Tax Planning 2023

As the end of the financial year approaches, getting your tax in order is vital.

Tax planning can help all businesses and individuals to plan and manage their tax position as the end of the financial year draws closer. This process allows businesses to see the bigger picture and gain a head start with their tax obligations. It involves assessing the need for any Division 7A repayments, utilising unrealised capital gains or losses, discussion on the changes around Division 100A and planning for any changes in your tax situation.

Tax planning simultaneously ensures savings on tax while addressing any legal obligations and requirements, such as determining if you can top up your super, writing off bad debts, and claiming eligible R&D tax offsets. It also allows for the preparation of smaller items like distribution resolutions, dividend statements, and jobs that are usually forgotten, getting them ready for the new financial year. The most important part of tax planning is the plan of your tax position before 30th June. Understanding options to reduce or defer tax payments, planning cash flow for tax instalments, and the tax due on tax return lodgements are key components of effective tax planning.

If you would like to book a tax planning meeting, please contact your Harris Black team member.

Life Balance Diagnostics

Having a balanced life is not about being perfect in all areas. It is about ensuring that any emphasis that may be put into one or more areas of your life is not causing an in-balance and issues in other areas.

Complete these 25 questions (it should only take you 5 minutes) to identify from 6 factors the top 3 areas that are working well and top 3 areas you need to work on to improve your personal life balance. You will also have the ability to see how you compare to the global benchmark (average scores of all completed diagnostics) on each of the 6 factors. If completing on your mobile phone, ensure it is held landscape for ease of use.

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Meet the Staff – Mazrukh Rohan

Introducing Maz, a dynamic member of the Harris Black team. Maz brings a unique energy with his passion for cricket, flair for cooking, and fondness for sideburns. Let’s get to know Maz better through his interview responses.

When asked about his favourite meal, Maz’s taste buds tingle at the thought of Kachhi biriyani, a mouth-watering dish of mutton and rice. On a deserted island, Maz would bring along a sleeping bag, cricket gear, and a metal straw for drinking coconuts.

Cricket and streaming movies and TV shows are Maz’s favourite hobbies, showcasing his love for both sports and entertainment. Maz even dreams of sideburns making a fashionable comeback, adding a touch of nostalgia to his style.

While not directly related to anyone famous, Maz proudly mentions that his wife’s uncle was a character in the popular British TV show “Mind the Language.” When it comes to his dream meal companions, Maz would love to share a memorable meal with his Mum, Dad, Wife, and Grandmother.

As for his dream car, Maz envisions any vehicle with Bluetooth and the freedom of a convertible. Looking ahead, Maz is excited about getting in shape for the upcoming cricket season, determined to give his best performance on the field.

Maz’s culinary skills shine through his favourite dishes, including Tuna kebab, Thai chicken corn soup, and a refreshing glass of lemonade. However, His go-to drink of choice is a Corona beer with a zesty touch of lime. Fluent in Bangla and Hindi, Maz embraces his multicultural background.

To kickstart his day on a high note, Maz believes a full breakfast is the best way to fuel himself.

Rather than fixating on a specific age, Maz values personal growth and has no immediate plans for retirement, finding fulfilment in his work. Maz’s ability to deliver a compelling 40-minute presentation on why test cricket is the best highlights his deep knowledge and passion for the sport.

If granted a superpower, Maz would choose the ability to take a nap while standing, allowing him to rejuvenate on the go.

Maz’s enthusiasm for cricket, culinary talents, and unique quirks make him an invaluable asset to the Harris Black team. We are excited to witness Maz’s continued contributions and success within the firm.

Important Tax Dates

5 June 2023

  • Lodge tax return for all entities with a lodgment due date of 15 May 2023 if the tax return is not required earlier and both of the following criteria are met:
    – non-taxable or a credit assessment in latest year lodged
    – non-taxable or receiving a credit assessment in the current year

21 June 2023

  • Lodge and pay May 2023 monthly business activity statement.

25 June 2023

  • Lodge and pay 2023 Fringe Benefits Tax annual return for tax agents if lodging electronically.

30 June 2023

  • Super guarantee contributions must be paid by this date to qualify for a tax deduction in the 2022–23 financial year.

Federal Budget 2023-2024

For those that missed our Federal Budget Edition newsletter this month – please see the highlights below.

Same Day Superannuation

From 1 July 2026, the government will require employers to pay their employees’ superannuation guarantee
(SG) entitlements on the same day that they pay salary and wages.
The current rules require employers to pay their employees’ superannuation guarantee on a quarterly basis.
There will also be changes to the SG charge regime due to the increased payment frequency. This will be
considered as part of the 2024-25 Federal Budget

Medicare Levy Threshold

From 1 July 2022, the Medicare levy low-income thresholds will be increased to the following:

*Note: this increases the relevant threshold above

Lump Sum Payments and Medicare Levy

Commencing 1 July 2024, lump sum payments in arrears will be exempt from the Medicare levy. To be eligible
tax payers must have been eligible for a reduction in the Medicare levy for the previous 2 income years.

They must also satisfy the lump sum payment in arrears eligibility, including that a lump sum is at least 10% of
the taxpayer’s income in that year.

Instant Asset Write-Off

Beginning 1 July 2023 and extending to 30 June 2024, there will be a temporary increase in the instant asset write-off threshold by the Government.

The threshold will be raised from $1,000 to $20,000, allowing small businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million to immediately deduct the full cost of eligible assets that cost less than $20,000. The assets must be first used or installed ready for use during the period of 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024. Small businesses will be able to write off multiple assets as the $20,000 threshold applies on a per-asset basis.

Assets with a value of $20,000 or more cannot be immediately deducted but can be added to the small business simplified depreciation pool and depreciated at a rate of 15% in the first income year and 30% each income year thereafter.

The rules that prevent small businesses from opting back into the simplified depreciation scheme for a period of five years will remain on hold until 30 June 2024.

Energy Incentive Scheme

Small and medium business (businesses with aggregated turnover less than $50m) will be offered an additional 20% deduction on eligible capital expenditure that supports electrification and energy efficiency.

This eligible expenditure is capped at $100,000, meaning there is a maximum bonus deduction available of $20,000. Eligible capital expenditure may include the purchase of certain depreciating assets, or upgrades to existing assets.
Examples of capital expenditure that will be eligible:

• Assets that upgrade to more efficient electrical goods (energy efficient fridges);
• Assets that support electrification (heat pumps an electric heating/cooling systems); or
• Demand management assets (batteries or thermal energy storage).

To claim the bonus deduction, eligible assets must be first used, or available ready for use in between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.

Certain capital expenditure is excluded from this bonus deduction. These include electric vehicles, renewable electricity generation assets, capital works, and assets that are not connected to the electricity grid that use fossil fuels.

FBT on Electric Vehicles

From 01 April 2025, eligible plug-in hybrid vehicles will no longer be exempt from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT).

Arrangements involving eligible plug-in hybrid vehicles entered into between 01 July 2022 and 31 March 2025, which extend past 01 April 2025, will remain eligible for the FBT exemption up until the arrangement ends.

For example, if an employee enters into a 3 year novated leave arrangement with their employer for an eligible plug-in hybrid vehicle on 31 March 2024, the FBT exemption will only apply until 31 March 2027.

Lodgment Penalty Amnesty Program

Small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10m, will get failure-to-lodge penalties remitted for outstanding statements lodged in the period 1 June to 31 December 2023. These statements must have originally been due of lodgment during the period 1 December 2019 to 28 February 2022.

Reduction in Tax Instalments

Tax law will be amended to set the GCP adjustment factor at 6% for the 2024 income year. This factor applies to pay as you go (PAYG) and GST instalments and is a reduction of the 12% factor which should have been applied under the statutory formula

This reduction will only apply to small business and individuals and to instalments once these changes have been legislated. The eligibility criteria for a small business or individuals being aggregated turnover of $10m for GST instalments and $50m aggregated turnover for PAYG instalments.

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