John Clarke of Success Tax Professionals is not just a number cruncher

Updated: Sep 10

✦ Whilst it's great to have everything add up properly and balance, there is more to John Clarke of Success Tax Professionals than compiling your tax return.

He wants to see people achieve their dreams. He loves helping individuals, working with small business, large business and not for profit groups.

“I specialise in allied health, helping with any of the issues that they have, whether it's from budgeting, cash flow, payroll, risk management, to policy development and human resources.”

He told us, “If I can't help you, I'll help you find someone who can.”

He has been a tax man for a long time, almost 40 years. He knows a lot, but says it is complicated and is continually training so he can help his clients get the best out of their business.

You need someone who can help you, who fits in with you, fits your personality and your business. You need someone who understands you.

“Sometimes we fit in better with somebody else, we do and that's fine," says John. "I'm always happy for someone to come and have a meeting with me with no obligation, no cost, just see if I can help you. And if they feel comfortable with me, great - if they don’t, that’s no problem, I can recommend someone else. There's plenty of work for all the accountants in Port Macquarie.“

Clients are not limited to Port Macquarie as John can serve an individual with their tax return remotely, basically anywhere in the state or country. He does a lot of that kind of thing online nowadays and has become quite the Zoom meeting expert.

“I can help you with an individual tax return, I have a lot of experience with teachers, allied health professionals and small business,” he says.

Self-employed contractors are a specialty

A number of John’s clients are allied health professionals; self-employed contractors working in the NDIS sector. He has a good understanding of that field, helping with cash flow, with planning and with loan applications. John knows that there is always going to be one or two periods in a year when money is going to be tight in any business, but stresses the need to budget for a well deserved holiday every now and again.

Scared to go to an accountant?

Don't know what to do or what to take? All your receipts are in a shoebox? John can help

you deal with that. He can look at ways he might be able to set you up better, so that next year your pile of paperwork doesn't frighten you!

There's no need to be scared, he insists. “I'm not going to drill into your teeth! But it's a matter of what you don't know. What you try and avoid, may end up costing you a lot of money. Either because you haven't structured your business correctly or because you put off things and then the Tax Office starts chasing you and gives you penalties.”

John wants to get to know you, and become familiar with your dreams. "I'm not a financial adviser but I can often advise people on a better tax effective way to do something," he explains. "For example, if you're operating your business as a company and you like fishing, as most people in Port Macquarie do like doing something on the water, if you come and talk to me, we might be able to structure some way that a lot of your fishing becomes tax deductible.”