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Tax reform plan coming into focus

James Eyers Roger Brake, the general manager of the tax white paper taskforce, told the Financial Services Council conference that there is strong support for reducing personal income and company tax rates.


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.


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.


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,


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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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?

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.


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?


Ways to ensure a great divide

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


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.


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.


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.


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?


What's the tax position on my property?

What is the tax position on my property?

George Cochrane My SMSF owns a commercial property. Can I transition to retirement and pay zero tax on the rent from the property while the property has a mortgage/loan on it?


Small-business creditors set up name, shame and bill site

Pursuing debtors with a flurry of invoices and statements may be a thing of the past.

David Potts Small businesses are turning to a website to collect money they’re owed.


Be older and wiser with your super

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Noel Whittaker When a member of a superannuation fund dies, the trustee of the super fund has the responsibility of deciding who the money will be paid to, so it's best to get it right.


Is our borrowing to invest plan a wise one?


Noel Whittaker Should a couple put money into managed funds and use the income to pay down their mortgage?


What's the best investment strategy for mother's inheritance?

Do your research: Some ethical investment funds have done very well, but your elderly mother may not likely the volatility, so you might look around for ethical balanced funds, preferably with a large, safe institution.

George Cochrane She wants a safe investment that can be liquidated quickly should she need money to go into a nursing home.


Coalition under pressure to push forward laws requiring top companies to disclose tax bills

Nassim Khadem The Coalition has refused to push forward existing laws that require Australia’s biggest companies to publicly disclose their tax bills.