Sole Trader Tax Returns

If you operate your own business as a full ownership or sole  trader, you are trading  your own. You should manage and control  the business yourself.  So You are legally responsible for all aspects of the business, including any profits or losses. As sole traders operate individually, tax is charged at the applicable individual marginal tax rate. To complete your annual tax return, the fundamental obligations you hold to legally operate as a sole trader  and to meet the applicable taxation requirements are as follows:

  • Tax File Number (TFN) – As a sole trader, you will not need to apply for a separate TFN for your business; you are able to use your personal TFN for business purposes.
  • Australian Business Number (ABN) – An ABN is a unique number to identify your business. Every business operating in Australia is required to hold a valid ABN.  Without an ABN you are unable to trade, complete tax returns and could face serious penalties.
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST) – Once your business generates over $75,000 of revenue, the legal obligation to collect and forward GST to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) arises.  This is managed through yearly, quarterly or monthly Business Activity Statements (BAS) dependant on the characteristics of your business.
  • Pay As You Go (PAYG) Instalments- To avoid having to pay a lump sum of tax to the ATO at the end of each financial year, PAYG allows businesses pay their tax liability in instalments. PAYG only applies to your business or investments if they are earning a considerable amount.
  • Deductions- General and specific deductions are available to sole traders for expenses that are incurred which are directly attributable to the generation of income. Private expenses cannot be claimed as a tax deduction, however, in certain cases, i.e.- mobile phone that is used for both private and business use; an apportionment of the expense is able to be claimed.  The deductions you are entitled to receive may vary if you are deemed to be a Personal Services Individual (PSI).
  • Superannuation- As a sole trader, you are responsible for payments made into your superannuation fund, these payments can be deductable on your annual tax return after you inform your superannuation fund.

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Having a qualified taxation professional, with an in-depth knowledge of complex tax laws  we are helping you minimising your tax liability, or operating in a manner that violates taxation laws, which can lead to the back-payment of tax and significant penalties. Our team of tax consultants are dedicated to legally minimising the tax you pay to ensure the financial viability of your business.

The benefits of choosing us for Sole Trader Tax Returns  to prepare your tax return include:
  1. Realistic advice in language you can understand: We work hard to make sure your taxes are as easy and stress free as possible.
  2. Save money: We’ll help you maximize deductions and minimize taxes paid. We’ll ensure you are fully aware of your obligations and rights as a tax payer.
  3. Confidence that your small business tax return is ATO-compliant and won’t attract an ATO audit or reassessment.
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  5. Providing a double review on every business tax return we prepare to help maximise refunds and avoid ATO problems.
  6. Tailoring packages for YOUR small business: You can choose accounting, tax returns, BAS and bookkeeping services… to cut costs, save time and improve accuracy.
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