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I’ve spoken on several occasions about the benefits of using a log book to track your vehicle’s expenses and usage. By maintaining a record of capital costs, upkeep and other outlays you can claim your vehicle as a tax deduction. Many of you have been concerned about the change and what it means for you – below are eight answers to your most common questions.
Tax changes announced by the government could have an impact on Australian car production, warn industry insiders. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd confirmed that the existing carbon tax would be removed; replaced with a separate emissions trading scheme. This would reduce the current carbon tax from $25 a tonne to only $6 per tonne. To make up for the $4 billion in revenue lost by the cut in the carbon tax, Rudd's government proposes to reform an existing 20% fringe benefits tax for cars. It's expected that this could have a serious impact on new car sales as a result.
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.
If you drool as you compare cars online, you'll want to know the full extent of what you'll have to pay. Cars in Australia are subject to a variety of taxes.
From 28 December 2012, the failure to lodge on time penalty has increased by 55%, from $110 per penalty unit to $170 per unit.
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  • "Hi. I am a care worker and most of the time I drive my own vehicle due to there not veing enough company vehicles. I have to carry ppe and a first aid kit with me. I don't need to go to the office..."

    By: Danni at Dec 11, 2017 2:32AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "Hi, My question relates to claiming a tax deduction on a new mortgage for shares already held. It feeds into a decision I'm making about selling the shares to pay down the mortgage or, in the..."

    By: Ryan at Dec 09, 2017 4:16AM

    Post: Borrowing to buy shares

  • "I have redrawed money from my home loan to buy shares over the last couple of years. I would now like to split my loan to make claiming interest simpler at tax time. My total cost for my shares held..."

    By: Simon at Nov 24, 2017 2:26AM

    Post: Borrowing to buy shares

  • "Hi, I would like to ask about the toll expense. Can we claim the gst back when we do quarter BAS? Thank you "

    By: Tommy at Nov 23, 2017 5:33AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "Hi, I have a work vehicle that is allocated to me for my role as I travel across Victoria and work from home. I have no parking at my premises - I live central Hawthorn and am surrounded by 2 hour..."

    By: Cassie at Nov 16, 2017 7:07AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses