Don't be mired by fear

Jun 27, 2008

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IF that tax-saving strategy you've been offered doesn't quite sound right, it probably isn't

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Soaring petrol prices have failed to persuade the Australian Taxation Office to offer bigger tax deductions for car running costs this financial year.

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Most investors don't know exactly why they love property but you can bet the fact that you can actually touch and feel it has a lot to do with it. This tangible nature of property is just one reason why bricks and mortar will always remain a popular choice for investors, particularly in times of economic uncertainty.

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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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  • "Assuming the app calculates the profit currently then you can use that figure in the Business Income item of your individual tax return - ideally the ATO would like a gross up of the turnover/sales..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Oct 17, 2020 2:10AM

    Post: Foreign currency trading

  • "Good evening Mr Taxman, I just would like to ask about my forex currency trading(I use MT4 app) Each time I close a trade it shows me a loss or profit and it includes the costs. At the end of..."

    By: Aggi at Oct 06, 2020 11:19AM

    Post: Foreign currency trading

  • "I think the Tax Commissioner would unfortunately consider it to be a personal expense Anne - like the purchase of a house would be."

    By: Mr Taxman at Sep 19, 2020 12:35AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "You can claim the 68 cents per kilometre method but that effectively covers all running costs of your vehicle. If you wanted to claim a % of running costs you will need to keep a 12 week logbook. "

    By: Mr Taxman at Sep 19, 2020 12:32AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "Its ok to choose from November 2019 for the start of your logbook Liezl. You can essentially chose any 12 week period during the year so long as its representative of your travel throughout the..."

    By: Mr Taxman at Sep 19, 2020 12:29AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses