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May 8, 2020

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HOW DOES THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE REBATE WORK? You have probably heard about the private health insurance rebate but have no idea how it all works.Most people currently receive a rebate from the government to help cover the cost of their premiums. You probably receive your rebate in the form of paying lower premiums each month (ie: your monthly payments take into account the rebate so y

May 20, 2020

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Corona home office claims We question the actual benefits of claiming the 80 cents per hour to cover all your home expenses during your Corona work from home stay. So, we’ll go through your options to maximise your refund potential. OPTION #1 – ATO Coronavirus Shortcut method The shortcut method can only be claimed from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020. You must have a d

May 8, 2020

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I work in the Adult Industry – What Can I Claim? So, you work in the Adult Industry – REOW! Just like any other occupation, if you need to buy stuff for work, you can claim it as a tax deduction on your etax return. So, let’s take a look at what Adult Industry workers may be able to claim: Car Expenses – if you need to use your car for work you can claim the

May 8, 2020

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Will I Get a Bigger Refund if I Salary Sacrifice? The short answer to this is NO. The long answer is NO too. But there are tax savings to be had. When you salary sacrifice something from your wages (such as super) you use pre-tax dollars. This means that you are saving tax during the year when you get paid, rather than getting a bigger refund when you lodge your e-tax return. For exam

May 7, 2020

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Rental Properties: Positive & Negative Gearing - Part Two In our previous blog, we discussed the kind of things you would need to report on your etax return and whether your tax return is likely to be positively or negatively geared... but what does that meanand how does it affect your etax return? If your rental property is positively geared, then the amount it is positive by i

April 30, 2020

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Rental Properties: Positive & Negative Gearing Part One So, you are travelling along nicely and are looking for a place to invest some of your extra cash and to save some tax. You have probably heard that by having a rental property you can pay less tax. The term ‘negative gearing’ may have also come up. Have you heard this phrase and ever wondered what it means? Have you t

April 23, 2020

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Online selling – Hobby or Business If you sell your products or services online, you will need to know if you are a hobby or a business for tax purposes. If your activity is a hobby, then it won’t affect your tax return. As a business you will need to tell us your income and expenses from the business which may affect your tax refund. You are most likely running a busin

April 16, 2020

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Is it a Hobby or a Business? Its pretty important to understand the difference between a hobby and a business because, if it is a business, you must include it in your income tax return, and it may affect your tax refund. It is most likely a business if the following are true You decided to start a business, registered a business name and obtained an ABN You intend to ma

April 6, 2020

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Do I pay Tax on my Super? Well, Yes and No, it all depends on your circumstances. Money going into Super In simple terms, the money that your employer pays into super on your behalf as superannuation guarantee or salary sacrificed amounts, is taxed at 15% when it is put into the fund. This is called a concessional contribution. Don’t worry, the super fund pays it for you, so

April 3, 2020

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I'm a Personal Trainer - What can I claim on my Tax Return? If you are a personal trainer, then no doubt you need to spend a bit to help get your clients into tip-top shape. The good news is, you can claim some of these back as tax deductions in your tax return. Now don’t get too excited – first, you need to remember the ATO’s 3 golden rules: You must have