Tax Planning for Businesses 2024

As the end of the financial year approaches, it is important to take the time to focus on tax planning and tax issues that affect you before 30 June 2024 arrives.

We have outlined some of the key tax considerations below:

Trust Distributions

In the lead up to the end of the 2023 financial year, the ATO released a series of documents that significantly impacted how family trusts operate, especially in relation to distributions to adult children who are on a lower marginal tax rate. It is vital to review the trust distributions and to understand the impact these ATO measures will have in real terms. In order to ensure that your trust distribution minutes and appropriate documentation are in place before 30 June, we highly recommend you contact your TAG adviser to discuss the appropriate strategy for the 2024 financial year.

Asset Disposals

Consider deferring the disposal of assets that will generate a capital gain until after 30 June. Where there are assets with unrealised capital losses, consider selling those assets before selling assets with unrealised capital gains. This will allow the capital loss to be used to offset the capital gain.

Company Tax Rate

The tax rate for a trading company will be 25% from the 2024 financial year onwards. A company that is not a base rate entity will be taxed at 30%. A base rate entity is a company that both:

    • has an aggregated turnover less than the aggregated turnover threshold of $50 million; and,
    • 80% or less of the assessable income is base rate entity passive income.

Superannuation Contributions

Ensure superannuation contributions are paid into superannuation funds before 30 June to ensure a tax deduction for your business in the current year. With super stream operating as a clearing house, ensuring that payments are made by the 15 June should give sufficient time for the funds to be received (if the contribution is not in the fund’s bank account, it is not treated as being received). The contribution caps are currently:

    • Concessional Contribution: $27,500 per annum.
    • Non-Concessional Contribution: $110,000 per annum.

The ability for a member to contribute is dependent on their age and Total Superannuation Balance (TSB) at the previous 30 June. To make non-concessional contributions, a member’s Total Superannuation Balance must be less than $1,700,000 at the previous 30 June.

Single Touch Payroll (STP)

Single Touch Payroll requires businesses to report all wages paid, tax and superannuation information from each pay cycle to the ATO electronically. All businesses should be reporting via STP by now. If you have not started STP, please contact your TAG Financial Services adviser immediately.

Instant Asset Write Off for Eligible Businesses

In the Federal Budget (handed down in May), the Treasurer looked to extend the instant asset write-off for assets valued under $20,000. This legislation is still before parliament and therefore not confirmed. Should an asset not qualify for the instant asset write off, it will be depreciated along the duration of its useful life.

Small Business Entity Concessions

If you carry on business and your aggregated turnover is less than $10 million or own net assets of less than $6 million, you may be able to access certain concessions including:

    • CGT concessions.
    • Immediate deductions for certain prepaid expenditure.
    • Simplified depreciation and trading stock rules.

Wages or Dividend

In certain circumstances, it may be beneficial for a business owner to receive fully franked dividends from the company rather than wages. A dividend may be preferred where the company is in a break-even or loss situation. We encourage you to discuss this topic with your TAG adviser earlier in the financial year.

Income in Advance

Where you have received income that relates in part or in full to services or goods you have not provided before 30 June, record that income so that it can be taken up as income in advance rather than as earned, taxable income. This will defer the recognition of the income until the next financial year.

Valuation of Trading Stock

Businesses can value their stock at the lower of actual cost, replacement cost or market selling value. In addition, different methods can be applied to different stock lines. A reduction in the holding value of stock will reduce the profit of the business by the same amount.

Bonuses/Director Fees

Bonuses/Directors Fees that have been incurred and committed to (by minute) by the business before 30 June (and are not subject to discretion) may be claimed as a tax deduction by the business, if they are promptly paid (ideally in the next quarter).

Company Loans to Shareholders

Company loans to shareholders (and their associates) may become a deemed unfranked dividend (resulting in additional tax to be paid by the shareholder) if not repaid before the end of the financial year or put on loan terms. These rules also extend to:

    • trusts, where there has been a loan to a shareholder and the trust owes money to a company; and,
    • distributions a trust makes to a company, which have not been paid.

These loans either need to be repaid or documented in a 7-year loan agreement (with repayments) to avoid the application of Division 7A rules. The ATO determined interest rate on these loans is 8.27% for the 2024 financial year. As this results in a higher cost of maintaining these loans, you may wish to discuss available options with your TAG adviser in the lead up to 30 June. Proposed changes to the Division 7A rules are still in draft legislation and yet to be implemented.

Bad Debts

Analyse your list of debtors before 30 June to identify those debtors you consider unlikely to be collected. To claim a tax deduction for these bad debts, you need to physically write them off before 30 June.

Appropriate Structuring

One of the most effective and underrated tax planning tools is to ensure that your business operations are correctly structured through the use of companies, discretionary trusts and individual beneficiaries. Call us to discuss whether your current structure is right for you.



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