If you could go back and give your teenage self some sage money advice, what would it be? With Year 12 exams over and our region's school leavers contemplating their next move, we asked 'Mr Taxman' Adrian Raftery for his top money tips for school leavers to set them up for a prosperous future.
Renting out your property can be a great way to earn some extra income, but there are tax implications that it's important to be aware of before you put your home on the market. The most significant of these is the capital gains tax, or CGT, that you must pay upon the eventual sale of your investment property. However, by taking a closer look at how the CGT is calculated, you may find an exemption that you qualify for. There are certain exemptions allowed by the Australian Taxation Office, including those who rent out their primary residence.
Trustees of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) may have caught their breath this week when they read that the Australian Taxation Office had its eye on capital gains that were going tax-free once members moved into the pension phase.
I’ve spoken on several occasions about the benefits of using a log book to track your vehicle’s expenses and usage. By maintaining a record of capital costs, upkeep and other outlays you can claim your vehicle as a tax deduction. Many of you have been concerned about the change and what it means for you – below are eight answers to your most common questions.
Today the ATO has released "Compliance in focus 2013-14" which replaces their previous annual compliance program booklet. This new online product, which the ATO developed in consultation with tax professionals, will be updated throughout the year to keep you informed of new issues and risks as they arise.
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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

    Post: Foreign currency trading

  • "By trade size"

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

    Post: Foreign currency trading

  • "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

    Post: Foreign currency trading

  • "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

    Post: Foreign currency trading

  • "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

    Post: Claiming car expenses