17 TIPS TO MINIMISE YOUR BUSINESS TAX
Let’s be honest, the cost of simply existing has gone up – have you looked at the price of fuel lately? And food? While most of us are budgeting our way through our personal lives, it’s also time to look at our businesses and see where we can minimise our tax expenses. After all, every dollar counts.
Imagine what you could do with tax saved?
- Reduce your home loan
- Top up your super
- Save for a holiday (yay we can travel overseas again!)
- Make a deposit on an investment property
- Pay for your children’s education
- Upgrade your car
- Buy that puppy you’ve been dreaming about
Here’s a guide to the strategies you can use to minimise your business tax.
1. IS YOUR BUSINESS A SMALL BUSINESS ENTITY (SBE)?
Small businesses can access a range of tax concessions from the ATO. To qualify as a SBE, the business must have an aggregated turnover (your annual turnover plus the annual turnover of any business connected / affiliated with you) of less than $10 million and be operating as a business for all or part of the 2022 year.
2. REDUCTION IN COMPANY TAX RATES
The 2022 company tax rate for businesses with less than $50 million turnover is 25%, if 80% or less of a company’s assessable income is passive income such as interest dividends, rent, royalties, and net capital gains.
If you use a trust structure, one strategy is to allocate profits to a bucket company and cap your tax at 25% for the 2022 year. Note that this company must qualify as a base rate entity to be eligible for the lower 25% company tax rate. Chat to us to see whether your company will qualify.
3. TEMPORARY FULL EXPENSING FOR ASSET PURCHASES
Businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion can immediately deduct the business portion of the cost of eligible new depreciating assets.
For businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million, temporary full expensing also applies to the business portion of eligible second-hand depreciating assets.
You should buy these assets and use them or have them ready for use before 30 June 2022 to qualify for a 2022 tax deduction. Talk to us today about your options!
4. MAXIMISE DEDUCTIBE SUPER CONTRIBUTIONS
The concessional superannuation cap for 2022 is $27,500 for all individuals. If you go over this limit you may pay more tax.
Note that employer super guarantee contributions are included in these caps. Where a concessional contribution is made that exceeds these limits, the excess is included in your assessable income and taxed at your marginal rate, plus an excess concessional contributions charge.
For the contribution to be counted towards the employee’s 2022 contribution cap, it must be received by the fund by 30 June 2022.
5. TOOLS OF TRADE / FBT EXEMPT ITEMS
The purchase of tools of trade and other FBT exempt items for business owners and employees can be an effective way to buy equipment with a tax benefit.
Items that can be packaged include handheld/portable tools of trade, computer software, notebook computers, personal electronic organisers, digital cameras, briefcases, protective clothing, and mobile phones.
If structured correctly, the employer will be entitled to a tax deduction for the reimbursement payment to the employee (for the equipment cost), claim any GST input credit, and the employee’s salary package will only be reduced by the GST-exclusive cost of the items purchased.
You should buy these items before 30 June 2022 to qualify for a 2022 tax deduction.
6. REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE
Make payments for repairs and maintenance (business, rental property, employment) BEFORE 30 June 2022.
7. PAY EMPLOYEE SUPERANNUATION NOW
To claim a tax deduction in the 2022 financial year, you need to ensure that your employee superannuation payments are received by the super fund or the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) by 30 June 2022.
You should avoid making last minute superannuation payments as processing delays may cause them to be received after year-end. If for any reason you end up having to make last minute payments and you would like to claim them as deductions for the current year, contact us immediately and before you make any payments for possible resolutions.
8. DEFER INCOME
If possible, defer issuing further invoices and receiving cash/debtor payments until after 30 June 2022. This strategy pushes tax payable to future years.
9. BRING FORWARD EXPENSES
Purchase consumable items BEFORE 30 June 2022. These include marketing materials, consumables, stationery, printing, office and computer supplies. Spend the money now to get the deduction this year.
10. DEFER INVESTMENT INCOME & CAPITAL GAINS
If possible, arrange for the receipt of investment income (e.g. interest on term deposits) and the contract date for the sale of capital gains assets, to occur AFTER 30 June 2022.
The contract date is generally the key date for working out when a sale occurred, not the settlement date.
11. MOTOR VEHICLE LOGBOOK
Ensure that you have kept an accurate and complete motor vehicle logbook for at least a 12-week period. The start date for the 12-week period must be on or before 30 June 2022. You should make a record of your odometer reading as at 30 June 2022 and keep all receipts/invoices for motor vehicle expenses.
An alternative (with no logbook needed) is to simply claim up to 5,000 business kilometres (based on a reasonable estimate) using the cents per km method.
12. INVESTMENT PROPERTY DECLARATION
If you own a rental property and haven’t already done so, arrange for the preparation of a property depreciation report to allow you to claim the maximum amount of depreciation and building write-off deductions on your rental property.
13. PRIVATE COMPANY LOANS – DIV 7A
Business owners who have borrowed funds from their company in previous years must ensure that the appropriate principal and interest repayments are made by 30 June 2022. Current year loans must be either paid back in full or have a loan agreement entered into before the due date of lodgement for the company return, or risk having it counted as an unfranked dividend of the borrower.
14. YEAR-END STOCKTAKE / WORK IN PROGRESS
If applicable, you need to prepare a detailed stock take and/or work in progress listing as at 30 June 2022. Review your listing and write-off any obsolete or worthless stock items.
Talk to us about your different options for valuing stock, and how they affect your tax payable.
15. WRITE-OFF BAD DEBTS
Review your trade debtors listing and write-off all bad debts BEFORE 30 June 2022. Prepare a management meeting document listing each bad debt, as evidence that these amounts were written off prior to year-end and enter these into your accounting system before 30 June 2022.
16. SMALL BUSINESS CONCESSIONS – PREPAYMENTS
Small business concession taxpayers can make prepayments (up to 12 months) on expenses (e.g. loan interest, rent, subscriptions) BEFORE 30 June 2022 and obtain a full tax deduction in the 2022 financial year.
17. TRUSTEE RESOLUTIONS
Ensure that the trustee resolutions are prepared and signed BEFORE 30 June 2022 for all discretionary (“family”) trusts.
The ATO have recently released a number of draft tax rulings that may affect trust distributions to adult children, so tax planning for 2022 will be vital for anyone using a family trust.
Talk to us TODAY before the 30 June 2022 deadline for assistance to reduce your tax.
This article is provided as general information only and does not consider your specific situation, objectives or needs. It does not represent accounting advice upon which any person may act. Implementation and suitability require a detailed analysis of your specific circumstances. Last updated: 1 June 2022.