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RIC Loans assist drought affected farmers

21 December 2018

Government-backed, low-interest loans from the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) have been doubled from up to $1 million per eligible farm business, to a new ceiling of $2 million.

The federal government launched the Orange-based RIC on 1 July 2018 to replace state agencies’ loan schemes. Its purpose is to deliver farm investment loans and drought loans to help farm businesses prepare for, manage or recover from the effects of drought.

How do the loans work?

The RIC’s two loan products offer a 10-year term with interest-only repayments for the first five, a variable interest rate of 3.58 percent and no fees. The frequency of repayments, and how much principal must be repaid in the second half of the loan before it is refinanced with a commercial lender, is tailored to each business.

The Drought Loan can be used for farm-related activities including refinancing debt, funding drought related activities, enhancing productivity, or paying for operating expenses and capital improvements.

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Be Cyber Alert

20 December 2018

December is a prime time for virus, malware (malicious software) and phishing emails because people are busy and it's easy to get distracted. While there are gifts to be purchased, food to be prepared and parties to be attended, we recommend that you remain vigilant with emails to ensure your computers and data are protected.

Here are some things to remember:

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Local boy Iain Elliott appointed Director of Boyce Chartered Accountants in Cooma

Local boy Iain Elliott appointed Director of Boyce Chartered Accountants in Cooma

19 December 2018

Australia’s top regional accounting firm Boyce Chartered Accountants has announced the appointment of Iain Elliott (pictured second from right) to Director at its Cooma office, just seven years after he started with the firm as a graduate.

Having grown up in Cooma, Iain joined Boyce as a Graduate Accountant in January 2011 after completing his studies through the Australian National University in Canberra.

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WARNING! ATO phone scams

6 December 2018

We are seeing an increase in sophisticated phone scammers posing as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or as a registered tax agent to scare taxpayers into paying funds. These scammers are threatening legal action and arrest if amounts are not paid.

A number of our clients as well as our staff have received phone calls or messages on their voice mail from a person claiming to be from the ATO saying that they will be indicted for fraud or will go to prison if they don’t pay an amount to cover a tax debt. The scammers are using technology to make it look like calls are coming from a legitimate ATO number or accounting firm.  The number may appear on caller ID and be left on messages for a call back.

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ATO texts to update bank details

1 November 2018

From 5 to 23 November 2018, the ATO will be sending SMS text messages to individuals and businesses entitled to a refund who have provided incorrect bank account details in their tax return. You will receive a text directly from the ATO if a refund bounce occurs.

Many people are understandably wary about text messages and emails requesting bank details, considering the number of hoaxes and scams that abound these days.

It is important to be aware that ATO texts during this period are not a hoax and updating your bank details will ensure you receive your refund. BUT be warned, scammers are likely to impersonate the same SMS so you will need to carefully check the text for legitimacy.

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