Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Stapled Super Funds for Employees

Coming soon from the ATO, a plan to help reduce superannuation account fees.

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Covid

Rent Relief Scheme for Business Owners

We could all use a little relief, but it's a little (lot) more complicated this time around.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

Latest Government COVID Support - Victoria

An ever-updating list of what's available for Victorian Business.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

At Illumin8

M8's Rates from Illumin8

We're here to look after our M8's

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

At Illumin8

Budget 2021-22 Recap!

So what were the real takeaways from last night, and are any going to have a real impact on you? Let's dive into it...

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Your Business

Got a business car? It's FBT time!

As the end of the Fringe Benefits Tax year draws near, 31 March, there are a few things you need to know if you use a motor vehicle in your business.

Shane Scott

Head of Process Technology

Covid

Fair Work Australia - Employer Lockdown Responsibilities

What are your employer obligations to employees during a lockdown scenario?

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

At Illumin8

I started a job in a pandemic!

Starting a new job in a pandemic? It doesn't have to be an awful experience.

Keira Patman

Bookkeeper

Covid

JobMaker - Are we Keeping, Seeking or Making?

Meet me on the other side (of JobKeeper)

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Your Business

Digital Adaptation - To adapt or not? UPDATED!

A few changes to the existing Victorian Small Business Digital Adaption Program (Rebate), making it easier to apply than before.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

JobKeeper Extension - Monthly Declaration Time

Now is time to get your first monthly business declaration for the JobKeeper Extension in, here's how.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

At Illumin8

A HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS! (less a bit)

The story that is the 2020-21 federal budget and beyond.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

Am I eligible for JobKeeper 2.0?

So the big question that everyone wants to know, AM I ELIGIBLE FOR JOBKEEPER 2.0? Let's have a really quick look.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

JobKeeper 2.0 - The eagle has landed

Like flying into Heathrow Airport, JobKeeper 2.0 has been circling for weeks leaving you with your seatbelt on and desperate for the toilet. Now that it has landed.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

Changes to Fair Work, not fair work

With fairs still restricted due to the coronavirus and the 5km radius limiting my ability to run away to the circus, focus turns in the other Fair Work.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

Testing, (alternative) testing, one two...

With mere days to go before the end of an era (JobKeeper 1.0), J-Fry finally dropped the long-awaited legislation behind the Alternative Decline in Turnover Test Rules.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Covid

JobKeeper Update 1.1.6 (or what feels like 3.14159265359)

More Changes, More Explanations, More GIF's

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

Superannuation

Super(annuation) Blog

Do you have some outstanding superannuation guarantee (SG) payments for your employees for the period 1 July 1992 to 31 March 2018? Read on.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

At Illumin8

We needed a sherpa

Introducing our new Business Sherpa Jason Williams

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Xero

Finalising Single Touch payroll In Xero

Providing year end summaries to your team this year will be a touch different than in the past - there's this ol thang we know as Single Touch Payroll (STP). Lets walk through how to finalise in Xero.

Jason Williams

Business Sherpa

At Illumin8

Illumin8's EOFY Highlights

Taking some time to reflect at the end of the FY

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

The 2020 EOFY run down

For those of you about to spiral into a full-blown meltdown - stop right there!! Here's a quick and easy run down of all things EOFY.

Amanda Oppel

Accountant

Covid

Working From Home This Pandemic?

They say ‘home is where the heart is’ but it is also the place where you don’t have to wear pants. Very casual Friday. But what does this mean for tax?

Christina Houndalas

Accountant

Covid

Can Hospitality Return to Normal Post Corona?

Hospitality is an industry hit hard by the global pandemic. For many small business owners looking to open the doors again, it won't be easy. There's a number of requirements to adhere too. Here's our summary.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Covid

Is Your Workplace Prepared for the Welcoming Party?

If you're looking at having employees back in your workplace, now is a great time to make sure you're up to date on the latest Work Health and Safety guidelines.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

How to do a Month-End Close Properly

Get on top of your books with these weekly and monthly checklists

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Your Business

How to Complete the Monthly Jobkeeper Report

Jobkeeper reporting is now live - here's your "how to" guide

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Covid

JobKeeper & Dismissals

Keep up to date with changes during this period.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Covid

Am I eligible for Jobkeeper?

