The end of financial year is fast approaching which means it’s time to get your affairs in order before June 30 to help maximise your tax refund.
Here are five options that you could potentially use to maximise your tax refund this year.
1. Organise your records
Now is the time to collate and organise all the paperwork you need to prepare your tax return. From bank statements to investment property records, donation receipts or work-related expenses, get it all in one place to make your life easier.
If you’ve been working from home and want to claim a deduction, you can use the ‘shortcut method’ the ATO introduced in response to COVID-19 to claim 80 cents per hour of work from home during the year. Alternatively you could use the fixed rate method if you have a dedicated work space or home office to claim 52 cents per hour of work from home.
You may also be eligible to make claims for work-related proportions of items, including phone or internet expenses, stationery, or the depreciation of equipment such as laptops.
2. Prepay expenses
Boost your tax refund by paying for expenses that may attract a tax deduction before June 30. These expenses may include charity contributions or work-related expenses. To check which work-related expenses you can claim, take a look at the ATO guides for a range of occupations.
3. Top up your super
Did you know the government may make a super co-contribution of up to $500 if you earn less than $54,837 and add money into your superfund? The amount co-contributed depends on your income as well as how much you contributed to your super with the maximum entitlement reducing progressively as your income rises.
If you’re taking this route make sure the money is in your superfund by 30 June to be eligible for a co-contribution for this financial year.
4. Buy an asset
As a small business owner you may be able to buy eligible assets under temporary full expensing for your business, such as a car or office equipment, with the business portion able to be claimed as an immediate deduction.
5. Manage capital gains
If you have made a capital gain from selling any assets, you may want to consider selling investments that are not performing well. By crystallising your losses you may be able to use them to offset some or all of the gain.
However, it is important to think about your overall investment strategy and that you don’t make the decision to sell assets only for tax purposes. It’s worth noting, you can’t just buy the shares you sold at a loss again in July, this is likely to be considered a tax-avoidance strategy by the ATO.
We’re here to answer all your tax time questions and make sure you’ve done everything you can to maximise your return this EOFY. Get in touch with us today!