Organisation is the key to good accounting and reducing your tax bill. There are some really good reasons to pay your taxes as a stripper. I outlined some of these reasons in my last post. Accounting can seem super scary, but all accounting actually is, is the recording of cash in and out. Learning these skills early in your stripper career is really important and will prevent you from copping huge fines, as well as prepare you to invest and stack your money higher than you ever thought possible!
So first things first, you need to create an organisational system and keep records of your money coming in – this is what goes in your bank account, and going out. For this we want to create a business binder.
What is a business binder?
A business binder contains documentation of money coming in and money going out, sorted monthly and recorded with proof (receipts). A business binder can help you calculate your finances, profits and losses each week, and keep you on top of your earnings, savings, financial goals and upcoming tax bills so that you are not caught out with any nasty surprises.
For my comprehensive guide on organising your finances, watch this video or keep reading!
EXAMPLE OF HOW I ORGANISE MY FINANCES:
|Month||Profit:||Loss (tax deductible):|
|January week 1st – 7th
|$900 – cash deposit||$45.00 – boohoo lingerie purchase|
|January Week 8th- 14th
|January Week 15th – 21st|
|January 22nd -28th|
|January 29th – 4th FEB|
|GROSS BUSINESS INCOME:
|TOTAL INCOME AFTER DEDUCTIBLES:
Receipts and deposits:
Keep these and place them into monthly sections in your business binder. I like to use my free downloadable system which you can find at the following link. The downloadable system allows you to keep a running tally of profit and loss forms for a monthly total.
HOW TO USE THE DOWNLOADABLE CE-HOE SYSTEM:
The profit and loss form available at the link below in this blog post is designed to help you when the end of financial year rolls around. Taking one day out of each month, or week to file and record the earnings you have banked will help save you stress and money when doing your tax return as a CE-HOE. The following three steps will ensure the form is used correctly.
- Simply record all cash deposited, and money spent on deductible items for each week of the month on the form (there are five rows in case it’s one of those odd-fortnight months). Add up your total recorded income, and total deductible income and record this also.
- Keep all your receipts detailing cash deposits banked from your income as a stripper, and all tax invoices from deductible expenses with the respective monthly profit and loss sheet (I recommend using a binder method, and making sure income receipts versus deductibles are clipped together in separate piles).
- Take your twelve months’ worth of super organized recordings to a sole-trader friendly accountant (almost every accountant out there should be able to help you!) and have them calculate your tax bill and/or return!
Some tips for your organisation (run-through):
- Don’t place receipts in plastic sleeves – the ink can wear off reducing readability – a receipt is invalid as a deductible if it cannot be read. I combat this by placing a paper label over each of my clipped receipt piles reading ‘in’ and ‘out’.
- Do file receipts for deposits (cash in) throughout the month in one pile, and receipts for cash out (deductibles) in another respective pile. I just clip mine to either side of the monthly page. I find that easiest.
- DO keep an online record of money in and out (receipts) I use two email folders for paypal purchases given to me by customers, and of course, online lingerie purchases I can claim as deductibles.
- DON’T get caught up trying to track all of your daily, personal expenses. You can’t claim most of them back and a business binder is for your tax-specific profit and loss. Your business expenses and total income.
- I keep the most recent month at the top of the pile of paper working backwards. The ATO requires small business owners to keep five years worth of records ( i.e. if you’ve been dancing since 2010 you would need records from 2013 to present).
Saving for End of Year Tax Bill:
Some people like to save for their end of year tax bill by creating a separate account which they pay quarterly, or annually. Being aware throughout the year of how much money you have earned and how much you will be able to write-off in total deductibles will help you estimate your annual or quarterly tax bill and ensure there are no nasty surprises!
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR TAX BILL:
AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY:
Taxable income begins at $18,201 with 19c in tax owed per dollar earned above $18,200
This means if you live in Australia and you earned exactly $18,201 in one year you would only owe 19c in tax.
If however you banked $500 per week across the year you would have earned $26,000.
So to calculate the tax bill for a sole trader earning $26,000 per year we would follow this method:
Congratulations, Australian strippers, you just worked out your tax bill. The deductions you then claim will reduce the bill further.
You can also use this ATO guide to calculate: https://www.ato.gov.au/Calculators-and-tools/Host/?anchor=STC&anchor=STC#STC/report
If you are on a working visa or need to research a different tax bracket follow this link: https://www.ato.gov.au/Rates/Individual-income-tax-rates/
Tax bill calculators are prevalent across the internet and I would recommend finding one designed for sole traders and LLC’s in the U.S. to help you understand your tax bill further.
So come tax time you should have organized your tax folder, kept your receipts for cash flow in and out, and documented these all in a folder organized into monthly sections. All that’s left for you do to when it comes to filing your tax return is to take this information to an accountant and pay up.
GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE:
- ATO LINKS: You can also use this ATO guide to calculate: https://www.ato.gov.au/Calculators-and-tools/Host/?anchor=STC&anchor=STC#STC/report
- If you are on a working visa or need to research a different tax bracket follow this link: https://www.ato.gov.au/Rates/Individual-income-tax-rates/
- USA STRIPPERS: IRS: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/sole-proprietorships
- USA STRIPPERS CALCULATOR: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-withholding-calculator