Here are several common GST mistakes to avoid this coming tax season.
Take note that those who generate irregular income and not for profit are not considered by the ATO as being in business. The ATO considers them as having a hobby so they are unable to claim GST credits on purchases. Check these facts out to ascertain if you actually have a business:
Do you have a business plan?
- Do you repeat an income producing activity?
- Is the size and scale of this activity consistent with other businesses in the industry?
- Do you have commercial sales?
- Do you promote and advertise this activity to attract clients?
When you registered for GST, you would have chosen either a cash basis or accrual accounting method. If you chose cash basis, you would account for income and expenses at the time you receive or pay the amount whereas if you chose accrual, you would account for it at the time it is invoiced. If you’ve chosen the wrong accounting method when doing your BAS, it will lead to reporting incorrect figures.
Another common mistake is not reporting or charging GST on the sale of business assets. If you sell a company asset and you are registered for GST, you should include GST as part of the sale. If, on the other hand, you are a sole trader or a partnership, some expenses may be apportioned to personal and business usage and you can claim the GST on the portion that was used for business only.
Keep in mind that several business expenses do not include GST such as general bank fees (not merchant fees), gift cards, donations, phone bills and overseas purchases. You should review your invoices and check if they include GST. That said, do not forget to keep all your receipts and accounting records.
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