Top tips to help reduce your tax bill at the end of the financial year

Unfortunately, many people still panic towards the end of the financial year looking for ways to reduce their tax liabilities. The key is to manage things well during the year. By doing this, you can set yourself up to reduce your liabilities with good planning.

Whether you are an individual, side-gigger, solopreneur, business owner, freelancer, start-up or larger business, there are some key things that you should do to prepare yourself for tax time that will help to reduce the amount of money you have to hand over to the ATO come tax time.

Record work-related expenses

Be ruthless with yourself and make sure you record all of your work-related expenses so that you remember to claim them at the end of the financial year. Keep all your receipts.

Take photos of your receipts using apps like Hubdoc that integrate with cloud-based accounting systems such as Xero. These apps convert your receipts into data that is then uploaded straight into your accounting system. This can be done while you are on the go which means you don’t lose or miss information.

Make tax-deductible donations

We all support causes. Why not show your support and donate some funds to a charity organisation. For a donation to be tax-deductible, it must be made to an organisation endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), and must be a genuine gift.

Make extra contributions to Super

Make additional payments to superannuation. This is only taxed at 15 per cent. But there is a limit on how much you can contribute without paying more tax and this is currently $27,500 per financial year. Take the time to explore your super options. More people are setting up their own self managed super funds so they have more control over where their money is invested.

Investment expenses

Remember to claim investment expenses and your investment loss from the prior year as this can be carried forward to offset future gain.

Quantity surveyer

Get the most out of your investment property. Use a quantity surveyor to prepare a depreciation schedule for your rental property. This will ensure depreciation is captured and included in your tax return.

A tax depreciation schedule is 100 percent tax-deductible. This means you can claim the fee charged by the quantity surveyor as part of your tax return.

Pay interest on time

Ensure you make your loan repayments on time.

Capital gains discount

Utilise the 50 per cent discount on capital gains for assets you have held for at least one year.

For people who invest in crypto, if you’ve had the crypto for more than 12 months, you may be eligible to discount your capital gain by 50 per cent.

Structure your assets

Explore the use of different structures such as a family trust to better manage your assets and distribution of income.

Private health insurance

Having private health insurance coverage means you avoid having to pay the Medicare levy surcharge.

Tax plan with your accountant

Maintain communication with your accountant and ensure you undertake a tax planning session once a year. This will help you to plan for the future and ensure that you have identified all the opportunities to minimise your tax bill at the end of the year.

Tax planning is important for everyone but especially so if you are a business owner or freelancer.