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The last few years have been horror ones financially for alot of people. But 2015 is starting to look pretty good. Dr Adrian Raftery, senior lecturer in Financial Planning and Superannuation at Deakin University, provides a few ideas for creating your own list of New Year's resolutions to help put your finances in better shape in 2015.
If you could go back and give your teenage self some sage money advice, what would it be? With Year 12 exams over and our region's school leavers contemplating their next move, we asked 'Mr Taxman' Adrian Raftery for his top money tips for school leavers to set them up for a prosperous future.

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Here is a beautifully written story on the front page of Saturday's Daily Telegraph which chronicles an important chapter in our lives - the birth of our son Hamish.
Reader question: We purchased a house with our son 8 years ago. We rented it out for 4 years and then my son moved in but we (my husband and I) continued to receive rent from some of the bedrooms my son rented out to cover our mortgage. We have now sold our 50% share to our daughter-in-law so now my son and his wife own the house and are living in it. They plan to live there for quite a few years and renovate it. How does Capital Gains affect him once he sells it (maybe in 10 years)?
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. Adrian Raftery, author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally! shares with us eight common traps to avoid when doing your tax this year.
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  • "Currently voided but that may change in the future...."

    By: Mr Taxman at Mar 24, 2017 9:03PM

    Post: Two important dates for those with HECS/HELP debts

  • "Provided you stay under the repayment threshold & you an Australian tax resident, it will continue to accumulate (adjusted for CPI each year). Currently there is no ability for the government to take..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Mar 24, 2017 9:02PM

    Post: Two important dates for those with HECS/HELP debts

  • "Yes you will get that extra tax back when you lodge your return provided you are under the repayment threshold. Consider it a forced form of saving. Please note that for some 2nd jobs, the tax being..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Mar 24, 2017 8:58PM

    Post: Two important dates for those with HECS/HELP debts

  • "Technically no as you are filling out your TFN declaration in good faith that it is accurate that you don't have a HECS debt. If you don't happen to have any extra tax being deducted & you don't make..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Mar 24, 2017 8:56PM

    Post: Two important dates for those with HECS/HELP debts

  • "It will depend on what your taxable income is - if you are over the repayment threshold level https://www.ato.gov.au/Rates/HELP,-TSL-and-SFSS-repayment-thresholds-and-rates/ then some of your extr..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Mar 24, 2017 8:53PM

    Post: Two important dates for those with HECS/HELP debts