On 11th September 2013 the Inland Revenue Department announced that Xero is now legally allowed to store taxpayers’ records outside New Zealand on behalf of its customers (click here for article).  Xero was the first cloud-based accounting software company to become street legal and we understand that MYOB has also recently been approved.

The growth of Xero has been phenomenal with revenues hitting $39 million to 31 March 2013, up from $19.4 million on the prior year.  Clearly the ‘software as a service’ model is popular with small businesses, Xero’s primary target market.  Hopefully as their customer numbers continue to build they will eventually turn their $14 million loss into a profit.

Having live financial accounting information at your fingertips in this age of instant information is critically important.  Why should it be necessary to wait for financial information when every other piece of information you have access to is live?   Knowledge of your profits and cash flow can – and often does – make the difference between business success and failure.

One example that comes to mind is a client whose manufacturing business failed within 10 months of their in-house accountant leaving the business.  In spite of our advice to reinvest in accurate monthly accounting information, the owners decided to save on the cost.  The owners attempted to run the accounting system themselves but unfortunately did not have the time or the skills to do it.    The irregular misinformation the client was producing led to bad decisions which very quickly proved fatal to the business.  The company was placed into liquidation when the cash to pay wages ran out.

Profitability and cash flow management are paramount to business success.  If small business owners do not know how much profit they are making or where their cash is going they should seriously consider investing in regular accurate accounting information.

Xero is one solution to this and UHY’s Xero team can help small businesses get up and running with this.  Xero does not suit every business and there is a wide range of other accounting solutions available.  If you would like more information about Xero or other accounting solutions please email me at grantb@uhyhn.co.nz, or phone me on 09 839 0297.

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GB signatureGrant CDU_6437 - croppedGrant Brownlee
Managing Director
T: 09 839 0297
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E: grantb@uhyhn.co.nz