101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax - Legally! 2019-2020
<p><b>An essential money-saving resource for every Australian who pays tax – fully updated for the 2019-2020 tax year.</b></p> <p><i>101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally!</i> is the tax guide every Australian should own. Step-by-step instructions from Adrian Raftery<i>, </i>akaMr. Taxman, will show you how to leverage every available deduction to lower your tax bill and keep more of your hard-earned money. Thoroughly updated for the 2019-2020 tax year, this new edition gives you the latest information on changes to the tax codes and how they affect <i>your</i> situation.</p> <p>Tax laws are constantly changing, but you don’t have to pore over piles of legislation to file your tax accurately and completely – that’s what Mr. Taxman is here for. Don’t let yourself become one of the people who overpay, find out what you actually owe and prepare for even better savings next year. This guide removes the stress and confusion from tax season and helps you file on time with no mistakes. Whether an individual, married couple, investor, business owner or pensioner, this guide will help you:</p> <ul> <li>understand how <i>your</i> taxes have changed for 2019-2020</li> <li>reduce your tax bill, potentially by $100s or $1000s</li> <li>learn plenty of expert tips, avoid tax traps and find the answers to frequently-asked questions</li> <li>explore topics such as medical expenses, levies, shares, property, education, business and family expenses, superannuation and much more</li> <li>protect yourself from errors, audits, overpayments and other common problems.</li> </ul> <p>When it's time to file your tax, turn to <i>101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – </i><i>Legally!</i> Maximise your deductions and get the best possible tax return. Don’t pay more than you have to, Mr. Taxman is here to help.</p>
<p>About the author xi</p> <p>How to use this book xiii</p> <p>Introduction xv</p> <p><b>Part I You and Your Family 1</b></p> <p>1 Marriage 2</p> <p>2 Income splitting 4</p> <p>3 Dependant (invalid and carer) tax offset 6</p> <p>4 Children 8</p> <p>5 Payments for new parents 10</p> <p>6 Child care 12</p> <p>7 Low-income earners 15</p> <p>8 Senior and pensioner tax offset 17</p> <p>9 Other government benefits 19</p> <p>10 Family breakdown 22</p> <p>11 Death 24</p> <p>12 Family trusts 26</p> <p><b>Part II Your Employment 29</b></p> <p>13 Car usage 30</p> <p>14 Methods to claim car travel 33</p> <p>15 Travel 35</p> <p>16 Uniform 37</p> <p>17 Home office 39</p> <p>18 Other work-related deductions 42</p> <p>19 Keeping those receipts 44</p> <p>20 ATO hit lists 46</p> <p>21 Redundancy 49</p> <p>22 Working a second job 51</p> <p>23 Salary sacrifice 53</p> <p>24 Fringe benefits 55</p> <p>25 Living-away-from-home allowance 59</p> <p><b>Part III Your Education 63</b></p> <p>26 Claiming self-education expenses 64</p> <p>27 The $250 threshold 66</p> <p>28 Self-development courses 68</p> <p>29 Student loans 70</p> <p>30 Austudy and ABSTUDY 78</p> <p>31 Scholarships 80</p> <p>32 School building funds 82</p> <p>33 Education savings plans 84</p> <p><b>Part IV Your Investment Property 87</b></p> <p>34 Negative gearing 89</p> <p>35 Interest 91</p> <p>36 Depreciation 94</p> <p>37 Low-value pooling 96</p> <p>38 Repairs and maintenance 98</p> <p>39 Borrowing expenses 100</p> <p>40 Legal expenses 102</p> <p>41 Other rental property deductions 104</p> <p>42 Foreign investment properties 106</p> <p>43 Capital gains tax 108</p> <p>44 PAYG withholding variation 110</p> <p>45 Property genuinely available for rent 112</p> <p><b>Part V Your Shares 115</b></p> <p>46 Dividends 116</p> <p>47 Franking