The Australian Taxation Office has been criticised for targeting regular hard-working Australians instead of multinational corporations, but an expert says taxpayers should not be deterred from claiming everything they are entitled to.
THERE has been a big jump in the number of Australians rushing to grab a fast tax refund, but there’s a potential sting. Tax specialists warn that being quick off the mark can result in costly errors because Australian Taxation Office technology is likely to spot undeclared income.
The new financial year is here which comes which comes with it the annual obligation to submit our income tax return by 31 October. Like most, you are probably in a mad panic trying to find your receipts to scrap together in a futile attempt to boost your refund (or worse reduce your payable) with some last-minute claims. For others, 1 July brings around a new sense of hope with a whole year to get our tax planning right in 2017/18.
STUPIDITY, carelessness, greed, arrogance, forgetfulness, dishonesty and laziness. Most of us are guilty of some, or all, of these qualities at some stage and we probably don’t even know it. But when it comes to tax time, it’s best to avoid all of them because committing just one of these sins can land you in a heap of hot water.
101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally! is the Australian taxpayer’s essential guide to maximising returns. Comprehensively updated for 2017-2018, this indispensable resource explains all of the changes to the May 2017 budget to help you pay what you owe and not a penny more. You’ll find answers to common questions, tax traps to avoid and plenty of tips from Mr. Taxman himself that can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars!
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  • "In the Business Income schedule. Note the losses can only be offset against normal income if you satisfy one of the non-commercial loss tests."

    By: Mr Taxman at Aug 12, 2020 4:39AM

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  • "By trade size"

    By: Mr Taxman at Aug 12, 2020 4:37AM

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  • "Mr Taxman, In regards to the Non Commercial Losses, when determinin gthe 20k rule is that based on your Profit/Loss for the year combined or is it actually turnover from the size of your trades eg..."

    By: Greg Croot at Aug 10, 2020 12:52PM

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  • "Hello Taxman! I invested in BTCUSD trading using MT4 trading platform using a broker in HongKong. I am a Australian resident for tax purposes. I used to trade only 2-3 times a month. I made profilts..."

    By: Santosh at Aug 09, 2020 4:05AM

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  • "Hi Mrtax I’m a sole trader with an ABN, I work for myself as a Nanny. Would my home be considered my place of Business/work, where I then travel to my clients home to care for the..."

    By: Jessica at Aug 07, 2020 11:41PM

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