Leaving it too late
Like in most other cases, the earlier you consult your financial adviser in the lead up to tax time, the better! Why? Well, the more time you give yourself to discuss your EOFY strategy, the more time you’ll have to act on it. Leaving your consultation too late may result in missed opportunities to carry out your tax time plan. Financial success starts with planning, so give yourself a head start by getting in there early.
Ignoring your superannuation
While it is not uncommon for individuals to approach superannuation with a set and forget attitude, it is definitely in your best interest to make use of the extra cashflow with your future in mind. Come June 30, personal contributions and salary sacrifices will greatly benefit your future financial longevity and will assist in growing your retirement fund so that when the time comes, you are prepared, comfortable, and stress-free. So check to see if you might benefit from any of the superannuation contribution related benefits including spouse contributions, personal deductible contributions or government co-contribution to name a few.
Going in blind
The EOFY is more often than not an extremely busy period. Taking the time to plan, organise and understand your financial position in the lead up to tax time will not only help you consolidate your strategy, but will also help you save on time and money. Avoid the notorious tax time headache and ensure you are organised for a quick and painless June 30. Common financial advice related deductions could include income protection premiums, investment related expenses and in some cases your financial advice fees – so be sure to confirm these with your tax adviser ASAP to avoid missing out on deductions.
Spending it all at once
Before committing to that fancy new car, nice pair of speakers or brand new lounge suite, it is essential to have devised a cashflow strategy for tax time. While your inbox might be full of the latest promotions and sales from your favourite stores, don’t be fooled! Chewing through your tax return is something worth avoiding, particularly when there are so many other great ways to utilise the extra funds. Speak to your adviser about alternative uses for your tax returns to help you grow your money rather than lose it!
One of the biggest, and most overlooked, traps during the EOFY period is overclaiming expenses. This year, the ATO have warned they will be paying close attention to those extra expenses that often fly under the radar, particularly those associated with work-related clothing and laundry expenses. Keep it simple and swim between the flags – no proof, no claim.
As always, if you have any queries, require assistance or would like to clarify any particular details relating to EOFY, please don’t hesitate in contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pete is the co-founder and oversees the investment committee for Pekada. He is a qualified financial planner with 17 years of experience. Based in Melbourne, Pete is on a mission to help everyday Australians achieve financial independence and the lifestyle they dream of. Pete has been featured in Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Super Guide, Domain, American Express and Nest Egg.