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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.
TAXPAYERS eager to grab a quick refund are taking charge of their own tax return in record numbers.
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