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2024–2025 Tax Planning for SMEs

2024–2025 tax planning for smes

If you’re a small business owner, tax planning can help you save money, enhance your financial stability and increase your retirement savings. While you can’t control the increasing cost of doing business, tax planning is something you can control and benefit from. Here are a few ways you can benefit from planning for the 2024–2025 financial year while complying with current tax regulations.

Time your business income

As you approach the end of the financial year, consider how you can postpone income until the next financial year. For example, if you use cash accounting, you can delay invoicing for goods and services delivered in the current financial year, with the aim that invoices are paid for in the next financial year. If you use accrual accounting, waiting until July to invoice will move the revenue to the next financial year. The simple reason for delaying your tax is the time value of money – the concept that a sum of money has greater value now than the same sum will in the future due to its potential earning capacity.

Be careful with this strategy, as delaying your income can cause cash flow issues. So you’ll want to weigh the costs and benefits.

Prepay your expenses in the current financial year

By prepaying expenses in the current financial year, you can reduce tax payable by deducting these expenses from the current year’s tax return. This lowers the taxable income for the financial year and reduces the tax owed. Here are a few ideas for expenses you could prepay:

  • Property leases
  • Insurance premiums
  • Subscriptions
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance contracts
  • Equipment lease payments
  • Software licences

 Again, you will want to consider the cash flow implications of prepaying your expenses.

Use the instant asset write-off as part of your tax planning

While it has changed over the years, you can now write off $20,000 per asset during the year it is purchased using the instant asset write-off.[1] If your business has an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million, you can immediately deduct the full cost of eligible assets costing less than $20,000 that are first used or installed and ready for use by 30 June 2025. The $20,000 threshold applies for each asset, so you can instantly write off multiple assets.

Assets valued at $20,000 or more cannot be deducted in the current year. These can be placed into the small business simplified depreciation pool (for businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million per year) and depreciated at 15% in the first income year and 30% each income year following.

Choose the optimal business structure

Choosing the right business structure is an important part of tax planning for SMEs.

Having a company structure instead of being a sole trader provides tax benefits. Base rate entities (under the $50 million aggregated turnover income threshold) have a flat tax rate of 25% on profits. In contrast, the highest marginal income rate for sole traders and partners is 45%. Plus, companies can offset the tax losses from one company against profits made by another if there is a nexus between these two entities. There’s also the potential to carry losses forward from the past into more profitable future years.

Family and discretionary trusts are financial structures that can provide tax advantages to SME owners and their families. A discretionary trust enables the person (or persons) managing the trust to choose trust beneficiaries and the amounts they receive. Family trusts are a form of discretionary trust to hold a family’s assets, including a family business. One or more family members can manage the trust for the entire family and determine the benefits for family members.

Unlike a company, a discretionary trust is not required to pay income tax. Instead, trust beneficiaries pay tax on their share of the trust income when they pay personal income tax (at their marginal tax rate). With a family trust, the trustee can distribute assets to family members to minimise the overall tax the family pays.

Tax benefits of superannuation and retirement planning

Concessional superannuation contributions are generally taxed at 15% up to the $27,500 annual cap (or 30% if your earnings are above $250K annually) within the super fund. This means you can save the difference between your marginal tax rate and the 15% superannuation tax rate. For example, if you earn below the $250K threshold, and your marginal tax rate is 37%, you will pay much less in tax by putting it into superannuation compared to taking the money as current income.

As a business owner, if you draw a salary from your business, you can also make employer contributions to your superannuation fund. You can arrange to have a portion of your pre-tax salary paid directly into your superannuation fund. This reduces your taxable income.

Small business owners who do not receive superannuation from an employer can make personal contributions to their super funds and claim a tax deduction for these contributions (up to a $27,500 cap in each financial year, which will increase to $30,000 on 1 July 2024 for the 2024/25 financial year). By making concessional contributions, you reduce your assessable income, lowering the income tax you owe.

