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How to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Friends from Scams

How to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Friends from Scams

The most common scams reported to the ATO are phone calls where the scammer demands payment for a fake tax debt and emails requesting personal information or a fee to release a refund.  These scammers use sophisticated techniques to get your money or data and use a […]

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Non-Compulsory and Compulsory Work Uniforms and Their Tax Deductibility

Non-Compulsory and Compulsory Work Uniforms and Their Tax Deductibility

Non-Compulsory and Compulsory Work Uniforms and Their Tax Deductibility You can’t claim expenses incurred for non-compulsory work uniforms unless your employer has registered the design with AusIndustry. Compulsory uniforms which are strictly enforced and must be worn at all times are not required to be registered and […]

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Going Overseas (or currently living overseas) and Have a HELP or TSL Debt?

Going Overseas (or currently living overseas) and Have a HELP or TSL Debt?

From 1 July 2017 onwards your HELP/TSL repayment will be based on your worldwide income.  You will also be required to submit an “overseas travel notification” if you meet certain criteria. What these changes mean for you if you will be travelling overseas, or already reside overseas […]

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Are You An Uber Driver? Make sure you’re registered for GST and report all your income and expenses via your tax return.

Are You An Uber Driver?  Make sure you’re registered for GST and report all your income and expenses via your tax return.

The ATO are collecting information from Uber on all people driving for them. So, if you have been driving for Uber or intend to take up driving for them you need to do the following: Set up an ABN if you haven’t already done so Register for […]

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Claiming Work Related Expenses? What You Need to Know

Claiming Work Related Expenses?  What You Need to Know The ATO are paying attention to people who are over-claiming work-related expenses. If you can satisfy these three rules then the expense is claimable: You must have spent the money and were not reimbursed It must be directly […]

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$20,000 Instant Asset Write-Off Extended to 30 June 2018

If your business has a turnover of less than $10 million it can write off assets costing less than $20,000 each (exclusive of GST). The entire cost of the asset must be less than the instant asset write-off threshold, irrespective of any trade-in amount. In working out […]

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Budgeting Made Easy

Budgeting Made Easy

Budgeting Made Easy  The New Financial Year is here and you may be thinking about getting your finances into shape! The path to financial security is not only about earning more but making the most of your income via a budget. Here are some basic points on […]

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Do You Need to Adjust your Super Salary Sacrifice Amount Due to the Lowering of the Concessional Contributions Cap?

From 1 July 2017 onwards the ATO is reducing the concessional contributions cap to $25,000 for everyone.  In prior years the cap was $35,000 for individuals aged 49 and over and $30,000 for those under age 49. Therefore, for the 2017/2018 financial year the maximum that anyone […]

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Air BnB – Be Aware of Tax Implications

Thinking of joining the sharing economy and renting out part or all of your home?  You may want to consider these points: You need to keep records of all income earned and associated expenses (e.g. commissions, council rates, interest on a loan for the property, gas, electricity, […]

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Budget change to reduce investment property deductions

From 1 July 2017 onwards depreciation on plant & equipment (e.g. dishwasher, air conditioner, etc) will be limited to outlays incurred by property investors. Investors who purchase plant & equipment for their residential property investment after 9 May 2017 will be able to claim a deduction over […]

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