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    Minimise your Business Tax – Your 2024 Tax Planning Guide

    Now’s the time to review what strategies you can use to minimise your tax before 30 June 2024.

    Imagine what you could do with tax saved?

    You Could:

    • Reduce your home loan
    • Top up your super
    • Save for a holiday
    • Deposit for an Investment Property
    • Pay for your children’s education
    • Upgrade your Car

    Is your business a “Small Business” entity?

    Small businesses can access a range of tax concessions from the ATO. To qualify as a “Small Business Entity”, 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 a business for all or part of the 2024 year.

    Lower company tax rates

    The 2024 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 2024 year. Note that this company must qualify as a “base rate” entity to be eligible for the lower 25% company tax rate. Please discuss with us whether your company will qualify.

    Tax Sting – Sale of Assets previously 100% Written Off

    Until 30 June 2023, many businesses were able to claim 100% of assets purchased under the temporary full expensing or instant asset write off tax laws.

    When these assets are eventually sold, the amount received for it will be included in your income for the year, and any replacement asset you buy will generally be depreciated if it is $20,000 or more.

    You may need to carefully plan for extra tax payable!

    Maximise Deductible Super Contributions

    The concessional superannuation cap for 2024 is $27,500 for all individuals ($30,000 in 2025). Do not go over this limit or you will 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 2024 contribution cap, it must be received by
    the fund by 30 June 2024.

    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 2024.

    Repairs & Maintenance

    Make payments for repairs and maintenance (business, rental property, employment) BEFORE 30 June 2024.

    Pay Employee Superannuation Now

    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 2024.

    Current year loans must be either paid back in full or have a loan agreement entered in before the due date of lodgement for the company return, or risk having it counted as an unfranked dividend in the return of the individual.

    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 2024. 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.

    Write-off Bad Debts

    Review your Trade Debtors listing and write-off all bad debts BEFORE 30 June 2024. 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 2024.

    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 2024 and obtain a full tax deduction in the 2024 financial year. 

    Trustee Resolutions

    Ensure that the Trustee Resolutions are prepared and signed BEFORE 30 June 2024 for all Discretionary (“Family”) Trusts.

    The ATO have recently released a number of Tax Rulings that may affect trust distributions to adult children, so Tax Planning for 2024 will be vital for anyone using a Family Trust.

    Important Information

    You can read more about how to reduce your tax in our blogs:

    16 Ways to Reduce Your Tax

    Minimise your Personal Tax – Your 2024 Tax Planning Guide

    Contact us before the 30 June 2024 deadline for assistance to reduce your tax!

    This is general advice only and does not take into account your financial circumstances, needs and objectives. Before making any decision based on this document, you should assess your own circumstances or seek advice from your financial adviser and seek tax advice from our accountants at KHT Accounting & Wealth. Information is current at the date of issue and may change.

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