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Maximising your personal tax return

There are a couple of things that you can do before June 30 to maximise your personal tax return:

1. Spend up on deductible expenses: By prepaying your tax-deductible expenses for the year, you can bring the deduction forward into the current financial year.

3. Charitable donations: If you are considering donating money to charity, get it done quickly so that you can claim a deduction in this financial year.

2. Delay receiving income: If you can, try to defer receiving income until after June 30. By doing this, you will be able to minimise your taxable income in this financial year.

4. Fix up investment properties: If you own an investment property, you may wish to bring forward any maintenance. You can claim a lot of work that is done to an investment property as a tax deduction.

5. High income earners should consider health insurance: To avoid the Medicare Levy Surcharge, high-income earners may wish to take out private health cover.

Posted on 17 December '14 by , under Tax.

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Transition to retirement

The transition to retirement (TTR) strategy allows you to access some of your super while you continue to work.

You are able to use the TTR strategy if you are aged 55 to 60. You can use it to supplement your income if you reduce your work hours or boost your super and save on tax while you keep working full time.

  • Starting a TTR pension: To start your TTR pension, transfer some of your super to an account-based pension. You have to keep some money in your super account so that you can continue to receive your employer's compulsory contributions as well as any voluntary contributions you may be making.
  • Government benefits and TTR: The benefits you or your partner receive might be impacted if you choose to opt for this strategy. How and what exactly will change might become clearer upon discussing this with a Financial Information Service (FIS) officer.
  • Life insurance and TTR: In some cases, the life insurance cover you have with your super may stop or reduce if you start a TTR pension – check this before making any decisions or changes.

TTR can help ease your mind as you transition into retirement but it can be a bit complex. Before you choose whether you want to use TTR to reduce work hours or save on tax, or even if you want to use TTR altogether, you should figure out how this will impact all aspects of your finances.

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