Planning to lodge your tax return yourself this year? Be careful as the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will be watching closely in 2018. Here are four traps to avoid.
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If you haven't filled out your 2016-2017 tax return yet, you better get on it. But before you lodge anything, it pays to do some research on what you can actually claim. Depending on your line of work, you may be eligible for a refund on everything from pet dogs to Netflix! Here are five unusual deductions that you need to consider.
If you engaged in a little "creative licence" while lodging your tax return last year, it's time to start worrying: the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is still sifting through everyone's work-related expenses for 2017 and it reckons a lot of them smell fishy. A whopping $7.9 billion was claimed by Australian taxpayers for "other work-related expenses" last year.
Consequently, Australians are now officially "on notice" to have their receipts ready for inspection.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has named and shamed the dodgiest tax deductions it has received in 2016 thus far. Travel expenses and rental property deductions -- which the ATO explicitly warned it would be targeting -- feature prominently. If your claim wasn't entirely honest (tch), you need to check out this list.
For many young Australians, their annual tax return is an opportunity for extra spending, while some prefer to use their returns to pay off their HECS-HELP debt. Given this is a popular use of tax refund, it is worth tackling the question: Is it better to pay off your university debt as quickly as possible or slowly chip away with the standard small compulsory repayments? The answer may surprise you.