Life is for living, not retiring, but there may come a time in your life when you either want to change what you’ve been doing and stop working completely, or take a long break and work out what’s next.
As a sole trader or small business, if possible, it is best to put money aside throughout the year to help pay for your tax. Make sure you regularly set money aside, or are aware of future tax payments, so you are able to meet your tax responsibilities. A set routine for putting aside tax as you go is essential to avoid any tax-time panic.
Now that it’s time to put in your tax return for 2018-19, you’re probably looking at all the usual deductions to claim: bodycorp, rates, water, training, uniforms. However, one of the most overlooked deductions you can make is on after-tax super contributions. Not only does it reduce your tax burden in the present, it sets you up for a more comfortable life in the future.
You can make personal super contributions to your superannuation fund and claim it in your income tax return as an income tax deduction.
How does it work?
The best way to explain it is by an example. Steven is employed as an IT Consultant. During the 2017-2018 financial year, he earns a salary of $78,000.00. Steven makes a personal super contribution of $3,000.00 to his superannuation fund.
As tax time approaches, make sure you’re ready to claim all the deductions you’re entitled to. These include the following:
Travel. You can claim for expenses relating to travel you do for work, but not usually the trip to get to and from work.
Clothing, laundry and dry cleaning. You can claim on the cost of purchasing and cleaning uniforms and other work related clothing. It needs to be clothing specific to your work (such as safety clothing or a shirt with a logo on it) and not just general black pants or a white shirt that matches a work dress code.