Tax Time: Filing

Tax Time filing

Set up a tax filing system to keep all your paperwork in one spot. This way you’ll save yourself money, time and stress searching for important documents and tax-related papers.

One of our Personal Organisers revealed the must-haves to create an effective tax filing system at home or at work.

Here’s how:

1. Create a tax folder

Create different sections for important paperwork. You’ll need a Lever Arch Folder, A4 Tabbed Dividers and Plastic Pockets.

Own a business? For businesses filing quarterly BAS statements, we recommend 4 identical folders, one for each quarter, so that you can continue filing paperwork for the current quarter and send off your completed folder to the bookkeeper/accountant.

2. Label dividers to suit your lifestyle

If you’re not sure where to start, sort paperwork into its relevant financial year, then by category and subcategories. Unless your circumstances change, it’s likely these categories will be very similar from one year to the next, so you can reuse these dividers the following year too.

Close up of Lever Arch File with labelled Dividers by kikki.k

Labels could include:

1. Salary/Income

• Pay slips
• PAYG statement
• Invoices (for small businesses etc.)
• Interest earned

2. Investments

• Property including all income & expenses
• Shares including dividend statements
• Term deposits etc.

3. Bank statements

• Use coloured pens to annotate any expenses claimed

4. Tax related expenses

• Accountant fees
• Costs associated with managing tax affairs

5. Private Health Insurance Statement

• Health related expenses (if these exceed the safety net)

6. Professional Memberships/Union Fees

• Subscriptions
• Meeting fees
• Conference expenses
• Journals

7. (Home) Office Expenses

• Rent
• Telephone
• Internet
• Electricity
• Computer-related
• Stationery
• Equipment purchases

8. Work-related vehicle expenses

• Purchase/Lease/Interest payments
• Registration
• Insurance
• Roadside
• Service/Repair
• Car washes
• Fuel
• Tolls
• Log book

9. Donations

These are just a guide – adjust yours to suit your unique lifestyle.

3. Sort paperwork as it arrives

Give yourself a head start and sort paperwork into this folder as you receive it. This way, when the new financial year arrives, you know exactly where everything is and you’ve avoided unnecessary double handling.

4. Keep a checklist

Keep a checklist at the front of your tax folder so you can readily identify what documents you have and what is still missing. You could also record the totals for each category on this list to make your appointment with your accountant simple and efficient.

5. Store completed Tax Returns

Store completed Tax Returns in an A3 Storage Box along with your Diary for that year. Only keep these for as long as required by law – usually five years for most individuals, for companies, you’ll need to gain advice on this. Once that time is up, securely shred and discard those documents. If you have a lot of paper work, you may prefer to use an individual A3 Storage Box for each year or an Archive Storage Box.

Tax Filing System by kikki.K

The benefits of gratitude

Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude. We keep coming back to it. At the end of the day, there is so much to be thankful for and expressing that thankfulness turns into positive feelings of happiness.

Did you know?

• Research suggests writing in a Gratitude Journal for just a few minutes a day can increase individual wellbeing by over 10%
• Gratitude affects all areas of your life because it enhances happiness
• Gratitude improves health, because happy people are healthier
• Expressing gratitude has been shown to decrease stress levels and research shows that happy people exercise more which means releasing more endorphins, which leads to more happiness
• Gratitude improves relationships – both personal and professional
• People who communicate their thanks and appreciation often have better relationships because both parties feel valued and loved

There are so many wonderful reasons to embrace gratitude and express your thanks. Let’s start now.

What three things are you grateful for?

Discover the Gratitude Journal online today.

Share your memories to win

Share your memories to win

The best memories are made around the table. To celebrate the launch of our new Homewares Collection, we want to see your favourite memories from around the table. Whether with friends, family, at home or abroad, share your moments on Instagram for your chance to win a kikki.K prize pack featuring a curated selection of our gorgeous new Homewares.

HERE’S HOW…

1. Instagram your favourite memories made around the table
2. Tag @kikkiK_loves and #memoriesmade
3. Enter to win kikki.K Homewares

There are so many moments and memories to share. It might be a snap of your family around the dinner table, a special event or tradition you love, your favourite restaurant or meal you’ve eaten, a dish you made for someone special, or something that reminds you of wonderful memories made around the table.

The most creative and inspiring entry will take home this stylish set of kikki.K Homewares.

THE PRIZE…

This delicious prize pack includes:

• Teapot
• 2 x Cup with Saucer
• Milk Jug
• Wooden Tray
• 9.5cm Bowl Set of 2
• 10.5cm Canister
• 13.5cm Canister
• Vase
• Midsommer Scented Candle
• Printed Tea Towels 2pk
• Printed Dish Cloth

Hurry, entries close midnight AEST Sunday 25th May, 2014. Share your favourite moments today.

Like any delicious competition, there are Terms and Conditions. Read ours below before entering.

Terms and Conditions: Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and representation of the kikki.K brand. For your entry to be received, your Instagram profile must be set to public (not private). Entry is open to residents of all ages, excluding kikki.K staff. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 25th May 2014 and the winner will be announced and notified on Monday, 26th May via a comment on their Instagram entry, and on the kikki.K blog and Facebook page. By entering, you are also giving kikki.K permission to re-post your image on their social media channels, either as the winning entry or an example entry.

Bespoke Audi Fashion Festival windows at kikki.K Ion Orchard

Audi Fashion Festival

We’re so excited to reveal the two final winning designs as part of our collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts. To celebrate Audi Fashion Festival 2014, we challenged students in the Diploma of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts to design a conceptual fashion outfit using the graphics and colours of our new Confetti Collection.

Judged by kikki.K founder, Kristina Karlsson, the two winning designs by Lin Bihan and Wu Yanling, and Zheng Jing Jing and Eric Zhu, will be showcased through the festival (May 14-18).

The design of Lin Bihan (pictured below) and Wu Yanling is currently exhibited as part of a bespoke window display at our flagship store at ION Orchard, while the design of Zheng Jing Jin and Eric Zhu can be seen up close on site at the Audi Fashion Festival tent from May 14.

If you spot the bespoke pieces out and about, be sure to take a snap and share the #KIKKIKFASHION with your friends and followers.

Shop the Confetti Collection online here.

Mannequins provided by Retailers Market.

kikki.K Ion Orchard Windows for Audi Fashion Festival

kikki.K Fashion Designs in the kikki.K Ion Orchard store windows

kikki.K x LASALLE College of the Arts Fashion Designs in the Ion Orchard store windows

Fashion design by Lin Bihan and Wu Yanling at kikki.K's Ion Orchard Store

kikki.K Fashion Design for Audi Fashion Festival

kikki.K Trestle Table in the Ion Orchard store

kikki.K x LASALLE Fashion Designs at kikki.K Ion Orchard