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Tax Tip Tuesday – Are my work clothes a tax deduction?

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In this Tax Tip Tuesday, we look at a question many business owners and employees ask ‘Are my work clothes a tax deduction?’

The ATO allows a tax deduction for a cost of buying and cleaning occupation specific clothing, protective clothing and uniforms that are distinct to your place of work. So what does this mean:

1. Occupation specific clothing

If your occupation requires you to wear specific clothing, that clothing is not something that you wear everyday or in a casual setting, and the public can easily recognise your occupation from your clothing, you can claim a tax deduction for that clothing.

A classic example is a chef’s outfit including the checked pants that they wear. Not something you really want to wear out of hours!

You can find more details on tax deductions for specific occupations here. Continue reading “Tax Tip Tuesday – Are my work clothes a tax deduction?”

Tax Tip Tuesday: GST and Small Business Cashflow

Tax tips, accounting, GST, bookkeeping, small business, nudge accounting, startupsMost small business are required to pay GST on a quarterly basis. A problem we see a number of small businesses encounter, particularly startups, is that cashflow can been a little tight when the end of the quarter comes around.

An important issue to remember is that when charging customers, the additional 10% invoiced as GST shouldn’t be considered as income or money coming in. The reason is that it will end up being paid to the ATO at the end of the quarter. This is easy to forget, particularly when decisions need to be made about paying yourself or making investments for the business and you look at your bank balance to see what you can spend.

To assist in dealing with this cashflow issue at the end of the quarter, some small businesses put the 10% aside into a separate bank account as soon as the income is received. By doing this, the funds are kept away from the general bank account.

At the end of the quarter, when the BAS is prepared, it is very likely that the GST put aside may be too much because it doesn’t account for the GST refundable on the expenses incurred. So rather being short on cash at the end of the quarter there would actually be a little extra, which has been saved in the separate account. This system works well with a number of small businesses and startups.

Other times, we see business who receive monthly performance summaries as part of a Nudge package look at what they owe the ATO at the end of each month and set that money aside.

Either way, these businesses are planning for the future by managing GST as part of their small business cashflow.

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Tax Tips Tuesday – Home office deductions

Tax tips, accounting, home office deduction, bookkeeping, small business, nudge accounting, startupsMost if not all small business owners understandably say they work from home and want to claim home office deductions. So with this being the case, we have covered off some of the areas where small business owner may be able to claim a tax deduction for occupancy and/or running expenses.

  • Occupancy expenses are expenses incurred in keeping or maintaining the premises and includes things like; rent, mortgage interest, rates, land taxes and house insurance premiums.
  • Running expenses as those incurred in running the small business like; phone rental and business calls, internet fees, depreciation of office furniture and equipment and any additional heating, cooling, lighting and cleaning expenses.

First thing to make sure of is whether or not the home is a place of business and if an area has been set aside exclusively for business activities. If the home is a place of business and an area has been set aside exclusively for business activities, then a portion of both running and occupancy expenses can be claimed as a home office deduction.

Unfortunately if someone just does some work at home but have a business premises somewhere else as well, they cannot claim a deduction for Occupancy expenses.

The downside of claiming occupancy costs means that if the home owner ends up selling their home, they may need to pay capital gains tax upon sale on the portion that was business related. This really needs to be considered when claiming a deduction for Occupancy Costs.

Also a small business owner who derives Personal Services Income cannot claim Occupancy Costs.

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Tax Tips Tuesday – Increase in superannuation rate

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On 1 July 2014, the superannuation rate for employees increased from 9.25% to 9.5%. Superannuation contributions form a key component of the pay that eligible employees receive as part of their normal salary and wages. You can read more about superannuation and eligibility of employees for superannuation here.

What impact does this superannuation rate increase have when running the payroll for your small business:

  1. If an employee receives a payroll package of say $50,000 including superannuation, more of this package will go to superannuation and employees will receive less cash in hand as part of their ongoing pay.
  2. If you are paying casual staff members, the superannuation rate increase will probably mean you are paying your staff members more each month as they are generally paid on an hourly basis plus superannuation.
  3. If you pay your employees fortnightly and the first pay day is 4 July 2014, you might be wondering if you need to use two different calculations for superannuation. According to the ATO, you only need to do one calculation and this would be using the new 9.5% superannuation rate.
  4. And don’t forget that superannuation is due by the latest 28 days after the end of each quarter.

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Tax Tips Tuesdays – Tax change to impact employee pay

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The Tax Tips Tuesday topic this week is on how changes to the Medicare Levy will impact how much you pay your employees.

Did you know that the Medicare Levy has increased from 1 July 2014 from 1.5% to 2%? The Medicare levy is an amount most taxpayers pay to the Australian Government and is based on a percentage of their taxable income. It is used to help fund the Medicare scheme that gives access to healthcare in Australia.

This means that for all your staff members, especially those that are full time and are probably on a recurring payment from your bank, you will need to make an adjustment.

While the numbers may not be significant, now is a good time to get the calculation right before it all starts to add up. And it helps to use some good accounting software to calculate payroll for your employees such as Xero or MYOB Essentials.

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