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The ATO is increasing pressure on employers to comply with obligations and make Super Guarantee payments on time, every time. You need to be aware of your obligations and put systems in place to ensure you remain compliant.

Innocent oversights (that can happen all too easily when people get busy) will attract the same penalties as deliberate non-compliance so it's better to be safe than sorry. In future, there will be little leeway for businesses failing to make required payments by the due date and you could face hefty fines for failure to comply. So please note carefully that; The ATO website states "if you don't pay the minimum amount of super guarantee (SG) for your employee (s) into the correct fund by the due date you may have to pay the super guarantee charge (SGC) which is not tax-deductible." The charge is made up of shortfall amounts, interest (currently 10%) and an administration fee of $20 per employee, per quarter." Why risk paying late fees, charges and super payments not being deductible when you can be on time every time? Engage Rowe Partners today to handle all your business bookkeeping needs for you. By engaging us as your outsourced business bookkeeping and payroll service provider, you can have greater peace of mind knowing your obligations to staff and the ATO are met and you can reclaim precious time in your day to do other, more enjoyable things. Rowe Partners ensure all your staff Super payments are made and reports completed on time keeping you in the ATO good books. Our rates are affordable and our team is always there to support. They will have you up and running in no time flat and meeting all your Super deadlines. The systems, support and processes we set up for you are tailored to suit your specific circumstances.

Call 1800 04 7693 today!

When you call, ask us about our range of service options for;

  • Fully outsourced business bookkeeping services - affordable red carpet treatment!

  • Pain-free payroll with expert support.

  • Cloud-based tech solutions to integrate with Xero for a super sleek, efficient system.

  • New business set up and systems to make sure you're fully compliant from day one.

If this year has taught us anything, it’s that time is precious, nothing and no one should be taken for granted.

We run a fast-paced business. At times, especially during tax season, things get crazy. But at the end of the year, at Christmas, we make sure to switch off. We close the doors so that we, the Partners, Associates, and all our staff take some well-deserved time for rejuvenation and connection. This break is written into the calendars in ink and we’ve taken it every year of the 30 plus years that we’ve been in business.

How about giving yourself and your loved ones the gift of time this year for Christmas too. We’re not talking watches here. We’re talking about finding time and space in your day, your week, your life so you can focus on things and people that really matter to you. We thought we’d share some tips, tricks and time-saving tech that will help you do it.

Partner Chad McKnight squeezes every drop out of life. In the spirit of Christmas, he’s sharing his 12 tips for leveraging tech to keep those ever-present pressures from business under control.

Cloud based computing and apps have revolutionised the workplace. Chad says there’s really no excuse for chaos and disorganisation in the workplace anymore. Along with efficient, accurate Cloud-based Accounting Systems such as Xero have come a great range of easily integrated Apps specifically designed to do things better, simpler, and faster, giving business owners more time.

1st Day of Xmas

If you don’t yet have cloud accounting, then talk to us about setting you up with Xero. Xero offers a vast range of features that will quite literally save you time such as;

  • simplicity and ease of use

  • automatic bank feeds

  • invoice reminders

  • Software and app integrations

  • Portable access via mobile devices

  • Supported by an expert bookkeeping team at Rowe Partners

Xero Cashbook plans from $10/month and Xero Business Plans from $25/month.

Get ready to rock and roll now for 2021, talk to us today about your cloud-accounting and bookkeeping needs.

2nd Day of Xmas If you need payroll, then let’s turn on Xero Payroll and you’ll be putting your feet up on the couch in no time.

  • Quick and simple

  • No more manually updating tax tables

  • Employee Portal so they can;

  • Submit timesheets

  • Put in leave requests

  • Download their own timesheets.

  • Single Touch Payroll and Auto Super all done at the press of a button.

Xero Payroll Starter Plan grows with you. Free to start with 1 employee,

4 employees $29/month to $65/month for 5 employees.

3rd Day of Xmas

Have you got paperwork everywhere? Treat yourself to ReceiptBank.

  • Use of OCR technology and AI to code receipts and attach to the source payment in Xero.

  • No more need for paper filing.

  • If you know how to use a mobile phone camera, ReceiptBank will do the rest;

  • ReceiptBank scans picking up dates, invoice numbers, amounts, suppliers and GST amounts, a real timesaver for those purchases with Part GST/Part GST Free amounts.

Ask us about the special offer on ReceiptBank from $10 per month for Rowe Partners clients.

4th Day of Xmas

Buy yourself time and get paid faster with Stripe! Provide payment options on invoices such as Stripe is known to speed up payment times by up to 35%. The faster you get paid, the less time and money you’ll spend chasing payments. Get Stripe from 1.75% + $.30 per transaction.

