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Tax Planning Part 3: Tax Planning for Small Business Owners

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The third part of Dolman Bateman's 2024 Tax Planning Series is here.

This time, we're all about you and how to make your tax outcomes as great as they can be through some smart planning.

We're diving into some key strategies like asset write-offs, tax-efficient business structuring, and making the most of trusts or company setups. 

These tips aren't just about saving on taxes—they can really boost your business's overall financial health.

Ready to get started? Let's dig into these strategies and see how they can make a big difference for your business!

Four Tax Planning Strategies for Small Business Owners

Asset Write-Offs

One of the most immediate ways to reduce taxable income for your business is through asset write-offs. 

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) allows small businesses to write off the value of any asset that costs less than a specific limit immediately in the year it was purchased and used, or installed ready for use. This includes vehicles, equipment, and technology. 

Staying updated on the thresholds and rules for these write-offs can lead to substantial tax savings.

Income splitting

This is actually a smart tax planning strategy that involves distributing income among several family members or entities to take advantage of lower tax brackets. 

For example, by employing your spouse in a legitimate role within your business, such as managing administrative duties, and compensating them with a fair salary, you can effectively lower your overall taxable income. 

This strategic redistribution maximises not only the use of lower tax brackets but also potentially results in substantial tax savings, optimising your financial planning in a fully compliant manner.

Leveraging Reduced Company Tax Rates 

For small businesses in Australia with an annual turnover below $50 million, the reduced company tax rate is a potent fiscal tool. 

For these enterprises, the base rate is gradually lowered, currently at 25% for the 2024-2025 income year, letting you keep more of the profits and put them back into the company. 

This strategic advantage allows for an increased reinvestment into business growth and development. 

For instance, a business accruing $100,000 in profits would face a tax obligation of just $25,000, freeing up substantial capital for reinvestment or operational enhancements, thereby fostering a more resilient and expansive business model.

Tax Concessions for Small Businesses 

Tax concessions are designed to ease the tax load, making financial management simpler and more beneficial. 

These include straightforward depreciation rules, immediate deductions for certain start-up costs, and easier rules for managing inventory. 

For instance, if you've just started a business, you can quickly deduct costs like professional fees or marketing expenses right away. This helps reduce your taxable income during those crucial early stages, allowing you to invest more back into growing your business.

Structuring for Tax Efficiency

The structure of your business plays a crucial role in how it is taxed. Different structures — such as sole trader, partnership, company, or trust — come with varying tax implications:

Sole Traders and Partnerships

Generally simpler and potentially beneficial from a tax perspective if business income is expected to be low in initial years.


Offer the benefit of lower tax rates for profits retained within the company. However, they are subject to more stringent reporting and compliance requirements.


Provide flexibility in distributing income among beneficiaries, which can be tax-effective, particularly if beneficiaries are in lower tax brackets.

Choosing the right structure depends on your business activities, size, and future plans. It’s often advisable to consult with a tax professional to determine the most beneficial structure for your circumstances.

Use of Trusts or Company Setups

Using trusts or establishing a company can offer significant tax planning benefits:


Especially discretionary trusts, allow the trustees the flexibility to distribute income among the beneficiaries in a tax-efficient manner. This can be particularly advantageous when beneficiaries include family members in lower tax brackets.

Company Setups

Companies are taxed as separate legal entities at a fixed rate, which is often lower than the top personal tax rate. This can provide benefits in terms of reinvesting profits back into the business.

Additional Considerations

While focusing on write-offs and structures, small business owners should also consider other tax planning strategies:

Superannuation Contributions

Contributions to your own superannuation can be a tax-effective way to save for retirement.

Debt Management

Properly structuring business debts to maximise tax-deductible interest is a crucial strategy.

Tax Compliance and Record-keeping

Maintaining accurate records and staying compliant with tax laws are fundamental to avoiding penalties and maximising potential deductions.


Effective tax planning is essential for small business owners looking to maximise their financial efficiency and minimise tax liabilities. 

Asset write-offs, proper business structuring, and the strategic use of trusts or companies are all vital elements of a well-rounded tax strategy. 

For more detailed guidance tailored to your specific business circumstances, consider consulting with a tax professional. 

Stay tuned for more insights in the upcoming segments of the Dolman Bateman 2024 Tax Planning Series, designed to empower business owners like you with the knowledge to thrive.

Contact us now at 02 9411 5422 and let’s talk about tax planning for your business!

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