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$2.4m lost to tax scams, ACCC reports

Almost $2.4 million worth of scams was reported to the Tax Office in 2017, according to new statistics from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

           

 

In its Targeting scams 2017 report, the ACCC reported that the ATO received 81,250 scam reports with $2,396,178 of reported losses, down from the 155,035 reported last year.

Of those, 58,054 of those reports were for threat-based impersonation scams for which $2.3 million was reported lost. 

Combined with the $4.7 million reported to Scamwatch, threat-based impersonation scams totalled $7 million in 2017. 

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said that victims are losing an average of $6,500, with some cases involving people losing more than $1 million.

“Some scams are becoming very sophisticated and hard to spot. Scammers use modern technology like social media to contact and deceive their victims,” Ms Rickard said.

“In the past few years, reports indicate scammers are using aggressive techniques both over the phone and online.”

Last year, the ATO reported instances of scammers requesting payment via iTunes cards, a trend that peaked in 2016.

The ACCC noted this trend continued in 2017 with 55 per cent of victims paying in this manner.

Earlier this year, the ATO highlighted scammers impersonating the Tax Office and contacting Australians attempting to gather personal information or threaten them with fines or jail time for tax evasion.

Most recently, it identified fraudsters demanding bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for fake tax debts.

 

 

By: Adrian Flores
21 MAY 2018
www.accounantsdaily.com.au

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Modern business demands up to date accurate financial information.

We can take care of all your bookkeeping and accounting needs, including the preparation of your annual accounts and periodic management accounts for tax, business appraisal and planning purposes.

We can also assist with meeting your reporting requirements including Business Activity Statements, PAYG Withholding and Instalment Activity Statements.

We will discuss your requirements with you and provide you with tailored information and constructive advice on a regular basis.

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Whether you are considering buying or selling a business, we are able to assist you in this transaction by providing experienced advice.

Each transaction is different and needs to be assessed on its individual merits. There are a number of accounting and taxation opportunities with these transactions and our experience can ensure you are maximising your benefits.

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Budgeting

A good budget is a necessity in a good business plan. It is one of the best business tools we have, allowing us to set financial targets and measure our performance.

In addition to goal setting value, budgets will often improve your chances of acquiring funding. Financers often require budgets as a prerequisite for funding approval.

We have extensive experience with assisting clients in the budgeting process.

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Business Start-Ups

Before commencing a new business, the following are some of the key items that need to be considered:

  • Decide on the most suitable structure for your business – sole trader, partnership, trust or company
  • Prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts
  • Assess your finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance, and draw up the necessary proposals
  • Establish a good working relationship with your bank
  • Register for a Tax File Number and an Australian Business Number with the ATO
  • Complete registration procedures with Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Deal with company secretarial issues
  • Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements

Each new business is different and needs to be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and our experience can ensure you are maximising your opportunities.

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Charitable Institutions

Charitable institutions are set up to hold money or assets and carry out activities for the benefit of the community. In Australia, a variety of charitable institutions exist including:

  • Various forms of charitable trusts
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Deductible gift recipients
  • Prescribed private fund

Each type of charitable institution brings with it different requirements and benefits. We know the practicalities of these institutions and are able to assist you by:

  • Co-ordinating the preparation of constituent documents
  • Applying to the ATO for an Australian Business Number and Tax File Number
  • Organising tax exemptions where applicable
  • Attending to all compliance and statutory filings

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Company Secretary

Company legislation requires businesses to perform many administration tasks which take up a lot of valuable company time.

We are able to assist you in the following areas:

  • General advice on company law
  • Company formations
  • Filing of annual returns on your behalf
  • Preparation of all documentation related to minutes and resolutions
  • Maintenance of statutory books
  • Assistance in changes of directors, shareholders, addresses, and office details
  • Bonus Issues
  • Share transfers
  • Registered Office Facility

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Financial Structures

Having the right financial structure in place for your business or your family means looking at your individual circumstances and ensuring that your assets are being maximised whilst being adequately protected.

We have extensive experience in ensuring our clients have the best financial structure for their needs both now and in the future. We can provide advice on and assist with:

  • Effective structures for asset protection
  • Effective structures for tax minimisation
  • The optimal structure through which to operate your business
  • Structures to assist in succession planning and providing for future generations

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

GST

Every transaction has GST implications. We have experience with these issues and are able to offer expert advice on the implications of GST for your business. The GST related services we offer include:

  • Assistance with registering for GST
  • Filing and adjusting GST returns
  • ATO audit assistance
  • Advice on GST related issues

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Management Consulting

We are practiced in acting as a sounding board for management, bringing to the relationship years of experience in business growth and analysis.

