Superannuation Changes 2017

 

With less than 7 weeks left to take advantage of topping up your super balances before the new, more restrictive superannuation regime comes into force on 1 July 2017 now is the time to seek advice to take advantage of the current superannuation concessions, as well as prepare for the new changes that commence on 1 July 2017.

So what to do prior to 30 June 2017?

  1. Maximise super contributions

Ensure you have maximised your annual concessional (tax deductible) and non-concessional (undeducted or after-tax) super contributions. The following tables summarise the contribution caps for the current financial year as well as the contribution caps applicable after 1 July 2017:

Concessional contributions

Age 2016-17 2017-18
Under 50 $30,000 $25,000
50 to 74 $35,000 $25,000

 

  1. This cap is inclusive of any 9.5% compulsory employer contributions made on your behalf.
  2. If you turn age 50 at any time during the 2016-17 year you are eligible for the higher cap of $35,000 for the 2016-17 year.
  • Those earning more than $300,000 (or $250,000 after 1 July 2017) will pay an additional 15% contributions tax on their concessional contributions.
  • If you are over age 75, only mandated or compulsory super guarantee contributions are permitted.

Non-concessional contributions

Age 2016-17 2017-18
Under 65 $540,000 $300,000
65 to 74 $180,000 $100,000

 

  • For those under age 65, the non-concessional contribution caps listed are based on the annual non-concessional cap (i.e. $180,000 for 2016/17 and $100,000 for 2017/18) brought forward over 3 years and would only be applicable for those people that have not exceeded their annual non-concessional contribution cap in the prior 2 financial years.
  • If you are age 65 and over, you need to satisfy a work test of gainful (paid) employment of at least 40 hours in a consecutive 30 day period during the financial year in order to be eligible to contribute to superannuation.
  • If you are over age 75, non-concessional contributions are not permitted.

*** For further information regarding Superannuation and before taking any action please contact your Advisor.

Employee or Contractor myths – written agreements

Employee or Contractor myths – written agreements

Stating in a written agreement that your worker is a contractor doesn’t mean they are, nor does it protect you from potential penalties for getting it wrong. This is a myth. The fact is, if your worker is legally an employee, having a written agreement will not:

  • override the employment relationship or make the worker a contractor, or
  • remove your tax and super obligations.

You need to look at each working arrangement and find out if your worker is an employee or contractor to understand your tax and super responsibilities for them.

So how do you get it right with your workers?

Employee/contractor decision tool

The ATO has developed a Employee/contractor decision tool that you can use to determine if your worker is an employee or contractor for tax and super purposes and what this means for your business. Click on link to find out more:  ATO Contractor Decision Tool

© Australian Taxation Office for the Commonwealth of Australia

How I saved a Small Business $8000 in 24 hours

How I saved a Small Business $8000 in 24 hours

girl with money
‘I wasn’t happy with my book keeper and was introduced to Jules. I explained to her the problems I was having and she immediately knew the answers. That’s when she impressed me. I hired her and within 2 days she discovered faults in my accounting system. She managed to get me $8000 in tax refunds from the ATO. What a dream come true.’ Steve T.

Everyone loves a feel-good story and it only took one Saturday morning to achieve this remarkable result. All too often I’m called in when clients feel something is not quite right with their books but they have no means of working out why.

Using my investigative audit skills and methodology I have uncovered many issues similar to this. Through no fault of my clients, it’s often inexperienced contractors or internal staff who are not fully trained or detailed enough in reconciliation procedures.

Perhaps I can help you, too? Are you feeling cash flow poor, or need someone to explain the numbers on your Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss? Or perhaps your business needs a strategic review? If this sounds like you, please contact me for your free 15-minute confidential consultation: jules@breesedynamics.com or call 0447 574 586.

Financial Year End Tax Planning TIPS

Financial Year End Tax Planning TIPS

End of financial year is a time many businesses dread because it means additional time spent ensuring their accounts are up to date and in order.  Whilst time is critical and you want to be spending as much of it as possible building the business or with your family it is important that you prepare for the June 30 deadline.
Do make time with your advisor or accountant to discuss how to make the most of your tax position to help you get ahead.  They can help you estimate your likely tax position and provide strategies that work for your business, and give you time to implement them.
Note:  the recent Federal budget announcement may affect small business, so be sure ask about its impact on future financial years.

Here are 8 quick tips to help ease the 30 June burden.
(Please note that these tips apply to small businesses with less than $2 million annual turnover).

  • Be certain to get your super deductions. Even though superannuation doesn’t have to be paid until 28 July, paying employee and personal contributions by 30 June will allow time for processing delays and getting valuable deductions this year.
    Note: Superannuation is only deductible when paid therefore it must be cleared through your bank account, received and recorded by the employee’s superannuation fund prior to that date. Be prepared; pay early.
  • Pay expenses in advance. If your cash flow allows, consider paying recurring expenses in advance, Items such as insurances, interest, rent, conference fees, subscriptions, and travel costs. Using credit cards to pay for deductible expenses will earn you the deduction this year, even if you don’t pay for it until next year.
  • Defer  income: If you expect your company tax bill will be higher this year than next year, you may benefit from deferring income to next year and accelerating deductions into this year.
    Home Office Expenses. If you operate your business from home, remember to claim deductions for rent, insurance and utilities.
  • Spend and only if you need to. Consider replacing low-cost equipment or purchase new tools and computers soon before 30 June to get the full tax benefit now.
  • Write off bad debts. To deduct bad debts, the ATO requires you to write it off while it still exists, prior to 30 June.  Review your accounts receivable with your accountant or bookkeeper to determine whether a deduction qualifies before the deadline.
  • Check your assets and inventory. Consider writing down or writing off obsolete stock. Then think about revaluing the remaining stock using one of three methods: cost price, market selling value or replacement value. Choose the method that produces the lowest stock value; if the value of closing stock is less than the value of your opening stock, you may receive a deduction. When the reverse occurs, you may generate income.
  • Repay any borrowings. If you, a family member or an associate have borrowed money from your business, you should ensure that the company charges the appropriate interest and consider making the minimum required repayments before the end of the financial year.
    Note: Failure to do so may result in the entire amount of the loan being treated as taxable income, causing you to be taxed personally at rates of up to 46.5 per cent.

Use expertise not guesswork.

Credit Rating Changes in Australia – effective March 2014

This post comes with a ‘warning’ and reasons why you should not pay your bills late from March 14.

New credit laws come into play mid March 2014 so everyone will need to pay their bills on time or run the risk of a bad credit rating that will mark you for 5 years!

Fur further details on how these laws will change please refer link below.
http://www.arca.asn.au/focus/for-consumers.html

To keep on top of things here is a great little APP developed by some local Aussie guys.
https://getpocketbook.com/