Here the down low on what it takes to qualify for Jobkeeper payments

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Covid

How to Enrol for Jobkeeper Payments

Jobkeeper enrolment is now live - here's your "how to" guide

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Covid

COVID-19: Business Fact Sheet

A running update on COVID-19 and how it affects businesses.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

Do you want a tax deduction with that?

Confused about what is and isn't a tax deductible business expense? We're clearing the air!

Amanda Oppel

Accountant

At Illumin8

Is Your Business A Horror Show?

Is your business a horror story?

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Personal Finances

What is myGovID and What do I Need to Know for My Business?

myGovID is the spiritual successor to AUSkey, and will be the way you authenticate with the business portal, as well as a bunch of other services going forward.

Shane Scott

Head of Process Technology

At Illumin8

Times Are Changing

We are stoked to announce that our own Mick and Shane have officially joined the ownership team here at Illumin8.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

At Illumin8

Together is Better

Every year I take some time over the Christmas break to pause and ponder - what will define the year ahead for Illumin8? This year, I believe is the year of being better, together.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

We're supporting local this Christmas!

We love to support local clients and their businesses, especially as we get closer to Christmas! This year we want to spread the love and promote the amazing products they create.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

Illumin8's 12 Tips for Christmas

We don't have to tell you twice that Christmas is a crazy time of year. Whether your business is super busy or not busy enough, the season can feel overwhelming. We've compiled some tips to nudge you in the right direction!

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

At Illumin8

Illumin8's Annual Shindig 2019

We don't need much convincing to throw a party, and celebrating with the Illumin8 extended family is a pretty great excuse.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

How To Get Money Out of Your Business

The first and most important thing to understand is that the business account is only for the business – it is not your personal bank account. Unless you are a sole trader, the money in the account is not your money. 

Amanda Oppel

Accountant

Xero

Xerocon 19 - Our Highlights

As good as any excuse to get to Brisbane is to a bunch of Victorian accountants, #defrosting, Xerocon continually proves to be so much more than a conference with weather perks.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

6 Money Podcasts That Won't Put You To Sleep

What better way to break up the morning commute, or unwind on the weekend than listening to a podcast about… money. Are we right? Stay with us here. Financial podcasts can be interesting. Dare we say it, entertaining!

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Superannuation

Self Managed Superannuation - Is It Right For You?

You’re invited to our Self Managed Superannuation seminar. It’s taking place at the Mornington Golf Club on the 29th of August. Join us for drinks and canapés.

Samantha Baker

Administrator

Xero

Xero, the Marie Kondo of the Accounting World?

You've probably heard us talk about Xero.. Maybe a lot? But why do we keep going on about? And why do make it the software of choice for Illumin8? Well, it's not an exhaustive list, but here's a few reason how Xero can help you!

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Superannuation

SMSF? What's Going On & Is It For You?

You might have heard we're running a little event on SMSF, what's happening in the space, and where the opportunities lie.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

Using a budget to build your team

Old mate Andrew shared a few nuggets on how to bring your team on the journey using a budget.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

At Illumin8

Bookkeeping, Our Next Lightbulb Moment

Jumping into a new season, we've had another lightbulb moment.

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Your Business

Did the 2019 Financial Year Deliver?

As the 2019 financial year draws to a close, was this year all that you had hoped it would be?

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

A Better Business Chat with Daniela De Fazio & Scott McKenzie

Earlier this year, we released our guide to better business. The guide was created with a number of fantastic contributions from leading experts from around Australia. We speak with Daniela De Fazio & Scott McKenzie.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

A Better Business Chat with Andrew Van De Beek & Carly Amado

Earlier this year, we released our guide to better business. The guide was created with a number of fantastic contributions from leading experts from around Australia. We speak with Andrew Van De Beek & Carly Amado.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Your Business

Do You Employ People?

Single Touch Payroll is happening. Get yourself sorted. Watch this quick video from Andy.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Tax

Hey Bill - We're for the People

Accountants, we’re for the people. The people who are building businesses, actually making jobs, dreaming up the future Australia, and bloody well contributing to the tax system. 

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Personal Finances

My Mortgage Freedom First Home Buyers Seminar

With all the negative press out there saying how hard it is to buy your first home. My Mortgage Freedom invites you to attend a FREE seminar for all First Home Buyers.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

Tax

Budget 2019 - A Quick Illumin8 Wrap Up

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg dropped the 2019 #Budget last night. The big takeaway being, #BackInTheBlack! And as always, we've whipped up a quick summary of what caught our attention, and what you need to look out for. What did you think?

