Based in Melbourne and Geelong, Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving lives through practical responses to unemployment and disadvantage. Through implementation of Sage Intacct, WCIG was able to save hours at month-end and simplify accounting to reclaim time to focus on delivering strategic financial advice.
As a finance futurist, Nunzio Giunta CPA has embraced technological changes in his industry, but he also looks forward to a new era for finance, in which emotional intelligence and sound communication are upheld as much as analytical expertise.
If you were to ask business futurists what they do, they would probably say that their main role is to prepare their clients for disruption, which continues to upend industries, change employment opportunities and challenge the status quo.
Nunzio Giunta CPA is one of the world's top 10 global finance futurists as chosen by software firm, Sage and recently won the title of Not-for-Profit Accountant of the Year at the Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards 2021. However, if you think Giunta is an aloof technology-obsessed apostle of the future, you couldn't be more off the mark.
"The business has experienced significant growth since the roll out of the NDIS in 2017, with revenue and staffing more than tripling during this period to meet demand in the region.” Says Kelila Williams, Management Accountant at HSA. Adding,” Reckon was appropriate when the business was smaller, however we have recognised the need for more robust and dynamic systems moving forward. The system recommendations provided by Giuntabell will facilitate transparent real time reporting, streamline current processes, improve internal controls and eventually integrate with other software used in the organisation.”
For many non-profit organisations, maintaining the best financial practices while also achieving their core mission can be difficult. Some fail to strike a balance due to a lack of in-house expertise, and others struggle with the complicated rules. Attempting to handle a wide range of accounting tasks without specialised assistance can result in squandered resources, more risk, and task oversights, adversely affecting achieving desired outcomes. However, by partnering with an organisation like Giuntabell, not-for-profits can swing a win-win. As an accounting firm specialising in charity and not-for-profit organisations, Giuntabell works with not-for-profits and charities to strengthen governance and financial management skills by providing expert accounting, financial, risk management and strategic support. Giuntabell provides outsourced financial services, including bookkeeping and payroll services, and acts as an extension of its clients' finance team by working as consulting CFOs. Giuntabell also implements accounting, budgeting and payroll systems for larger not-for-profit organisations.
A major independent new report co-published by Justice Connect’s #FixFundraising coalition and the Charities Crisis Cabinet reveals that over 600 charities and community organisations surveyed are drowning in red tape because of outdated fundraising laws.
During the pandemic, one sector that has suffered dramatically has been not-for-profit. Those organisations that relied on events or fundraising activities that simply do not work with social distancing have had to pivot and look at innovative ways to keep moving forward. This has been a global challenge for the sector. So, what should advisors be thinking about when talking to their clients? Nunzio Giunta, Managing Partner of Giuntabell, is interviewed by Bobby Lane, CEO of the Multi-Disciplinary Outsourcing Practice Factorium.
"Software is ‘software’ and there are many firms able to recommend what they are most comfortable with. With Giuntabell however, there is a real focus on understanding people and establishing productive relationships. This is what allows them to truly connect with our organisation, to thoroughly understand the issues in order to deliver solutions that meet our current requirements and also capable of supporting our future growth.” Michael Carter CFO Social Futures.
In the 2019-2020 Budget it was announced that the data collected through Single Touch Payroll (STP) will be expanded. This expansion of STP data reduces the reporting burden for employers who need to report information about their employees to multiple government agencies and supports the administration of the social security system.
Between 8 December 2020 and 14 January 2021 we released a draft Legislative instrument for consultation. This specified a proposed mandatory commencement date of 1 July 2021 for additional STP reporting.
We have considered the feedback received on the proposed mandatory reporting date and the importance of this government initiative to reduce the reporting burden for employers. The Commission has now decided to proceed with a mandatory commencement date of 1 January 2022.
As we move closer to 1 January 2022 there may be circumstances where a Digital Service Provider, Payroll Service Provider or employer informs us that, despite their best efforts, they may not be able to meet this deadline. There will be a deferral framework which will provide a process for an application for a deferral to be made. We will consider these applications based on the circumstances presented to us. The deferral can be applied for by a software provider on behalf of their clients. Details of the deferral framework will be provided shortly.
Justice Connect launches a new free DGR tool to help you work out whether you’re eligible for deductible gift recipient (DGR) status and what the relevant DGR category might be. The legal requirements are complex, the tax laws are complicated, and the language is old-fashioned and daunting. This new tool takes less than 20 minutes to complete and will help you make sense of the law.
