Accounting

Self-managed super funds want end to contribution cap

Sally Rose Self-managed super funds have urged the government to replace the $30,000 annual cap on super contributions with a lifetime cap to encourage more people to save.

Oil contractor Schlumberger to pay $51m to settle ATO 'transfer pricing' claim

Peter Ker A multinational contractor to oil giants BHP Billiton and Chevron has agreed to pay more than $51 million to the Australian Tax Office to settle a "transfer pricing" claim.

TAX TRICKS

Seven days - and ways - to strike it rich

Generic image of cash in a briefcase

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon There's a week to go until the end of the financial year. Seven days. Seven chances to save money.

DONATIONS

Getting clarity on charity giving

Brisbane resident Lauren Clemett chooses to support Nourish The Children, a charity which uses most of the money it receives to actually deliver.

Christine Long As Australia's charities swing into end-of-financial-year donation drives, the question about administration costs often arises.

GETTING AHEAD

End the financial year on an upswing

If the end of the financial year isn't going to be party for you,  there are steps you can take now to add some fizz to your financial affairs.

David Potts A financial nip-and-tuck is just the thing to think about before June 30.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Let super take care of tomorrow while you live for today

If you plan to retire early, make sure your retirement plan has legs.

George Cochrane Debt-free and planning to stop working in seven years. Will it all work out?

WELL-HEELED

It’s our civic duty – but paying too much tax is crazy

Melissa Browne .

Melissa Browne If you're looking at ways to cut your taxable income, here are a few things you need to know.

BUDGET 2015

Federal budget 2015: So what does it all mean for you?

Dan Steiner would have liked some restrictions on the superannuation tax concessions that go to the very well off.

John Collett Small business owners have come out smiling, as have 50,000 pensioners. But the budget takeaway is less palatable for others,

TAX PLANS

Death of the tax return?

Embracing greater automation may mean we've seen the last of this.

David Wilson Sick of shoe-boxes of receipts? Hi-tech solutions could spell the end of the tax-time grind.

Joe Hockey's 'tax integrity' measures include tax for Netflix

Joe Hockey wants to embrace widespread changes in tax for overseas digital companies, such as Netflix.

Jared Lynch Netflix is Joe Hockey's lightning rod to collect more tax from overseas technology giants.

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YOUR QUESTIONS

Open to ideas for growing savings

George Cochrane My mother's 93 and will – at some point – leave me a significant sum. What's the best way to make it work for me?

ASSET CHECK

Get that home loan paid off

Daryl Dixon Whether interest rates rise or fall, the most rewarding and tax-effective strategy is to pay off debt on the family home as soon as possible.

Treasury overlooks chief tax shelter

Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon The Treasury tax discussion paper fails to address the gross inequities in both the tax and social security systems.

ON THE CREDIT SIDE

Dividend franking gains a reprieve

Money, franking

David Potts Relax. The fact Treasury thought better of mentioning one of the major arguments against franking suggests it's not fussed either way.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Tax tactics can make your money grow

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris If you're trying to create financial security, always remember that the tax system can be on your side.

ASK NOEL

What can I do to cut my tax bill on sister's rent-free home?

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker What's the tax position on property we bought jointly 15 years ago?

TAX TRAPS

Ways to ensure a great divide

Max Newnham author pic

Max Newnham Replacing one old home with two new ones is tempting. But what are the tax pitfalls?

GETTING STARTED

Treasury getting its tax ducks all in a row

In its sights: But the gaps in the Treasury list also show a pattern.

David Potts Negative gearing isn't a problem but the discount on capital gains tax is.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to best invest your parents' savings: share market or balanced funds?

Investments need to be made with an eye to the future.

George Cochane Should my mum put half her savings into the share market?

ASK NOEL

Dipping a toe in the investment water

 

Noel Whittaker I'm 31 and nervous of investing my hard-earned savings in shares. What should I do?