Concessions and assistance for First Home Buyers

Concessions and assistance for First Home Buyers – and the New Home Loan Deposit Scheme is now in place with starting date 1/1/2020! In Victoria – there are concessions both in Stamp Duty costs plus a Grant for First Home Buyers – (tax free) – A $20,000 First Home Owner Grant is available to applicants […] Read More

Rental Property Investors & The Tax Man

You may have read in the financial pages of your weekend newspaper recently with the ATO confirming rental property investors will be firmly in their sights when submitting their 2019 tax returns. Based on recently performed random sampling the ATO has found 9 out of 10 income tax returns contain errors relating to non-compliance with […] Read More

Tax time is coming! Tips for rental property owners.

As we get ready to kick off the 2019 tax return season, now is a good time to look at some of the things we need to prepare your tax return. Here are some things for rental property owners to consider this tax time. I’ve purchased a property this year, what do I bring? The […] Read More

Can You Keep Your Cool in a Falling Stock Market?

It seemed timely that I recently read another excellent article by Bruce Jackson (formerly of the Motley Fool but now from The Capital Club) in relation to falling and volatile stock markets.  This article was written on October 12 2018. In the last few weeks, world markets have experienced some wild swings which naturally tests […] Read More

Updating your accounting software

There are a few common questions I’ve been asked lately like ‘do I have to update my software?’, ‘what should I update to’? and ‘What do you recommend?’ I wish there was a solution that fit everyone and I could give a simple answer however that isn’t the case. There are many software solutions out […] Read More

Main residence and non residents

Watch out if you own a house and plan to leave Australia and become a Non Resident! There are proposed new laws before Parliament that make a Non Resident who sells their previous main residence in Australia fully subject to Capital Gains Tax, even if they lived in it for many years. Example:  You bought […] Read More

Retirement – It’s not (just) about the money!

I believe I have written about this topic before, but with the amount of conversations I have been having with many clients and friends on this same subject over the last 12 months, it feels appropriate to raise it again. Retirement usually involves one or a combination of the following: Sale or transfer of a […] Read More

Property Investment Traps for Investors to Avoid

There are always tips and traps to remember when property investing but here are some traps investors should avoid: 1) Lack of Property Maintenance Like any investment, your property and your tenants need to be treated with respect.  If your property falls into a state of disrepair this can result in a multitude of problems.  […] Read More

Sharemarket Volatility

Can you handle the truth?? There have been some amazing swings on the US Sharemarkets’ Dow Jones Index in the last few weeks.  On some days the market has been close to 1,000 pts (approx. 4%) down during a daily trading session. Obviously, the Australian Stock Exchange behaviour tends to mirror what is happening overseas […] Read More

Top 10 tips to help rental property owners avoid common tax mistakes

The following are the ten common mistakes that the ATO have identified with rental property claims: 1. Keeping the right records You must have evidence of your income and expenses so you can claim everything you are entitled to. Capital gains tax may apply when you sell your rental property. So keep records over the […] Read More