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The dangers of DIY tax

Aug 03, 2014

MILLIONS of taxpayers who do their own tax returns are being warned to watch out for the traps that can be costly at this time of the year.
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. 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) shares with us seven common mistakes to avoid when doing your tax this year.
The only constant about tax is change. 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), provides us with some of the new tax rules that came into effect in 2013/14.

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.
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  • "Unfortunately Natalie you are doubling up the extra tax taken out each fortnight with the year end assessment notice. Only the amount shown in the assessment is actually offset against your HELP..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Apr 24, 2017 11:45AM

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  • "If you are under the repayment threshold each year then no repayment. Note that in last year's Federal Budget that the governmet intends on asking for repayment of HECS/HELP debts for non-residents..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Apr 24, 2017 11:43AM

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  • "I have a HECS debt from 1998 that I have never repaid as I moved to UK in 2000 and unexpectedly stayed! Will this debt ever need to be repaid if I continue living in UK? If I return to Oz to..."

    By: Steve at Apr 23, 2017 8:26AM

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    By: Natalie at Apr 20, 2017 9:06AM

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