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Why am I paying tax (Australia)?

By Jarrod Rogers CPA For most taxpayers in Australia, lodging a tax return means getting some money back from the government. In fact, according to statistics from 2009, 84% of taxpayers received refunds, and of the rest, 4% had no tax to pay. So it comes as a shock to…

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When is my BAS due September 2013?

The due date of the September 2013 BAS is 28 October 2013... BUT you may be entitled to an extension. Plus, the September BAS is the only BAS that gives you the chance to switch to the easiest possible GST method that can cut your paperwork by half. Extension for…

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How to buy gold with your supperannuation

It wouldn't take Sherlock Holmes to conclude that people are worried about the global economy, and its effect on their superannuation. Between 2001 and 2007, the Australian Stock Exchange was booming, and super was growing with it. The so-called "balanced" investment options became decidedly unbalanced with allocations to shares pushing…

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Tax Strategies before June 30

How to reduce your tax before June 30 Here are some simple strategies to gain a financial advantage before June 30. I've summarised these in a YouTube video. Make a personal super contribution Open a first home saver account Work out the tax implications of health insurance Pre-pay your tax…

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How to find missing tax records

Have you lost important tax paperwork? Finding a replacement is not as hard as your think. This article shows the quickest way to find lost tax records, including old PAYG Payment Summaries (aka lost group certificates). Key points The ATO has "pre-filling reports" which are available on-demand for the 2008-09…

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Default assessments for overdue tax returns

Tax dodgers to get the "Underbelly" treatment The ATO has sent a warning to tax agents about clients with overdue tax returns: hurry up and lodge, or we'll lodge for you! They are threatening to use a tactic you might have seen if you watched series one of Underbelly. (More…

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Budget update 2012-13

The special 2012-13 budget edition of our monthly newsletter is available now for download for clients and website subscribers of Beyond Accountancy. To get your copy of the budget update please subscribe to our newsletter using the form on this website. Headlines: Super contributions limit cut for people over 50…

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ATO not laughing at LAFHA

The government is pushing for major changes to the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) which will wipe out many of the tax benefits for temporary residents from 1 July 2012. Tip: if you want skip the background information and go straight to the new rules, scroll down to the…

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4 effective cures for BAS stress

As the deadline approaches for the latest quarterly business activity statement (BAS), there will be many business owners starting to stress. The quarterly chore of lodging a BAS holds as much anticipation as an appointment with the dentist. Where are those receipts I was keeping? Can I claim GST on…

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