Tax saving strategies prior to 1 July 2023

A strategy often used to reduce taxable income (and, in turn, tax payable) in an income year is to bring forward any expected or planned deductible expenditure from a later income year.  However, any individuals with potentially reduced income for the 2023 tax season may want to instead consider deferring any deductible expenditure (if possible).

Resident taxable thresholds for the 2022/23 income year  

Tax Payable1

0 – $18,200

Nil

$18,201 – $45,000

19% of excess over $18,200

$45,001 – $120,000

$5,092 + 32.5% of excess over $45,000

$120,001 – $180,000

$29,467 + 37% of excess over $120,000

$180,001 and over

          $51,667 + 45%of excess over $180,000

1. The Medicare levy of 2% generally applies in addition to these rates.

 

Common claims made by individuals

The following outlines common types of deductible expenses claimed by individual taxpayers, such as employees and rental property owners, and some strategies for increasing their deductions for the 2023 income year. 1. Depreciating assets costing $300 or less Salary and wage earners and rental property owners will generally be entitled to an immediate deduction for certain income-producing assets costing $300 or less that are purchased before 1 July 2023.

Some purchases you may consider include:

    • tools of trade;
    • electronic tablets;
    • calculators or electronic organisers;
    • software;
    • books and trade journals;
    • stationery; and
    • briefcases/luggage or suitcases;

2. Clothing expenses

Individuals may pay for work-related clothing expenses before 1 July 2023, such as:

    • compulsory (or non-compulsory and registered) uniforms, and occupation specific and protective clothing;
    • other associated expenses such as dry cleaning, laundry and repair expenses.

3. Self education expenses

Employees may prepay self-education items before 1 July 2023, such as:

    • course fees (but not HELP repayments or student contribution amounts), student union fees, and tutorial fees; and
    • interest on borrowings used to pay for any deductible self education expenses.

They may also bring forward purchases of stationery and text books (i.e., those that are not required to be depreciated).

4. Other work-related expenses

Employees may also prepay any of the following expenses before 1 July 2023:

    • Union fees;
    • Subscriptions to trade, professional or business associations;
    • Seminars and conferences; and
    • Income protection insurance (excluding death and total/permanent disability);
    • Magazine and professional journal subscriptions.

Note: If prepaying any of the above expenses before 1 July 2023, ensure that any services being paid for will be provided within a 12-month period that ends before 1 July 2024.  Otherwise, the deductions will generally need to be claimed proportionately over the period of the prepayment.

 

Information Required

You will need to provide us with information to assist in preparing your income tax return.  Please check the following and provide any relevant statements, accounts, receipts, etc., to help us prepare your return. Income/Receipts:

    • Details of your employer(s) and wages;
    • Lump sum and termination payments;
    • Government pensions and allowances;
    • Other pensions and/or annuities (including JobKeeper payments);
    • Allowances (e.g., entertainment, car, tools);
    • Interest, rent and dividends;
    • Distributions from partnerships or trusts; and
    • Details of any assets sold that were either used for income-earning purposes or which may be liable for capital gains tax (‘CGT‘);
    • Other income (e.g., foreign income).

Expenses/Deductions (in addition to those mentioned above):

    • Award transport allowance claims;
    • Bank charges on income-earning accounts (e.g., term deposits);
    • Bridge/road tolls (if travelling on work);
    • Car parking (if travelling on work);
    • Conventions, conferences and seminars;
    • Covid-19 testing costs for work purposes;
    • Depreciation of library, tools, business equipment (incl. portion of home computer);
    • Gifts or donations;
    • Home office running expenses:
      • cleaning;
      • cooling, lighting and heating;
      • depreciation of office furniture; and
      • telephone and internet.
    • Interest and dividend deductions, such as:
      • account keeping fees
      • ongoing management fees
      • interest on borrowings to acquire shares; and
      • advice relating to changing investments (but not setting them up).
    • Interest on loans to purchase equipment or income-earning investments;
    • Motor vehicle expenses (if work related);
    • Overtime meal expenses;
    • Rental property expenses, including:
      • advertising expenses;
      • council and water rates;
      • insurance;
      • interest;
      • land tax;
      • property management fees;
      • genuine repairs and maintenance; and
      • telephone expenses.
    • Superannuation contributions;
    • Sun protection items;
    • Tax agent fees;
    • Telephone expenses (if work-related); and
    • Tools of trade.