VAGST THRESHOLD IN SAMOA

All business with sales over $130,000.00 per annum requires registration for VAGST at Ministry for Revenue.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL OUR CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS.

SAMOA TAX REFORMSEFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018!

Matters of Priorities

  1. Massive increase by 60% on annual business license per annum
  1. Apart from the increase in Business licenses, Sole traders will entertain the newly effective tax rates which saw the threshold increase from $12,000 to $15,000 per annum. Below example illustrates tax savings with new rates compared to prior years.

CARES Act for all Amercans – Isn’t is Brilliant!

To provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES) provides for all and considered it a fair distribution to all Americans that contributes to the FICA and development of America. Couples earning less than $75,000USD are entitled to $1,200USD per month for the next 6 months.. Inter alia other benefits such as loan forgiveness for payroll bridging funds etc.
I applaud the foresight by Trump and his administration and thank you for the EIP payment.

 

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic and the government interventions to mitigate its effects have both immediate and on-going financial impacts. The nature and scale of these interventions vary

widely across jurisdictions, as will their longer-term impacts. However, the significant fiscal interventions launched by many governments mean that high-quality accrual-based financial

reporting is needed now, more than ever, as it provides better information for decision-making, improves transparency on how public resources are used, allows citizens to hold decision

Ten emerging business and tax impacts from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus is proving a particularly difficult challenge for many Australian and most likely global businesses given lingering uncertainty on the duration and extent of the outbreak, says Michael Croker, Australian Tax Leader at Chartered Accountants ANZ.

With Myriads of changes and new IFRS coming to effect from period commencing January 2019. Certain notion for review is warrant in order to align and harmonise provisions of IFRS for SMEs to new IFRS (ie IFRS 16 for leases)   

IASB® Update March 2019

The Board met on 12 March 2019 to discuss the 2019 comprehensive review of the IFRS for SMEs Standard.

The Board discussed:

  1. whether the IFRS for SMEs Standard should be aligned with full IFRS Standards;
  2. the principles to apply when considering whether and how the IFRS for SMEs Standard should be updated for new and amended IFRS Standards; and
  3. whether the Request for Information should recommend aligning Section 2 Concepts and Pervasive Principles of the IFRS for SMEs Standard with the 2018 Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting.

The Board did not make any decisions.

The following is a list of the top ten actions to minimize the risk of being sued.

This list was compiled by the author as a result of various discussions with top malpractice insurance companies.

 Accounting and Auditing in Volatile Times

  • Tighten Up Engagement Letters
  • Watch Out for Bad Clients
  • Take Precautions for Fraud and Defalcation
  • Protect the Privity Defense Against Third Parties
  • Supervise and Manage Personnel
  • Have a Workpaper Retention Policy
  • Improve Billing Procedures
  • Never Sue to Collect Unpaid Fees
  • Tighten Up Workpapers

 

High Level - Summary 

(i) Classification and Measurement - When an entity credit risk increases, then DO Not book any "GAINS" in the PnL
(ii) Impairment - move from INCURRED Loss model to Forward looking "Expected Credit Loss" model. MOre disclosure on information impacting the Financial asset.
(iii) Hedge Accounting

INCREASE OF MINIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS
We respectfully advise that pursuant to earlier notification in January and June 2015, the National Provident Fund Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015 has now been passed by Parliament which increases the minimum contribution from 5% to 6% of Gross Salaries & Wages commencing 1st July 2015. There will be another increase next year on 1st July 2016 from 6% to 7%.