Under the Federal Budget handed down this month, farmers can instantly write off the full value of machinery purchases. Previously, a portion would have been tax-deductible in the first year, and the rest would have depreciated over future years.
Carrick Aland’s own tax team is comprised of many local farmers who know firsthand that the devil is in the detail when it comes to getting your tax right. If you’re an employee in the agriculture industry it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time.
This has probably been the most difficult year ever for business owners due to the impact of COVID-19. And this makes Tax Planning for 2020 and key actions before 30 June more important this year than for any previous year. As a business owner, there are many obligations that you need to consider and action just before and after 30 June.
⚠️ The ATO is receiving reports of scammers pretending to be from the ATO calling members of the public and asking them to provide their bank account details. They are saying that their employer has registered them for JobKeeper, but that the ATO needs their bank account details to deposit the funds into their account. Do not provide the information requested. If you are unsure if an ATO call is legitimate, hang up and phone 1800 008 540 to check.
If you work from home right now, remember to keep records and receipts for your home office expenses, along with a record of the hours you work from home. Keeping good records now will help to get your deductions right at tax time. The ATO has a PDF poster you can download to help understand what you can claim.