Surviving the run up to June 30

May 5, 2015

suriving the run up to 30 June

Every small business owner knows the stress that comes with the end of financial year.

A lot of valuable time and energy gets poured into getting your paperwork in order and making sure that you’re minimising your tax bill as much as possible.

The good news is that there is still time to sort things out, and with this checklist you can feel confident that you are on top of your tax:

Get on top of your records

If you’ve been organised this year then you deserve to give yourself a big pat on the back! If, however, you’ve fallen behind on your record keeping responsibilities, we advise you to get as much as you can together and get it to your account ASAP.

Write off bad debts

Unfortunately, there will be times that a client does not pay you for work that has been completed. This is known as having a bad debt and it is an extremely frustrating situation for any business owner.

A small consolation can be found in the fact that bad debts are tax deductible. In the event that you have a bad debt, it should be formally written off in your financial records. You will then be able to claim it as a deduction against your taxable income. It may also be necessary for you to provide the ATO with proof that you have taken reasonable steps to recover the amount.

Seek advice on legislation changes

These changes may be from the last financial year, and, therefore, require you to take certain steps in the next few weeks. There may also be additional changes that will be announced in the upcoming May Budget. It is important to be aware of any impending changes as they may influence your tax strategy and decisions as June 30 approaches.

Get the ball rolling on stocktake

Retailers and wholesalers are required to undertake a stocktake at the end of each financial year.

However, if your annual turnover is less than $2 million and the difference in value between your opening and closing stock can reasonably be estimated to be less than $5000 then you are exempt from this requirement.

Our accountants are ready to help you in the lead up to the end of financial year.

Call (02) 4926 2300 or email us.

If you would like more information on surviving the run up to June 30 please contact our expert team here at Leenane Templeton.

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