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Anuraag Agarwal

Current Rating: 4.8 / 5
Accountant
Aperture Accounting
www.apertureaccounting.com.au
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales
0416970833
An experienced and capable financial accounting professional with a proven ability to solve problems, provide relevant and practical assistance and reliably deliver to deadlines.

With several years of experience in managing small and medium businesses, we have developed a good understanding to help businesses work on cash flow management, budgeting and improving profitability.

We have been approached by businesses with problems of cash flow, business planning & development especially with year end planning along with other tax related matters which includes ATO debts but not limited to it.

My Activity

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The Health of Your Business Is A Reflection Of Your Own Personal Health – stop and ‘sharpen your saw”
Stop for a minute and think about the title of this blog.
It’s not uncommon for us to be reminded that our physical world is just a reflection of our inner world – in other words, ...
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Q: What rights do I have in my job as I believe I'm getting treated like I'm stealing from work, thing is I've never stolen anything from anyone or taken something that was never mine at all not just in my job but NEVER EVER? Their rude and treat me unkind?
A: If you have an HR department in your organisation, talk to the HR manager or talk to your manager personal to discuss the issue. Otherwise i reckon your best option would be to contact Fairworks Australia to find out about your options.

Last option would be to find a new job.

Hopefully there would be somone else on this platform who would know more and give you some more guidance.

Best wishes,
Anuraag
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Q: Hi, my employer is going through a round of redundancies and after 15 years at the company I’m pretty sure I might be on the list.
If so, I’d like to ask about the type of entitlements that would be due. The payment should include annual leave and long service leave, are there any others?
Thanks
A: Hi Jonathan,

Following link will answer all your questions with regards to redundancy.
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/fact-sheets/minimum-workplace-entitlements/notice-of-termination-and-redundancy-pay

Kind regards,
Anuraag
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As a small business owner - when to engage and what to expect from your accountant?
So, you’ve set up your business and it’s now up and running.
Hopefully, you’re steadily and surely growing your customer base and you’re doing all the right ma ...
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Q: I’m 46 and been in sales and business development for 20 years. I have had an idea in my mind for many years and would love the freedom of running my own business but the fear factor and financial commitments have always held me back. I’d like to ask other people’s opinion on how they took the first step, how hard they found it – the good and bad, thanks?
A: Hi Peter,

First step is never easy, some might have seen the perfect opportunity and others might get forced due to circumstances. As for me, it was more of a forced situation but since I wanted to setup my own firm for sometime probably my circumstances made me take that first step.

As for fear factor and financial commitments, well they are always going to be around you till the time you reach a point where you feel settled. As for me, it is 3rd year of our business and still not reached a comfortable position but at least i get the pleasure of doing something i wanted to do and in a way i wanted to do.

Not sure if this answers your question but surely it can be start towards finding some answers.

Happy to catch up and chat if you need.

Best wishes.
Anuraag
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How Important is Insurance in Business?
There are 2 answers to this question – the long version and the short version.
The short version is – absolutely YES you need insurance both for business and personal.
When you r ...
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Q: Hi,

I work in the media and have a number of different contracts. I’m trying the get more funds into my super but in my line of work I need to be careful. If I make more super contributions is there any considerations to being able to access funds if needed?

Thank you
A: Totally agree with what Todd has mentioned, only thing that i would like to add is even the exception of 'significant financial hardship' some industry super-funds might not have the option to be able to withdraw funds for example REST as their rules / laws don't have a provision for such withdrawals so please be mind full and check with your super-fund.

In general, I would recommend that to put more money in your super fund or now is a decision that you can take closer to the end of financial year which will give you time to assess your position, speaking to a financial adviser or your accountant who understands your financial position would be the best thing.

Best wishes.
Anuraag
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The Home Office – is it as good as it sounds?
Working from home!
In the eyes of many, the prospect of being able to work from home sounds heavenly.
Whether your home office is your principal place of work or a secondary office, you need to thin ...
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Q: Hello
I recently became an Australian citizen and have a full time employment in I.T software. If I do some freelancing work for overseas companies do I have to pay tax on the money I get paid
A: Hi Vlad,

Yes, you will be required to pay tax on the freelancing work that you do for overseas companies. Note that as an Australian Citizen, your world wide income is going to be taxed in Australia.

Though against your freelancing work, you could be eligible for some deductions against that work.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Anuraag
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Q: Hi All,

I hope you're all winning!

I have a tax question for the accountants here.

If someone has held a company for over 12 months and is now selling the business, will they be up for full CGT? Or do they get a similar concession to a real estate asset?

The business has been held by 2 directors and shareholders and will each have an equal share of the proceeds from the sale.

