Higher-income earners can minimise the impact of the federal government's budget tax hikes and welfare cutbacks by deferring income, prepaying expenses and possibly splitting superannuation contributions with their spouse, according to tax experts.
AS soon as Wayne Swan finished delivering his budget speech on Tuesday, the nation's accountants and financial advisers had began thinking of ways to mitigate tax hikes and welfare cutbacks suffered by their clients. The government constantly tweaks the rules, but tax planners always adapt.
WHILE the May budget has cut back some of the tax benefits of using trusts, legislation introduced into federal parliament this week will provide much needed certainty for the 1.5 million Australians who are beneficiaries of these investment vehicles.
Around a million Australians were working a second job before the pandemic hit. While that number reportedly has fallen by almost 20% since March as jobs dried up, many workers are still relying on multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. If you have more than one job, here's what you need to know.
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An essential money-saving resource for every Australian who pays tax – updated for the 2020-2021 tax year and including the latest COVID-19 pandemic government relief measures.

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