How to Minimise EOFY Stress
Results from a 2018 survey found that businesses are spending way too many hours at work during the end of financial year.
About a third or 37% of small business owners work weekends to make sure they are on track for tax time while 21% admitted they spend long nights at the office to ensure everything is set by 30 June. This means less sleep time for business owners as well. Another survey found that the average entrepreneur clocks in only about 4.5 hours of sleep because of work.
When combined, lack of sleep and exhaustion can lead to burnout and have a severe impact on an individual’s ability to perform at work. More alarming is the fact that spending way too much time at work takes away time from family.
Effects of EOFY stress
The cumulative effect of heavy workloads, extreme pressure, and depleting physiological reserves can lead to stress and, in some cases, conflict with others. Ultimately, it affects productivity.
EOFY stress may affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. The mental, physical, and emotional toll of end of financial year may have grave implications on one’s financial health and that’s why it’s important to find and implement measures to curb the unnecessary effects of EOFY stress.
Strategies to avoid EOFY stress
First thing to remember is to get organised. Practice proper documentation—keep all receipts, track invoices and expenses. Being organised is one way to also curb stress and:
- Improve sleep;
- Improve relationships;
- Reduce anxiety;
- Free up time and energy; and
- Make you more productive.
Have a good idea of how much tax you owe
Transition to the next financial year more seamlessly by figuring out how much tax to pay. Know which bracket you belong to and then work out the rest of your budget. Having an accountant will make this easier.
Several purchases made during the financial year are tax-deductible. As long as they are work-related, individuals may be able to enjoy tax savings by claiming for specific expenses. Here’s a list of deductions you can claim:
- Vehicle and travel expenses;
- Clothing expenses;
- Home office expenses;
- Mobile phone and internet expenses;
- Overtime meals;
- Self-education expenses; and
- Tools and other equipment.
Take advantage of rebates and write-offs
Aside from tax deductibles, the Federal Government has measures that allow for more tax savings especially for those who run their own businesses, like the proposed instant asset tax write-off scheme.
There are many schemes that have been temporarily changed due to COVID-19.
Planning ahead will always be one of the most effective ways to avoid stress during the end of the financial year.
Get peace of mind by transitioning to the new financial year seamlessly. Our professional advisers can make this process so much easier.
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Worrying about how this EOFY may impact you or your business? Our Modoras team members are here to help you build a resilient business. Contact us on 1300 888 803 to book a catch-up with a Modoras professional.
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