Mr Taxman
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Sharing it with Australia, Mr Taxman is a regular Woman’s Day columist and TV finance commentator
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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.
IT sounds like something from a spy movie, but instead of James Bond, it’s coming from the Australian Taxation Office.
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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