Testimonials from our clients

Scott has been our external tax accountant for over 4 years now and we have had professional dealings with him prior to that. We had no hesitation in joining him as he embarked on setting up his own practice some 3 years ago in Edge Hill.

We have our own internal accountants that take care of monthly reporting, key performance indicators and annual budgets but when it comes to tax that is where we rely on Scott heavily for his advice and direction and he has not let us down.

He has assisted our internal accountants with implementing a more complete General Ledger programme that facilitates monthly reporting to account for trading stock on a perpetual basis and helping develop a computerised accounting system for stock control across our branches in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Patio World is subject to an annual building license with the Building Services Authority to maintain compliance within the building Industry and Scott meets our deadlines for their reporting requirements every time coupled with our end of year tax reporting obligations and has provided sound business advice in a number of other areas which has given us the assurance to make internal business decisions with confidence.

He has a good working relationship with our internal accountants and always responds to our requests in a timely and professional manner. 

John Benck – Managing Director, Patio World

Scott has been my accountant for five years now and being in the building industry where there are many peaks and troughs especially in the Cairns region I have worked closely with him to have cash flow levels that are adequate at all times and to have the right business structures in place to provide protection for personal assets which is particularly comforting given the level of exposure the business has to Trade Creditors and the volatility of the Cairns building industry.

We use a specific General Ledger Programme for our internal record keeping and reporting, Scott always keeps us on our toes with allocations for G.S.T., transferring funds between accounts, and purchasing land for development in the right business entity – at the end of the day we know our internal ledgers & record keeping systems are functioning well and he works well with our people internally.

We went through an internal business restructure a couple of years ago now and the whole process is a lot simpler internally and for annual reporting. He has provided myself and ultimately the business with invaluable advice over the years and as our business continues to grow and evolve Scott has played an important role with tax and business strategies aimed at maximising the overall tax positions for the business and myself and protecting personal assets from third parties.

My business requires an annual building licence with the Building Services Authority which Scott puts together for us each year in accordance with their regulations, without it the business can not operate. I am very happy with the service I get from Active Accountants and my current financial position.

Peter Bridgewater – Owner, Bridgewater Builders

I`m a self- funded retiree having spent a number of years in the banking industry outside of Australia. 

Scott has given me excellent taxation advice over the years in terms of the rules relating to Foreign Income and Foreign Tax Credits, Capital Gains Tax, Home Office claims and maximising my superannuation contributions particularly when I returned from overseas and was setting up a Self -Managed Superannuation Fund which was a mine field for me. 

Scott was able to navigate this for me and keeps me abreast of the always changing rules for superannuation and Self- Managed Superannuation Funds, apparently now I am in pension phase if I need to draw funds out of my Super Fund and it is tax free! 

Scott has recently assisted in the purchase of a Cafe/Restaurant for my son to manage and his advice as part of the due diligence process to purchase this business was invaluable.

Brian Storm – Ex PNG Banker, Small Business Owner
We have been with Scott for a number of years now and were only too happy to join him when he decided to start his own practice – Active Accountants.

We are both salary and wage earners and Scott has always endeavoured to maximise our tax deductions some of which we did not know even existed and have always been keen to look at a number of investment strategies primarily in the property market not just locally either.

Scott`s general tax advice in this area has been invaluable including exploring the pros and cons of setting up our own Self-Managed Superannuation Fund and now we are both in that age bracket where we are looking to maximise our superannuation contributions – I think he calls it the Transition to Retirement Strategy - Scott has given us the direction and right advice to maximise our superannuation contributions to help us achieve our financial goals.

We are also grateful for the contacts Scott has given us as part of his financial network, particularly in the financial advisory services area who work closely with Scott as our Accountant to devise tax strategies that complement our financial goals.

Chris and Meg Woodhouse – School Teachers Cairns

Contact Us

Scott Lawrence CPA

(07) 4222 1650

  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Accounting & Taxation Services
  • Business Advice & Tax Planning
  • Business Acquisitions & Sales
  • Cashflow Budgets & Forcasting
  • Entity Restructuring & Asset Protection
  • Self Managed Superannuation Funds
  • BAS & GST
  • Bookkeeping Services
  • Individual Tax Returns


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