NZ EOFY tips for businesses


21st March, 2024

5 last-minute EOFY tips for SMEs

As the clock ticks down to the end of the financial year, you might find yourself in a familiar scramble.

You’re sifting through piles of paperwork, digital receipts and a year’s worth of financial decisions. And all while running your business as usual.

Fortunately, it’s not too late to make some smart moves that could significantly impact your tax liability.

Here are our top five EOFY tips and tricks from Team Bookkeeping’s Laura Mason:

Max out your digital deductions

Whether you’re adopting an e-commerce platform, streamlining operations with cloud-based solutions, or leveraging social media for marketing, tech tool costs qualify as claimable expenses that can lower your tax bill.

So, if you’re considering investing in that new project management software or upgrading your online store, now could be a good time.

Of course, check with your accountant or financial adviser first to ensure it’s a smart decision.

Claim what you can on loans or finance arrangements

With the rising cost of doing business, many small firms rely on loans and financial assistance.

Remember that while loan repayments themselves aren’t tax-deductible, the interest and fees associated with them are.

Laura says accurately categorising these loans in your accounting software will mean you don’t miss any deductions.

“Make sure you consult your MYOB partner or bookkeeper to leverage all the great functionalities and save money.”

Spend for success

In New Zealand, small businesses can get a tax break when they buy new things for their company, like equipment, up to a certain amount.

Right now, you can immediately claim the cost for items up to $1,000. This helps lower your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax.

Also, when you’re checking your stock and find items you can’t sell anymore, you can write off their value in your EOFY books, giving you another chance to cut your tax bill.

Use smarter tools

Laura explains that digital accounting solutions simplify tax prep and make your day-to-day business planning more insightful and effective.

The right software will help you with everything from transaction tracking and cashflow forecasting to automated reconciliation with bank accounts, tax and GST calculations.

It’s about giving you visibility so you can spot issues and plan for potential instabilities before it’s too late.

“If you’re looking at implementing new systems — technology as well as processes, it’s best to set up prior to the new financial year. That way, you’ll have all your data up to date and ready to go for next EOFY,” says Laura.

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Double-check your deductibles

Another EOFY tip as the tax time clock ticks down: take a quick health check on your potential deductibles.

This isn’t just about spotting what you can claim – it’s also about maximising all possible deductions throughout the year.

Have you accounted for home office expenses, or vehicle costs, if you use your car for business?

What about professional development courses or subscriptions relevant to your industry? Laura says the easiest way to get this done on the go, in real time is with MYOB Capture.

“Snap a photo of your purchase receipt with the MYOB Capture app, and it lands right in your MYOB In-Tray, ready to turn into bills or match with bank feeds,” she explains.

“It’s smart, it’s fast, and MYOB AI means less typing, reduced data entry, and fewer missed opportunities for you.”

Future-proof your finances

The end of the financial year is a chance to look at your business finances — what worked, what didn’t and what needs to change for the next financial year.

Whether that means refining financial strategies with the help of your tax agent, updating your accounting software, or saving cash to ride out income fluctuations, it’s about setting yourself up to thrive in 2024-25.

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