dependent upon uncommon special prepayment rules.

Valuation costs

If valuation expenses are paid to help conclude whether to purchase a business, these are commonly capital expenses and not an appropriate deduction. In any case, if the valuation is utilized to support an application to obtain cash for use in the business, those costs can be guaranteed as acquiring costs promptly if under $100 or over the life of the advance, or five years from the date of the credit, whichever is more limited.

Breaches of law and fine

Allowances are explicitly denied for fines or punishments (anyway portrayed) that are forced as an outcome of a break of any Australian or foreign law. This standard doesn’t have any significant bearing to authoritatively caused punishments, for example, the overall interest charge (which the ATO applies to unpaid tax liabilities) and penalties for belittling GST portions. Notwithstanding, while the fines and punishments might be explicitly refused, the costs acquired in safeguarding an activity might be deductible.

Removing an occupant

A taxpayer may gain premises (all or a bit of) rented to an occupant of the previous proprietor. Any costs acquired attempting to expel the occupant won’t be deductible. This cost turns out to be necessary to get the property and a capital cost for personal tax purposes. The price could frame part of the “cost base” of the property, using a capital sort brought about in setting up the taxpayer’s title to, or a directly finished, the resource. Anyway, a personal decision for a specific situation could be required.

Legal expenses that can’t be claimed

Conditions where legal expenses are generally deductible include:

  • arranging current business contracts regarding existing work game plans
  • protecting an unjust excusal activity purchased by previous representatives or chiefs
  • guarding a slander activity purchased against an organization board
  • discretion in settling debates (contingent upon current realities)
  • recuperating abused assets of the business
  • contradicting neighborhood improvements that are probably going to unfavorably influence the tax payer’s business (contingent upon current facts of the case)
  • expelling a lease defaulting occupant
  • recuperating wages of a representative because of ashamed check
  • shielding a defamation activity gave the issue was straightforwardly identified with remarks in the quest for the organization’s business
  • seeking after claims for laborers income, and
  • shielding the unapproved utilization of brand names (contingent upon current realities of the case).

Legal costs that can’t be guaranteed

Conditions where legal charges are commonly not deductible include:

  • the expense of arranging work contracts with another business
  • safeguarding driving charges (whether or not the offense happened while driving on organization business)
  • safeguarding charges of inappropriate behavior or racial denunciation that occurred in the working environment
  • ousting of an inhabitant whose term had lapsed
  • opposing area resumption, rezoning or contesting the measure of remuneration, and
  • contesting excess payout or trying to expand the standard of any repetition payout.

How did the accountants tackle the challenges of COVID-19?

This pandemic has changed the world in a very different way. These challenges also brought too many challenges for Accountants all around the world. As most of the employees were forced to work from home, they had to learn about various technologies for doing that. Even the conventional works got a digital taste.

In this blog, we are going to talk about Kylie Baxter and the situations that she along with her firms faced due to this pandemic. She is the managing partner of IQ Accountants. Just like all other firms, she had to instruct all her employees to work from home.

But she knew the challenges that the employees of her firm were about to face in the coming future.

Facing the truth

It was hard to believe in the beginning. But after she saw that one of the employees in her company tested positive for COVID-19. Because of that many others were also isolated for a specified duration of time. After this, Baxter realized that it is time to change the way they work.

Many employees were not ready to adapt to this change but at last, Baxter told the truth. She told everyone that they will be out of the business if they are not willing to change theta working style.

Changing the priorities

In this section of the blog, we are going to talk about Stephannie Jonovska, manager of BlueScope Steel. She also had to face tough situations due to this pandemic.

Now that everyone was in the middle of the pandemic, they had to make the final changes. This was the most important thing to do for maintaining the presence of business in the market.

The first thing was to maintain the cash in the firm. It is the most important thing to run a business. As the situation was not a temporary one.

