Posted on 22/4/2022
With the end of financial year fast approaching, tax planning should now be high on your list of priorities, as there are key considerations for the current 2021-22 tax year that could have a significant impact on your financial plans and investments for the year ahead.
Importantly, for those business that have found themselves in a better-than-expected position, and even for those that haven’t fared as well, there are some simple steps you can take to optimise your tax position and put yourself in a good position for when June 30 rolls around.
For those operators who have accessed measures such as the State Government business support packages, unlike last year, any money received through such programs will not be assessed as part of your taxable income.
For those business operators who have found themselves in a strong cashflow position heading toward June 30, there are several steps you can take to optimise your tax position and maximise the amount of money that remains in your pocket.
For those with cash at hand, there are opportunities to invest now or bring forward expenses that you would otherwise incur in the 2022-23 financial year to put yourself in a more advantageous tax position.
In recent years the Temporary Full Expensing was introduced as a stimulus measure and a follow-on to the Instant asset write-off scheme. This temporary depreciation method continues the valuable tax incentive for eligible businesses who are considering purchasing and installing new business assets.
For example, hospitality businesses this includes any large equipment upgrades such as fridges or furniture. It means that eligible businesses can deduct the full cost of eligible depreciating assets of any value if they are purchased and ready to use before the end of the financial year.
Even if you haven’t fared as well over the past 12 months, investing in upgrades is a way to fast-track your recovery and financing those upgrades is a way to minimise the cashflow impact while also maximising the tax benefits.
If you are considering taking advantage of Temporary Full Expensing, it’s important to note that any equipment needs to be installed and ready to use by June 30 to take advantage of the tax benefit this financial year. With the overall cut-off date for the scheme pinned for 30 June 2023, any purchases made in the 2022-23 financial year will still be eligible for Temporary Full Expensing, but the tax benefits will be delayed by a year. Be sure to get in touch with our Finance Team to discuss a suitable arrangement for your business.
Another consideration for business owners would be to bring forward any spending or invoicing into the current financial year for work or expenses that are planned for the year ahead. This could include planned renovations, rent or insurance costs, as this expenditure can be offset against your taxable income to put your business in a more advantageous position heading into next financial year.
Bringing forward planned staff expenditure is also another good way to maximise your tax position. Consider paying your superannuation liability or paying out any planned staff bonuses prior to June 30 to ensure these expenses are on the books before the end of financial year.
As we’ve previously discussed, many of the opportunities to pivot due to economic conditions is largely dependent on keeping strong proactive management of your business and regular bookkeeping practices. If you are questioning what improvements can be made in any of these areas, don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat.
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Brian specialises in providing high level taxation advice. Tax consulting across corporate tax, capital gains tax and international tax, to ATO product and class rulings for managed investment schemes.
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