5th Day of Xmas

It’s hip to be Square. If you run a retail shop or café, treat yourself to a Square Point of Sale card reader system. Allowing payments via credit card, Square is connected to your cash register and directly feeds your sales data into your Xero accounts via an iPad, its own reader, or your mobile phone.

Wow! You can get Square from only 1.6% to 1.9% payment processing fee per transaction.

6th Day of Xmas

Talk about tradie heaven! If you’re a tradie, jump onto Service M8/Tradify to keep up with all your jobs on the go. These mobile Apps will help you to keep track of jobs, staff and give you back hours as all your “paperwork” can be done in system as you go.

Service M8 starts at $29 per month and Tradify starts at $39 per month.

7th Day of Xmas

Take control of your inventory with Unleashed. Specifically designed to manage stock levels, pricing and margins, Unleashed will ensure you know what you have in stock and where it is. No more long days stock taking. With the use of a barcode scanner you can instantly see how many items you should have at any time.

Get Unleashed from only $219 per month.

8th Day of Xmas

Save yourself time notifying all your customers on your latest special or stock item with Mailchimp. Mailchimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results.

Mailchimp offers free entry level options. Start small and free then scale up when you need.

9th Day of Xmas

Working from home or involved in meeting out of town? Embrace online meeting and conferencing platforms like Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Save yourself hours of travel to do what can be done via your computer. Both products allow you to conduct your meeting over mobile phone as well as your desktop apps - options for one on one meetings through to larger groups, record sessions, share documents and images, screen sharing, free to use or advanced options by subscription.

Our online services are free! All you need is a good internet connection and computer with videocam.

10th Day of Xmas

Handle HR like a pro with Enable HR. Ditch the filing cabinets and store your policies, procedures, and employment contracts all in one place. From only $7.50 per month/per employee – min 10 employees.

11th Day of Xmas

Creating a more efficient workspace will save you a great deal of time. Add a 2nd or 3rd computer monitor to your desk (all ergonomically positioned of course) and you’ll be able to see more on screen and manage multiple tasks at once.

12th day of Xmas

Create a true sense of freedom. Treat yourself with a fully outsourced business bookkeeping solution. Team up with our Rowe Partners Bookkeeping Service and save yourself hundreds of hours a year. Time you can use on doing more of the fun stuff with the people you love. Our expert Bookkeepers work with these software systems and apps every day, they know them inside and out and understand exactly how to leverage them for maximise the benefit to you. Buy yourself time. It’s more affordable than you think!

Get a total, tailored, stress less Rowe Partners business bookkeeping service from as little as $200 per month. Note that these are general suggestions and ideas only. Before investing in any significant change to your business or tech solution, please talk to us about your specific needs and to determine accurate pricing for your individual circumstances. We’ll help ensure you are set up for success.

Check out our website at or call us on 1800 04 7693 for more information.

Wishing you a very merry, Covid-safe Christmas and a better (less stressful) year next year!

This week we say an incredibly sad goodbye to Sue Press who is retiring from Rowe Partners after 36 years’ faithful and dedicated service.

Sue has been with us through thick and thin, through great times and sad times, from the very start when we were Inglis & Rowe in Port Augusta. She’s even been with us through a pandemic! Her love for her work, her high regard for our clients and her colleagues has shone through every day. We respect and admire her and will miss her greatly.

We asked Sue to look back and help us capture and share more of her Rowe Partners story. It’s a great read. Please also take a moment to watch the little video we put together too about Sue's time and career with us.

As the CBSS Manager, Sue has worked mainly with our clients in Indigenous Communities and other Not-for-Profits in administration, payroll, bookkeeping, accounting and as a supervisor.

As you’d expect, we’ve been part of Sue’s life and she’s been part of ours. She’s seen the nature of work in our industry change over the years as well as the way we work, technology, options for working women, flexibility in the workplace and improved career opportunities. Sue has seized and embraced every professional opportunity within our business. She’s helped to grow those opportunities and carve a path for women in our business.

Over the years, as a busy working mum, we’ve seen her raise a beautiful family. Back in the day, childcare wasn’t an option so once the kids were off to school she came back to work. Juggling sick kids was harder back then too.

During the time that Sue has worked with the business, we’ve grown from 5 staff in one office to over 40 across 4 sites. Sue has worked with clients in the Riverland, Mt Gambier, Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges, Ceduna, and Far West & Northern SA. Sue has been mentored by Peter and Jenny Rowe, Robert McDonald and Chad McKnight and she’s been a mentor to many staff along the way too.

