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Five things you need to do before 30 June

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With the end of the financial year looming, it pays to get your paperwork in order to make the most of deductions and benefits.

1. Fill out your car log book

If you use your car for work purposes, keep a 12-week log book.

five things to do before june 30 eofy end of financial year

Keep all costs associated with the running of your car for the whole year, not just the log book period.

2. Super top-up

No matter your income level, superannuation is a great tax-reduction tool. You can contribute up to $30,000 to super ($35,000 for those aged over 49) at a concessional rate.

If you earn under $35,454 take advantage of the superannuation co-contribution by putting in $1000, which the government will match by half. Free money!

Also, if you earn less than $10,800 your spouse can put up to $3000 into your super fund and they will receive the full 18% spouse contribution rebate ($540).

3. Prepay and claim this year

Expecting a lower income next year?

Bring forward your deductions into this tax year.

Stocking up your home office with stationery, laptops and printers or prepaying subscriptions and interest on rental properties for up to 12 months are simple ways to reduce your income before June 30.

4. Clock-in working from home

More and more people these days work from home.

Deductions are available for the work-related portion of home phone, internet, stationery, computer equipment and printers.

Keep a diary of the times you work from home and claim a 45c per hour deduction for electricity.

5. Buy a new business asset

There's no greater tax concession in recent years for small businesses than the $20,000 immediate write-off for new business assets.

There is no limit to the amount of assets that you can purchase but beware you only get a percentage back and cash flow may suffer.

The threshold effectively is $22,000 for those that are GST-registered as a 10% GST credit is claimed in quarterly business activity statements.

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Associate Professor Adrian Raftery is the director of Professional and Executive Execution (Domestic) at the Deakin Business School. He is co-chair of the Financial Planning Academics Forum and chairperson of the AIOFP. Previously, Adrian ran an award-winning accounting and financial planning practice in Sydney for more than a decade and also worked at Deloitte and Pannell Kerr Forster. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Certified Financial Planner, a CPA and a Chartered Tax Adviser. Known as Mr Taxman, Adrian is the best-selling author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax - Legally!
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