Check Your Business Performance Against the ATO Small Business Benchmarks
If you are interested in improving your business performance, benchmarks can help focus attention on areas of strength as well as those
that could be improved .
Each year the ATO publishes Small Business Benchmarks
- industry-based data to highlight specific ratios of financial and other types of performance.
For example, you can compare your cost of sales to turnover, total expenses to turnover, or labour cost to turnover. Comparing to average
data gives you an idea of how your business performs compared to others in your industry.
It's no problem if your ratios are different – but it can be a helpful starting place to look if you want to improve financial performance
or reduce costs. If your ratios are very different from the ATO’s, then it could be worth diving deeper into your financial reports to see
if you have problems that can be addressed. For example, a hospitality business might realise that its food cost is much higher than average
and then take action to change suppliers and manage wastage.
The ATO benchmarks are based on your business industry code used in your activity statements and tax returns. If you’re not sure what
industry you fall under, check the ATO Business
industry code tool to
find the correct code for your business.
To start comparing your business, you’ll need some information from your accounting software financial reports.
- Gross sales income
- Salary and wages expenses, including superannuation
- Vehicle expenses
- Interest on credit cards and loans
- Cost of sales
Total other business expenses, including all running costs, administration, contractors, suppliers, rent, freight, training and website
Once you have these totals, either from your software or your last tax return, you can compare your figures to the ATO benchmarks.
If you have further questions and would like help to analyse your business performance, get in touch with your WDF team member on 6921
5444. We would be happy to help and start discussing areas you can target to increase profitability, reduce costs and streamline operations.
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