There are just a few more sleeps until the end of the financial year. Have you got your house in order? Our experience is that most people leave things to the last minute. But the last minute can still be useful if you use it to get things done. So, don’t despair. Read on.
Usually, to get a tax deduction, you need to spend money. And spending money makes you less wealthy. However, there is one kind of ‘expense’ that lets you have your financial cake and eat it too. Read on while we explain.
This article is a must-read for any business owner thinking about travel. Claiming a tax deduction for travel costs can make a huge difference to the effective cost of that travel. The Australian Taxation Office’s general position is that the cost of travel is tax deductible to the extent that the travel relates to the business' purpose of deriving assessable income from an existing business activity. A business can't claim costs for travel related to speculative business activities that you have not yet entered. But travel that relates to work that your business is already doing will usually be fine.
If you have a spare $1000, you might consider making an extra contribution to your super fund. If your income is otherwise low, the Commonwealth government will give you up to an extra $500.