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Tax Planning Tips for 2024

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Get Ready for Tax Time: Your EOFY Checklist

As the end of the financial year draws near, it’s essential to ensure you’re well-prepared to maximise your tax savings. At Tanti Financial Services, Penrith’s leading tax accountant with over 30 years of experience, we understand that tax planning can be overwhelming. That’s why our collaborative team has put together this handy checklist and tax tips to help small and medium business owners, as well as employees, navigate the tax season with confidence.

Assess Your Business Structure for Optimal Tax Efficiency

Before the financial year ends, take a moment to consider whether your current business structure still serves your needs effectively. Have your commercial risks increased, warranting a corporate or trust structure for enhanced protection? Have your family circumstances changed, necessitating a review of your structure? Our knowledgeable team can guide you through the available options and help you make an informed decision.

Maximise Tax Deductions for Small Businesses and Individuals

Take advantage of valuable deductions that can significantly reduce your taxable income. Here are some key areas to focus on:

  • Write off bad debts by 30 June 2024
  • Confirm director fees and employee bonus commitments by 30 June 2024
  • Bring forward planned donations before the end of the financial year
  • Prepay interest on loans for income-producing assets
  • Bring forward deductible expenditures, such as repairs and consumables
  • Review your stock and write off any obsolete or unusable items
  • Take advantage of the instant asset write-off for eligible assets

Strategically Manage Capital Gains and Losses for Tax Purposes

If you’ve sold assets during the financial year, be mindful of the capital gains tax implications. Consider realising capital losses to offset current-year capital gains before 30 June 2024. Alternatively, subject to your broader financial considerations, you may wish to defer capital gains until the next financial year to take advantage of potentially lower personal tax rates.

Claim Legitimate Work-Related Expenses to Reduce Taxable Income

For employees, don’t forget to claim your work-related expenses. This can include items such as home office expenses, professional development courses, and tools or equipment required for your job. Keep accurate records and receipts to substantiate your claims.

Implement Effective Superannuation Strategies for Tax Optimisation

Superannuation is an essential aspect of your tax planning. Consider making additional contributions to your super fund before the end of the financial year to potentially reduce your taxable income. Be sure to stay within the contribution caps and be aware of any age-related restrictions.

Common EOFY Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Many businesses and individuals make common mistakes when it comes to tax planning and compliance. Here are a few pitfalls to watch out for:

  • Failing to keep accurate and up-to-date records
  • Missing out on claimable deductions and expenses
  • Not understanding your tax obligations and deadlines
  • Incorrectly classifying employees and contractors
  • Neglecting to plan for and manage cash flow

By being aware of these common errors and taking proactive steps to avoid them, you can minimise your tax liabilities and reduce the risk of audit or penalties.

The Benefits of Ongoing Tax Planning

While the end of the financial year is a crucial time for tax planning, it’s important to remember that effective tax management is a year-round process. Engaging with a trusted tax advisor throughout the year can help you:

  • Stay informed about changes to tax legislation and how they impact you
  • Make strategic business decisions with tax implications in mind
  • Identify opportunities for tax savings and efficiency
  • Ensure compliance with all tax obligations and deadlines
  • Plan for and manage cash flow more effectively

Maintain Accurate Financial Records for Stress-Free Tax Compliance

Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records is crucial for stress-free tax planning. Ensure you have all necessary documentation, such as invoices, receipts, and bank statements, readily available. Consider using accounting software like Xero to streamline your record-keeping and make tax time a breeze.

Get Expert Tax Advice from Experienced Penrith Accountants

Navigating the complexities of tax planning can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. At Tanti Financial Services, our team of experienced tax accountants is here to provide you with personalised, professional advice. We’ll work closely with you to identify opportunities for tax savings and ensure you meet all your compliance obligations.

Streamline Your EOFY Tax Planning with Tanti Financial Services

By following this end-of-financial-year tax checklist and implementing our expert tips, you’ll be well on your way to maximising your tax savings. Remember, early planning and preparation are key to a successful tax season. If you have any questions or need further guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the friendly team at Tanti Financial Services. With over three decades of experience, we’re committed to helping you achieve your financial goals and making the tax process as smooth as possible.