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Claiming The Small Business Technology Investment Boost

Could your small business claim a 20% bonus deduction on technology expenditure that supports their digital operations or the digitisation of their operations?

The small business technology investment boost is a broad measure intended to cover a wide range of business expenses and assets; however, questions may arise when you go to claim.

Can I Claim The Boost? 

To access the small business technology investment boost, your business needs to meet the standard aggregated annual turnover rules (with an increased $50 million threshold).

The expenditure must:

If the expenditure is on a depreciating asset, the asset must be first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose by 30 June 2023.

What Can I Claim With The Boost? 

A good indicator of eligibility is to consider if the small business would have incurred the expense if they didn’t operate digitally. That is if they hadn’t sought to adopt digital technologies in the running of their business. Using this rule of thumb, the costs below are eligible:

Eligible expenditure may include, but is not limited to, business expenditure on:

Whether some expenditure is eligible for the boost will depend on its purpose and link to digitising the operations of the specific small business. For example, the cost of a multifunction printer would not be eligible if it were intended only to make copies of paper documents. However, it would be claimable if it was being used to convert paper documents for digital use and storage

New and ongoing subscription costs can also qualify as eligible expenditures if related to your client’s digital operations. For example, your ongoing subscription to an accounting software platform for your business would qualify. Likewise, a new subscription for digital content that is used in developing web content to advertise their business would be eligible.

In these cases, you should keep explanations of how the expenses relate to digitising their business, as well as accurate records of all their claims.

Where the expense is partly for private purposes, the bonus deduction can only be applied to the business-related portion.

Special rules apply if claiming the bonus deduction for eligible expenditure on a depreciating asset.

To avoid confusion or complications around applying the small business technology investment boost, it may be best to speak to your trusted tax agent. We’re here to help.

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Common EOFY Mistakes Made That Can Be Fixed Before 30 June

June 20, 2024

Finding yourself increasingly more busy as the EOFY approaches, particularly with meeting your tax obligations? It’s coming on tax time, so it’s time to ensure you’re prepared for your tax returns.

This period can be stressful and complicated, leading to common mistakes that can result in financial penalties or missed opportunities for tax savings.

Here’s a guide on avoiding common EOFY tax mistakes to ensure a smooth and efficient tax lodgement.

1. Errors in Claiming Deductions

Mistake: Many taxpayers either overclaim or underclaim deductions, which can lead to audits or missing out on tax savings.

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2. Incorrect Reporting of Income

Mistake: Failing to report all sources of income, including side gigs, investments, or rental income, can lead to discrepancies and potential audits.

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3. Missing Deadlines

Mistake: Missing the tax return filing deadline can result in penalties and interest charges.

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4. Incomplete or Inaccurate Documentation

Mistake: Submitting incomplete or inaccurate documentation can delay your return processing and potentially trigger an audit.

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5. Overlooking Superannuation Contributions

Mistake: Neglecting to make superannuation contributions or misunderstanding the rules can lead to missed tax benefits.

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6. Ignoring Tax Offsets and Rebates

Mistake: Not claiming eligible tax offsets and rebates can lead to higher tax liabilities than necessary.

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7. Failing to Review Past Returns

Mistake: Overlooking errors or missed claims from previous years can result in lost refunds or uncorrected mistakes.

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Avoiding common EOFY tax mistakes requires careful preparation, accurate record-keeping, and timely action.

By understanding deductible expenses, accurately reporting all income, meeting deadlines, maintaining comprehensive documentation, maximising superannuation contributions, claiming eligible offsets, and reviewing past returns, you can ensure a smoother, more efficient tax filing process.

If in doubt, consulting with a tax professional like us can provide peace of mind and help optimise your tax situation.