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Imagine what you could do with the tax savings?

  • Reduce your home loan
  • Top up your super
  • Save for a holiday
  • Buy an investment property
  • Pay for your children’s education
  • A new car!

Here is a guide to the strategies you can use to minimise your business tax.

See also Key Dates for the 2023 tax season


Small businesses can access a range of tax concessions from the Australian Tax Office. To qualify as a “Small Business Entity”, the business must have an aggregated turnover (your annual turnover plus the annual turnover of any business connected/affiliated with you) of less than $10 million and be operating a business for all or part of the 2022 year.


The 2023 company tax rate for businesses with less than $50 million turnover is 25% if 80% or less of a company’s assessable income is “passive income” (such as interest dividends, rent, royalties, and net capital gains).

If you use a Trust structure, one strategy is to allocate profits to a “Bucket Company” and cap your tax at 25% for the 2023 year.

Note that: This company must qualify as a “base rate” entity to be eligible for the lower 25% company tax rate. Please discuss with us whether your company will qualify.

Tax Planning Part 1: Payroll and Super Planning

The concessional superannuation cap for 2023 is $27,500 for all individuals. Do not go over this limit, or you will pay more tax!

Note that employer super guarantee contributions are included in these caps. Where a concessional contribution is made that exceeds these limits, the excess is included in your assessable income and taxed at your marginal rate, plus an excess concessional contributions charge.

For the contribution to be counted towards the person’s 2022 contribution cap, it must be received by the fund by 30 June 2023.

Depending on your circumstances, there is now the opportunity to contribute catch-up contributions available from previous financial years. Contact us to see if you qualify.

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The ATO only allows tax deductions for super payments in the current financial year if the super fund receives them by the 30th of June.
So while your employees’ super payments for the June 2023 quarter aren’t due until 28 July 2023, bringing the payment forward can provide your business with a better tax deduction in the current financial year.

In our view, a business has this liability regardless of the timing of the payment, so paying before 30 June 2023 means you can claim the tax deduction in this financial year!
To claim the tax deduction for the June 2023 quarter, ensure that your employee’s superannuation fund receives the payment by 30 June 2023. We recommend paying the super by 24th June 2023 to allow time to process through the superannuation clearing houses to reach the end fund in time.

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If you have not paid your bonuses by 30 June, you may still be able to claim a deduction, provided you have an obligation to pay this. To substantiate this, ensure the amount is quantifiable and approved (via minutes), and the staff are notified of the bonus.

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Tax Planning Part 2: Plant and Equipment Review

Businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion can immediately deduct the business portion of the cost of eligible new depreciating assets.

For businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million, temporary full expensing also applies to the business portion of eligible second-hand depreciating assets.

You should buy these assets and use them or have them ready for use before 30 June 2023 to qualify for a 2023 tax deduction. Talk to us today about your options!

Please refer to our articles on :
Instant asset write off ends soon on 30 June 2023

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Review your asset register and write off any assets that have been disposed of or are no longer in use.

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The purchase of Tools of the Trade and other Fringe Benefits Tax-exempt items for business owners and employees can be an effective way to buy equipment with a tax benefit.

Items that can be packaged include handheld/portable tools of the trade, computer software, notebook computers, personal electronic organisers, digital cameras, briefcases, protective clothing, and mobile phones.

If structured correctly, the employer will be entitled to a tax deduction for the reimbursement payment to the employee (for the equipment cost), claim any GST input credit, and the employee’s salary package will only be reduced by the GST-exclusive price of the items purchased.

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Make payments for repairs and maintenance (business, rental property, employment) before 30 June 2023

Tax Planning to Preserve Your Tax Deductions and other Obligations

“Small Business Concession” taxpayers can make prepayments (up to 12 months) on expenses (e.g. loan interest, rent, subscriptions) BEFORE 30 June 2023 and obtain a full tax deduction in the 2023 financial year.

