Personal Tax

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.

ASK NOEL

The super cap is hard to shift

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Noel Whittaker I would like to contribute more than the $25,000 limit into my super account. Is there a way to do it?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Inheritance best put towards new home

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George Cochrane If the economy continues to grow we can only assume that so will property prices.

TRANS-TASMAN TAX

Tax sting for Kiwi expats after NZ ruling

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Catherine Harris Kiwis in Australia are being warned about the tax implications of a recent court decision.

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.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Path to retirement

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George Cochrane Focus on enjoying your money, rather than leaving it to younger relatives.

BAD FORM

Taxman desn't fall for fishy excuses

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Missing your dead goldfish? Stop your carping and get on with filling out that tax return before the deadline - or ese.

PROPERTY DEDUCTIONS

Landlords keep tax-time wheels in motion

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John Collett The Tax Office releases a list of targets for tax time at this time each year, but a perennial target is property investors.

GETTING STARTED

Don't fall foul of taxing questions

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Penny Pryor Don't think you'd never get caught out by the Tax Office: you could, and the buck would stop with you, too.

Election

Top executives wary of tax cut costs

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Gareth Hutchens, Clancy Yeates Executives have questioned whether Australia can afford to lower the company tax rate.

GETTING ELECTED

Rectify GST to ease tax burden

David Potts Not to put too fine a point on it, but the rate is too low and too much is exempted. It could be an election issue - next time.

TAX

Make your fiscal views add up

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Mark Bouris The election is finally out of the way and the government has a big agenda ahead of it.

BUDGET SPECIAL

The cuts are now personal

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John Collett The 2013-14 federal budget delivered not that much for the personal finances of most people. It mostly deferred or scrapped tax breaks that had been promised, but not yet delivered, and so will...

WELL HEELED

Maximise the money in your pocket at tax time

Melissa Browne The end of the financial year is only a few weeks away and the key to getting a better return this year is to do something rather than hope that it happens.

TAX TIME

Tax office takes aim at tradies

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John Collett The Australian Tax Office is targeting building and construction workers and sales and marketing managers.

CUT YOUR LOSSES

Realising value from shares that are worthless

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Tony McLean If you have shares that are really of little or no value, you may be able to realise a capital loss for tax purposes in 2012-13.

TAX TIME

Dropping the ball now can be costly

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Barbara Drury The big challenge facing Australian taxpayers this month is to reduce their tax bill before the end of the financial year without getting the Tax Office umpire offside.

Crackdown on landlords after surge in claims

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John Collett The Australian Taxation Office is targeting more than 110,000 rental property owners who have been identified through last year's tax returns as making incorrect claims.

Gareth Hutchens

Little evidence to support corporate tax cut

A hand trying to catch sinking dollars.

Gareth Hutchens A popular argument is the idea that our economy will necessarily benefit if the corporate tax rate is cut.

Insight: tax

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Clancy Yeates Now is about the time many people begin the yearly chore of digging out all those receipts and other papers needed to complete their tax returns.