Whether you’re just starting out in business, or you’ve been your own boss for years, the end of the financial year (EOFY) can be a busy time.
To help you organise your financial records and find the paperwork you’ll need to pass onto your accountant, we’ve put together a handy EOFY checklist that you can download to help you.
Reporting COVID-19 stimulus payments
JobKeeper payments need to be included in your tax return.
For sole traders, include this as business income in your individual tax return.
For partnerships, trusts and companies, report this as business income in your partnership or trust tax return, or income in your company tax return.
Visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website for more information.
Temporary full expensing and loss carry back
You may be eligible to claim temporary full expensing or loss carry back in your 2020-21 tax return.
Temporary full expensing allows eligible businesses to deduct the business portion of the cost of eligible depreciating assets that are first purchased or installed for use from 7:30pm (AEDT) on 6 October 2020. Temporary full expensing is available until 30 June 2022.
Under loss carry back, eligible corporate entities can receive a refundable tax offset if they choose to carry back tax losses made in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 income years against tax they paid for the 2018-19 or 2019-20 income years.
Visit the ATO website to find out more.
Other government payments
Visit the ATO website for a high-level summary of government payments and whether they should be included in your tax return. You can also have a look at government grants and payments during COVID-19.
Tip: If you had to pause or close your business, visit the ATO website for guidance on how to manage your tax obligations.
Tax record keeping requirements
As a business owner, you need to keep records of all of your financial transactions under Australian tax law. This includes documentation explaining how your income and expenses were calculated, as well as documents supporting these calculations and any other elections or choices you have made within your tax return/s.
For example: if you use your home internet for business purposes and plan to claim a portion of the cost on your tax return, you’ll need to have supporting documentation (such as a usage log and tax invoice) to support the percentage of the cost you are claiming through tax
It pays to be organised
While it can be tempting to put off completing your tax return, the sooner you know what your tax liability is, the better you can manage your cash flow. Check with your accountant for the tax due dates that apply to you.
Looking for ways to maximise your tax return?
Our tax planning tips to maximise your return explores tax planning strategies you could consider to help you get the most from your tax return. You’ll need to act before 30 June to put these strategies in place, so speak to your accountant sooner than later to see if they might be right for you.
Read the tax time toolkit on the ATO website for more information on tax time essentials, including a range of fact sheets on claiming expenses for home-based businesses, motor vehicles and travel.