Many professional, business or trades people are members of an association, and during their working life subscribe to an appropriate organisation.
In most cases the membership of a trade union for example, or professional association relevant to workers in a particular occupation, would qualify for a tax deduction under the general deduction provisions of the tax laws.
Not all taxpayers may be aware of how the use of valuations can affect their annual tax bill.
Many property investors are making simple mistakes when claiming tax deductions for their rental property, which could be avoided with a little guidance.
The following checklist provides examples of many of the common claimable and non-claimable rental property expenses. Check them off to see where you stand, and please contact us for more information specific to your situation.
There’s a saying that many sharemarket investors may have already heard: Don’t let the tax tail wag the investment dog. In other words, the best advice for your share portfolio is to base your decisions on investment merit, not on trying to save tax.
Even so, there are taxation consequences for everyone with an investment portfolio, so when a “grass is greener” tax option seems possible, it can be very tempting to chase after it.
Do you know if you are a resident or non-resident for tax purposes? Do you understand the tax implications of working overseas?
Thousands of Australians head offshore each year to expand their horizons. Some will fund their adventure by working overseas. Some may be living and working overseas for an extended period. There can often be confusion about the tax implications for Australians who take advantage of such offshore opportunities.
You are allowed to disagree with the Tax Office, if they have disagreed with your self-assessment of your tax position.
If you believe your tax assessment is incorrect, the first step is straight forward and pretty informal. You contact us and we start making enquiries; you may need to provide us with extra information to help. If we believe the assessment is wrong we can lodge an amendment with the Tax Office (see our post Making an amendment to your tax return).
Many of us look forward to an annual getaway, either to the beach or the bush, as the best way to unwind and re-charge after another tiring year. For many Australians having a beach shack or bush retreat can be made more affordable by leasing out their properties to other holiday makers.
The Tax Office can issue public rulings that provide guidance on the interpretation of various tax laws.
Public rulings generally deal with priority issues that have been found to require clarification, so if you have a concern about a particular area of tax law, you may find that many of your concerns are shared by others and may have already been addressed.
When can you claim a deduction for home to work travel?
As a general rule, travel from your home to your workplace is not allowed as a deduction because it constitutes a “private expense”. There are however circumstances when you may be entitled to claim some of these travel expenses, or even travel costs to an alternative workplace. But it is a minefield that needs to be negotiated carefully.