Focused on end-of-year taxes? Find out why year-round tax planning is the best strategy!

May 24, 2023 Focused on end-of-year taxes? Find out why year-round tax planning is the best strategy!

Year-round tax planning allows better opportunity for strategy

There is more to tax planning than simply lodging your tax return and increasing your deductions.  

Tax planning is an ongoing process that requires continuous attention throughout the year. Your actions throughout the year can have lasting effects on your future tax liabilities or refunds. It’s crucial to stay mindful of taxes beyond the end-of-financial-year and consider how your decisions and activities may shape your tax situation in the coming year.  

Tax planning is not just an end-of-year activity  

Strategic planning and careful financial management, especially in terms of taxes, are essential. Proper tax planning is an ongoing process that can save you time, money, and headaches. Whether you’re an individual or a business owner, understanding the importance of tax planning can help you maximise your financial potential and achieve your long-term goals.  

By engaging in tax planning throughout the year, you can identify and implement strategies that can minimise your tax liability. This includes taking advantage of tax deductions, credits, and exemptions that are available to you based on your financial situation. By being proactive, you can optimise your tax efficiency and potentially reduce the amount of taxes you owe. 

There are many ways to reduce assessable income which can help reduce your overall tax liability, but these require more than last minute fixtures. They require time and tax planning to achieve these benefits. Some examples are deductible expenses, salary packaging, tax offsets and rebates, tax-efficient investment schemes and more! 

Tax planning is not only about reducing the amount of tax you must pay though; it also allows you to plan for significant life events that can change your financial situation and personal circumstances throughout the year. This could include starting or selling a business, getting married, having children, purchasing/selling a home, retirement, business exiting, or experiencing changes in income. Each of these events can have significant tax implications.

By engaging in year-round tax planning, you can adapt to life changes and adjust your tax strategies accordingly to ensure you are maximising your tax benefits and minimising any potential tax.  

Tax laws are subject to change, and new tax incentives or benefits may become available. By staying informed and conducting tax planning throughout the year, you can identify and capitalise on these opportunities. This could include taking advantage of tax credits for energy-efficient investments or leveraging changes in tax brackets or rates. Being proactive allows you to make informed decisions and potentially save on your tax bill.  

Leaving it to the last minute to engage in tax planning can lead to rushed decisions, potential errors and missed opportunities. By considering the tax planning process throughout the year, you have more time to gather the necessary documentation, review your financial situation, and consult with tax professionals if needed. It is worth noting that businesses who implement year-round tax planning strategies consistently manage their tax liabilities and cash flow better. 

Government & legislation  

Changes in government and tax rules can impact not only tax laws but also investments, businesses profits, employee rules, and more. Changes in tax rates or rules for deductions, can directly impact the financial returns from investments, hiring and other operating decisions. Governments often announce new tax concessions as an incentive or encouragement to hire new employees or invest which may make business spending more attractive. 

Be aware of new tax compliance requirements that are introduced by the government and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in any year.  

Staying informed and compliant with changes in tax regulations, including reporting forms, deadlines, record-keeping obligations, disclosure requirements, and tax enforcement policies, is crucial for individuals and businesses to avoid penalties, legal issues, and increased scrutiny from government authorities. 

Understanding your tax obligations 

Understanding your tax obligations and deadlines is essential. Maintaining accurate financial records always helps you substantiate deductions and meet Australian Tax Office (ATO) requirements. Being organised is key to effective tax planning and compliance. Familiarise yourself with key dates and stay informed about any changes or updates from the ATO. Set reminders or create a calendar specifically for tax-related deadlines to ensure timely compliance.  

We know you didn’t go into business to be a tax expert. That’s what we do as Registered Tax Agents at Pretium Solutions. We provide guidance, advice, and help you navigate the complexities of tax planning. We keep you informed of changes in tax laws, provide valuable insights, and help you make informed decisions to optimise your tax position. Contact us to discuss your business’s tax situation. You can also download our handy tax planning guide.