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Tax planning tips for businesses

Although the 2018-19 financial year is coming to an end, there are still a number of tactics you may be able to employ to ensure that you get the most out of your tax return.

Bring forward expenses:
It is a common recommendation at tax time for small business owners to claim all of the appropriate deductions that are available. These can include rent, utilities, repairs for the business, or work-related travel. You may also consider bringing forward as many expenses as possible to before 1 July, such as pre-paying rent or repair expenses. This can allow you to claim the necessary deductions in your 2018-19 tax return.

Take advantage of the instant-asset write off:
More business owners can take advantage of the instant-asset write off this financial year, as it has now been extended to include businesses with a turnover from $10 million to less than $50 million. These businesses can claim a deduction of up to $30,000 for assets purchased or installed and ready for use from 2 April 2019 until 30 June 2020. This could be particularly helpful for individuals who rely on tools, cars or other assets.

Keep strong records:
As a good recommendation to keep in mind for the end of each financial year, keeping up-to-date records can make tax time a little easier next year. It’s never too late to start getting your records in order, so consider keeping all of your documents together once you have filed your 2018-19 tax return. As an added benefit, a well-detailed set of records is the easiest way to resolve any issues that you may face with the ATO.

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Investing in shares vs property in SMSFs

March 19, 2020

Shares and property are two popular investment options for those with a self-managed super fund (SMSF). However, they both have very different attributes and choosing the one that will achieve the best outcome for an SMSF depends on your personal goals and situation.

While the price of shares can vary drastically, property is a relatively stable asset, making it appealing to those who want more security and predictability. Property prices are also negotiable unlike shares, and you can generally borrow money at a lower rate for property purchases.

It may seem hard to find the perfect investment property, but older and undercapitalised properties can be renovated for profit. However, returns from property rentals can be dented due to factors such as land tax, utilities and rates, maintenance and tenancy vacancies.

Shares are more dynamic and volatile than property. One advantage is the accessibility of investing in shares, as you can enter the share market with a few thousand dollars – much less than what you need to invest in a property.

Maintaining a portfolio of quality shares that pay tax-effective dividends may be a good way to fund retirement. With the right portfolio allocation, shares also have the potential to provide a better, stronger income than property rentals, as long as that income is sustainable and increasing.

Property can generally be used as a wealth-creation tool, while shares can create a reliable retirement income. For those who can afford to put more money into investments, it may be a good idea to consider investing and diversifying in both. If you’re unsure about which investment option is right for you, seeking financial advice may be the best option.