Take advantage of the instant asset write-off
As 30 June is the end of the Australian tax year, many business owners are taking advantage of the instant asset write-off. Before the instant asset write-off was introduced, businesses had to depreciate assets over several years. For example, if an asset worth $20,000 was purchased, depending on the rules, the business could only expense $5,000 per year over the next four years. With the instant asset write-off, you can now claim the full amount of the asset in the financial year in which you purchased and installed it to reduce your taxable income. This applies to most businesses, from sole traders to large companies.
There is a broad range of assets you can purchase before the end of the fiscal year to take advantage of the instant asset write off, including:
- Tools and equipment (electric drills, sanders and saws)
- Computers, laptops and tablets
- Office furniture
- Office equipment (coffee machines, copiers)
- Motor vehicles (cars, trucks, vans and tractors).
The problem many small businesses face is not having the cash to purchase the assets they need, especially for high-cost assets. Small business loans are one way to get the funds needed to purchase assets before the EOFY. In particular, online business loans are a fast way for small businesses to get access to the funds they need to take advantage of the instant asset write-off. Find out more in How to Unlock the Full Benefit of the Instant Asset Write-Off and the ATO website. A registered tax agent or accountant can help you determine the costs and benefits of using the instant asset write off before the end of financial year.
Get discounts with EOFY sales
Many wholesale and retail businesses reduce the prices of their products before the end of financial year. Some businesses might want to reduce their inventories before the end of financial year to reduce the time and cost of doing a stock take. Others might want to get ready for new models being introduced. Whatever the reason, you can find many types of wholesale and retail products offered at a discount before the end of financial year. For example, if you sell retail products, some of your suppliers might be offering discounts before the end of financial year. Some suppliers might be increasing their prices in the new financial year, so buying earlier can help your business save money.
If you need computers or IT assets, many of these are on sale before the end of financial year. Besides getting the products at a discount, you will be able to write-off computers and equipment at tax time.
Whether you are purchasing inventory or equipment, a business loan can give the cash you need to make the purchase before the end of the financial year.
Plan for growth at the end of financial year
The end of financial year is a good time to reflect and plan for the next year. A business loan can be part of your plan for growth. Marketing, for example, is one activity that can spur business growth. Of course, marketing initiatives require money to be implemented. These marketing activities can include creating a new website, starting an online ad campaign or printing brochures.
Another growth initiative can be renovating your current location or expanding to new locations. Regardless of the type of business, this can be expensive.
A business loan can be the way to put plans into action for the new financial year.
Hire more staff
Growing businesses will often need more staff to meet the needs of growth. Although additional employees can help increase business income, there can be a gap between hiring more people and seeing financial results. For example, hiring a new salesperson will lead to increased sales but it can take time for this to happen. If a business sells a product or service with a long sales cycle, it can take some time before the investment in sales staff starts to pay dividends. For this reason, a business loan can be the solution for hiring new people who will eventually improve your bottom line.
Challenges of getting a business loan before the end of financial year
Even if you want to get a business loan before the end of financial year, there can be some obstacles in the way. First, if you seek a traditional business loan from a bank, it’s likely that you will be required to have collateral for the loan. This usually includes residential property. If you do have collateral for a bank business loan, you could still end up waiting up to six weeks to find out if you have been approved. If you need to move fast to purchase the asset and have it delivered before the end of financial year, this timeframe won’t work.
For these reasons, more small businesses have been turning to online business lenders. Moula, for example, does not require collateral for business loans. So if you don’t own residential property or don’t want to use it as security, you can still get a small business loan. Another positive of online business loans is the ease and speed of applying and getting an answer. With Moula, an online business loan application can be completed in around ten minutes. In most cases, you find out if you have been approved for the loan within 24 hours.
Learn more about small business loans from Moula. Also, check out Frequently Asked Questions on How to Get a Business Loan.
If you want to get an estimate of loan principal and interest repayments, use our Business Loan Calculator.