We are able to check that your business is as competitive, focused, and profitable as it can be and we will work with you to address any issues.

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Payroll Services

We can provide a comprehensive and confidential payroll service including:

  • Administration of PAYG Withholding, statutory sick pay, annual leave etc
  • Australian Taxation Office filing
  • Summaries and analyses of staff costs
  • Administration of incentive schemes, bonuses and termination payments
  • Assistance with payroll tax and workers compensation obligations

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Rental Properties

We can assist in a variety of areas in relation to residential and commercial property including:

  • Advice on funding
  • Cash flow analysis of property investment
  • Guidance in tax related areas including negative gearing and capital gains tax
  • Advice on ownership structure
  • Preparation of initial land tax returns and land tax variation returns

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Clients of Wybenga & Partners Pty Limited can engage our partner firm, Washington Brown, for a competitive price on their depreciation services: Tax Depreciation Quote Request – Wybenga & Partners Pty Limited Clients

Strategic Planning & Advice

Our Strategic Planning Service is designed to assist our clients to develop financially towards the achievement of their lifetime objectives. Our experience and proven results provide our clients with the security that their financial goals will be met.

Wybenga Financial Pty Ltd is an organisation providing wealth creation and management services to private clients.

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Superannuation

Self-managed superannuation is a flexible means of saving for retirement. It allows you to take control of your superannuation, adopt a customized investment strategy and control fund administration costs.

Superannution law is a delicate area and personalised planning is required for each individual. We have extensive experience in all areas relating to superannuation and can assist in establishing a superannuation fund that will effectively allow you to reach your financial retirement goals.

Services we offer include:

  • Establishment of Self Managed Superannuation Funds
  • Advice concerning Compliance Matters
  • Advice concerning Taxation Benefits
  • Advice on Employer obligations

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Taxation

We offer a complete range of taxation services and advice based on proven knowledge and experience. Our proactive approach ensures we deliver a consistent service and build solid relationships.

We will work with you to help reduce your tax exposure and provide services including:

  • Advice on all areas of direct and indirect taxation
  • Preparation and lodgement of annual income tax returns for all types of entities
  • Preparation of PAYG withholding variation applications
  • Preparation of activity statements and advice on payment of tax
  • Assistance with GST/FBT obligations including preparation and lodgement of relevant forms
  • Advice on and implementation of tax effective trust structures for asset protection and tax minimisation
  • Management of any ATO audits or disputes

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Trusts

A trust provides a valuable way of protecting the assets you have accumulated for the benefit of yourself and others.  A trust can also be an effective structure for running your business.

We have extensive experience with trusts and are able to offer specialist advice on establishment and compliance, ensuring that all statutory requirements are met.

Wybenga & Partners are able to organise for the preparation and execution of documentation involved in Trust formation.

Our Trust administration service includes:

  • Minute keeping service
  • Annual accounts
  • Taxation
  • Maintenance of CGT register
  • Income distribution

If you would like further information you can contact us on 02 9300 3000 or info@wybengagroup.com.au

Secure File Transfer

Secure File Transfer is a facility that allows the safe and secure exchange of confidential files or documents between you and us.

Email is very convenient in our business world, there is no doubting that. However email messages and attachments can be intercepted by third parties, putting your privacy and identity at risk if used to send confidential files or documents. Secure File Transfer eliminates this risk.

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General Calculators

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Accounting Videos

 

Chris Wybenga

B.Bus, CA

Chris is the Managing Director of the Firm who established the practice in August 1994 and has been responsible for its growth and development since that time.

Chris has over 35-years experience in the Chartered Accountancy profession, predominantly spent in small to medium sized firms, advising both small business and individuals in areas such as taxation and accounting as well as business restructuring and superannuation advice.

Chris is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the Firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1980 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1985 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1986 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1988 – Registered as a Registered Company Auditor
  • 1994 – Established Wybenga & Partners (formerly known as Farrar & Wybenga)

Dianne Bechara

B.Bus, CA

Dianne is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the practice.

Dianne has over 25-years Chartered Accountancy experience and has significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to high-net-worth individuals and their associated entities. Dianne also has considerable knowledge in the areas of taxation, business services, superannuation, and compliance.

