- Adrian De Vito - CPA
Tax Planning 2016 - Small Business Entities
Maximising deductions for Small Business Entity (SBE) Taxpayers
Generally if you carry on a business and have turnover less that $2 million you qualify as a SBE
Deductions can be maximised for SBE business taxpayers by accelerating expenditure and prepaying deductible business expenses.
Accelerating expenditure – SBE
All SBE taxpayers can choose to write-off depreciable assets costing less than $20,000 in the year of purchase*. Also, assets costing $20,000 or more are allocated to an SBE general pool and depreciated at 15% (which is half the full rate of 30%) in their first year.
Where appropriate, SBE business taxpayers should consider purchasing/installing these items by 30 June 2016 in order to claim the deduction.
(*) The small instant asset write-off threshold has been temporarily increased to 'less than $20,000', for assets acquired and installed ready for use between 7.30 pm (AEST) 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2017.
Prepayment strategies – SBE
SBE taxpayers making prepayments before 1 July 2016 can choose to claim a full deduction in the year of payment where they cover a period of no more than 12 months (ending before 1 July 2017). Otherwise, the prepayment rules are the same as for non-SBE taxpayers.
The kinds of expenses that may be prepaid include:
Rent on business premises or equipment.
Lease payments on business items such as cars and office equipment.
Interest – check with your financier to determine if it’s possible to prepay up to 12 months interest in advance.
Training courses that run on or after 1 July 2016.
This is some of the information we will need you to bring to help us prepare your income tax return:
Stocktake details as at 30 June.
Debtors listing (including a list of bad debts written off) as at 30 June. Note: In order to claim a deduction, the debt must be written off on or before 30 June.
Creditors listing as at 30 June.