Tax Tips

Xero Price Changes in 2016
July 8, 2016
Rental Property
July 8, 2016

The current financial year is nearly ending and with the upcoming elections, the recently declared federal budget measures might not have any chance to take effect right up until the next financial year.

However, in the interim, there are numerous strategies you may possibly be able to put into play to make sure you do not pay even one cent more tax than is required for the 2015-16 year.

The best tax planning strategies are implemented in July, not June. That means as early as possible in any financial year, not the end of it. And it is also prudent to keep in mind that appropriate tax planning is more than just finding bigger and better deductions — the best tips are the ones which set individual’s tax affairs in better positions not just for the current financial year but for future income years to come.

We have put down a list of possibility that may possibly get you planning along the right track:

Bring forward expenses
Try to bring forward any other deductions such as interest payments into the 2015-16 year.
If you know that in the next financial year you will be earning less for example you might be going on maternity leave, deductible expenses that can be brought forward into the present financial year will be more beneficial.
An exception for some individuals will occur if you anticipate earning more next financial year. In that situation, it might be to your benefit of holding off any tax-deductible payments till next financial year, when the financial benefit of deductions could be greater. Your personal circumstances will determine whether or not these measures are suitable for you.

Prepay investment loan interest
In a similar line of thinking, see if you can work out with your financial provider to make upfront interest payments for certain ventures, such as a margin loan on shares. Most taxpayers can claim a deduction for up to 12 months ahead. But make sure you evaluate how you and your lender have allocated funds which are secured against your property properly, as a tax deduction is generally only allowed against the finance costs incurred for the objective of earning assessable income from investments. A deduction might not be available on funds you redraw from this loan to put to other purposes.

Use the CGT rules to your benefit
If you have made any capital gain from your investments this financial year, then think about selling the investments that are presently sitting on a loss prior to year-end. By doing so indicates the capital gains you made on your thriving investments can be offset against the capital losses from the less successful ones, reducing your overall taxable income. A similar approach could also be adopted if you have carried forward capital losses and wish to realise some gains at year end.
Keep in mind that for CGT purposes a capital gain generally occurs on the date you sign a contract, not when you settle on a property purchased.

Investment property
Many expenditures arising from owning a rental property are claimable, so it can be beneficial to bring forward any expenditures prior to June 30 and claim them in the current financial year. If you know that the investment property requires any repairs or pest control, see if you can incur these costs before year-end. Of course, with all of the above, trade cautiously and don’t let simple tax drive your whole investment decisions.

Every individual taxpayer is required to lodge their return before October 31, but tax agents are generally given more time to lodge, which can be a handy extension to a payment deadline. Of course, if you’re sure you are going to get a refund it’s no use delaying, so in these cases; it is worth getting all of your information to this office as soon as you can after July 1.

If you need any further information on the above mentioned tips, call Tax Accountants Cranbourne at 1300 300 106 for further information.