2020 Tax-Time Checklist
Your 2020 Tax Return will be unlike any other year. With all the changes around COVID-19 with income, allowances, government incentives and the deductions that have been impacted by it, this year more than ever is not the time to just Do-It-Yourself!
Rest assured your 2020 tax return deductions will be under more scrutiny than any year ever before. Even more than last year - if that was even possible.
But, as always we have your back. The following is the COMPLETE tax return checklist. We know it is long - but we have done all the hard work for you. It includes the income that you need to declare and the deductions you can claim.
Lets get started....
To ensure you are prepared for your appointment make sure that you have the following information available upon booking:
A copy of last year’s tax return
Bank account details where you would like the refund to be paid to
Photo Identification - new clients only
Income – see breakdown below
Deductions – see breakdown below
Spouse details (married or defacto) – Full name, Date of birth and Taxable income for the year
Number of dependant children
Amount of child support you have paid in the year
Lets break down Income and Deductions....
Salary or Wages
Did you know that your employer does not need to supply you with a Payment Summary if they are reporting directly to the ATO?
PAYMENT SUMMARY CHANGES: Please see important information on the changes to Payment Summaries for all employers from 1 July 2019 here
If your employer has provided you a copy please let us know and have this available upon request, and if applicable any paid parental leave payments
If you have received JobKeeper payments this will be reported on your Payment Summary
Allowances, earnings, tips, director’s fees etc.
This is usually located on your payment summary. Please be aware that receipt of an allowance does not automatically entitle an employee to a deduction for expenditure to which the allowance relates (e.g. tool allowance).
Employer Lump Sum Payments
These payments are in respect of unused annual and long service leave paid out on termination of employment. Label A and B of the client’s PAYG payment summary should contain the relevant information. Also, obtain and attach a copy of a statement of termination from the client’s employer.
Employment Termination Payments (ETPs)
Please provide a copy of any ETP payment summaries and employer termination statements.
Australian Government allowances and payments like Newstart / JobSeeker, youth allowance and Austudy payment
Provide details of all youth allowances, Newstart / JobSeeker, sickness allowance or special benefit, or other educational or training allowances. (Please Note: paper copies are no longer sent by Centrelink and will need to be obtained via my.gov)
Australian Government pensions and other allowances
(Please Note: paper copies are no longer sent by Centrelink and will need to be obtained via my.gov)
Australian annuities and superannuation income streams
Provide details of taxable and rebatable components of pension.
Australian superannuation lump sum payments
Superannuation lump sums paid from a taxed source to a person aged 60 or over are tax free. Lump sums paid to persons under 60 are still taxable. Please provide details of these.
Interest that has been received or credited in the 2019 Financial Year, from your Bank or Financial Provider
Unfranked, partly franked and fully franked dividends are assessable for taxation purposes. Please provide copies of your dividend statements.
Employee share schemes (ESS)
Please provide details of any Employee Share Schemes.
Please note the discount given on the ‘ESS interest’ (being a share or a right to acquire a share) under the ESS is assessable for taxation purposes unless the deferral concession applies. This assessable discount may be reduced by $1,000 where certain conditions apply.
Partnerships and Trusts
Please provide details of the partnership, trust or a managed investment trust fund payment and type of income received are required. In the case of a Partnership and Trading Trust please provide a copy of the tax return. In the case of Managed Trusts, please provide the tax summary from your Shares portfolio provider or Broker