The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, announced that the Coalition Government will cut red tape for thousands of Australian charities, with financial reporting obligations to be eased from the upcoming financial year.
Under reforms agreed to by the Council on Federal Financial Relations, financial reporting thresholds for small and medium charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission (ACNC) will be lifted, allowing over 5,000 charities to redirect their resources to help vulnerable Australians.
The ATO has issued personalised refund of franking credits application packages to eligible organisations that applied for, and received, a refund in the previous financial year. Contact the ATO if your organisation wants to apply for a refund of franking credits but you haven’t received a refund package. You can also phone the ATO to request replacement forms.
The director identification number (director ID) initiative will be introduced as a part of a new modern registry service – the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). Directors don’t need to do anything now. The ATO is testing the new application process in a private beta to ensure a seamless user experience, and will call for expressions of interest shortly.
In the 2021-22 Budget the Government announced changes to the administration of NFPs that self-assess as income tax exempt. From 1 July 2023, NFPs with an active ABN will submit an online annual self-review form with the information they ordinarily use to self-assess their eligibility for the exemption. The ATO will work closely with the sector in the implementation of this measure.
In June 2020, the ancillary fund guidelines were amended to encourage increased distributions to DGRs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 1 July 2021, the super guarantee rate will rise from 9.5% to 10%. Some pay periods will cross over between June and July when the rate changes.
The percentage employers are required to apply is determined based on when the employee is paid, not when the income is earnt. The rate of 10% will need to be applied for all salary and wages that are paid on and after 1 July 2021, even if some or all of the pay period it relates to is before 1 July 2021.
That means, if the pay period ends before 30 June, but the pay date falls on or after 1 July, the 10% rate applies on those salary and wages. The date of salary and wage payment determines the rate of super guarantee payable, regardless of when the work was performed.
The Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 2) Bill 2021 was introduced to parliament on 17 March 2021. If passed into law, the amendments will require non-government DGRs to register as a charity with the ACNC. A transitional period is proposed for existing DGRs to take the necessary steps to become registered as a charity. This measure will not apply to ancillary funds or DGRs specifically listed in tax law.
The Online Services for Business replaced the Business Portal and you can use it to create payment plans, lodge a BAS, obtain copies of income tax returns and view your communication history with the ATO.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2021 (Cth) (the Regulations) came into effect on 25 February 2021. Governance Standard 6 requires a registered charity to take reasonable steps to become a participating non-government institution if the charity is, or is likely to be, identified as being involved in the abuse of a person.
Watch this brief video by Jennifer Moltisanti, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office, to find out about the range of tools and services the ATO offers to help not-for-profits whether starting up, running a not-for-profit or changing your organisation. Let the ATO help you to meet your tax and super obligations.
Hear from Meriem Idris, Finance Manager at Women’s Health West, on how they overcame the issues they had with:
Facilitated by: Sage Australia; Presenters: Meriem Idris & Nunzio Giunta [August 2021]
With limited IT resources and far too many manual accounting processes, finance teams utilise traditional reporting that only provides backward-looking information about the prior month, quarter, or year. However, executives need real-time reporting that can be customised by role, program, location, funding source, and more.
With our unified experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector, we can support you to automate those elements of financial reporting that conventional solutions are unable to manage. However, it is more than just reporting problems that we address. Revenue recognition, overhead cost allocations, funding acquittals, expense control and month-end procedures represent other significant challenges.
Presented by: Giuntabell's Managing Partner, Nunzio Giunta. [03.03.2021]
Hear from Shy Bastianpillai, CFO of Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children (now known as NextSense), as she shares insights on:
Facilitated by: Sage Australia; Presenters: Shy Bastianpillai, Carlene Baskerville [25.02.2021]
Hear from Kristina White, CFO of Job Centre Australia, as she shares insights on:
Facilitated by: Sage Australia; Presenters: Kristina White, Carlene Baskerville [19.11.2020]
Nunzio Giunta, Managing Partner of Giuntabell, shares insights on how not-for-profits weather the pandemic:
The nature of the CFO role in business in Australia is changing due to the digitalisation of business and industry. Kerry Agiasotis, Executive Vice President of Sage Asia Pacific and Managing Director of Sage Australia, introduces the 2019 launch of Sage Intacct in Australia and shares highlights of research by Edelman Research and what this means for the CFO role.
Industry leaders from both technology and business participate in a panel discussion on the things every finance leader and CFO should be thinking about in this day and age. They share their experiences and views, and what their organisations are doing in response to the changing times. [20.09.2019]
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