Early Days (1984-1995)

Sue started working with the company as a cleaner under Partner Peter Rowe and Jenny Rowe, Office Manager (Sue’s sister). Her hatred of cleaning inspired her to go on to bigger and better things in general office work (reception, typing and administration). She has worked with many wonderful people over the years but has worked most closely with Jenny, Marnie, Sue Whiting and Sylvia Hartman.

Fun Facts

  • Sue once typed non-stop for 2 days on a manual typewriter.

  • Tax returns all had to be typed and duplicated with carbon paper and could take up to 3 months to come back.

  • All payments from the ATO were in the form of cheques and distributed from a Trust Account (the team once wrote 200 hundred refund cheques in one day!)

  • Deductions were processed manually and cheques had to be written and sent by 3pm every day.

  • Working 50 plus hour weeks, nights and weekends was commonplace during tax season.

  • When the office got its’ first computer in 1987, there was only one and everyone wanted to use it so they had to set up a booking system.

Middle years (1995-2009)

Robert McDonald became Partner and Sue moved into bookkeeping and then management of the Indigenous Not-For-Profit bookkeeping and accounting area. Sue and Robert established and grew this side of the Rowe Partners business doing many site visits to clients in remote South Australian communities. During these years Sue worked mainly with Chad (who became Partner in 1999), Jenny, Marnie, Marcia, Kacey, Cheryl, Sylvia, and Pam.

Fun Facts

  • Sue says she thinks that Robert thought she drove too fast.

  • Sue hit an eagle on one of these trips!

  • Sue and Robert worked in the car all the way to where we were going. If Robert drove, she had to make notes for him (She says she doesn't think he could read them though as some of the roads were rough).

Later years (2009-2020)

Sue was appointed to the role of Bookkeeping Manager in 2009, a role she job shared with Marnie Smith. They’ve developed a great working relationship and wonderful friendship over the years. We’re sure that though they’ll miss each other at work, they’ll be in each other’s lives forever. At this point, Sue also started doing solo trips to clients in remote communities. Over the past 9 years, Sue has worked most closely with Chad.

Fun Facts

  • The longest trip away was 2000 klms return – most times she flew to and from by light aircraft but there was the occasional road trip. On one trip, she was injured at the Oak Valley Airstrip and had to be carried on and off the plane.

  • Sue has seen and had to adapt many times to changes in the way we work from manual systems to working in the cloud, and new tech that facilitated the ability to work from home during COVID.

  • In the early years, clients provided everything by mail, then fax, then e-mails, now it’s all directly uploaded via computer.

Best thing about working at Rowe Partners?

  • Sue really values the clients she worked with in Indigenous Communities. Working with them has been enriching and rewarding. It has been a privilege to share in their history, see their families grow, listening to stories of the old days. She specifically wants to acknowledge and thank them all for their friendship and support over many years.

  • Great team environment – great CBBS Team/Chad and Robert.

  • Age has never been a problem or a limitation at Rowe Partners.

  • She's always enjoyed and appreciated the respect she's received from her colleagues.

  • Enjoyed working with younger staff and learning from each other.

  • The work is always interesting, varied and dynamic.

Greatest professional achievement?

  • Successfully reconstructing archaic Not-For-Profit accounting and payroll systems and processes.

Most frightening thing about working at Rowe Partners?

  • Once on an outback trip, the plane Sue was travelling on had to make an emergency landing at Maralinga Airstrip as the door came open while they were up in the air!

The biggest challenge?

  • Changes in IT over the years.

  • Overcoming the health challenge of a brain bleed 9 years ago.

What are you most thankful for?

  • Support of husband Barry as he has been Sue's driver when going away on long trips and looked after the family during tax seasons when she was working long hours.

What are you looking forward to most in retirement?

  • Sue was planning another trip to Europe, but with COVID that’s be been put on hold.

  • Travel in Australia when safe.

  • Sue is from a large family (9) so she'll spend more time and travel with them.

  • Some volunteer work.

  • Run grandkids around, take over from Barry.

Thanks again for everything Sue. We'll miss you but Chad says that if you get bored, you can always go back to cleaning work you loved so much. There might be a regular cleaning gig going at his house!

Level 1, 4 Smart Rd

PO Box 570

Modbury SA 5092

33 Florence St

PO Box 639
Port Pirie SA 5540

8 Church St

PO Box 2247
Port Augusta SA 5700

Murray Bridge

Ground floor, 30 Seventh St

C/- PO Box 570
Modbury SA 5092

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