Dianne is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Dianne is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 1992 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1993 – Commenced employment in acounting profession
  • 1996 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 1997 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Roger Potter

B.Bus, CA

Roger is responsible for the HR aspect of the Firm, cultivating the culture, and maintaining the highly social environment we pride ourselves on.

Roger has over 30-years in the Chartered Accountancy profession and significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to small businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He also has extensive experience in the areas of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and retirement strategies.

Roger is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1985 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1990 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1992 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1998 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Tess Uncle

B.Sc, M.Com, CA

Tess has over 15-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Tess has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients in day-to-day bookkeeping activities and periodic reporting.

Tess is responsible for the Firm’s training and development needs.

Tess is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Tess is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 2001 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time accountancy studies
  • 2004 – Graduated Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales
  • 2005 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2007 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Adam Roberts

B.Bus, B.Sc, CA

Adam has over 13-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Adam has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients with periodic management reporting.

Adam is responsible for the implementation of technology in the Firm and sourcing new areas of innovation and efficiency.

Adam is active in the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing his expertise.

  • 2005 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time Accountancy Studies
  • 2005 – Graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2007 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2010 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2010 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Accounting Cadetships

Each year we offer several school leavers or undergraduates the opportunity of beginning their career with us via an Accounting Cadetship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in accounting please read the information below.

What is an Accounting Cadetship?
An Accounting Cadetship enables you to commence your career whilst attaining the necessary university qualifications by studying part-time.

How does it work?
Generally, our cadets complete a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree at the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, or the University of Western Sydney.

The firm provides 3 hours paid study leave per week to attend University. This can either be taken at the one time or broken between days depending on the individual’s requirements. In addition, the Firm provides paid study leave for both mid-semester and end-of-year exams.

We take the work life balance very seriously at Wybenga & Partners and our cadets are encouraged to have a fulfilling life outside the office. A typical day will have you arriving at the office at around 8.30am with most days concluding at 5.30pm.

What are the benefits of an Accounting Cadetship with Wybenga & Partners?
Our cadets benefit from the following:

  • Career path – on completion of their degree our cadets have significant practical experience which will assist them in advancing their careers
  • Work helps your studies – by working full-time our cadets are able to apply their practical knowledge in the university subjects
  • Camaraderie with other cadets – the Firm has a number of cadets at various stages of their career
  • Mentoring – cadets are paired with a senior staff member who oversees their progress and training both at work and with their studies
  • Communication and feedback – the Firm has an open door policy which enables all cadets to interact with all members of staff including Directors
  • Culture – the Firm promotes a friendly social culture with a number of functions throughout the year
  • Modern environment – including ‘socialising’ areas such as pool table and break out area
  • Training – ongoing support and technical training. We also provide internal and external training on a monthly basis
  • Remuneration – working full-time provides a market salary and independence with salaries being reviewed every 6-months

What happens when I complete my degree?
The completion of your degree is the first step of what we hope to be a long and successful career with us. The next step is the commencement of your CA Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand whilst at the same time continuing your employment with us.

A number of cadets have progressed to Seniors, Managers, and Directors within the firm.

Who should apply?
Current Year 12 students or first/second year University Students who:

  • want to commence their career in accountancy;
  • are due to commence or are currently completing a part-time business or commerce degree at university with an accounting major;
  • want to gain valuable hands-on experience while completing their qualifications;
  • are looking for a friendly working environment;
  • are team players who display initiative;
  • have a commitment to self-development;
  • possess excellent personal presentation and communication skills; and
  • are motivated and mature minded.

How do I apply for an Accounting Cadetship?
To apply for a Cadetship position at Wybenga & Partners send us your details. Please also include in your covering letter why you wish to do a cadetship, include relevant qualities you possess, main interests / achievements, and any previous employment.

Interested candidates should initially forward a resume/covering letter of no more than 3-pages. Please provide full details of contact information (telephone or e-mail).

What if I have more questions?
For further information about our Cadetship program, please send your enquiry to info@wybengagroup.com.au

Skilled Accountants

Wybenga & Partners offers a stimulating work environment giving you the opportunity to develop your future success.

Wybenga & Partners recognises and promotes that there is more to life than work. We know that your needs change and we provide support to balance your work, academic and lifestyle pursuits.

We welcome enquires from trained accountants regarding a career with Wybenga & Partners. Please email us your details to info@wybengagroup.com.au