While there is a concessional contribution cap of $27,500 per financial year, you can carry forward unused concessional cap amounts from prior years for up to five years if your total super balance is under $500,000. This makes it possible to contribute more than the cap in a financial year and get tax benefits.

Reap the benefits of tax planning

Getting started with business tax planning requires concrete decisions and action. Many small business owners are so busy with their day-to-day work that they overlook the tax planning steps that can save money and improve financial stability.

The team at Equil Advisory are ready to discuss effective tax planning and how we can help make it happen. Get in touch to start reaping the benefits.


[1] Announced in the Federal Budget and subject to legislation passing.

Clare Connell

Practice Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
After I travelled to Europe and ran out of all the Money - I knew it was time to get back to work.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Around the time I ran out of money during my Europe trip.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
I’m the Entertainment Warden.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Run, walk, chill, drink at THE BAAAAY live love laugh the BAAAAYY.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
Besides the Bay? Accounting is my second passion.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Byron Baes.

What would your last meal be?
100% a juice cleanse.

Cats or dogs?
Zara.

Clare Connell

Practice Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I originally started working here in 2020 as an Accountant but left to travel and take a break from Accounting. Now, a year later I’ve come back as the Practice Administrator.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
January 2023.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Anything and everything to do with the office and making sure the team is happy and processes are working efficiently.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Catch up with friends, go on trips away, play tennis, go to the beach, shop!

What is something not everybody knows about you?
My childhood revolved around dancing and being in theatre plays and musicals.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
I have always wanted to be on The Block.

What would your last meal be?
Sushi.

Cats or dogs?
100% Dogs.

Eunice Smith

Business Services Accounts

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I wanted a change from larger firms and wanted more client interaction.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
June 2023.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
At Equil, we are exposed to both tax compliance and CFO work. My days are usually split preparing tax returns and BASs for our clients, and the other half, helping manage our clients’ day to day finance operations and making it easier to understand. Between all that, I also make life funnier and more interesting for the team.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I’d classify myself a hobby junkie, so I'm always trying to do everything I like at the same time or trying something new on the internet. I would say my top favourite activities would be shopping and trying new restaurants.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
Nothing – I'm as transparent as a glass of water. 😊

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
I would have to say Below Deck– drama, money, superyachts and travelling? Say no more.

What would your last meal be?
A Smith Steak – its just a steak, but my husband nails it everytime.

Cats or dogs?
Why would anyone pick a cat?

William Yates

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Equil Advisory came highly recommended, and when I was referred via a mutual friend, I jumped at the opportunity.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Started in July 2023.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
The majority of my role here at Equil Advisory is dedicated to tax compliance and supporting clients through strategies and processes to help improve the business.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
When I’m not at uni, you can usually find me out training or playing golf.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I love a good bit of Lego in my downtime.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Jonah from Tonga.

What would your last meal be?
Sushi.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

Alex Talia

Assistant Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Having worked in the family business and doing the bookkeeping as a teenager, an accounting degree was the clear next step. My career initially took me to chartered accounting firms and then moving into commercial accounting for more exposure, I knew my move back into an accounting firm had to be the right fit. The supportive team and management at Equil was a clear choice for me.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
June 2022.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
A large part of my role is CFO focused, I aim to support our clients through the different stages of the business by implementing strategies and processes to guide them in making the right business decisions.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Watch sport and binge tv shows.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I love fishing and hope to one day in the future be retired and do nothing but fish.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Big Brother.

What would your last meal be?
A medium rare a5 wagyu tomahawk steak.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

Albert Tan

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I was looking for a new place to clear my throat and break the office silence.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
When I was assured that there would be another Malaysian member of the team.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Play hide-and-seek in the bathroom.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Go to the gym.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I don’t know how to pronounce geography properly.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Survivor.

What would your last meal be?
Macaroni and cheese with milk.

Cats or dogs?
Neither.

