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.
Smart ways to invest your tax return
Tax time can often feel like a hassle, but it’s all worth it when that tax refund lands in your account. So, what’s the best way to spend it?
With last year’s average refund being $2,574, it’s no small question.i And if you are one of the lucky ones to receive a refund your options are endless. From paying down debt to investing in your future to blowing it all on a big holiday, the choice of how you spend your refund will depend on your goals and your circumstances.
Is your business financially fit?
The secret to a successful business is to make sure you are not just working IN your business but that you are also working ON your business. As the end of the financial year approaches, there’s no better time to give your business a financial fitness check.
Of course, the best policy is to continually monitor how your business is faring throughout the year. But if you’ve been caught up in the day-to-day management then now is a good time to get back on track because you will be looking at your figures for tax time anyway.
Cruising through the finish line - Tax tips for EOFY
The end of financial year can sometimes feel like a race to the finish. To help you cruise through the finish line come June 30, we’ve prepared a handy list of tips for both businesses and individuals.