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Entries for September 2015

Top 5 tax mistakes small businesses make when they don’t use an adviser

It’s something of a little white lie, isn’t it? The one told to aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs that hard work guarantees success.

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Taxing children’s savings accounts: Whose money is it?

Back in the 1980s, people could reduce tax by having their money in bank accounts belonging to their kids. In 1988, the Tax Office intervened by issuing guidance.

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If you think the taxman is wrong, here’s what you can do

You are allowed to disagree with the Tax Office, if they have disallowed the self-assessment of your tax position.

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Making an amendment to your tax return

Once we have lodged your 2014-15 tax return and we have forwarded your notice of assessment to you saying that everything is as discussed, you may realise that something has been left out of your tax return or accidentally included an extra deduction.

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Tax concessions for small business

The small business sector has variously been described as the engine room of the economy as well as the biggest employer in the country – and it’s not hard to see why.

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Leaving Australia for work? Beware of your tax residency status

Thousands of Australians head offshore each year to expand their horizons and a lucky few will fund their adventure by working overseas. Some may live overseas and work for an extended period, but there can often be confusion about the tax implications for taxpayers who take advantage of such offshore opportunities.

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