EOFY Headaches? This Simple Bookkeeping EOFY Checklist Is Your Solution 


EOFY checklist

Bookkeeping is an essential record-keeping of your business’s income and expenses. It’s the foundation of knowing how your business is really doing. But for many business owners, the End of the Financial Year (EOFY) brings a wave of EOFY headaches. Scrambling for receipts, untangling financial records, and the ever-looming tax deadline. It’s enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers. This simple bookkeeping EOFY checklist is your solution.  

Sidestep the stress and ensure your business is EOFY-ready. Think of it as your roadmap to a hassle-free financial year-end and a smoother start to a new business year. 

What is bookkeeping anyway? (And why you shouldn’t ignore it) 

Not everyone is born an accountant or a bookkeeper. If words like “balance sheet” make you want to hide under your desk, you’re not alone! But here’s the deal. Bookkeeping is basically the lifeblood of your business. 

Bookkeeping is an organised way you track every penny that comes in and out of your business. Messy bookkeeping leads to messy finances and that can lead to some serious headaches. 

What is a bookkeeper?  

A good bookkeeper saves you time, stress, and potentially a LOT of money. They track every cent coming into and going out of your business. This includes tasks like recording sales, processing invoices, managing payroll, and keeping an eye on expenses, freeing you to focus on growing your business. 

While it’s possible to handle basic bookkeeping yourself, a skilled bookkeeper brings expert knowledge of tax laws, deductions, and financial reporting. This expertise can save you from costly mistakes and ensure you’re maximising every dollar. 

If you are on a DIY approach, to make the most of your valuable time and ensure your financial records are in top shape, consider having an essential EOFY checklist for bookkeepers and business owners to help you stay on track. 

Your Bookkeeping EOFY Checklist 

The end of the financial year can be a scramble, especially if your books aren’t in order. But don’t freak out, here’s a simple EOFY checklist to get you on track and get ready before June: 

Task  Description  Why It Matters 
Bank Reconciliation  Match your bank statements to your bookkeeping records, investigating any discrepancies.  Ensures accurate financial records and helps catch errors. 
Review Accounts Receivable & Payable  Chase outstanding invoices, list unpaid bills. Manage outgoing payments on time.  Improves cash flow and avoids late fees or strained relationships. 
Conduct Inventory Stocktake (if applicable)  Physically count your inventory and update your records accordingly.  Impacts cost of goods sold and profit calculations. 
Categorise and Review Expenses  Scrutinise receipts, invoices, and subscriptions. Ensure all are correctly categorised and look for savings.  Helps identify tax deductions and areas to streamline spending. 
Prepare Financial Reports  Generate your Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement.  Provides a snapshot of your business’s financial health. 
Review Payroll & Superannuation  Ensure all payroll records are up-to-date and superannuation obligations are met.  Avoids penalties and ensures employee entitlements are met. 
Back Up Your Data  Securely back up all financial records, both digitally and consider an offsite physical copy.  Protects vital information in case of data loss or disaster. 

Bank reconciliation

Make sure your bank statements and bookkeeping records match. Any discrepancies? Investigate. It could be a simple error or something more serious. 

Accounts receivable & payable – Who owes you what? 

Chase those outstanding invoices, that’s your hard-earned cash! Check your bills too. Are there any outstanding payments you forgot about? List them down. 

Stocktake time (if you sell physical products) 

Dust off the shelves and count your inventory. This number is important for taxes and figuring out your profits. 

Review your expenses 

Dig into those receipts, invoices, and subscriptions. Are you spending wisely? Is there  anything you can cut, renegotiate, or get a better deal on? 

Prepare those all-important reports 

  • Profit and Loss Statement: Shows if you made money or gulp took a loss. 
  • Balance Sheet: A snapshot of what your business owns and owes. 
  • Cash Flow Statement: Tracks where your money really went over the year. 

It’s not just about the numbers 

Yes, crunching numbers is important, but the end of the financial year is also a chance to zoom out and get strategic. Here are some other things to consider: 

How’s your cash flow?  

Are you consistently bringing in more than you’re spending? If not, it’s time for a rethink. 

What about your taxes? 

Get organised early. Prepare the documents your accountant needs to lodge your returns with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). 

Set some goals. 

Where do you want your business to be next financial year? Use all the details from your EOFY  checklist to make those smart decisions. 

Common mistakes people make at EOFY 

The EOFY rush can lead to costly bookkeeping missteps. Here are a few common errors that can cause major headaches down the line, and importantly, how to easily sidestep them: 

Missing or messy records 

Incomplete or disorganised receipts, invoices, and bank statements make accurate reporting a nightmare. Set up a simple filing system and get into the habit of recording transactions as they happen. 

Compare every single transaction on your bank statement against your records. Do the dates and amounts match perfectly? If it doesn’t add up, it could be: 

  • Simple data entry errors (happens to the best of us) 
  • Outstanding cheques or deposits not yet cleared. 
  • Fees you may have forgotten about. 
  • Possible unauthorised transactions (investigate as soon as possible) 

Procrastination is your enemy 

Leaving everything to the last minute increases the risk of errors and means you lose out on the chance to make strategic adjustments throughout the year. Set monthly reminders for mini bookkeeping check-ins. 

Ignoring outstanding bills 

Unpaid invoices or outstanding debts might slip through the cracks. Conduct a review to identify what’s owed to you and what you still need to pay. Schedule these payments on time to avoid late fees and interest. 

Not reviewing subscriptions 

Many businesses have recurring subscriptions they no longer fully utilise. Do a full audit of all your subscriptions and cancel any that are no longer serving your business. 


The end of the financial year can be a stressful time but with the right preparation, it can be smooth and insightful. This EOFY checklist is a great start to lessen stress, see your finances clearly, and make smart decisions for the year ahead. That’s the power of good bookkeeping. 

Ready to make your year-end a success? Start early and work with your trusted accountants and bookkeepers – it’ll make tax time a whole lot easier.  

Wardle Partners Accountants & Advisors is here to help. Book a free consultation to explore how our bookkeeping services can streamline your finances, saving you time and money, making your business life easier. Hope this EOFY checklist helps! Here’s to a strong financial finish! 

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