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Business structure advice

When you are starting out in business, we take the guesswork out of choosing and setting up the right business structure.

The different types of business structures you can choose from include:
+ Partnership
+ Trust
+ Joint Venture
+ Sole Trader
+ Company

If you need advice on what business structure is right for your circumstances, get in touch.

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Changing your business structure

If you’re a business owner, there are many reasons that you might want to change your business structure.  Some of the typical reasons for changing your business structure are:

+ taking on a new business partner.
+ your accountant has advised that there might be tax advantages to switching to a different structure.
+ to support a finance application.
+ to protect your assets.

Whatever the reason, before making the switch, drop us a line for advice on the best structure for your circumstances.

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Business setup + more

You are probably wondering what a business setup includes. We can help with things such as applying for an Australian Business Number (ABN), registering for Goods & Services Tax (GST) if applicable, Tax File Number (TFN) and PAYG withholding.

The payroll team can also assist with registering your business with WorkCover and set up the systems for lodging and paying superannuation systems.

Common questions

What are the different type of business structures in Australia?

+ Sole trader – for when an individual is trading on their own.
+ Partnership – when several people or entities run a business together, but not as a company.
+ Company – when a business is set up as a legal entity separate from the owners.
+ Trust – an entity that holds property or income for the benefit of others.
+ Co-operative – a member-owned business organisation with a minimum of five members.
+ Incorporated association – an entity usually set up for charitable, recreation or cultural purposes.

Source: Business Victoria

How do I choose the right business structure?

Most businesses that are just starting out are unlikely to know the answer to this question.  So if you are unsure, it is best to give your accountant a call.

The structure you choose may have implications down the track on how you need to report and prepare your tax and can be quite costly if you get it wrong.

If you need advice, on the best business structure for you, we offer an obligation-free 15 consultation to answer any questions that you may have.

Do I need an accountant to set up a new business?

No, if you are confident that you know the correct business structure to choose from, you can go it alone.  But be mindful that whichever structure you choose at the start can impact compliance, how much tax you pay and the amount of admin needed.

So, if in doubt, it is best to speak to an accountant that is up-to-date on all the pros and cons of the different business structures.

What are the types of trusts that can be established?

There are generally two types of trusts, Discretionary Trust & Unit Trust.

In a discretionary trust, the trustees determine the income split between beneficiaries.  For a unit trust, income is split based on the percentage of Unitholding.

Your business set up done easy!

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Contact us now for a free 15-minute chat on how we can help optimise your business setup.

    9826 6000
    Level 2 18/25 Claremont St
    South Yarra Victoria 3141

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