HANDBAGS, make-up, guard dogs and garden gnomes are among the deductions that may help deliver Australians a handy tax refund in the next couple of months.
THEY say there are only two certainties in life — deaths and taxes. But when it comes to tax time, some things may be less certain and you can’t always bank on a refund.
With the end of the financial year looming, it pays to get your paperwork in order to make the most of deductions and benefits.
E-TAX, the free online tax return system used by millions of taxpayers, has been shut down by the Australian Taxation Office.
30 June is rapidly approaching and it is time to do some urgent tax planning. Dr Adrian Raftery, a senior lecturer in tax, financial planning and superannuation at Deakin University and author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax - Legally! 2016-2017 edition (Wrightbooks, June 2016, AU$24.95), gives some excellent tips for you to action and maximise your tax refund this year.
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  • "Good pick up JAson - now corrected. Thanks. Makes the numbers even worse doesn't it!"

    By: Adrian Raftery at May 21, 2020 11:58PM

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  • "I would be hesitant to do that Stacey. If they have the recepts it should show location, date & length of parking so should match up with diary/Outlook calendar of where they were & what clients..."

    By: Mr Taxman at May 21, 2020 1:06AM

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  • "there is a error on your calculation, Car limit should apply on both depreciation and GST."

    By: Jason at May 20, 2020 11:43PM

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  • "Hi, can you apply log book percentage to parking expenses if the client has all of the parking invoice but can't pin point which ones relate to work trips? can's find anywhere to say that I can't do..."

    By: Stacey at May 20, 2020 12:42AM

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  • "Yes you will need to keep a log book of your travel for a minimum of 12 weeks in order to claim the work-related portion of your car's running expenses. Note the first and last trips of the day..."

    By: Mr Taxman at May 19, 2020 3:40AM

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