Capital Gains Tax

YOUR QUESTIONS

Let off on property's capital gains tax

George Cochrane When it comes to capital gains tax on property, a house bought before September 20, 1985, is exempt.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

What's my super plan now retirement looms?

Thinking of retiring? 
It pays to do your homework first.

George Cochrane I intend to retire this year and have to decide what to do with my superannuation that will complement my part aged pension.

ASK NOEL

What's a girl to do with low super resources?

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker Many older women with low super balances would be better off putting their money elsewhere. What are the options?

YOUR QUESTIONS

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?

ASK NOEL

How can I help pay for grandson's school?

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Noel Whittaker I want to help my son out while minimising any costs or tax implications for all parties.

ASK NOEL

Can I use my super savings to help my mother retire?

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Noel Whittaker I want my mum to be able to stop having to work, but do not have the resources to buy a house with her.

ASK NOEL

Where should we stash property sale cash?

Rollercoaster ride: There are peaks and troughs wherever you invest your cash.

Noel Whittaker Investment properties present lots of questions as well as opportunities.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don't let the tax tail wag the investment dog

Barking up the wrong tree?: Most of us are guilty of letting tax efficiency override our investment judgement from time to time.

Catherine Robson Tax can have a disproportionate influence on investment decision-making.

ASK NOEL

What's the best way to treat a rent payment?

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Noel Whittaker Should my artist husband pay rent for his studio to our self-managed fund ?

We're close to retirement. Should we sell investment properties?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane Is the best strategy to offload our units oir keep them for the income?

TAX TIME

A mistake by the ATO, or have the goalposts moved?

Rule change: ATO shift could provide a capital gains tax saving for SMSFs.

Max Newnham ATO advice changes a long-held view on how account-based pensions can be paid to members of super funds.

ASK NOEL

Tax return doesn't cut the mustard

Michael Mucci

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Noel Whittaker My SMSF isn't complex - can I do my own tax return?