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The first whiff of winter in the air generally marks the start of the financial silly season, when rational investors seek irrational answers to the challenge of cutting this year's tax bill.

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If you are a travel consultant who is thinking of putting that family trip overseas down as a work-related expense on your tax return, it might serve you well to think again.

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Those who work from home or use their own car for their job could face heavy scrutiny of work-related expenses over the next year in a new tax office crackdown, accountants warn.

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Feb 13, 2008

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Gyrations on the sharemarket can spook even steely investors but the turbulence is particularly unsettling for those nearing retirement.

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Investors who tried to capitalise on the $1 million tax free window introduced last year may have lost over 16 per cent of their superannuation money due to the falling sharemarket.

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