With 30 June fast approaching, it is now a good time to consider a few of the things below that will have an impact on your compliance and tax position for the year.
If you are an Individual Taxpayer:
Both employees and self-employed individuals can claim a tax deduction annually to a maximum of $25,000 for personal superannuation contributions. If the super contributions made by your employer on your behalf is under the $25,000 limit, cashflow permitting, you can make additional contributions up to the cap and claim the deduction for FY20. To be able to claim a deduction, your super fund should have physically received the contribution by 30 June 2020 and the individual has provided their superannuation fund with a notice of intention to claim.
If you earn less than $53,564 p.a., you could be eligible for the government co-contribution. The government will contribute 50 cents for every dollar of after-tax contributions you make to your superannuation fund up to a maximum of $500. The full benefit is available for income earners under $38,564 and phases out where adjusted taxable income is between $38,564-$53,564.
Ensure you keep a record of all the work-related expenses so you do not miss out on deductions.
Make sure your motor vehicle log books or work-related travel diary is up to date to substantiate any work-related expense deductions. If you claim a tax deduction for work related motor vehicle expenses, you should note your odometer records at 30 June each year so that you can calculate the kilometres travelled. Maintaining a logbook of work-related use of your vehicle will usually maximise the tax deduction you can claim. If your current logbook is 5 years old you will need a new one for a continuous 12-week period.
In response to COVID-19, many people have been working from home for an extended period. From 1 March to 30 June 2020 only, you can claim a deduction of 80 cents for each hour you work from home due to COVID-19, as a representation of all additional deductible running expenses as a result of working from home. However, you must be working from home to fulfil your employment duties and not just carrying out minimal tasks such as occasionally checking emails or taking calls.
There are two other alternative methods for calculating your deductible running expenses:
Investing in income protection not only provides peace of mind that your family is taken care of should anything happen to you, but you can also claim it as a tax deduction.
Review your stock valuation and write-off any stock that is damaged or obsolete. Complete a stocktake, and remember that stock can be valued at the lower of cost or net realisable value.
All employers are now required to run their payroll and pay their employees through accounting and payroll software that is Single Touch Payroll (STP) ready.
In order for small business owners to claim the tax deduction on super contributions made on behalf of employees, the super has to be paid before 30 June.
Review your debtors and write off any unrecoverable debts. These debts will come off your income in the year in which you write them off, regardless of the year you invoiced them.
Prepaying some of your 2020-21 expenses (such as your rent, insurance or subscriptions to professional associations) in the 2019-20 financial year. Up to 12 months of the following year’s expenses can be deducted in the current tax year.
If your business is on track to make a profit this year and you have adequate cash balance, you can bring forward any planned maintenance that you were intending to do in later income years to claim the deduction this year.
Depending on how you are tracking to make a profit/loss this year, you can bring forward sales of assets to balance your profit or loss.
As part of the government’s COVID-19 stimulus measures, the write-off threshold was increased from 12 March 2020, and expanded to businesses with group-wide turnover below $500 million. The cost of a depreciating asset is fully deductible if acquired for a cost (net of any GST credit) below the relevant threshold where it was first used or installed ready for use during these time periods:
1 July 19 to 11 March 2020 – Threshold $30k
12 March 20 – 30 June 2020 – Threshold of $150k
Also, part of the government’s COVID-19 measures, this applies to depreciable assets acquired 12 March 2020 to 30 June 2021, where your group-wide turnover is below $500 million. The first 50% of the cost is instantly deductible, and the other 50% is depreciated in the normal way as if that were the stand-alone cost of the asset.
Any payments, loans or debts forgiven from private companies to shareholders and their associates could be deemed to be an unfranked dividend. Ensure that such loans are either repaid or documented and made subject to minimum interest and repayment terms before the lodgement day of the company / trust’s tax return. Ensure that interest is charged and minimum repayments are made before 30 June in relation to prior year loans.
Businesses providing building & construction, cleaning, courier, road freight, IT and security need to lodge TPAR statements by 28 August each year to advise the ATO about payment made to contractors for providing services. It is a great time now to ensure you have the details of the contractors such as their ABN, name and address and the gross amount you have paid them for the financial year.
Bonuses are only deductible when they are actually incurred i.e. at 30 June the business must be committed to paying them and they are not subject to any discretion.
Prior to 30 June every year, the trustees of discretionary trusts are required to make and document their resolutions on how the income from the trust is distributed to its beneficiaries. If a valid resolution isn’t executed by this date, any default beneficiaries become entitled to the trust’s income, and are subject to tax. For any income that’s derived, but not distributed by the trust, the trust will be assessed at the highest marginal tax rate on this income.
The end of the financial year is a good time to review how your business is performing and possible areas for improvement. Good accountants look at both short-term and long-term business and tax planning. Short-term planning looks at what you can do before 30 June to minimise your tax this financial year. Long-term tax planning looks at how you can utilise your business structure to minimise tax, and the type of investments you can make to minimise tax over the long term.
Please feel free to contact your trusted advisors at Vivid Partners should you want to know more about these or need assistance in putting any of these measures in place.
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Please note that the information provided above is general only and does not constitute personal financial advice. The information has been prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any information provided above you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. Before making any decision, it is important for you to consider these matters and to seek appropriate legal, tax, and other professional advice.