Personal Tax Information

Maneuvering through the maze of the Australian taxation system can be a daunting thing for any person. No wonder over 71% of individual tax payers use registered tax agents!

Ultimately, you don’t want to be paying more tax than you are required, and you don’t want to fall foul of the prevailing auditing system by making incorrect claims.

Below you will find information, news and resources relating to personal tax rates, thresholds, deductions and offsets.

Bitcoin: Its place in your wallet or SMSF portfolio

While bitcoin may be the most well-known cryptocurrency, there are nearly 1,500 in existence. In its simplest form, a cryptocurrency is a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system”, which means that the currency is not in a physical form like cash but sits in an electronic register. What makes bitcoin work, where previous attempts at electronic cash […]

Dealing with tax and renting via Airbnb

Airbnb is one of many examples of the “sharing economy” — connecting buyers (users) and sellers (providers) through a facilitator that usually operates an app or a website. Airbnb acts as this facilitator by allowing individuals, referred to as “hosts”, to rent out a room of their house or their whole house for a short-time […]

Duties and taxes when you buy online from overseas

Items that you buy over the internet from an overseas source are generally required to abide by the same rules and screening processes that apply to any other “import”. Also, the usual duties or taxes should apply. Customs duties are regulated by the Department of Home Affairs (a recently formed body from December 2017, which […]

Stay alert for scams and fraud

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is committed to educating taxpayers on how to protect themselves against tax scams and identity theft. It says that up to the end of last financial year, $2.7 million was handed over to fraudsters, with about 2,500 individuals providing some sort of personal information to scammers, including tax file numbers. […]

Taxation of foreign income derived by Australian residents

Under Australia’s taxation regime, resident taxpayers are subject to income tax on both income derived in Australia and on foreign sourced income. As a general rule, where foreign income is derived by an Australian resident, the gross amount (including any foreign tax paid on the income) must be included as assessable income. A foreign income […]

ATO can increase (or reduce) its penalties

The ATO says its base tax penalty amount may be increased or reduced. The base penalty amount may be increased where the taxpayer hinders the ATO, but it also may be reduced in the following circumstances. Voluntary disclosure The voluntary disclosure to the Commissioner of a tax shortfall will result in a reduction of the […]

Do you need to lodge your tax return early?

If you are planning to permanently move out of the country before the end of this financial year, you may be able to have your tax return lodged early. Generally, the ATO only accepts early lodgement of individual tax returns in certain circumstances. If you are a resident of Australia for tax purposes, returns lodged […]

Travel allowances and proper use of the exception to substantiate claims

A travel allowance is a payment made to employees to cover accommodation, food, drink or incidental expenses they incur when they travel away from their home overnight in the course of their duties. In most circumstances, when claiming other deductions, you will be expected to be able to substantiate the expense being claimed with documentary […]

Can you claim the cost of travelling to this office?

Tax time has arrived, and if you haven’t had us lodge your return yet, here is another deduction tip — should your circumstances allow. (If your return has already been lodged, then this could be a handy tip to file away for next income year.) The ATO recently issued what it calls a “tax determination” […]

Substantiation for mobile, home phone and internet costs

The ATO has issued guidance on making claims for mobile phone use as well as home phone and internet expenses, and says that if you use any of these for work purposes you should be able to claim a deduction if there are records to support claims. But the ATO points out that use for […]