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End of Year Tax Tips

Tuesday, 12 March 2013    Tax

The end of the financial year is edging closer. If you haven't yet planned how to maximise your income and save tax, take note! The most effective strategies are often the simplest and can be applied before 30 June this year, whilst others should be considered for the next year.

Here are both strategies to consider:

Pre 30 June 2013:

  1. Defer non-essential income until the new financial year.
  2. Review your investment portfolio prior to 30 June 2013 to determine whether investments should be sold to offset any capital gains or losses made   throughout the year.
  3. Ensure you get capital gains tax concessions by holding assets for more than 12 months.
  4. Maximise tax deductions through super contributions. Alternatively, make a contribution into super for your spouse - this could provide you with a tax offset.
  5. Borrow to invest through home equity loans, margin lending or protected equity loans and pre-pay the interest.
  6. Ensure you review income distributions from family trusts. You can lose franking credits in some circumstances if a family trust election is not made.

Post 30 June 2013:

  1. Make sure you hold assets in the most appropriate tax structure. Individuals, companies, trusts and super funds are all taxed differently on their capital gains and income.
  2. Use franking credits to reduce tax on the lower taxed entities like super funds and lower income earners. Remember that excess franking credits are refundable.
  3. Income split wherever possible to take advantage of the progressive tax system.

Take care with "tax effective" investments!

The golden rule when considering any investment is to focus on the quality and prospects of the assets and treat any tax advantage as a bonus. The message in some end-of-year product marketing is that the tax deductions are all that matter.

The long-term prospects of some of these "tax effective" schemes are uncertain. The investments are usually liquid and can have extremely high fees. Remember that over time a good investment will be much more valuable than a tax break this year.

These tax tips are general advice only. In an ever-changing and complex world, seeking professional advice can help you through the maze. We invite you to contact us to explore your individual tax planning strategies. 

Call us on 5536 2288 or email our Accountants; Brendan Collins, Megan Raaen ,  Janelle Duggan or Hayley Piccolo.