Tax claims at EOFY


22nd March, 2024

How To Manage Tax Time For Your Business

The end of the financial year (EOFY) can often feel like you’re running a marathon with the finish line always moving further away.

The good news is that with the right approach and tools, you can own tax time and reach that finish line faster.  

We spoke to Laura Mason from Team Bookkeeping about managing EOFY without the last-minute panic.

1. Start early to avoid the rush

Laura’s most important piece of EOFY advice? “Be proactive rather than reactive.”

That means incorporating EOFY tasks into your routine year-round so that when the deadline approaches, you’re ready to go.

Let’s talk specifics:

  • Inventory management: Regularly update your stock levels. No one wants a stocktake surprise come tax time.
  • Expense tracking: Keep a keen eye on your expenses, then attach and categorise as you go to avoid a mountain of receipts.
  • Invoicing: Stay on top of your billing. Chase up outstanding invoices early, not at the eleventh hour.
  • Record keeping: Make a weekly date to review and record all financial transactions. When EOFY looms, you’ll be very grateful you did this.
  • Budget review: Adjust your budgets monthly. It keeps your goals in sight and your strategy sharp.
Make EOFY easier this year
Better invoicing and account management practices will help you smash tax time this year.

2. Review your accounting system

Why not ring in the new financial year with an accounting system that helps your business succeed?

With MYOB’s online solutions, you can glide through accounting and payroll updates, automatically staying in step with IRD changes.

Here are a few key benefits that help you be proactive:

  • Seamless system updates: Effortlessly comply with automatic accounting and payroll updates aligned with IRD changes.
  • Real-time GST tracking: Easily monitor and file GST, including any previous period changes, with MYOB Business and submit directly to Inland Revenue.
  • Cash-flow management: Implement best practice strategies: regularly monitor invoices, reconcile your accounts to statements, and use the full functionality of your software to reduce costs and make informed decisions.

DOWNLOAD: MYOB’s FREE NZ EOFY resource guide

3. Payroll: Keep your team happy

Payroll always needs careful attention, but especially so at EOFY. 

“It’s important to make sure everything is balanced with IRD,” explains Laura.

Ensure all payments up to 31 March are sorted for this financial year. Anything paid from 1 April goes into the next year.

If you’re using MYOB, run reports, adjust the date range to the current financial year, and check that employee details, rates, and contract terms are up to date and balances are accurate.

It’s also a great time to check that you’re complying with employment responsibilities:

  • Minimum wage
  • KiwiSaver
  • Tax rates
  • Contracts in preparation for new tax changes

We’ve got your PAYE sorted, so you get payrollin’.

MYOB automates PAYE management, so you can say goodbye to messy manual admin at EOFY.

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4. Start using the MYOB Capture app for receipts

Picture this: you’ve left a coffee shop after a client meeting, and instead of stashing that tax-deductible receipt in your wallet (where it’ll likely be forgotten), you snap a photo with Capture MYOB.

Like magic, it lands in MYOB, ready to be transformed into a bill or matched with a bank transaction.

This is also one of the best ways to stay proactive, minimise your tax, assure compliance and monitor your spending.

“Capture is an incredible timesaver for you and your accountant,” says Laura.

5. Set new goals for the year ahead

Have you laid down your business goals and carved out a strategic plan for the year ahead?

Laura explains how setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals helps you stay on track.

“Small wins, one foot in front of the other, and you’ll achieve massive results,” says Laura.

6. Work with your accountant

Partnering closely with your accountant is more than just numbers.

It’s also about establishing internal workflows and creating seamless communication between your bookkeeper, accounting system and your tax agent.

“Ask them to conduct a regular health check of your finances, identifying strengths and diagnosing any areas that need attention before they become issues,” says Laura.

Stay focused

Checking the boxes and balancing the books is important, but EOFY is also a time for personal reflection.

Celebrate your wins, learn from the losses, and set clear goals for the new financial year.

Use this time to balance your personal and professional life, develop efficient processes, and set boundaries to improve your overall well-being.

And for those still relying on spreadsheets, it’s also the perfect time to switch to an online accounting solution like MYOB Business.

It simplifies tax time, helps manage business operations including payroll, and gives you a clear view of your financial position or performance at any moment.

Make the change now, and next year’s EOFY will look very different.

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