What the benefit of having a tax agent to prepare your tax return?

Tax law is constantly changing, so if you are not completely up to date then you could end up losing more money that you'd save by doing it yourself. We have also seen some big mistakes from people who tried to fumble their way through a tax return. For the mistakes we detected early enough,

Which accounting package is best for me?

This depends on several factors:  The size and structure of your business  Whether you are a service or trading business  What you want to do with the software, e.g. Do you want to use it to create invoices, do you have payroll needs?  Your access to information technology and your skill

I want to start my own business, what’s the best business structure for me?

This question is more complicated than many people think. Here are some important factors to consider:  Your risk management strategy, including your exposure to litigation risks and the need for asset protection  The expected size, growth and income of your business  Whether or not you have a need for a nationally registered

Can I claim the tools and equipment expenses that I paid for my job?

You are able to claim expenditure incurred in replacing, insuring and repairing tools of trade that you use for earning your income. If the cost of any item is more than $300 then it will have to be depreciated (i.e. claimed over its effective life). The amount you can claim will depend on what records

What self-education expenses can I claim?

You may be able to claim a deduction for self-education expenses if your study is work-related or if you receive a taxable bonded scholarship. In some circumstances you have to reduce the amount of your claim by $250. However, you can’t claim the repayments of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loans (although the fees paid

I was unemployed during the year. Can I claim money I spent looking for a job as a tax deduction?

The tax office ruled that deductions for expenses incurred job seeking are not deductible as there is no income to offset them against.

I donate $1000 when I attend fundraising dinners, can I claim deduction on my tax return?

You can only claim a tax deduction for gifts or donations to organisations that have the status of deductible gift recipients (DGRs). The amount you can claim depends on the type of gift. For gifts of money, it is the amount of the gift but it must be $2 or more. A tax deduction for

I received an travel allowance from my group certificate, Can I claim a deduction for that on my tax return?

A deduction will only be allowed if you have actually incurred a work related expense and have the necessary documentation. Some awards allow for a payment of an allowance even though an expense is not necessarily incurred by the employee. If a deduction can be claimed it cannot be for more than the expense that

Each day from home to work, I travel 150km return, can I claim any travel expenses on my tax return?

Trips between home and work are generally considered private travel, which means it is not deductible. However, you can claim deductions in some circumstances, such as the cost of travelling between two separate workplaces, or from your normal workplace to an alternative workplace, or if you need to carry bulky tools or equipment that you

I need to wear specific clothing for work, what can I claim on my tax return?

You can claim for clothing that is specific to your occupation, is not everyday in nature and allows the public to easily recognise your occupation - such as the checked pants a chef wears. You can't claim the cost of purchasing or cleaning clothes you bought to wear for work that are not specific to