Personal Tax

Investors falling foul of rules on tax-deductible interest

Noel Whittaker It is still common for people to find themselves in financial strife because they do not understand the tax implications of their actions.

Transition to retirement still worthwhile – but not for the tax perks

Catherine Robson Despite limited tax incentives, there are some compelling reasons why a TTR income stream might still be for you.

Sharing economy, rental property and work deductions in ATO's sights

Each tax return is now scrutinised by the Tax Office, matching 650 million pieces of data.

John Collett Those working as Uber drivers, letting rooms on Airbnb and offering services through AirTasker are in the sights of the Tax Office this year.

Ten things you're doing wrong at tax time

Katrina Haskew Putting together a tax return isn't something most people relish.

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.

Most investors are too focused on tax rather than fundamentals

Noel Whittaker.

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.

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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The benefits of capital gains tax

Illustration: Michael Mucci

Daryl Dixon Understanding the fine details of capital gains tax can improve investment returns.

Why property investors won't take their profits

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

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 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.

Why taxpayers get a good deal from funding childcare

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's time to bust the myth that childcare subsidies are middle-class welfare.

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The science of money: how data controls your financial life

Data is the new currency.

Paul Wallbank The Centrelink debt demands are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how data is used in your financial life.

Tax time in danger from ATO's tech wreck

No guarantees on tax time: Australian Taxation Office chief information officer Ramez Katf.

Noel Towell IT projects thrown overboard as ATO orders all hands to keep tax time afloat.

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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 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 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

Your guide to capital gains tax on the family home

You don't have to decide immediately which family home to claim the CGT exemption for.

Noel Whittaker Capital gains tax on the family home is not to difficult to understand if you take it step by step.