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A Deakin University tax expert has called on the Government to strengthen existing double tax treaty agreements to curtail the practice of foreign companies siphoning untaxed profits from Australia.

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.
Renting out your property can be a great way to earn some extra income, but there are tax implications that it's important to be aware of before you put your home on the market. The most significant of these is the capital gains tax, or CGT, that you must pay upon the eventual sale of your investment property. However, by taking a closer look at how the CGT is calculated, you may find an exemption that you qualify for. There are certain exemptions allowed by the Australian Taxation Office, including those who rent out their primary residence.
Today the ATO has released "Compliance in focus 2013-14" which replaces their previous annual compliance program booklet. This new online product, which the ATO developed in consultation with tax professionals, will be updated throughout the year to keep you informed of new issues and risks as they arise.
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