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End of Financial Year Tax Tips For Individuals 2019-2020

The following tax planning measures should be considered in respect to your own individual circumstances. For specific guidance please refer to the ATO website or consult your Tailored Accounts accountants.

End-Of-Financial-Year Tax preparation often seems a bit daunting for many people. The COVID-19 outbreak this year has generated a range of impacts on the community and individual well-being. Tailored Accounts will help you overcome the burden of individual tax return complexities. The following tips provide a comprehensive list of important items for your coming tax return.

  • Salary Sacrifice Arrangements

If employed, you may wish to review your remuneration arrangements with your employer and forego future gross salary in return for receiving exempt or concessionally taxed fringe benefits and/or making additional superannuation contributions under a valid salary sacrifice arrangement.

Please review your contributions including Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and Salary Sacrifice to assess whether you have over/under contributed. It is now a good time to adjust your contributions.

  • Additional Superannuation Contributions

Voluntary superannuation contributions would help grow your super balance quicker and reduce your personal tax liabilities.

  • Work-Related Deductions

For employees who are working from home during the period 1 March to 30 June 2020, the ATO is allowing a temporary simplified method of calculating deductions for additional running expenses. There are 3 alternatives including:

  1. 80 cents per hour for all additional running expenses incurred after 1 March 2020 until 30 June 2020; or
  2. 52 cents per work hour for heating, cooling, lighting, cleaning and the decline in value of office furniture, plus the work-related portion of phone and internet expenses, computer consumables, stationery and the decline in value of a computer, laptop or similar device; or
  3. The actual work-related portion of all running expenses, which will need to be calculated on a reasonable basis.
  • First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme

The FHSS scheme essentially allows an individual to make additional voluntary salary sacrificed superannuation contributions or after-tax contributions to a complying superannuation fund from 1 July 2017 up to a maximum amount of up to $15,000 per year (and $30,000 in total) which can be withdrawn to help finance a first home deposit from 1 July 2018. In addition, where the buyer’s partner also has never owned real property, the couple can effectively withdraw an amount of up to $60,000 to jointly fund a home deposit.

  • Early Access To Your Superannuation

You may be able to withdraw up to $10,000 from your superannuation balance in Financial Year 2019/20 and a further $10,000 in 2020/21. You do not need to declare those amounts in your tax return, in other words, they are tax-free. In order to be eligible, you must pass one of the following tests:

  1. You are unemployed; or
  2. You are eligible to receive a JobSeeker payment, youth allowance for jobseekers, parenting payment (which includes the single and partnered payments), special benefit or farm household allowance; or
  3. On or after 1 January 2020:
  • You were made redundant; or
  • Your working hours were reduced by 20 per cent or more; or
  • If you are a sole trader and your business you suspended or there was a reduction in your turnover of 20 per cent or more. 

If you are unsure of your current tax status or need assistance and advice for your EOFY preparation, please contact Tailored Accounts for a 20-minute of free consultation. Alternatively, you can access the Tailored Accounts - Sharing Is Caring Page for a free download of an individual cashflow assessment plan. 

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End of Financial Year Tax Tips For Business Owners 2019-2020

This information is intended as general guidance only.  For specific guidance please refer to the ATO website or consult your Tailored Accounts accountants.

Uncertainty about the continuing spread of the noble coronavirus makes people fear for their health and their lives. If you are doing business in one of the industries, which are most susceptible to health and economic problems, such as tourism, food services, retail, or healthcare, the pandemic has struck your disproportionately hard. Under high uncertainty, funding and immediate government grants have been made available for eligible businesses to navigate the road to recovery. This End-Of-Financial Year Tax Tips will help you reach out and effectively leverage a range of existing support measures for business survival and growth.

Covid-19 Stimulus Measures

The government released a number of economic measures in response to COVID-19. Some of them may impact your FY 2020 tax return. 

  • Enhancing the instant asset write-off

The cost threshold for which entities can access an immediate deduction for depreciating assets and certain related expenditure has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 for the period 12 March 2020 to 31 December 2020. The turnover threshold of businesses eligible for the instant asset write-off during this period has also been increased to include businesses with an annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from the existing cap of $50 million).

  • Backing business investment

Entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million in an income year who do not use the simplified depreciation rules for small business may be eligible for accelerated depreciation if the entity starts to hold the asset and the asset was first used or installed ready for use for taxable purposes between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2021.

The tax implication on received stimulus payments:

  • The Cashflow boost you have received will be treated as non-assessable, non-exempt income and is therefore not taxable to the entity. However, JobKeeper payments received are assessable income of the entity. Deductions for payments to employees are available provided the general requirements for deductibility are satisfied.

Other tax-saving tips

  • Super Contribution

All contributions which are required to be received by the superfunds by 30 June 2020 need to be scheduled for payment within ClickSuper by 4 PM AEST on Monday, 24 June 2020.  Superannuation contributions paid after this date may or may not be received by the superannuation fund by 30 June 2020. 

  • Review your Debtors

Review your aged receivables and write off any recoverable debts before 30 June 2020. The bad debt written off can be claimed as a tax deduction for the 2020 financial year. 

  • Pre-pay your expenses

Small business entities may be able to prepay expenses and claim an immediate deduction in the financial year in which they are paid. 

  • Trust resolution

Document and sign the trust distribution resolutions before 30 June 2020.

JobKeeper tips

If your business was not eligible for the JobKeeper grant during the March-May period, it is recommended to re-assess your JobKeeper eligibility for the period of June-August. 

Tailored Accounts is committed to supporting businesses during this critical time. Please contact us for JobKeeper, EOFY, Tax and Advice supports. Our expertise and experience will put your business in the best possible position for sustainable success. 

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