Small Business

Pointons Chartered Accountants pride ourselves in offering prompt support to small business owners, providing information and offering affordable accounting solutions.

We recognise the difficulties that small business owners face day to day. We know they find themselves overloaded with operational aspects of their business and fall behind or leave things to the last minute.


Compliance is to make sure that your business is running ethically and legally under prescribed rules. To ensure your financial reporting is accurate, you need to have clear processes and step by step procedure for recording and verifying revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities, single touch payroll, superannuation, WorkCover, business name registrations, GST, PAYGW, Safe Work SA and taxable payments annual reports. Our professionals will guide you through to keep your business on track with these rules ensuring you are up to date will all relevant compliance issues.


If you are a business registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) you need to lodge a business activity statement (BAS). BAS is a tax reporting requirement for businesses on either monthly or quarterly basis. Business Activity Statement can be very daunting for a lot of Business owners, but never fear, our experts are here to provide your business with quality BAS services to help you stay confident that your statements are correct and on time.

Pointons Chartered Accountants offer many services to suit the needs of all businesses. From GST audits and lodgements only, for clients who wish to take care of their bookkeeping themselves, to full range of bookkeeping services, including monthly or quarterly management reports to keep you informed so you can reach your business goals.

Single Touch Payroll support and processing

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a recent regulation that changed when and how small business report payroll activity to the ATO. Using STP-enabled software you’ll send your employees’ salary and wage, tax withheld and super information to ATO each time you pay your employees. Our specialist team can help get your business single touch payroll compliant.

Business name registration

You need to register a business name if you conduct business under a name other than your own. To register a business name, you will need to have an ABN or be in the process of applying for one with the Australian Business register (ABR). Our team can help with the application process along with on going support to ensure that your business name remains registered.

Often companies such as Registry will send letters to business name owners with the return address “Law Courts VIC” causing them to believe that the notice is legitimate, important and needs immediate attention. These companies then charge you for renewing your business name registration with the cost being well over double the actual price.

Here at Pointons our processes of business name registration includes opting out of these services, ensuring all ASIC correspondence goes through our office to avoid you being caught up in such scams.


Running a small business can be overwhelming and requires a variety of skills. Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it. Accounting for small businesses is done by keeping a complete record of all the income and expenses and accurately extracting financial information from business transactions.


The Instalment Activity Statement (IAS) is issued by the ATO monthly which summarises the amount of PAYG instalments, PAYG withholding and ABN withholding. This document is for taxpayers who have elected to pay an annual PAYG income tax instalment that may also involve reporting the instalment income or varying the instalment amount. This form is also used by taxpayers who are not registered for the GST but it is require to be lodged by entities that prepare a quarterly BAS but are require remitting their PAYG withholding tax on a monthly basis.


Superannuation Guarantee compliance is one of the vital components of business reporting due to the extensive penalties incurred for failure to lodge and pay on time. Missed payments will incur administration fees and superannuation guarantee surcharges. Late payments, administration fees and superannuation guarantee surcharges are non-tax deductable which will make significant changes to your tax payable. Pointons Chartered Accountants specialise in making sure superannuation obligations are taken care of for you to avoid any unwanted surprises at the end of the financial year.

ABN and GST registrations

Australian business number (ABN) is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business to the government and community.

You can use an ABN to:

  • Identify your business to others when ordering and invoicing
  • Avoid pay as you go (PAYG) tax on payments you get
  • Claim goods and services tax (GST) credits
  • Claim energy grants credits
  • Get an Australian domain name

Goods and services tax (GST) is a broad-based tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items sold or consumed in Australia. You need to have an ABN to register GST, as the ABN is part of the GST system.

As we are a registered Tax agent, we provide a wide range of services which includes applying for your ABN, backdating the ABN, registering for GST. If your business is liable for GST you must register within 21 days of meeting the eligibility requirements.


Bookkeeping involves recording and classifying all the financial transactions in your accounting system. Whether you do the work yourself or hire someone to do it for you, without proper bookkeeping your accounts will not be accurate.

That means your accountant won’t get a clear picture of your company’s finances and you risk not being compliant with relevant bodies. At Pointons Chartered Accountants we offer both bookkeeping services and support for clients who wish to take care of their bookkeeping themselves.

Our bookkeeping services are tailored to the clients needs. We take every possible step to ensure that the process is taken care of using the least amount of resources ensuring you don’t end up with large fees, while still maintaining quality of work and offering management reports to help keep your business on track.

Taxable Payments Annual Reports

Businesses that make payments to contractors may need to report these payments and lodge a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR). Contractor can include subcontractors, consultants and independent contractors. Over the years more and more industries are being added to the list of industries required to lodge the TPAR. Our team of Chartered Accountants can assist in the preparation and lodgement ensuring dead lines are met.

Return to WorkSA/WorkCover

Return to WorkSA provides insurance that protects businesses that employ workers in South Australia from the costs of a work injury under the WorkCover Corporation Act. All employers that pass the threshold amount of wages in a particular financial year are required to register for WorkCover or private insurance to ensure their employees, families and dependents are covered in the event of a work place accident or injury. Our team of Chartered Accountants can take the stress out of registering, calculating and reporting of your WorkCover obligations.

Set up of cloud and computer based accounting software and support

If you are a small business owner or sole trader but haven’t the foggiest idea about cloud computing, our Chartered Accountant will brief you through the whole process and help you get the best Accounting Software for your business that saves your time so you can focus on growing your business.

At Pointons, our expert will provide you software training which will help you get up to speed and improve your skills in using accounting software packages like MYOB, Xero, Cash Flow Manager, Phoenix, Reckon, Intuit, Quickbooks, Quicken, Practice Manager, Practice Systems, Cashflow Manger Rural, EDSAS and many more.

Having the right knowledge and skills to be able to use these software packages will enhance you to focus more on growing your business saving time and stress, reducing errors while recording transactions and extracting accurate financial report.