Accountants for landscapers and gardeners

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Liston Newton Advisory knows your industry like no other accountants. Quite simply, we're here to help you grow, flourish and reach new heights of success.

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Leading accountants for horticulture in Melbourne

With more than 40 years of experience, we're well versed in the unique requirements of landscaping/gardening businesses like yours.

From the right structure to cashflow management, record keeping, pricing, and quoting, we can advise you on the best practices to optimise processes, ensure compliance and achieve success.

Business structures

Payments and compliance

Job costing

Invoice and accounting software

Tax planning

Accounting for horticulture businesses

Expertise in the horticulture industry

Landscapers and gardeners

Trades experience

Whether you do landscape construction and gardening or mowing and maintenance, we've got your back – supported by 40 years of trade accounting experience.

Tailored services

From structures and tax planning to quoting, invoicing and payroll services, our specialist services are made for businesses like yours.

Client partnerships

We're with you for the long haul, solving your business challenges both now and into the future.

Industry innovation

Our innovation solutions use the very latest accounting technology to make light work of business processes.

Our work in the horticulture industry

Strategic accounting for a horticulture tradie

Our client Jason decided to strike out on his own after building a steady stream of client contacts. As the business grew, Jason took on more staff and more clients – but he soon ran into cashflow troubles.

We assisted Jason with building a financial model so that he could accurately forecast when cash would run low and when he may need a loan from the bank. Jason was then able to take his financial projections to the bank and successfully negotiate an overdraft.

Having an accurate model also allows him to correctly measure the profitability of each job, and project future profitability long before the end of each financial year.

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About us

Our specialist accounting and business advisory team has more than 40 years of experience in your industry.

From strategic advice on setting up your business structure to ongoing accounting solutions designed to make life easier, we're here to help.

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Kieran Liston, Director | Adviser

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to pay contractors superannuation?

This can be a grey area for business owners – but as a general rule, if you hire a sub contractor with the same characteristics as an employee, you would need to be paying super from day one.

Do I need to pay CoINVEST for my employees?

Landscape and garden industry employers are required to pay CoINVEST to employees on a quarterly basis.

At what price should I be charging out my employees?

This can be a complex calculation, but bear in mind the associated costs of hiring a staff member – including super, long service leave and payroll tax – to ensure you have the correct charge-out rates.

Should I be hiring sub-contractors or employees?

There is no right or wrong answer here. What's most important is to review your business and make the best choice based on your situation. We can advise whether you would be better suited to one or the other option, or even a combination of both.

How much of new equipment purchases can I deduct for tax purposes?

If the item cost less than $30,000 you may be able to deduct the whole amount in one financial year – which will reduce your overall taxable income. If the item cost over $30,000 you will need to depreciate the asset and claim it over a number of years. A common method is to deduct 15 per cent in the first year of use, and then 30 per cent for each year following.

I have hired an apprentice, what are my obligations?

Consider issues such as choosing the right award or agreement for your apprentice, and deciding whether they should be classed as full time or part time. It's also important to keep good records and produce accurate pay slips. Finally, remember to cover your apprentice under your own workcover policy.

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