Can bitcoin be a personal use asset?

  A question was asked of the ATO recently, via its “ATO Community” webpage (find out more about that here) that centred on the viability of deeming bitcoin (or any cryptocurrency) as a personal use asset. The follow-up portions of the question of bitcoin as a personal use asset were as follows: Does a taxpayer

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Can an SMSF invest in property development?

The ATO has been sending some mixed messages about property development involving an SMSF, and has indicated that it is one of the issues on its radar for 2018. So is property development an allowable investment for an SMSF? The short answer yes, but be careful. A longer answer is be very careful — it

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Why the negative gearing issue is not going away anytime soon

Negative gearing is not isolated to property investment, although this is where many if not most Australian taxpayers will associate the mechanism. The fact is that the measure exists within the fundamentals of Australia’s tax system anyway — a deductibility of interest on borrowings made to undertake an investment.  It is nothing more than a

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