credits 119</p> <p>48 Dividend reinvestment plans 121</p> <p>49 Shares owned by low income earners 122</p> <p>50 Borrowing to buy shares 125</p> <p>51 Other share deductions 127</p> <p>52 Capital gains tax on shares 128</p> <p>53 Realising capital losses 130</p> <p>54 Inheriting share portfolios 132</p> <p>55 Share traders versus share investors 134</p> <p>56 Rights and options 136</p> <p>57 Employee share schemes 138</p> <p>58 Share portfolios within self managed superannuation funds 140</p> <p>59 Cryptocurrency 142</p> <p><b>Part VI Your Superannuation 147</b></p> <p>60 Contribution limits 150</p> <p>61 Transfer Balance Cap 153</p> <p>62 Downsizer Contribution 156</p> <p>63 Compulsory employer contributions 159</p> <p>64 Salary sacrifice 161</p> <p>65 Division 293 tax 164</p> <p>66 Super co-contribution 166</p> <p>67 Transferring foreign super 169</p> <p>68 Self managed superannuation funds 171</p> <p>69 Buying property within SMSFs 174</p> <p>70 Gearing through a super fund 176</p> <p>71 Accessing your super 178</p> <p>72 Transition to retirement 180</p> <p>73 Account-based pensions 182</p> <p>74 Death benefits 184</p> <p>75 Lost or unclaimed super 185</p> <p><b>Part VII Your Business 189</b></p> <p>76 Choosing the right business structure 191</p> <p>77 Tax obligations 195</p> <p>78 Record keeping 197</p> <p>79 Deferring tax 200</p> <p>80 Trading stock 202</p> <p>81 Bad debts 204</p> <p>82 Home-based businesses 205</p> <p>83 Sharing Economy 208</p> <p>84 Employing people 210</p> <p>85 Tax concessions and offsets 213</p> <p>86 Selling or closing down 217</p> <p>87 Personal services income 219</p> <p>88 Non-commercial losses 220</p> <p>89 Franchising 221</p> <p><b>Part VIII Miscellaneous 223</b></p> <p>90 Overseas income 223</p> <p>91 Getting a great accountant 226</p> <p>92 Lodging your tax return 228</p> <p>93 Amending returns and objecting to assessments 231</p> <p>94 ATO data matching 233</p> <p>95 Problems paying your tax 236</p> <p>96 Medical expenses tax offset 237</p> <p>97 Levies 240</p> <p>98 Zone and overseas forces tax offsets 242</p> <p>99 Tax-effective investments 244</p> <p>100 Tax planning as a 365-day process 246</p> <p>101 Just do it! 247</p> <p>Glossary 251</p> <p>Bibliography 267</p> <p>Index 269</p>
<p><b>D<small>R</small> ADRIAN RAFTERY</b> has over 25 years of experience as an award-winning accountant and tax expert. As one of Australia's leading tax and finance commentators, Adrian regularly appears on TV and contributes to magazines and newspapers. Find out more at www.mrtaxman.com.au.
<p><b>THIS BOOK IS YOUR FIRST TEXT DEDUCTION!</b> <p><b>Why pay more tax than you have to?</b> <p><i>101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally! 2019-20</i> is the only tax guide you will need this year. <p>Whether you're submitting online or through your tax professional, Adrian Raftery, aka Mr Taxman, takes you step-by-step through the changes in the April 2019 budget, including details of the new low and middle income tax offset, additional superannuation regulations and tax obligations for income received through the sharing economy. <p>No matter what your age or income, this helpful guide offers tips for all taxpayers including: <ul> <li>employees</li> <li>business owners</li> <li>students</li> <li>families</li> <li>superannuation fund members</li> <li>investors with interests in rental properties and share portfolios.</li> </ul> <p>With <i>101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally! 2019-20,</i> avoid the common mistakes that cost taxpayers every year, get answers to the most frequently asked questions and discover essential money-saving tax tips for the 2019-2020 tax year.
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