Cel­lar fella says cheers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives -

NORTH Fremantle Old Bridge Cel­lars pro­pri­etor Jay Bee­son (32) says more wine will go into his cel­lars be­cause of pend­ing busi­ness tax cuts from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.

“It’s help­ing us lay down more fine wine, and we’ll have in­creased cash flow,” Mr Bee­son said.

He said he paid tax on the wine be­fore it was sold, but any more in­come from pay­ing less busi­ness tax al­lowed him to cel­lar more bot­tles. There are three full-time and six part-time em­ploy­ees at the shop sell­ing fine wines, spe­cial­ity beers, small-batch spir­its and gourmet foods.

Mr Bee­son said he was al­ready look­ing to em­ploy a full-time func­tions and whole­sale man­ager to take on an ex­pected in­crease in sup­ply­ing other busi­nesses’ events.

“A lot of our cus­tomers are small busi­nesses, so the tax cut’s ben­e­fits to them will flow on to us, as we ex­pected them to buy more wine and beer,” he said.

How­ever, the cuts have been crit­i­cised for po­ten­tially putting a big hole in the Fed­eral Bud­get.

“For a small busi­ness, I don’t think we got that much from the Bud­get pre­vi­ously any­way, and the ben­e­fits of the tax cut are likely to out­weigh the dis­ad­van­tages,” Mr Bee­son said.

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