End of Financial Year 2024 Checklist for Businesses

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The end of the financial year (EOFY) is an important time for businesses. It’s essential for businesses to start preparing to ensure a smooth transition and to maximise their tax benefits. 

By following this checklist, you can ensure that your financial records are accurate, your tax obligations are met, and your business is in a strong position for the year ahead.   DOWNLOAD OUR GUIDE TO SMART TAX PLANNING



Having a comprehensive checklist can make the process less daunting, so here’s your ultimate EOFY checklist for 2024: 

1. Review Financial Statements 

Balance Sheet 
☑ Ensure that all assets and liabilities are accurately recorded. 
☑ Reconcile any discrepancies. 

Profit and Loss Statement 
☑ Verify all income and expenses are recorded. 
☑ Look for unusual items that may need adjustment. 

Cash Flow Statement 
☑ Confirm all cash transactions are accounted for. 
☑ Review operating, investing, and financing activities for accuracy. 
 
2. Reconcile Accounts 

Bank Accounts 
☑ Reconcile all business bank accounts to ensure transactions match your records. 

Credit Cards and Loans 
☑ Match credit card statements and loan accounts with your accounting records. 
 
3. Stocktake 

☑ Conduct a physical stocktake of your inventory. 
☑ Write off obsolete or damaged stock. 
☑ Adjust your inventory records accordingly. 
 
4. Review Debtors and Creditors 

Accounts Receivable 
☑ Follow up on outstanding invoices. 
☑ Write off bad debts if necessary. 

Accounts Payable 
☑ Ensure all supplier invoices are recorded. 
☑ Schedule payments to improve cash flow. 

Related: How to improve Your Business Cash Flow during periods of instability

5. Assess Fixed Assets 

☑ Review your fixed asset register. 
☑ Consider disposing of obsolete or unused assets. 
☑ Ensure depreciation is correctly calculated. 

6. Employee Obligations 

Payroll 
☑ Reconcile payroll records with bank statements. 
☑ Ensure all employee entitlements, including superannuation, are paid up to date. 

Employee Benefits 
☑ Review fringe benefits provided and ensure they are correctly reported.

Related:
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7. Tax Obligations 

Income Tax 
☑ Estimate your tax liability and make necessary provisions. 
☑ Consider any tax planning strategies to minimise tax payable. 

GST and BAS 
☑ Ensure all GST transactions are recorded accurately. 
☑ Prepare and lodge your Business Activity Statement (BAS). 
 
8. Review Financial Performance 

☑ Analyse your financial performance over the past year. 
☑ Identify areas for improvement and set goals for the next financial year. 
 
Related: The benefits of Financial Modelling for Small Businesses 

9. Plan for the Next Financial Year 

☑ Prepare a budget and cash flow forecast. 
☑ Review and update your business plan. 
☑ Consider any major investments or changes in business strategy. 
 
10. Consult Your Tax Accountant 

☑ Schedule a meeting with your accountant. 
☑ Discuss any complex issues or concerns. 
☑ Ensure you are compliant with all regulatory requirements. 

Related: How to choose the right Tax Accountant
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Preparing for the end of the financial year is a critical task for any business. By following this checklist, you can ensure that your financial records are accurate, your tax obligations are met, and your business is in a strong position for the year ahead.  
 
Taking the time to review and prepare now can save you a lot of headaches in the future and set you up for continued success. Get in touch if you need help. 

Remember, this checklist is a guide only and may need to be tailored to fit the specific needs of your business. Happy EOFY 2024 preparations! 



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