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Four tips to help nail your record keeping

Last updated 14 March 2023

Good record keeping helps you manage your business and cash flow, and ensures you get the right outcome with your tax return.

Check you’re setting yourself up for success with these top 4 tips:

  1. Always keep detailed records of payments to contractors providing taxable payment reporting system (TPRS) services so it’s easier to prepare and lodge your Taxable payments annual report (TPAR), by 28 August.
  2. Make sure your vehicle logbook records are no more than 5 years old. If your logbook will be older than this when you plan to lodge your return, you need to start a new logbook.
  3. Check if government grants or payments made to your business are taxable and need to be reported as part of your business income when you lodge your return. This includes payments from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or Childcare Subsidy payments.
  4. Record the amounts withheld from any payments made to your business and keep written evidence from the payer, including their details and ABN. Payments may be withheld because:
  • you couldn’t quote an ABN
  • you’ve done subcontracting work through a labour hire firm.
  • you have a voluntary agreement with your payer to withhold tax amounts.

 Remember, registered tax agents can help advise you on your record keeping requirements.