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

A Better Business Chat with James O'Reily & Sean Murphy

Earlier this year, we released our guide to better business. The guide was created with a number of fantastic contributions from leading experts from around Australia. We speak with James O'Reily & Sean Murphy.

by Illumin8

Your Local Accountant

At Illumin8

The Single Touch Payroll Info Sessions

We know Single Touch Payroll might be confusing, and that's why we're running two events to help you get up to scratch, so come July, you're ready to smash STP.

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Personal Finances

How to master Record Keeping for Individuals & Small Business

Got your record keeping nailed? We detail what's up so you'll be your accountants favourite client come tax time.

Christina Houndalas

Accountant

Lifestyle

The Lover's Guide to Tax

Generally we aren't fans of the Government interfering with our personal lives, but for couples across Australia there are big tax implications when you're in a serious relationship.

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Lifestyle

Andrew on Europe

As my travels came to an end I reflected on what being away taught me – about myself and about Illumin8. Turns out we're on the right track.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

Andrew on Brussels

Arriving in Brussels by train. His wife found herself a little worse for wear and needed to take a few days to get back in action. Andrew on the other hand, despite being disappointed about not being able to explore with her.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

Andrew on London

What London taught me was just a really simple little thing, but it's just to love on yourself and look after yourself a bit.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

Andrew on Paris

Andrew Van De Beek shares on his Paris trip.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

Andrew on Norwich

Our home base for this UK & Europe trip was a place to the east of London called Norwich.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Tax

The Deal with Motor Vehicle Deductions

The ATO have released their hit list, most notably is the crackdown on work related motor vehicle and travel deductions.

Michael Walter

Head of Accounting

Xero

Xero’s New Navigation – A Researched Improvement for a Better Experience

Xero has a new navigation. A navigation that will help you get stuff done. Better, quicker for both small businesses, and the accountants and bookkeepers behind the scenes.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

Andrew on Amsterdam

Okay so let's talk Amsterdam. On my trip the third spot we visited was Amsterdam. Amsterdam's really kinda dear to my heart to my father's side, he's Dutch.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

Andrew on Rome

One of the first stops on the trip was Rome. The one thing his wife wanted to do whilst in Rome was to sit outside something beautiful, enjoy an Italian coffee, and bask in the sunshine.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Xero

How To Set Up Two Step Authentication (2SA) in Xero

Two step authentication (2SA) is a requirement by the Australian Tax Office and is mandatory for any user with access to Xero and provides an extra level of security for your account by including a unique 6-digit code at the time you login.

Lifestyle

Andrew on Scotland

Andrew shares his thoughts on Scotland. It wasn’t just a highlight because he got to tickle his fancy for world class whisky, but because he got to spend time with his family.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

Why A Bookkeper Might Be Your Small Business Best Friend

Bookkeepers add a whole lot more value to small business than data entry and pushing paper. A bookkeeper might just be what you need to take your business up a notch.

Xero

What Is Xero Projects? Should You Be Using It?

Wanting to better tracking profitability? Better understand how your time is being spent? Perhaps Xero Projects might be right for you.

Shane Scott

Head of Process Technology

At Illumin8

Dream Job Alert! Illumin8 Are Hiring An Accountant

Accountants, listen up! Illumin8 needs you. Sick and tired of just ‘doing what happened last year’? Find yourself contemplating how to make your day somewhat bearable? Well it might just be your lucky day friend.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Lifestyle

How I Make Sure I Use What I Learn

The most frustrating part about learning, however, is when we don’t use it. All that knowledge without any benefit for the future me.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Xero

How to Actually do a Bank Reconciliation in Xero

It's a common question we get here at Illumin8. So we thought we'd pop together a quick guide on how to actually run a bank reconciliation report in Xero. Easy peasy.

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Xero

Xerocon 18 - An Illumin8-ed Highlight of Xero's Annual Conference

You could expect that after sending a bunch of accountants to Xerocon, an accounting software conference, that they’d come back raving about the latest technology and accounting-y things. And in part, you’d be right...

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Personal Finances

3 Things I've Learned From Building A Budget

Budgets seem to be a necessary evil in the 21st Century. In recently developing a financial plan for my life, I share what I've learned about the dreaded B word.

Superannuation

Superannuation Meets Periodic Processing

Have a self-managed super fund? Listen up.