Albert Tan

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I have always wanted to be an accountant due to the influence of my family as most of them are accountants. I joined Equil Advisory as it offered me a different opportunity to work on compared to other accounting firms as well as allowing me to develop different skills.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
28th February 2022.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
My role at Equil Advisory includes tax compliance work and assisting client in their day-to-day business with EA’s outsourced CFO function.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Spending time with my wife, talking to my family or reading light novels.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
Love spicy food even though I can’t handle it at all.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Voice actor in any cartoon shows.

What would your last meal be?
Roti Telur Bwang.

Cats or dogs?
Love cats and dogs equally.

Sabrina Truong

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I wanted to see how people who eat unhealthy actually live.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Just as the second lockdown was about to begin, so I didn’t have to talk to people in person.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Eat raw veggies and perfect my American accent.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Driving around Sydney for the best fast food places.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I eat banana bread with chopsticks.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Man vs Food.

What would your last meal be?
Deep fried chicken and chips with extra chicken salt.

Cats or dogs?
Cats!

Sabrina Truong

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
My dad is a bookkeeper, so it was natural for me to choose accounting as a degree. Accounting allows me to help others grow their businesses and achieve their goals, which is something I am passionate about. I joined Equil Advisory because it is not like your typical accounting firm. I also wanted to be part of a team that is supportive and provides the opportunity for me to develop and grow my skills.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
July 2021.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
A large part of my role is focused on tax compliance and the other part is dedicated to building client relationships so that I can better help our clients with EA’s outsourced CFO function.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
You would find me watching Netflix, working out, or hanging out with friends/family.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I am learning Korean.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Super Trio Game Master.

What would your last meal be?
Pepperoni Pizza.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs!

Gaurav Shrestha

Senior Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Growing up I was exposed to the business environment, so I always wondered about the ins and outs of the business, how it runs and how to be financially sound. This piqued my interest on business studies and further after that into accounting. I wanted to broaden my horizons, knowledge and have a sound work life balance which led me to Equil Advisory.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
17th December 2021.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
At Equil Advisory, we are exposed a range of work that include tax compliance, bookkeeping, tax advice, liaising with the clients and outsourced CFO functions. My work is predominately occupied by tax compliance and outsourced CFO function.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I’m mostly out with my cousins or friends. Binge watching series or may be hop online to play some games.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I can speak four different languages and I love gaming.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Voice.

What would your last meal be?
Mo Mo.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

June Wong

Business Services Senior

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
My sister got tired of me working from home and hence decided to join EA.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Just as the first lockdown was lifted.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Eat Coco Pops and telling people what I am honestly thinking.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Planning my next EA Team workout session.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I am scared to sleep alone.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Survivor – because I wouldn’t last a day.

What would your last meal be?
I can’t decide between all the YUM-MEE animals of the world.

Cats or dogs?
Porcupine.

June Wong

Business Services Senior

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I realised that a lot of people that work in chartered firms are not the happiest. Thus, I was looking for a place where I am happy to go to work every day. I think I found it at Equil.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
May 2021.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Connecting with clients and providing them with all the support they need so they can be at ease and have confidence that they are well looked after.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Watching dramas at home while lying on bed.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I actually thought of becoming an IT person and did a couple of months of IT degree before realising that I am not tech-savvy at all.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Amazing Race.

What would your last meal be?
Hotpot with lots of veges, mushrooms and tofu!

Cats or dogs?
Neither.

MAKS KHAN

Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Kapil and I were best buddies, so it was a no brainer to start here at EA.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Back in the day.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Loves to palm off work to Jennifer Harb.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Naps on the couch and my nightly sleep walks to bed.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I love to boogie.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Amazing Race.

What would your last meal be?
Pork ribs with a side of bacon.

Cats or dogs?
Can’t choose, won’t choose, Nickelodeon’s CatDog.

