Income Tax


How to profit from gearing

Daryl Dixon Given the ongoing uncertainty about the future tax treatment of superannuation, investing in the family home and gearing investments now offer more certain benefits.


Tinkering with super would make tax system less fair

Daryl Dixon If superannuation is made less attractive, it would encourage the well off to over-invest in the family home and do even more negative gearing of investment properties.


Savers under attack

Tax reform could encourage overinvestment in the family home.

Daryl Dixon People relying on their past savings for their retirement income face being big losers in any increase in the GST tax burden.


How to pay for your kids' education

The cost of a child's education includes music and sporting activities, not just school fees.

Mark Bouris Between private or public school fees and extras such as sport, music and camps, the cost of your children's education can be significant.


Structuring your superannuation for success

Mark Bouris When the superannuation annual statements start landing in our mailboxes, inevitably there's discussion about how well super is performing.


Borrowing for self-managed super funds is a non-issue

Daryl Dixon Banning a self-managed super fund from taking a loan to fund investment would be solving a problem that doesn't exist.


How to make the most of tax deductions

Larissa Ham With the deadline to file your own tax return looming, it's time to get your deductions in order.


The magic of the mortgage offset account

Daryl Dixon It's an excellent development for consumers that mortgage offset accounts are becoming more commonplace.


Here’s how to hit your first tax return deadline

Lodging a tax return is not too difficult - just follow the instructions.

Larissa Ham Never lodged a tax return? If you're preparing to do it online, you have to get it done by the end of the month.


Why and how to invest in a Cayman Islands hedge fund

John Collett

John Collett Money checks the facts behind the attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his family investments in the Cayman Islands.


How can we make the most of looming retirement?

Working and saving money for as long as possible may be the best strategy for those approaching retirement.

George Cochrane What's the best solution for a couple galloping toward post-work life with a small super balance?


How sturdy are my plans to build a first home?

The financial consequences of building a first home before or after retiring need to be considered.

George Cochrane At this stage is using life savings to build a house the best plan?


Can we live in our investment property?

George Cochrane Would moving out of our current home and then renting it out be a wise move?


Form-filling is worth all the pain if a tax refund’s on the cards

David Potts The choice is yours when it comes to taking advantage of that hard-earned refund.

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.

Self-managed super funds want end to contribution cap

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Kate Carnell is one of seven signatories to a joint submission to the tax inquiry calling for an overhaul of the way super contributions are capped.

Sally Rose Self-managed super funds have urged the government to replace the $30,000 annual cap on super contributions with a lifetime cap to encourage more people to save.

Oil contractor Schlumberger to pay $51m to settle ATO 'transfer pricing' claim

Peter Ker A multinational contractor to oil giants BHP Billiton and Chevron has agreed to pay more than $51 million to the Australian Tax Office to settle a "transfer pricing" claim.


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.


End the financial year on an upswing

If the end of the financial year isn't going to be party for you,  there are steps you can take now to add some fizz to your financial affairs.

David Potts A financial nip-and-tuck is just the thing to think about before June 30.


Let super take care of tomorrow while you live for today

If you plan to retire early, make sure your retirement plan has legs.

George Cochrane Debt-free and planning to stop working in seven years. Will it all work out?