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Entries for June 2015

Tax and super planning checklist

The Federal Budget has come and gone, and the weather is getting colder… it must be nearly time for financial year end work! To help you get through this busy time, we present the following Tax and Superannuation Planning Checklist. This checklist outlines some salient year-end tax and superannuation matters to consider before 30 June 2015, and some planning tips for the 2015-16 income year.

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Working from home — the tax implications

In general terms, the Tax Office takes the view that expenditure associated with a person’s place of residence is more likely to be of a private nature. However if you produce assessable income at home, or some of it, and you incur expenses from using that home as your “office” or “workshop”, you will generally be in a position to be able to claim some expenses and make some deductions.

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The role of auditors: An SMSF essential

Auditors play a crucial role in the compliance regime of self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs). The legislation that governs the SMSF sector requires that accounts, statements and all compliance needs of an SMSF be audited every year by an “approved auditor”.

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End-of-year superannuation planning

To get your superannuation into its best tax position, for this year-end and into 2015-16 and beyond, consult this office on which strategies suit you best. But to start with, the following tips may help point your thoughts in the right direction.

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Last-minute tax planning tactics for individuals

This financial year is almost over, but there are still tactics you may be able to employ to make sure you pay the right amount of tax for the 2014-15 year. While the best strategies are adopted in July (that is, as early as possible in a financial year and not at the end), it’s worth remembering proper tax planning is more than just sourcing bigger and better deductions.

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Small business: Decisions for your end-of-year planning

There are a variety of decisions that are required to be made at year end to manage your tax bill. Your choice will be based on your businesses activities both past and future and also when you are looking to exit.

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