Conflict of interest: What happens when you don’t deal with it?

The consequences of not dealing with a conflict of interest can be significant. It can result in reputational risk, a failure to act in the best interest of the entity, and poor governance. Additionally, not addressing a conflict of interest can create disharmony amongst management and directors, especially where individuals are dealing in an area … Continue reading “Conflict of interest: What happens when you don’t deal with it?”

Getting ready for the auditors

The annual external audit of your entity’s financial statements does not need to be a stressful affair for staff and management. Good planning and execution, as well as effective project management can make the audit process a smooth and efficient experience for you and your auditors.  Ultimately, ongoing and timely communication between the entity and … Continue reading “Getting ready for the auditors”

Tax law developments that will impact your end of year tax planning

With 30 June quickly approaching, now is a good time to assess your current position and ensure your year-end strategies are in place. This article highlights some of the key tax law changes that have taken effect thus far in the 2016/17 income year, and the changes that will shortly take effect that may impact … Continue reading “Tax law developments that will impact your end of year tax planning”

Just how much life insurance do you need?

Unfortunately and all too often, individuals will fail to consider the importance of life insurance until it’s simply too late – and we can understand why. Life insurance typically isn’t a topic of conversation openly spoken about at the dinner table. It can be a bleak subject that forces families to consider the possibility of … Continue reading “Just how much life insurance do you need?”

The journey to retirement: 3 important questions all Australians must ask themselves

The journey towards retirement requires careful planning and consideration. It’s an arduous one, full of obstacles and challenges that will ultimately shape your future. Unfortunately, many Australians don’t fully understand the necessary planning required to ensure a comfortable retirement, in order to live a life that they have always dreamed of. It’s believed that nearly … Continue reading “The journey to retirement: 3 important questions all Australians must ask themselves”

Understanding the recent superannuation reforms: Non-Concessional Contributions

This month, our experienced superannuation team takes the opportunity to examine the changes to the Non-Concessional Contributions (after tax contributions) cap in greater detail, highlighting how these adjustments will affect clients moving forward. The list of changes include: A reduction in the annual contribution cap which has reduced from $180,000 to $100,000. A reduction in … Continue reading “Understanding the recent superannuation reforms: Non-Concessional Contributions”

Harnessing and Cultivating Innovation through Divergent Thinking

The concept of innovation has become a core competency for organisations to remain competitive within their respective industries. Organisations that embrace innovation and embed a free flow of ideas and thinking into their organisational culture stand to benefit in this continually evolving business environment. What is innovation? Innovation is about challenging the traditional business model … Continue reading “Harnessing and Cultivating Innovation through Divergent Thinking”

Brendan Worrall appointed Queensland Auditor-General

Findex and Crowe Horwath are proud to announce that Managing Partner Brendan Worrall has been appointed as Queensland’s Auditor-General. Mr Worrall was selected for the prestigious role following a national search and merit-based recruitment process by the Queensland Government. The position will see him become the Chief Executive Officer for the Queensland Audit Office, overseeing more … Continue reading “Brendan Worrall appointed Queensland Auditor-General”

Sam Neale appointed to Crowe Horwath International Tax Steering Committee

Crowe Horwath Australasia is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Neale, Senior Partner – Tax Advisory to the Crowe Horwath International (CHI) Tax Steering Committee. The primary purpose of the International Tax Services Steering Committee is to provide direction, guidance and support to the cross border practices, strengthen the international tax services proposition of … Continue reading “Sam Neale appointed to Crowe Horwath International Tax Steering Committee”

Navigating the Risks of the Contemporary M&A Market

Whilst mergers and acquisitions remain a key element in the growth strategy for many corporates, a recent survey conducted by Crowe Horwath, in conjunction with Financial Executives Research Foundation highlights the major risks across the M&A value chain. This report is based on the recent deal experience of senior finance and M&A executives from around … Continue reading “Navigating the Risks of the Contemporary M&A Market”