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5 things to do to get ready for tax time 6 weeks to go!

1.Take care of the standard little things 
·         writing off bad debts
·         maximising stock valuation outcomes
·         declaration of bonuses and director fees
·         prepayments
·         income deferrals
·         trustee resolutions to appoint income
·         maximising depreciation charges
·         superannuation payments
2. Look for the bigger tax planning opportunities
Beyond thes little things , there may be larger tax planning opportunities that should be considered.
This could include being eligible to claim R&D tax rebates, taking advantage of the loss carry-back rules to get a refund of company tax paid in the last year, and export market development grant eligibility.
All of these opportunities are time sensitive and time limited. The things you do between now and June 30 could make a significant difference in the benefit obtained.
 3. Keep in mind any cashflow implications
This is an essential consideration. Some of the options will require you to spend money, bring forward expenditure or defer income.These will all have cashflow impacts and you need to ensure that creating the best tax outcome does not cause a short-term cashflow problem.
Calculate the funding impact of your choices, and if you need funding support from your bank then talk to them early. You need to map out how much you need, how long you’ll need it for and what is being covered.
4. Are there any risks?
Keep in mind there could be some risks with the decisions being taken. These could include tax, funding and business risks. Tax benefits always need to stack up on the risk-to-reward matrix. Quantify the benefit and assess any risks.

5. Get proper advice
You should take advice on your tax planning. Spend some time with your accountant and map out a plan that works for you.
Posted on May 20, 2013

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