Budgeting tools from ASIC for your clients’ personal finances

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has launched a package of free online budgeting tools for individual taxpayers to help with managing personal finances. Budgeting tools from ASIC for your clients’ personal finances Announced by the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, last week, the “simple money manager” tools are designed to

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Substantiation exception for reasonable travel allowance expenses

One of the issues that Tax & Super Australia finds frequently raised by members is the tax treatment of work related travel expenses, as well as the reliance on the “reasonable amounts” prescribed by the Commissioner. In our view, the current ATO guidance may not adequately cover the issues encountered by practitioners and taxpayers. Often,

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Property investment options: SMSFs versus discretionary trusts

Astute investors assess many options in choosing a structure for investment, with tax planning being one consideration among many. There are tax advantages in relation to using a discretionary family trust or a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). However, one question that needs to be answered by investors is: “When do you wish to realise any

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5 tips to get home office deductions right

Your client might be sick of the daily commute, or want more flexibility of hours – or it could be that they have a talent or skill that they trust will translate into a fulfilling career in their own business. Or it could just be that the idea of working from home seems to offer

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