The ATO is encouraging small business owners to prepare for their 2024 tax return lodgment by considering the following:

  • Purchase and keep records of tax-deductible items: The end of the financial year on 30 June represents the last chance to purchase any tax-deductible items that the business intends to claim for 2023–2024. Ensure that any tax-deductible items are documented both for cost and usage, including apportionment for work and private use where relevant.
  • Check small business concessions: Small businesses may be able to access a range of concessions based on their aggregated turnover – this applies to sole traders, partnerships, companies and trusts – including CGT concessions, the small business income tax offset or the small business restructure roll-over.
  • Finalise STP records: The ATO reminds small businesses with employees that the 2023–2024 STP information must be finalised by 14 July. This important end-of-year obligation ensures that employees have the correct information required to lodge their income tax return. STP information for all employees paid in the financial year, even terminated employees, must be finalised.
  • Check your PAYG withholding and instalments: From 1 July, individual rates and thresholds will change and will impact PAYG withholding for the 2025 financial year. Check that the correct PAYG withholding tax tables are being used and that software has updated to the new withholding rates from 1 July. If PAYG instalments could result in paying too little or too much tax, instalments may be varied.
  • Review record-keeping: Looking toward the next financial year, small businesses should review their record-keeping from the past year and see if anything needs to be done differently in the future.