AAG Finance Team can help.

Depending on your situation, you may want to consider pre-paying your Income Protection insurance. Income Protection insurance premiums are generally tax-deductible as they protect your income for the future.
You may want to pay your premiums for your Income Protection insurance 12 months in advance, so you can:

  • Bring forward your tax deduction; and
  • Pay less income tax this financial year

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Review your stock on hand and identify any obsolete stock. You should conduct a detailed physical stock take of all stock on 30 June. Retain your detailed stock sheets as part of your taxation records.

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Review your Trade Debtors listing and write off all bad debts BEFORE 30 June 2023. Therefore, it is crucial to review your receivables to see what invoices (if any) should be written off as unrecoverable.

You will also need to factor in any GST adjustments that need to be made due to writing-off debt.

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The ability of a business to defer income will depend on each business, cash flows, and the type of income derived.

However, if possible, defer issuing further invoices and receiving cash/debtor payments until after 30 June 2023.

This strategy pushes tax payable to future years.

If possible, arrange for the Contract Date for the sale of Capital Gains assets, to occur after 30 June 2023.
The Contract Date is generally the key date for working out when a sale occurred, not the Settlement Date!

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Purchase consumable items before 30 June 2023. These include marketing materials, consumables, stationery, printing, office and computer supplies. Spend the money now and get the deduction this year.

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Trustees of discretionary or family trusts must make valid distribution Resolutions before 30 June to effectively distribute trust income to eligible beneficiaries.

Ensure that the Trustee Resolutions made in accordance with the Trust Deed and comply with your Trustee obligations are prepared and signed BEFORE 30 June 2023 for all Discretionary (“Family”) Trusts.

The ATO released several Tax Rulings that may affect trust distributions to adult children, so tax planning for 2023 will be vital for anyone using a Family Trust.

If you have not made a valid distribution by 30 June 2023, the Trustee may be liable to pay tax on the trust’s taxable income at the highest marginal tax rate.

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If you plan on paying any dividends in your company before the financial year-end, it is essential to ensure that you have met the documentation/notification requirements.

You must have sufficient Franking Credits to avoid paying Franking Deficits Tax later.

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Allows companies to obtain a tax offset or refund by offsetting losses against previously taxed profits derived in earlier years.

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Business owners who have borrowed funds from their company in previous years must ensure that the appropriate principal and interest repayments are made by 30 June 2023.

Current year loans must be either paid back in full or have a loan agreement entered in before the due date of lodgement for the company return, or risk having it counted as an unfranked dividend in the return of the individual.

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The Government has introduced tax incentives to support small businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than AUD 50 million to adopt digital technologies and train and upskill their employees.

Training done between 29 March 22 – 30 June 22 (last FY) and training done this year up to 30 June 2023 is eligible for a 20% boost that can all be claimed in this FY, being 2023.

Technology investment boost for small business cap is $100k per FY, and an additional 20% of the cost of business expenses and depreciating assets can be claimed.

This supports investment in digital items such as cloud computing, cyber security, accounting and e-invoicing software and web page design.

AAG Consulting Team can help.

Under the Skills and Training Boost, small businesses can also deduct an additional 20% of the expenditure incurred on external training courses provided to their employees.

This applies to eligible expenditures incurred between 29 March 2022 and 30 June 2024. The external training courses must be provided to employees in Australia or online and delivered by entities registered in Australia.

Some exclusions do apply, such as for in-house or on-the-job training and expenditure on external training courses for persons other than employees.

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This is general advice only and does not consider your financial circumstances, needs and objectives.

Before making any decision based on this document, you should assess your circumstances, seek advice from your financial adviser, and seek tax advice from your accountants at AustAsia Group.

Information is current at the date of issue and may change.

Contact our Client Care Team today, well before the 30 June 2023 deadline, at (08) 9227 6300 or via our Contact Us Page for assistance in reducing your tax!

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