Then the firms started to find out the most important things in the business, the most important projects, and several other things. Wise employers were busy in maintaining the things that mattered the most and had the ability to breed the most outcome.

As everyone was working from the home so, there was a short of disconnect between them. We had to make sure that the employees feel connected to each other like they are inside the walls of the company. And all the employees were motivated a lot to maintain to cope with this extraordinary challenge.

At last, Jonovska said that she was very happy to see that all employees were very helpful in reaching out to each other. Though it was hard for the employees to understand the emotions of others via the screen, all of them were able to get used to this situation very quickly.


This pandemic has taught us several things. People in business had to deal with the changing environment and at the same time, they were very short on cash. This was quite a challenging time for them. It has taught the world that businesses need to be prepared for the worst situation even if they are working in normal situations.

Most important accounting skills for the post-pandemic time

COVID-19 has affected our lives in such a way that we are experiencing several changes in our lifestyles. With the rise of Corona, most of the employees were forced to work from home. And several other changes also took place.

CPA Australia performed research on the pre-COVID-19 situation of the accounting industry. This research was completely focused on studying the skills that would be suitable for even changing situations. This research will help the accountants in making them able to continue their work progress in changing situations. So, the loss that one has suffered due to COVID-19 will be minimized from the next time.

In this article, we will consider the opinions of some of the experts in this field. Let us take a look at it.

David Cawley

David Cawley is the Regional Director of Hays Accountancy and Finance. He has the following things to say when we asked about this situation.

In this time of crisis, Accountants are the ones who have helped a lot of people, like employers and clients. People around the world have come to know about the value of good advice only because of this tremendously harsh situation. The relationship between accountants and the clients has improved to a vast extent. As the accountants have helped the firms in getting back on track. So, we can expect the same behavior of clients in the coming future. Even when the world gets out of this situation, the clients will know about the value of expert advice from accountants.

As a result of it, we can expect that the accountants who are good at providing insights to the clients and have better-consulting skills will have more opportunities in the future. So, those accountants will be demanded more who have adapted to the situation of the pandemic. As businessmen are focusing more on return for every investment they make.

Based on these trends, you will see that the demand for management accountants will increase in the future. Clients are now looking for the accountants who can not only perform data analysis but they are also able to make a strategic decision in the hard times.

But it doesn’t mean that accountants with conventional skills will no longer be demanded. As the situation gets back to normal, the working environment will also shift to the normal state. As a consequence of it, the demands for such accountants will also increase.

Alain Boey

Alan Boey is the Chief Transformation Officer at Media Prima Berhad. He also has something to say about this situation. He provided some valuable information about this extraordinary situation.

We never knew that technology will become such an important thing in professional life as now. This change in the mindset and working environment took place due to Coronavirus COVID-19. The work culture in the field of accounting has changed in such a way that an accountant is supposed to have knowledge about the technology in order to be called a complete accountant.

Softwares are used widely in the field of accounting for specific purposes. As technology is advancing at a high pace, this is very important In this ever-shifting world of technology, an accountant needs to be compatible with the changing technology. Now there is some other big stuff coming in the market like Blockchain and Big Data. Accountants need to be aware of the effects that these things will have on the market.

Accountants need to be treated as partners in business rather than someone who works with the numbers in the background.

You need to have some precise skills to deal with the numbers using the machines. Because the machines have their own way to work and the numbers are interpreted using the machines in a quite different way.

But what makes the accountants more important than the machines and software is the fact that machines can’t make strategic decisions as an accountant can do.

About the experts

David Cawley

He has experience of 17 years in accounting with Hays. Along with his work in accounting, he has also worked at various other positions in Australia and the United Kingdom. In this company, he has worked in making some of the very important permanent recruitments.

Alain Boey

Though he is an accountant by profession, he is more passionate about the use of technology in this sector. He is also a member of CPA Australia’s Disciplinary Panel. Along with these positions, he is also a member of the Digital Technology Working Group for Professional Accountant in Business of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.


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