Cheers,
Frank
A: In addition to my earlier response, yes i totally agree with Todd --- if they are just selling shares and have held those shares for more than 12 months, individually the share holder will be able to apply 50% discount.

Cheers.
Anuraag
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Q: Hi All,

I hope you're all winning!

I have a tax question for the accountants here.

If someone has held a company for over 12 months and is now selling the business, will they be up for full CGT? Or do they get a similar concession to a real estate asset?

The business has been held by 2 directors and shareholders and will each have an equal share of the proceeds from the sale.

Cheers,
Frank
A: Hi Frank,

Please note that companies don't get 50% discount as individuals for holding on assets for more than 12 months. There can be other things that could be looked at in terms of finding the best outcome for your client depending on what is being done and how.

This will need to be discussed in detail to get more specific information to find the best outcome.

But from what i understand from your question, simple answer is NO, they don't get similar concessions to a real estate asset.

Kind regards,
Anuraag
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Should you change your accountant?
The client-accountant relationship is said to be one of the most ‘stickiest’ of all relationships.
And by ‘stickiest’, I mean very strong and often very diffic ...
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Q: Hi there

Got some great responses last time I posted here so hoping for a similar result!

I am a beneficiary of a deceased estate split into 3. We recently put the property up on Airbnb for some rental income whilst we wait for the property to be sold.

We did some work to the property readying it for lease such as painting walls, purchase of linen, crockery etc.

1) Can these expenses be claimed? Obviously it's work done prior to being leased but integral to be able to do so. Or does any receipt need to show that the date of purchase was AFTER the commencement date of lease?

For our tax returns, we will be splitting income/expenses between the 3. The property had no TV or Vacuum and so one party paid for these items out of their own personal money as they will take these items as soon as the property sells.

2) Will their be any red flags if one party claims higher expenses despite splitting income by 3?

Looking at it now, I guess if the answer to question 1 is 'NO' then question 2 is probably void as these items were obviously purchased before our first tenant.

Thanks so much for assistance. Great community of help!

Steph
A: Totally agree with what Brendan has mentioned, I don't think their is anything else I can add which could be of any help.

Cheers.
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Q: I have an abn and just registered for GST, how long can I expect to wait before it shows up on my abn search?
A: It can take up to 24 to 48 hrs.

Regards.
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Q: Hi team

My wife is a teacher that has just finished up mat leave but yet to return to any full time employment.

Whilst on mat leave, she undertook a makeup course. The course has assignments that require you to purchase makeup supplies but they advise to buy significant more to build up the kit once she starts working as a makeup artist. Currently, she hasn't got an ABN though will do as soon as the course is complete.

In her tax return, can she claim these significant expenses as either educational or work expenses? Reallistically they are both but not sure if recognised by ATO. How can we best structure this?

Thanks in advance.
Daniel
A: Hi Daniel,

Simple way that I can think of answering your question is as follows:

1. When i was studying accounting degree, all education expenses I incurred were my personal expenses to get ready to be able to find a job / work. This is because of the fact that I was not working in the accounting industry to be able to relate these education expenses as anything to do with my income earning activity.
Coming to your case, I would be dealing with the expenses in similar fashion.

2. I believe this point is something that you would be thinking about ---- You might come across someone who interpret's ATO laws differently and would recommend that you can have an ABN and claim these as business expenses which will help reducing your future taxable business income but this is something that I would not recommend.

Hope this answers your question and can help you make the best decision.

Best regards,
Anuraag
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How lenient is the ATO with tax claims?
Contrary to belief, the ATO is not our enemy!
 
Every year though, businesses & individuals try their luck with tax claims that they ‘believe’ either don&rsq ...
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Q: Hello, I use my car for work as a business development manager in the finance industry. Are there any grounds for my employer to limit the expenses I can claim each month. I own my car and only claim petrol and tolls but it is a struggle getting paid each month?
A: Hi Bianca,

From how I understand, when it comes to limiting the expense claim -- it depends on the agreement between employer and the employee. Note that claims being made need to be legitimate and work related only (unless agreed otherwise, which might raise other related issues for the employer).

If you are submitting a report which clearly states how you have worked out eligibility of your work claims, I don't see any issue for the employer to reimburse the same. But in case expense claims are not worked out properly it could be an issue for the employer as he/she would not want to get into FBT area.

Only suggestion that I can give you is to work out a new salary package which provides you motor vehicle allowance (only if getting reimbursed is a problem) which will add to your Income and in order to claim expenses against Motor Vehicle Allowance, you will be required to keep a log book for the Car that you use for work and claim them in your personal tax return.

NOTE: Getting reimbursed for expenses are always preferable according to me.