Kristie Goss

Accountant

At Illumin8

Rebels Seeking New Bookkeeper to Bring Freedom to Universe and Local Businesses

We're on the hunt for a new bookkeeper. Think you got what it takes?

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Your Business

New Financial Year Resolutions? Get Your Business Back Into Shape

Stop drowning in the day-to-day of running your business. Get your head above the water, so you can see and breath clearly again.

Michael Walter

Head of Accounting

Your Business

5 Tips to becoming a Bookkeeping Badass!

With EOFY fast approaching, many businesses start to focus on cash flow management, fulfilment of tax obligations and a business plan for the upcoming financial year. What is the single best way to ensure you are primed to accurately review these...

At Illumin8

The 'Anti Thought Leader' Thought Leader

Andrew takes a minute to reflect on his recent 'Thought Leader of the Year' award win. His 'thoughts' on the win might surprise you...

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Tax

illumin8ing the 2018 Budget

The 'hear hears' have subsided, suits and ties removed and we wait for the obligatory opposition response. Our team has been cutting through the crap to identify some of the aspects of the budget that impact YOU.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

3 Lessons small business can learn from STAR WARS

In celebration of May the 4th, Brooke highlights 3 lessons small business owners can learn from Star Wars.

Your Business

TIME - Have you got it?

Do you know what takes up your time? Kate discusses how getting an understanding of where your time is being spent is the first step to working SMARTER!

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Xero

Understanding Two Factor Authentication

Shane Scott (our resident innovation guru) explains what two factor authentication is and why you should use it everywhere you can.

Shane Scott

Head of Process Technology

Your Business

Post Sale Payment Options - What's the REAL cost?

Post Sale Payment options may seem like a convenient option for you and your customers, but what's the REAL cost?

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

Diamonds

What does the singer Rihanna have to do with running your business? Kate Stathis cracks the code in how to run your business SMARTER and not harder.

Kate Stathis

Head of Bookkeeping

Your Business

The Rundown on Fringe Benefits Tax

Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) affects a number of our clients, and with the end of the FBT year fast approaching (31st March), we ask – are you FBT ready?

Your Business

Cash is King – How do you manage it?

Ask any small business operator and they’ll say business is great, cashflow isn’t. Here’s a few tips to help your small business get paid and manage those nasty quarterly BAS and superannuation payments.

Michael Walter

Head of Accounting

Your Business

Throw out your to-do list

Another year rolls around. Will this one be the same as the last?

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

The Year That Was

As we look toward 2018, we reflect on the incredible year that 2017 has been.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

3 Tips to Survive and Thrive this Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but for small business owners, it can also be the most stressful! We've popped together three tips to help you win at Christmas this year.

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

Your Business

A tool YOUR business needs to implement now!

Did you know on average business owners spend 68% of their time working in their business, and not on it. Are you one of them?

At Illumin8

'Peace Out' : A blog by a departing team member

After 2 years, our pal Josh is finishing up at illumin8. But why on earth would we upload his final blog?

Lifestyle

Learning is Lifelong

With education readily available on campus and online, the door is wide open for study opportunities within the workforce.

Your Business

Is a reduction in your tax bill really a good thing?

We're ofen asked by clients how they can save tax. It's a great question, but often not that simple...

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

At Illumin8

Xerocon: Not your average accounting conference

Xerocon has been affectionately called ‘Coachella for accountants’, and we think that’s one of the best descriptions we’ve heard!

Andrew Van De Beek

Founder & Head of Purpose

At Illumin8

ILLUMIN8 – From Xero’s to Heroes

There are some moments in life where you take a step back and just marvel at how far you’ve come, and I’ve got to say, over the past month we’ve had a number of these moments.

Your Business

Why illumin8 uses a password manager and why you should too

The title of this blog post could easily win the award for the most boring thing we have ever posted. That’s coming from people who talk about tax day in day out. However, it could be one of the most important too.

Shane Scott

Head of Process Technology

Your Business

5 Things to embrace when rebranding your business

Your business is going to evolve. As it does, you may want to refocus your brand and begin to redefine who you are and what separates you from others. Rebranding is a chance to bring clarity to your

Your Business

Structure – Do you have the right one?

Ensuring you have the correct structure set up from the beginning will save you a lot of time, money and grief. Ol' mate Mick Walter discusses the key aspects of structuring.

Michael Walter

Head of Accounting

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