Don't be a slow poke. New FY, new rates

Posted: 29 Jun '23
Don't be a slow poke. New FY, new rates

Don't be a slow poke. New FY, new rates.

Running a small business can sometimes feel like navigating a labyrinth of financial complexities. Every turn presents a new challenge, and one misstep can have serious consequences. I want to share my thoughts on the importance of getting payroll right, especially in light of the recent changes to the superannuation and minimum wage rates in Australia.

Imagine this: You're a small business owner, juggling multiple responsibilities, and payroll is just one more item on your never-ending to-do list. With the new financial year upon us, you might be tempted to put the superannuation and minimum wage rate changes on the backburner, hoping they won't cause too much trouble.

But here's the catch: Ignoring these changes could lead you down a treacherous path. As of July 1st, 2023, the superannuation rate will increase from 10.5% to 11%, while the minimum wage rate has risen by 5.75%. Failing to pay employees the correct rate or failing to pay the correct amount of superannuation on time for each of your employees can result in dire consequences.

For example, if you don't meet your superannuation obligations, you'll be liable for the superannuation guarantee charge. This charge includes not only the underpaid superannuation contributions but also administration fees, interest, and penalties. And with the advent of Single Touch Payroll mandatory lodgements to the ATO after every pay run, data matching has begun, and superannuation audits are imminent. The impact of the super guarantee charge on your business's finances could be significant, not to mention the potential damage to your reputation and employee morale, so it’s important to get it right.

Now, I'm not trying to scare you into a state of panic. Instead, I want to emphasize the importance of staying informed and taking proactive steps to ensure your payroll processes are up to date. These changes may seem daunting, but with the right systems and support in place, you can navigate them successfully.

Here's my advisory message: Don't underestimate the power of seeking professional guidance. Reach out to a qualified bookkeeper or accountant who can help you navigate the intricacies of payroll and ensure compliance with the new superannuation and minimum wage rates. By proactively addressing these changes, you'll not only protect your business from potential risks but also foster a positive and fair work environment for your valued employees.

Remember, in the labyrinth of business, knowledge is your greatest ally. Stay informed, be proactive, and never hesitate to seek expert advice. Your business and your employees will thank you for it.

If you have any questions or need assistance with managing your payroll, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to help you succeed!

‘Appy EOFY!

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