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Yesterday the Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, released a statement on “progressing professional standards reforms”. Well, it’s progress of a sort – if progress can be defined as delaying something by several years.
You may have heard recently that you can claim your handbag on your tax bill. Like many others who have called their accountants in the past month, it may have prompted you to ask "what else can I claim this year?"
The bottom line with negative gearing is that your investment is making a loss, and those banking on windfalls down the track are playing a risky game, writes Andrew Robertson.
FAILING to lodge a tax return is costing Australians more than just a slap on the wrist. Technology advances are giving the Australian Taxation Office unprecedented power to track transactions and catch people who don’t do their tax.
There are plenty of reasons why Australians love to borrow money to invest in bricks and mortar. Some people think the value of property never goes down; others like the fact you can see and touch it. But, mostly, it is the ability to offset the cost of owning the property – including the interest paid on a loan – against assessable income that makes it particularly attractive.
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  • "Does my accountant have access to my registered relationship eg: will they know who I am in a relationship with and since when? Al"

    By: al at Oct 31, 2019 6:43AM

    Post: Marriage

  • "Hi, I am a doctor and I am contracted to work at Hospital "A". I however rotate every 10 weeks in different hospitals for my work (say Hospital "B" a few months ago). Am I able to claim car travel..."

    By: Sam at Oct 30, 2019 5:54AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "I’m looking to do my tax return myself online this year, have previously used a tax agent. I’ve never given my spouses details before when using an agent. I do not live permanently with him, nor do..."

    By: Hannah Snelling at Oct 30, 2019 4:09AM

    Post: Marriage

  • "Hi Mr Tax Man, This tax year I will be over the threshold and will receive a HELP bill to pay. Problem is I am moving to a low employment area for family reasons and It could be some time before I am..."

    By: will at Oct 06, 2019 11:44PM

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

  • "I have a brought a brand new Toyota hilux sr5 in 2016.. I claim the car 100% for work use as I carry tools and soley own use for work purposes.. what is the deminishing value of the car per year??..."

    By: Mark at Aug 20, 2019 12:07PM

    Post: Claiming car expenses