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STUPIDITY, carelessness, greed, arrogance, forgetfulness, dishonesty and laziness. Most of us are guilty of some, or all, of these qualities at some stage and we probably don’t even know it. But when it comes to tax time, it’s best to avoid all of them because committing just one of these sins can land you in a heap of hot water.
The end of the financial year will ring in many changes to superannuation and personal allowances while ringing out popular concessions for property investors and home buyers. Adrian Raftery, an associate professor in tax, financial planning and superannuation at Deakin University, says now more than ever it's crucial for individuals and small business owners to take ownership of the upcoming changes.
With dramatic changes to superannuation just 10 weeks away, family trusts are becoming more popular as the "next best" investment vehicle for those who have more to invest than the new super rules will allow. Financial advisers note a marked increase in clients wanting to set one up, either dismayed by how little they'll be able to get into super after July 1 or fed up with government changes to retirement savings.
The new financial year will soon be here 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, an Associate Professor at Deakin University and author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax - Legally! 2017-2018 edition (Wiley, June 2017, AU$25.95) shares with us seven common mistakes to avoid when doing your tax this year.
A buy-now-pay-later mentality has left many high-debt households vulnerable
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