Top 10 things to consider when employing new staff

Every now and then we get asked the question – “I want to hire someone to help with our business so I can have more time growing my business.” But before you put an ad up, or spread the word around, have you considered the following 10 things about finding the right staff, your business financial situation and understand the extra compliance work required?

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Maximize your tax deduction – Businesses

In this article we explore how businesses that have turnover less than $10 million can maximise their deductions to save on tax for 2018 year and other issues they need to be aware of – deadlines, things to do etc in the coming few weeks. We will touch on employee superannuation payments, $20,000 asset write off etc

This article will apply to businesses running as sole traders, companies, trusts and partnerships.

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Maximize your tax deduction – Individuals

As 30 June is fast approaching, this is the best time to review your situation to see if you are able to maximize your income tax deduction to get back more tax refund (or reduce your tax liability) when lodging your 2018 tax return!

This article will focus on what individuals can do to legally maximize their tax deduction to minimize income tax liability. We will look into some work-related expenses, donations, tax agent fees, personal super contributions and income protection insurance in this article.

There will be a separate article for business owners so keep an eye on our website!

Note that we are only providing general advice on what items you may be able to claim as your tax deduction, the actual tax deductibility for certain items depend on your personal circumstances. If you would like assistance for your situation please contact us.

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Increase your Superannuation before 30 June 2018

From 1 July 2017, all eligible Australians under the age of 75, including employees, are able to claim a personal tax deduction for extra superannuation contributions deposited to their superannuation fund before 30 June 2018 – providing you don’t exceed the superannuation cap of $25,000 and satisfy the work test if you are aged between  65 to 75.

So if your employer has contributed less than $25,000 into superannuation for you, or you are self-employed and have made no contributions so far this year, now is the time to consider topping up your superannuation fund.

Superannuation contributions that you claim as a personal tax deduction pay 15% tax which is collected and paid by your superannuation fund.   This can be lower than your personal rate of tax.

Your Superannuation fund will be able to give you details of how to make the extra contribution but remember it MUST be received by the super fund by 30 June 2018 so it’s a good idea to do it a few days early just to make sure it gets there on time. Also you will need to complete some paperwork and submit it to your Superannuation fund in order for them to be tax deductible.

Upcoming lodgements & payments – April & May 2018

Find out what payments and lodgements are due in April and May 2018 for you and your business!

Individuals

If you are required to pay PAYG Instalments quarterly, you should either have received a paper form, or have access to the form online via your MyGov account. Your due date for payment of Instalment is 28 April 2018.

Businesses

Quarterly Business Activity Statements (BAS)

You should have received a paper form by now, or have access to the form online via the Portal.

The due date for lodging and paying BAS is 28 April 2018, unless you are lodging through an agent like ourselves, then you enjoy an extension for lodgment and payment by 26 May 2018.

Monthly Activity Statement for April

If you are required to report GST or PAYG Withholding on a monthly basis, your April Activity Statement will be due by the 21st May 2018.

Quarterly Super Guarantee Contributions

For businesses that have employees, please ensure that you make your super guarantee contributions before 28 April 2018. Previously you would lodge the contributions via the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH). From 26 February 2018 onwards the Clearing House is accessed via the ATO’s online services (Business Portal). If you need a hand with setting up a Business Portal, or would like us to handle this whole lodgement process on your behalf, please contact us.

Businesses that have access to Xero’s Auto Super need to ensure their payment is authorised a few business days before the due day, for the payment to be debited in time.

2018 FBT Return Lodgement

The FBT year has ended 31 March 2018. For those who require a return lodgement, your FBT Return is due by 21 May 2018. Please contact us for instructions on the lodgement of the return.

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