Hope it helps.
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Q: I am intending to purchase a commercial property - what advice can you offer to not pay GST and reduce stamp duty?
A: Hi Lina,
Apologies if i have offended you in anyway.
The way you had mentioned in your question - what advice can you offer to not pay GST and reduce stamp duty?, it came across as if you didn't want to pay GST. My answer was purely to that fact, as in cases of commercial property I have not come across anyone who is not registered for GST.
If you could have been more clearer about what your intention is, response to your query would have been different.
As an accountant, I purely go on facts given and provided to me and on this platform I don't have any intention to put anyone down.
I try and do my best to let the other party know about what i feel about the topic and my interpretation of the question asked.
On this platform based on limited information provided in most cases, no answer can be 100% correct or incorrect and possibly you should also factor in those things.

Anyways, thanks for your response and I reckon it is in my best interest to answer to questions that are absolutely clear.

All the Best.
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Q: I am intending to purchase a commercial property - what advice can you offer to not pay GST and reduce stamp duty?
A: Commercial Property and NO GST ---- they don't go together, as per my understanding. If you find someone who thinks otherwise, I would be interested to know about that as well.

What you are asking for is more like tax avoidance than a tax planning question from how I would see this.
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How to get the most out of your accountant
Traditionally accountants have been seen as ‘bean counters’ who saw the world in numbers and tax legislation. 
In reality, though, accountants have always had more expert ...
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Cash-Flow Trumps Profits - here's why
Profits are nice, but Cash Flow will always rule. 
Remember the saying; Cash Flow is king! 
When it comes to financial accounts, the vast number of small-medium businesses tend to ...
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Q: Setting up an online fashion business with three partners and looking for a tax specialist to help structure the business as we hope to have a number of overseas customers. What else do we need to be considering in regards to insurance, shareholders agreements, thank you
A: Totally agree with Brendan,

There is no straight forward answer when it comes to structuring your business, get the right advice by finding the right accountant. Don't go shopping for a cheap accountant.

Best of luck.
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Q: Hi,

I have a mix of direct shares and managed funds in my super. The return for last year was 15% which was good, but our financial advisers has shared some concerns about the market and the potential for volatility. They’ve made a suggestion to consider a cash out strategy into a diversified portfolio of managed funds. The return may not be as high but there’s less risk. Is this considered a good strategy at this point of time?
A: Hi James,

Since I am not a financial adviser cannot give you an advise on the strategy itself but what I would like to say is this:
- What is your risk profile i.e. your risk taking appetite should derive your strategy and not just market fluctuations.
- If you are unsure of your current financial advisers always good to have a second opinion or a 3rd as mentioned by Scott.
- Depending on your risk taking capacity and what are your goals for future (short term or long term) should be the key factor.

Note that their is no right or wrong for your question.

Best of luck.
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Q: if i rent my house out and there is a short fall of 1000 buck a month can i claim it all back at tax time?
A: Hi Andy,

What has been mentioned above is correct but from an accountants perspective, what is important is how are you reaching that number of $1,000 short fall per month?
As Colin said, you need to work out the negative gearing. Important factor when you are working out the short fall from taxation point of view is what is your repayment in terms of investment loan -- are you making interest plus principal payment or interest only payments? Secondly, you would have heard the term 'depreciation' which is not a real expense but tax deductible and contributed towards your negative gearing.

Finally simple answer to your question is that what you get back in your tax return considering your property is negatively geared is only a portion of $1,000.
If you pay tax at a marginal tax rate of say 30% what you expect to get back out of $1000 negative gearing is $300.

Hope this helps.

If you need more specific numbers and understanding, we will need to talk and get more information to find out what you have included and what you haven't when working your $1,000 shortfall.
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Q: Hi, I am 53 and recently divorced and under financial pressure owing $30k on credit cards. Current superannuation is around $220,000 and would like to ask if I can apply for financial hardship and use some of my super to pay off the cards?
A: Check with your superannuation fund to find out under what circumstances you can claim financial hardship to withdraw money.
As far as I am aware some industry super funds like REST don't give you an option to be able to withdraw under financial hardship as they don't have that provision in their deed.
Best would be to check with your Superfund directly.
Hope it helps.
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Q: What's the best thing you can do when negotiating with someone who clearly is a better negotiator?
A: Hi Joel,

I myself is not much of a negotiator but I work with 2 main principles when negotiating:

- How important the deal is for me? Is it adding value to me and at the same time I don't have to compromise my ideology and work ethics.

- And most importantly need to know when to walk away from the table as fear of losing is what makes us compromise.

Most likely if you are able to pass on this fear to the other party, you would be in a better place.

Hope it helps.
Cheers.
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5 key financial strategies to keep your business moving forward
A business succeeds because the business owner is doing what they know best – their business. 
Years of passion, toil and dedication go into building a strong, sustainable and a su ...