MAKS KHAN

Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I loved maths and business subjects while in school and thought accounting would help me build on that passion. I joined Equil Advisory to be part of a team that allowed for a hands-on approach with regards to learning and looking after clients. Giving me the right building blocks to a successful career in accounting and business.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
I have been with Equil Advisory since July 2017.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
One of my core strengths is, I take my clients’ business personally. Trying to connect with clients and their needs is what helps us service them better whilst putting their minds at ease – whether it be through our Outsourced CFO function, Tax Compliance, Advice & Etc.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I love binging on Netflix, but other than that I love my football (soccer), even if it maybe just playing FIFA.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I really used to be into painting, I could do it for hours. I have now replaced that with photography – I guess this is where all my creativity comes from.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Amazing Race.

What would your last meal be?
A decadent chicken parmigiana, with a side of chips and coke.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

JENNIFER HARB

Assistant Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I have always been interested in business in general. During the first year of university, I didn’t have a path but as I took more of the core business classes, I came to realise that accounting is the common denominator in all business functions. You can’t tell how well a company is running without understanding the accounting side. Helping people solve their problems and achieve their business goals is a pretty rewarding feeling.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
I started Equil Advisory in January 2019.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Clients want to feel like one that is valued, and timely communication is important to them. I am proactive in replying to emails and returning phone calls. I try to do my work in the most efficient manner, that is helpful to both my colleagues and our clients.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Hanging out with my friends, going to the gym and watching my shows.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I once put electricity on my braces in year 8 thinking nothing would happen.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.

What would your last meal be?
Lemon garlic chicken with a side of spicy chicken wings.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs, even though I have a cat.

CHIMENE GEAITANI

Senior Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Wanted to get away from Rob.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
July 2018.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Efficiency.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Smoking shisha and thinking how to make my workflow more efficient.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
My feet actually touch the floor when i am seated.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Real Housewives of Western Sydney.

What would your last meal be?
Dumplings from the dodgy dumpling place, Maks and Rob love.

Cats or dogs?
Neither, they are not efficient.

CHIMENE GEAITANI

Senior Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
The intricacy of business and numbers have always been of interest to me. Numbers are what we use to measure success with; they create clarity and commitment and, more importantly, create accountability. Accountability is the key to producing results - which is what I strive for here at Equil Advisory.Here at Equil Advisory, I am part of a energetic and committed team who strive for the best possible results for each and every one of our clients. I enjoy assisting numerous businesses in financial matters, as well monitored and controlled many of their day-to-day operations.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
July 2018.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Working at Equil Advisory exposes us to a range of compliance work; from bookkeeping to financial reports, tax returns and advice. We are lucky to be trained in all scopes of work so that we’re able to satisfy our clients’ needs from start to end.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I enjoy my time at home with my little bub.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I have an OCD on time.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Big Brother.

What would your last meal be?
Pad Keo Mao from Home Thai.

Cats or dogs?
Neither.

KAPIL MAHASHETTYWAR

Managing Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Going to the pub wasn’t a legit career.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
I got kicked out of too many pubs so I had to find my own space to drink so I started Equil Advisory in May 2017.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Get in the way.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Hide from my kids in my home office eating all the chocolate.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I actually have a crown.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Keeping up with the Kardashians.

What would your last meal be?
Salty Steak that I can send back to the kitchen.

Cats or dogs?
Cats (I am a massive Cat person).

KAPIL MAHASHETTYWAR

Managing Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I come from a family of businessmen, so it was only natural for myself to gravitate my career towards business. Accounting allowed me to build upon the necessary skills needed to be a successful a partner but also to assist me in starting my own business, Equil Advisory. Through my experiences in business I have learnt many things and now wish to assist my clients and team to reach their full potential.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
May 2017, was one of the best decisions on my life to start Equil Advisory as it set the tone of implementing strategies from my past learnings. I wanted to ensure every staff member has enough empowerment and freedom to make their own decisions to run the practice in the right direction.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Everything! But love the personal relationships aspect of the job, I love to talk so it is easier for me to pick up the phone and have a chat with anyone.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Play with my sons, Memphis and Kiaan and entertain them. Lay on the couch and watch TV.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I went to a hospitality college in manly and have a bachelors in Tourism and hotel management and I was born in India.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
So you think you can dance.

What would your last meal be?
Keerthi’s chicken curry.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.