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The Budget’s tough reforms will highlight some handy financial lessons for everyday Australians.
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.
Renting out your property can be a great way to earn some extra income, but there are tax implications that it's important to be aware of before you put your home on the market. The most significant of these is the capital gains tax, or CGT, that you must pay upon the eventual sale of your investment property. However, by taking a closer look at how the CGT is calculated, you may find an exemption that you qualify for. There are certain exemptions allowed by the Australian Taxation Office, including those who rent out their primary residence.
Trustees of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) may have caught their breath this week when they read that the Australian Taxation Office had its eye on capital gains that were going tax-free once members moved into the pension phase.
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.
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  • "Hi. I came to Australia as a de-facto spouse. I have recently taken out a couples private health insurance policy for my partner and I and a reciprocal health care plan ontop for my partner only..."

    By: Lucy Howe at Aug 20, 2017 7:20AM

    Post: Marriage

  • "Hi Mr Taxman, I am married to my wife for 3 years now and it is the first time for us to lodge tax return in AU as we moved here in June 2016. I opened a personal bank account and deposited some..."

    By: Jure at Aug 16, 2017 5:39AM

    Post: Marriage

  • "hi, i run a small business that is yet to turn a profit as my start up expenses were high. Is it possible to offset these losses against my husband income?"

    By: heidi at Aug 15, 2017 11:19PM

    Post: Marriage

  • "Hi, not sure if this is travel or vehicle expenses..... Home is in town A - employer is located in town A (but I rarely work there). Get seconded for 12 months to town B (120km away) and other..."

    By: Jason at Aug 04, 2017 4:04AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "I've paid my outstanding HECS debt so my balance is now $0. My question is......Is it a good idea to keep the HECS coming out so at tax time I get a large lump sum back OR cancel my HECS and receive..."

    By: Sophie at Jul 31, 2017 8:38AM

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