Thinking of starting a new business? Over the past 70 years, we’ve helped countless new businesses get up and running across our region. And we can help you set things up the right way.

Business start up

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which business structure is right for you – sole trader, partnership, company or trust.

Then there is record keeping, including bookkeeping, banking and finance options, asset protection, insurances, lease options, local government planning provisions and more.

The decisions you make today will form the solid foundations for your future success.

Accounting and tax compliance

Your future business success relies on having a foundation of first-class accounting and taxation services.

We offer a full compliance service, from the preparation of annual tax returns and financial statements through to fringe benefits tax and BAS preparation and lodgement.

We also focus on other proactive accounting practices, including business planning, monitoring and business activity reviews.

Farm and agribusiness

We understand farming and what your land and livelihood mean to you and your family.

Our team is well-versed in agribusiness and in the sector, generally. We understand the vagaries of seasonal influences, financial markets and other external factors, all of which can have serious ramifications for your business without the right planning and systems in place.

Through all seasons, Sinnotts Accountants can work alongside you to maximise returns as you build and strengthen your business.

Our agribusiness services include business planning, finance, cashflow and profit budgeting, income averaging, debt management, payroll, bookkeeping, administration, BAS preparation and lodgement and succession planning.

Tax planning

You have the right to arrange your finances in a way that minimises your tax burden and maximises your business profits.

Our team is careful to stay on top of the constantly shifting tax landscape, ensuring you can maximise your results whilst meeting your legal obligations to the Australian Tax Office.

and bookkeeping

Any good business coach will speak about the importance of spending time “on” your business as well as “in” it.

One way that we can help you find precious time for your own business development work is to take on your administration and bookkeeping.

Our ‘back office’ service entails personal management of your day-to-day business functions, including data entry, invoicing, paying bills or acting as your mailing house. We can also act as your bookkeeper, providing quarterly or yearly updates (depending on the size of your business).

Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax is one of the most important tax issues to consider when selling your business.

Heavily regulated and subject to close monitoring, Capital Gains Tax arises as a result of the sale or disposal of assets or an entity. This includes transfer of a business to a family member.

There are a range of concessions and strategies we can employ to help you navigate this complex area of tax law with the best possible outcome for you.

Cloud Accounting

Working ‘in the cloud’ enables you to stay connected with your business in real-time, no matter where you are.

Your smartphone or device becomes powerful, integrated tools to increase productivity and help you monitor and achieve your business goals.

We are a Xero Platinum Partner, but we also work with MYOB, Reckon and several other systems.

Budgeting and cashflow

Cash, as they say, is king! We understand how critical cashflow is, not only to the health of your business, but to your personal wellbeing.

Running a business can feel quite isolating at times. But with us by your side, you’ll have all the tools and advice you need for good, disciplined budgeting strategies to maximise your cashflow.

We can step you through the budgeting process to help you create a 12-month forecast for your revenue and expenses. This then becomes your financial blueprint to monitor your business performance across the year and proactively manage for growth.

As a Xero Platinum Partner, we cannot emphasise enough the important role cloud accounting can play in budgeting and cashflow. With real-time access to your business actuals and budget is invaluable when it comes to cashflow and your peace of mind.

Income Tax returns

Could you be paying too much tax?

Our team can help you to make the most of tax-law provisions to increase tax deductions and tax credits. The outcome for you is more money in your pocket to help you realise your personal goals sooner.

Thoughtful and timely tax planning strategies can help you make the most of your situation, so contact our office to schedule an appointment in Warrnambool, Camperdown, Colac or Port Fairy.

Tax checklist

Our tax checklist provides a general overview of issues you need to be thinking about for your personal tax, including your income, your possible deductions and other things you may not have thought about.


Download our checklist.

Rental properties

A rental property can be a great investment, but there can be costly pitfalls.

Our experienced team has the knowledge to help you with all aspects of residential and commercial property.

We can provide advice on the sometimes complex areas of capital gains tax, income tax, budgeting and capital investment, as well as tax minimisation and general bookkeeping.

super funds

A self-managed super fund is not something you ‘set and forget’.

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