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How the ATO is nudging Australians to pay more tax

How the ATO is nudging Australians to pay more tax

Behavioural economics is a low-cost approach to getting people to pay more tax. It is having a positive impact on work-related expense deductions and tax debts.

  • by Nassim Khadem

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Capital gains tax looming as big election issue
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Capital gains tax

Capital gains tax looming as big election issue

To be frank, I don’t think it’s a big deal. The numbers are not huge, and most people who buy investment properties intend to keep them for their retirement.

  • by Noel Whittaker
What's the real cost of land tax?
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Home loans

What's the real cost of land tax?

With massive increases on the cards for land tax, the question is, who will pay?

  • by Jon Stanhope & Khalid Ahmed
Why you shouldn't save your tax refund this year
Opinion
Money psychology

Why you shouldn't save your tax refund this year

You might as well stick it under the nearest mattress, so low have deposit rates plunged.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Are you and I to blame for $8.7b a year in ‘missing’ revenue?
Opinion
Tax deductions

Are you and I to blame for $8.7b a year in ‘missing’ revenue?

The Tax Office thinks there is $8.7 billion a year revenue missing because individuals over-claim on their tax returns. Is it right?

  • by Nassim Khadem
Five smart things to do with your tax refund
Income tax

Five smart things to do with your tax refund

Before you burn through your tax refund, consider the following ways in which you can put that money to good use — and not just as a quick fix.

  • by Olivia Maragna
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Claim tax deductions without a receipt in eight steps
Income tax

Claim tax deductions without a receipt in eight steps

Many Australians miss out on hundreds of dollars each year because they’ve lost the receipt for work-related deductions they can claim back.

  • by Nina Hendy
Fintechs target Millennials in online tax returns push
Income tax

Fintechs target Millennials in online tax returns push

There are a number of fintechs offering to do your tax return for a fraction of the price of tax agents, but there are also potential traps

  • by John Collett
All spin, no compassion: How the ATO handled a scandal
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Regulation

All spin, no compassion: How the ATO handled a scandal

After being caught in the crossfire of a public scandal into the Australian Taxation Office’s treatment of small business, the tax watchdog let rip in a confidential report to Treasury.

  • by Adele Ferguson
Outdated residency rules need to change to give taxpayers certainty
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ATO

Outdated residency rules need to change to give taxpayers certainty

One of the most dramatic changes to tax laws around residency status in almost 80 years could be coming, and you and I could be hit.

  • by Nassim Khadem
Three common tax mistakes that Australians make
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Tax deductions

Three common tax mistakes that Australians make

Even without all the nitty-gritty of legislation, there are plenty of ways that you can negatively affect your tax return.

  • by Olivia Maragna