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Small business Tax Deductions not to miss

A concession for small business means that you can generally claim a deduction for business expenses incurred while generating your business income. Some of these deductions are straightforward – rent, materials, wages, supplies – but here are some you should not forget. We will discuss these with you at  our tax time meeting to be sure the claims are not missed


Interest business borrowing is generally tax-deductible. This includes interest on loans for business purposes, overdrafts interest and other business finance.

All interest accrued on business loans but not paid by 30 June is potentially also deductible.

Depreciation – take advantage of the Temporary Full Expensing.

Don’t forget to claim depreciation,

Assets are usually depreciated over several years of the assets useful life, but special rules for SMEs can deliver an immediate tax write off for any asset.

If your income year ends on 30 June, deductions under temporary full expensing are only available in the 2020–21 and 2021–22 income years. The eligible new assets must be first held, first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose, between 7:30 pm AEDT on 6 October 2020 and 30 June 2022 for eligible businesses.

For example, if your business bought a $3,000 computer, your business could claim $3,000 as an immediate tax deduction when you do your tax return.

Trading stock

Tax time is a good opportunity to look at your stocktake and see if you have any deductible stock items. You might write off damaged and obsolete stock and obtain a tax deduction.  If your stock valued at cost moves by more than $5000 from the 30 June previous, you must complete a stock take and you cannot claim the value of stock on hand at 30 June in the current year.

Bad debts – good news

Some small business have Accounts Receivable who fail to pay for the goods or services sold to them. This is very bad news for the selling business, but you can at least claim a deduction for the dollar value of bad debt.

A bad debt is any debt which has been outstanding for 12 months or more and which you have made a reasonable effort to recover. It pays to go back through your outstanding invoices to find bad debts and write them off before the tax year on 30 June.

If you calculate your GST on an accrual basis, don’t forget to claim a refund for the GST you paid to the Australian Tax Office when you issued the original invoice.

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