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‘End of financial year’ is a big deal for us accountants. With the intensity of the annual budget, tax lodgement due dates, and FBT deadlines all easing towards the end of June, we’re well and truly ready to relax a bit … maybe even welcome in the new financial year with a wild office party and NFY-eve countdown…
The other thing we love doing around this time of year is tax planning!
And the last few federal budgets have included some serious concessions for primary producers. We’ve listed below a few of the key tax planning opportunities for primary producers, and outlined some of the changes that have been made over the past few years.
The Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme allows farmers to set aside primary production income in years of high income, to draw on in leaner years. The deposits are an excellent cash flow planning tool and an important strategy for primary producers to consider in their tax planning. They help farmers build up cash reserves while smoothing fluctuating income, maximising profits and minimising tax liabilities.
Effective 1 July 2016, the government introduced several amendments to the FMD scheme. The changes give farmers more flexibility in managing their businesses and mean that FMDs should be back on the table during the upcoming tax planning season. In this article we look at two of the changes that we see as particularly relevant to our Tasmanian farming community.