A Tax Flow Forecast Report is a key tool in planning your taxation payments. It is a report that shows your tax and superannuation obligations for the coming months.
A Tax Flow Forecast will show your GST/VAT, your PAYG/PAYE withheld from wages and your superannuation payments.
If you have PAYG or Provisional Tax calculated in Calxa, it will also include that.
The aim of the Tax Flow Forecast is to show your major outgoings at a glance.
The Bank at End line shows your forecast bank balance at the end of each month, so you know how close you are to meeting your obligations.
You could extract this information from your cash flow forecast but we’ve separated it out to make it more easily accessible in one simple report.
How will a Tax Flow Forecast help your business?
Taxes are a major outgoing for many businesses and it’s important to plan so that you have sufficient funds when your payments are due.
Yes, it’s important to look at your overall cash flow requirements, but sometimes you just want to know the tax amounts and that’s what this report gives you.
You can see at a glance what your obligations are and plan how you can meet them.
Checking the forecast bank balance will alert you to potential cash shortfalls and you can review the full cash flow forecast if that’s necessary.
But if that looks OK and you have a reasonable buffer, sometimes you can get away with a quick glance at the Tax Flow Forecast and know you can sleep well at night.
Automated with Report Bundles
Add this report to a Report Bundle, even if it’s the only report in the Bundle. Set the start month to Relative +1 – so that it always gives you the information starting from the next month.
You can then create a workflow to email you the report at the beginning of each month so you know exactly what you’re up for that month and the following months.
How to set up a Tax Flow Forecast in Calxa
If you’ve already set up a budget, there’s not much more you need to do.
Under My Workspace, Settings there’s a group of Financial Settings which govern the timing of your tax and superannuation payments. The ones you need to review are GST, Wages & PAYG, Superannuation and Company Tax.
Check that the right accounts are selected in each section and that the payment frequencies are right and your report should give you the numbers you need.
Full details on these settings are found in our Help Centre.
Tax Planning with your Accountant
Having the Tax Flow Forecast at hand makes for a great start to a conversation with your accountant. Use this report to discuss how taxes are impacting your cash flow. Or, to evaluate your payment options early so you can plan for that upcoming tax bill. Here are some of our thoughts on Tax Planning with your Accountant.
Planning Tax Payments with your Client
If you’re an accountant or bookkeeper preparing this report for your client, the best time is right after preparing and lodging their Business Activity Statement. Then you know the right numbers and this report will provide them to your client. Giving them an estimate of their next payments will go a long way towards their cash flow planning.