Tax Alert September 2020 - Small business & the JobKeeper scheme extension
Many small business owners and sole traders will be breathing a sigh of relief following the extension of the JobKeeper scheme until March next year. At the same time, however, the ATO is stepping up its compliance activities.
Make selling your business less taxing
Selling a business you have spent so many years building up can be a difficult process, but getting the best price is not the only consideration. Tax has a big role to play in the financial result.
That means the ATO will be paying close attention. Selling a business is considered as disposing of an asset, so it triggers a capital gains tax (CGT) event.
If your sale isn’t handled correctly, you could find yourself on the receiving end of a hefty tax bill and a lot less profit than you expected.
Your End of Financial Year Checklist
It always takes some planning to get your finances in order for the end of financial year, and this year may look a little different, come June 30. The COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted your circumstances and therefore your situation could be looking different to normal.
How COVID-19 changes tax time
As this financial year draws to a close, it will be viewed as a year like no other. COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted everybody’s life, albeit in different ways for different people.
Calculating your working from home deductions. New tax shortcut!
With many people now working from home because of COVID-19, some of the expenses your employer normally covers – such as electricity, heating and cooling – are coming out of your pocket instead.
Tax concessions: helping small businesses
Running a business keeps you pretty busy, so it’s easy to overlook the help that’s available. Many small businesses don’t realise the government offers a range of valuable concessions that can make a real difference to their annual tax bill.
Depending on your annual turnover, these can include reduced tax rates, asset write-offs, simplified depreciation rules and tax-free restructuring.
Unwrapping the joys and pitfalls of giving
Christmas is a time of giving, when thoughts turn to family and to helping those less fortunate. To gift in a meaningful way that maximises the benefits, it’s important to consider tax.
While Australia doesn’t have a gift tax, there are tax considerations nonetheless for both the giver and the recipient.
Buying a toy for your grandchild is one thing but many parents wish to help their adult children or grandchildren with more substantial gifts such as a home deposit or a car. If you receive a Centrelink age pension now or are within five years of retiring, that “gift” will be counted as an asset and could affect your pension.
Tax and the festive season
As the festive season approaches it’s time to start thinking about celebrations and spending time with friends and family.
For most business owners, it also means it’s time to start thinking about saying thanks to your employees for another year of hard work.
But it’s important to be aware of the tax implications of any gifts and celebrations you provide, as the rules can be complex.
Carving up your GST
Apportioning your GST obligations
For many small businesses, reporting the GST you collect after issuing tax invoices to customers can be a headache. But there is a way to save time and make the bookkeeping process a bit easier – if you meet the ATO’s eligibility criteria.
What you need to know if you have a side hustle
Whether it’s to pursue a passion or to make a little extra money, more Australians than ever now have a side hustle.
But while freelancing, moonlighting and pursuing passion projects can be a great way to add value to your life, they can sometimes complicate how you go about managing both your time and finances.