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PEEL a banana, mash a banana, throw a banana, and let’s go bananas!” Adrian Raftery is a university lecturer in Australia, teaching taxation. During World Cups, he lives out as ‘Larry the leprechaun’: he dons a long hat, sticks a fake beard and lets his inner child peek out as an exuberant Irish fan, following the team around.

The dangers of DIY tax

Aug 03, 2014

MILLIONS of taxpayers who do their own tax returns are being warned to watch out for the traps that can be costly at this time of the year.
The new financial year has arrived which comes with it the annual obligation to submit our income tax return by 31 October. For many of us, the process is as painful as having your teeth pulled but the rewards can be great. Dr Adrian Raftery, a senior lecturer at Deakin University and author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax - Legally! 2014-2015 edition (Wrightbooks, June 2014, AU$24.95) shares with us seven common mistakes to avoid when doing your tax this year.

Top tips for tax time

Jun 26, 2014

Tax time; those two simple words strike horror in the hearts of millions of taxpayers.
Over 1.88 million people claimed more than $41.8 billion in rental deductions in their tax return last year. With June 30 rapidly approaching, it is time to do some urgent tax planning. Here are some excellent tips from Dr Adrian Raftery, a senior lecturer at Deakin University and author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax - Legally! 2014-2015 edition (Wrightbooks, June 2014, AU$24.95), for you to action and maximise your tax refund from your rental property this year.
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