11 tips to make BAS processing easier
- Make paying your BAS easier by setting GST aside in a separate account where it will accrue interest. If you find you can’t keep your hands off it during tight cash flow periods then you might prefer to work out your BAS from last year, divide it by 52 and have that amount taken out of your account weekly by the ATO.
- Don’t leave your BAS statement until the last day before the deadline. Get yourself organised and take baby steps along the way. Reconcile your bank accounts regularly. Do a little bit each day and the task will be a lot easier.
- Check your bank reconciliation report, to make sure the bank balance in the report matches your bank statement.
- Check there are no outstanding transactions in the bank reconciliation report.
- Check your GST liability account (current balance sheet) matches your latest BAS statement.
- Compare your current BAS with previous BASs, particularly those from the same period last year and check anything that stands out as quite different.
Protect cash flow
- Pay your BAS via credit card to give you an extra 30-55 days of cash flow (and in some cases accrue reward points).
- Partner up with an accountant. I have seen huge amounts of undeclared sales build up massive GST liabilities that clients weren’t aware of until the end of the year causing severe problems for cash flow.
Protect your good name
- If you find yourself struggling to get your BAS in or pay your BAS payment the best option is to contact the ATO ASAP. Penalties, interest and instalment arrangements can be negotiable with the ATO as long as you have strong and reasonable ground for being late and can outline a suitable instalment plan.
Utilise exceptional service
- Use a service like Shoeboxed to organise your receipts and invoices online. You post the receipts to them in their magic envelope; they scan them and extract the data ready for you to send into your accounting program.
- Use an accountant to review the data completed by your bookkeeper. We will make sure the reconciliations are correct and lodge your BAS for you. Not only will you have peace of mind because you will know you won’t end up with a nasty surprise at the end of financial year, but you will also get an extra month to lodge your BAS. This means one month extra for you to complete your bookkeeping and one more extra before you have to make your BAS payment!
For more information, guidance and/or advice on this subject, or for a complimentary consultation to review your affairs contact Mark and the team at Trak on 07 5512 6106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.