Personal Tax

ASK NOEL

How can we cut tax bill on our children's shares?

Noel Whittaker We've been slugged pretty hard for investments intended to help with our children's education. What can we do now?

INSIGHT

Guess what - the rich get the breaks

Future gazing: It is unlikely top-end tax breaks on super can last forever.

Clancy Yeates The web of tax breaks in our super system are unlikely to survive in their current form, because they are so generous to people who least need government help.

SUPER & FUNDS

Salary sacrifice limit out of reach for most

Retiring well: Planning to salary sacrifice early on can make your later years much more comfortable.

John Collett Taxpayer's money in the form of superannuation tax concessions is being wasted on high-income earners.

WELL HEELED

It's not that taxing, so get to work

No excuses: The winning formula at this time of year is time plus effort equals money.

Melissa Browne This is the time of year when accountants feel like the popular kids at school.

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.

REFUND RUSH

Make sure you've got your tax ducks in a row

The Tax Office flies in: The race is on for taxpayers to complete tax returns after receiving  their Payment Summary.

Melissa Browne What are the recent rule changes to be wary of when filling in your tax return this year.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How can my parents prepare for care?

George Cochrane They are in good health, but obviously at their age, anything can happen.

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?

TAX TIME

Bringing it all back home

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Christine Long What will you do with your tax refund? Spend it on something fun? Or use it like a financial firestarter to build something bigger for the future?

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 ?

ASK NOEL

I helped my daughter buy her home. Must I pay tax if she returns it?

Break out the champagne: Wedding bells can mean a big day for the parents of the bride too.

Noel Whittaker We're planning to transfer the property back into my name. Will I be hit with a big bill?

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

Taxing time for higher earners

It's a taxing time for high earners.

Max Newnham One of the least publicised budget outcomes is the effect that the repair levy - when combined with the Medicare levy - has on other taxes.

GETTING STARTED

Health rebate sows seeds of confusion

David Potts A parting gift from Wayne Swan was the bright idea of having a tax rebate that depreciates over time.

POTTS SPOT

How to beat 'bracket creep'

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Potts Spot Many will pay $1000 more a year in tax within two years. But there are ways to avoid a higher tax slug.

TAX

Strategies to blunt the pain

MONEY

John Collett Higher-income earners are bracing themselves for a 'deficit tax' on their earnings in the May 13 budget.

TAX TIME

Ways to claw back your tax

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Melissa Browne Have a budget whinge, dust yourself off and maximise deductions to the limit.

PLANNING

How is tax on funds calculated?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane From a tax-due perspective, are unit values recalculated at the end of the financial year?

SUPER & FUNDS

Tax office plans SMSF auditor crackdown

John Collett With the tax man set to crack down on low-cost auditors of self-managed super funds, the attraction of face-to-face service providers grows.

Eight steps to the best tax refund

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Melissa Browne Now is the time to ensure you are doing everything you can to make sure you get the best return possible.