Changes to Deductions this Tax Time

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Navigating tax deductions is a critical aspect of managing your finances as a small business owner. As the tax landscape evolves, it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest changes that could impact your deductions. In this article, we’ll break down the recent modifications to deductions for this tax season, providing you with a clear understanding of what’s new and how it affects your business.

1. Cents-Per-Kilometre Method for Car Expenses

If you use your vehicle for business purposes, the cents-per-kilometre method is a familiar deduction strategy. In the 2023 income year, the rate for claiming car expenses has increased from 72 cents to 78 cents per kilometre. What’s significant about this change is that the 78 cents per kilometre rate now encompasses all your vehicle running expenses. This includes registration, fuel, servicing, insurance, and depreciation. For those using this method, it’s important to note that these costs cannot be claimed individually. This streamlined approach simplifies the process while accurately accounting for your vehicle-related expenses.

2. Car Limit for Business Owners

For business owners who rely on passenger vehicles designed to carry less than one tonne and fewer than nine passengers, the car limit has seen an increase. In the 2023 income year, the car limit has been adjusted to $64,741. This limit plays a key role in calculating the depreciation of your vehicle for tax purposes. Staying within this limit ensures that you’re accurately accounting for the value of your vehicle in relation to its business use.

3. Enhanced ‘Fixed Rate Method’ for Home-Based Businesses

The way you claim deductions for home-based businesses has also undergone a transformation. The ‘fixed rate method,’ designed for those operating their businesses from home, has been updated. In the 2023 income year, the rate has risen from 52 cents to 67 cents per hour worked from home. The exciting part? You no longer need a dedicated home office space to take advantage of this method. This means that if your work is conducted from your kitchen table or living room, you can still benefit. The fixed rate method covers various expenses such as electricity, gas, stationery, computer consumables, internet, and phone usage. Additionally, you can claim separate deductions for expenses that aren’t covered in the hourly rate, such as the depreciation of assets like laptops or office furniture.

Stay Informed, Stay Compliant

As these deduction methodologies evolve, it’s essential to remain informed and aligned with the latest changes to ensure you’re maximizing your deductions while staying compliant with tax regulations. If you have any questions or need assistance with these updated claims and the associated record-keeping requirements, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We’re here to provide you with the guidance you need to navigate these changes seamlessly.

Understanding these deduction changes empowers you to optimize your tax strategy and make the most of your hard-earned money. Feel free to contact us for expert advice tailored to your unique business needs.

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