End of Financial Year Reg Leis Insurance

End Of Financial Year 2024 Checklist

With the end of the financial year (EOFY) 2024 just around the corner, here’s a checklist of important things to help you.

You’ll need to complete bookkeeping, tax returns and plan for the new financial year. Here’s a checklist to help you prepare, get your business organised and work smarter in the year ahead.

Check what tasks you need to complete

Some of the yearly tasks you need to do as a small business owner may include:

For more information, visit the ATO website, call the ATO on 13 28 66, or talk to your tax professional.

Find out which tax deductions and concessions you can claim

You can claim deductions for most business expenses, as long as they directly relate to earning your income. For example, you may be able to claim deductions if your business:

  • has set up a website
  • has motor vehicle expenses
  • uses diesel fuel
  • operates at home
  • has travel expenses
  • uses machinery, tools or computers.

You must have records to prove the expenses that you claim as business deductions.

If you’re a sole trader, you can use the ATO app’s myDeductions tool to record your business income and expenses during the year.

Consider planning for the end of year by writing off any debtors or assets before the financial year ends to claim a tax deduction.

There are also a number of tax concessions available to support small business. See whether you can make use of some of these before the end of the financial year.

Read more about the tax deductions you can claim

Make sure your tax agent is registered

Check your tax agent is registered with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

There are two main ways you can check registration:

  • Search the TPB register.
  • Look for the registered tax practitioner symbol on their website, stationery, brochures or business cards. The registered tax practitioner symbol includes the type of registration and their individual registration number.

Keep up to date with tax changes

There may be tax changes each year that you need to be aware of. These might include changes in tax law and deductions or concessions for small business.

Your tax professional can help you understand any changes, or you can stay up-to-date by subscribing to the ATO’s small business newsroom.

Review your finances

Spend some time reviewing your finances by yourself, or with your accountant or bookkeeper.

Look at whether you met your targets and what you can do differently next financial year.

Read some tips for improving your business’s financial position and improving your cashflow.

Be wary of tax refund scams

There are a number of scams that target small business around tax time. Common tax time scams include:

  • tax refund scams – the scammer claims you’ve overpaid your taxes and are eligible for a refund. To get this refund, they claim that you need to pay a fee for administration or transfer costs.
  • tax owed scams – the scammer claims you’ve underpaid your tax and need to repay it immediately. In order to make this payment, they ask for your credit or debit card details, or ask you to send money through a money transfer, or they may ask you to purchase iTunes cards and send them the details of the cards.

Read more about scams and how you can protect your business.

Review your business and marketing plans

Take time to set yourself up for the year ahead. Regularly reviewing and updating your plans will help you to:

  • remember your goals and priorities
  • assess whether your strategies are working
  • adapt to any changes in your environment
  • make the most of new opportunities as they come your way
  • prioritise and maximise your effort (work smarter, not harder).

Develop your Business Plan here.

Develop your Marketing Plan here.

Review Your Business Structure

As your business grows and expands, you may decide to change your business structure, or to restructure your business. The compliance and taxation regulations differ depending on your business structure.

Find out how to change your business structure here.

Learn about the difference between a sole trader and a company here.

Check your insurances

If your circumstances change, you may need to update your level of cover.

Read the product disclosure statements (PDS) for your insurance policies carefully. Don’t assume you’re covered.

As your insurance broker we work with you and your business to make sure you get the best deal from your insurance company. If you’d like to review your business insurance, we’re always happy to help business owners get the insurance cover they need. Take the next step and contact us here.

End of Financial Year 2024 Checklist

This article provides information rather than financial product ,tax or other advice. The content of this article, including any information contained in it, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider the appropriateness of the information, taking these matters into account, before you act on any information. In particular, you should review the product disclosure statement for any product that the information relates to before acquiring the product. Original article published on the Australian Government website here.

Published On: June 12th, 2024Categories: Business Insurance, Reg Leis Insurance Services

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