Tax

Authoritative and technically accurate information and guidance on all areas of tax

What is Australia’s “tax gap”, and how is it measured?

Every year, the ATO measures its revenue and compares that total against the amount of revenue it expected to make. Often, the two numbers are different. The ATO has labelled that discrepancy the “tax gap”. The ATO’s projected revenue total is based on the amount of tax “theoretically payable” in a given year, assuming every

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Investment forms, explanations, guidance

Use the links provided to find out more about investing, and find out more about the Tax Office’s investor’s tax planning tips. Property Tax advice website for investors  The Tax Office’s tax planning website, designed to help investors and tax agents make informed investment decisions. Features a checklist of what to look for before putting

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How a mortgage offset account works

“Mortgage offset accounts”, “offset home loan”, “interest offset account” or simply “offset account” — they are all interchangeable labels for the same financial product provided by banks. It is essentially a savings account that is linked to a loan account. An offset facility contains two bank accounts: (1) a transaction account (meaning you have access

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Tax agents! You have some “friendly fire” competition

Tax agents be warned… you have some “friendly fire” competition. The ATO offers help to taxpayers every year from July to October to lodge their tax return. Its Tax Help program is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people who need a little guidance

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5 smart things to do with your tax refund

For many people, their tax refund is treated like a mini lottery win. This tax time, consider putting your “gift” from the ATO to good use. Perhaps it’s the modern world we find ourselves in that taxpayers look at their tax refund like it’s a fortuitous windfall gain. But if you look at your refund

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