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Most investors are too focused on tax rather than fundamentals

Noel Whittaker There is anecdotal evidence that regulatory measures and budget proposals are having an effect on the housing market, which is a sad reflection on the mentality of the average property investor.

Buying property with your super fund has drawbacks

Daryl Dixon Whether or not the government removes the ability of self-managed super funds to borrow to purchase property or other investments, the implications for investors are relatively minor.

You'll lose 2 per cent of your taxable profit selling before June 30

Vendors will potentially pay less tax if the hammer falls after June 30.

Michael Pascoe There's nothing like a forewarned tax change to distort behaviour.

Why property investors won't take their profits

Daryl Dixon If you're working, contributing to super beats paying off investment debt.

The $300m GST grab hardly anyone knows about

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Australians will soon be paying GST on nearly all purchases from overseas websites, including low-value items and digital products and services.

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Time to 'get serious' about interest-only loans

Mark Bouris is not a fan of 'sledgehammer government responses to the property market' because they might fuel the problem.

Mark Bouris The longer the property boom in Sydney and Melbourne goes on, the more avenues we explore to put a cap on buyer exuberance.

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The thorny questions in the upcoming federal budget

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker It's just six weeks to budget night and, as usual, a lot of ideas are being floated.

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Adopt US model of tax deductions for homeowners, not investors

The government has a few options to help first-home buyers.

Daryl Dixon The US tax system is heavily biased in favour of owners of modest properties with mortgage commitments and limits the subsidy available to geared investors.

The Tax Office may be reading your social media

Melissa Browne What the Tax Office is attempting to catch is nothing new – undisclosed income and dodgy deductions – it's just added a new way to catch you out.

Tax hacks for the last quarter of the financial year

You have three months to maximise your tax position for this financial year.

Melissa Browne If you're smart, you'll use this quarter to ensure you're making the most of your tax situation.

The average tax refund is $2112. Here are 12 smart things to do with the money

We derive more happiness from buying an experience than an object. How about BridgeClimb?

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Eight of 10 Australians get a tax refund and the average last year was $2112

Going direct reduces costs when you give to charity

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Face-to-face fundraising is here to stay, but while it's effective for charities, there are more effective ways to give.

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Cutting company tax for small business is 'stupid'

Most small businesses would appreciate government assistance but not necessarily in the form of tax cuts.

Noel Whittaker A crazy idea that looks like getting up was based on the notion that government could give small business a much-needed boost by cutting their company tax.

The Money guide to shacking up with your partner

Melissa Browne There can be unexpected tax and financial consequences of a couple moving in together.

The difference between tax minimisation and tax avoidance

Kerry Packer speaks at a parliamentary inquiry in Canberra in 1991. Packer won his battle with the Tax Office but most of us don't want to end up there in the first place.

Melissa Browne The challenge with paying tax is how to make sure you don't pay too much or too little but just the right amount.

The sharing economy is in the Taxman's crosshairs this year

The Tax Office is well resourced for checking tax returns.

John Collett The Tax Office is targeting the growing number of people making a living or supplementing their regular income from the sharing economy.

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Congratulations, you're a landlord; now get your tax deductions straight

A holiday home in Eden, on the NSW South Coast. There are rules worth knowing about letting out properties and tax.

Melissa Browne If you're letting a property to tenants, it's important to know what you can and cannot claim.

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Maximise your tax deductions and minimise your accountant bills

Melissa Browne Making sure you're financially organised is the key to ensuring you maximise your tax return and receive your refund as soon as possible.

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How giving clubs are changing the face of philanthropy

Bryony Green and Sarah Wickham, co-founders of Good Mob.

Christine Long Many people will make spontaneous donations to charity before the end of the financial year, but Bryony Green and others like her will be banding together for more "purposeful and planned" giving.

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Tax advice for singles, couples and families

Melissa Browne Many people are quick to complain about how changes to our tax system will affect them, but they won't do anything about it.