5 smart things to do: Some tax refund tips

Someone wise once said the best time to plant a tree is today. For most youths that’s a negligible truth; when you’re young, the last thing you want to do is put money away for a version of yourself you won’t be for a long time. Young people want cars and clothes and holidays and

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SMSF strategy – Tax Office form to adjust concessional contributions

The ATO has released a form that notifies it that a member of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) has made concessional contributions in one financial year (year 1) but their SMSF did not allocate them to the member until the next financial year (year 2). Most SMSFs use provisions in their trust deeds concerning contribution reserves to

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Don’t forget that a fuel tax credit increase has gone through

Small business owners are reminded that fuel tax credit rates increased for fuel acquired from August 1, 2015. Don’t forget fuel tax credit increase. While the next due business activity statement (BAS) is for July (lodgement due by August 21), the following BAS will be for August, which is due by September 21. That’s right,

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Here’s how politician travel allowances compare to yours

Despite the firestorm currently raging over parliamentary entitlements, most people won’t deny Australian pollies are justified in the amount of travelling they do for work. Lawfully, parliamentarians nationwide do have access to a lucrative array of politician travel allowances, other allowances and tax deductions, but the reality is that sufficient representation often correlates to frequent

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