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Tax Relief for Natural Disaster Victims from the ATO

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You might think you won’t catch a break when it comes to taxes.

The devasting effects of natural disasters interfere with your daily life and responsibilities. Earlier this year, the North Queensland natural disaster led to flood-wrecked homes and cattle losses amounting to over $1 billion; according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Here’s important information you need to know when it comes to facing a natural disaster.

What’s a natural disaster?

First off, the ATO defines a natural disaster such as a cyclone, flood, bushfire, or storm. The ATO determines the affected areas by postcodes who receive assistance from the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Any additional postcodes will be added once damage assessments have been finalised.

Click here to view the affected postcodes for the North Queensland disaster.

Otherwise, contact the ATO directly by phoning them at 1800 806 218 if you or your business is affected by a natural disaster outside of the postcodes.

Need more time?

Above all, the ATO knows that taxes are not your priority following a natural disaster. This means that they give you more time to lodge your return, pay, and respond to fulfill your tax obligations for individuals and employers.

For example, they allow the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Australian Tax Rates for 2019!

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You might be wondering how your taxes will be affected next year.

The marginal tax rates have been changed for 2019 and is subject to change until 2024. Not only will we be showing you how the tax rates for 2019 changes, but we’ll show you how the future tax rates will look like.

Keep reading for more information.

Tax Rates for 2019

As you know, the first $18,200 of your income is tax-free. Below, you will find the tax rates for the 2018/2019 financial year.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tax Deadline 2018 is 31 October!

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31 October 2018 is on its way.

Australian taxpayers are rushing to lodge their return by the deadline. You may be contemplating if you should hire a local tax accountant to advise you on your taxes since you’re worried if you won’t be able to do it yourself. In that case, be prepared for long waiting times and the possibility of hefty fees.

If you’re looking to lodge your return within the comfort of your own home, read on!

E-Lodge is here to make your experience easier.

Taxes can be a hassle to gather your documents, compute your taxes or even wait in line to be seen by a tax accountant; especially for tax deadline 2018. With E-Lodge, you just need to follow these easy steps to use our simple do-it-yourself online tax preparation site: Read the rest of this entry »

Should I Lodge Online or Find A Tax Accountant?

Are you looking for a tax accountant?

Many taxpayers are searching for a tax accountant near their area to lodge their tax returns. However, what would you say if you could lodge right from your bedroom?

Check out these steps on how to easily lodge your tax return online and tax tips on how to choose a tax accountant. Afterward, you can choose which option is right for you.

What about saving time? 

With E-lodge, our tax preparation services provide you with a user-friendly site, with which you can enter all the information. Unlike online tax services who you are paying for the complexity of your return, private accountants charge higher flat fees per the hour you are spending on your tax return.

On top of that, you don’t need to leave your home or can even finish your tax return on your lunch break. Here’s how to lodge your return online with us: Read the rest of this entry »

The ATO Announces New Fuel Tax Credit Rates!

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Great news, fuel tax credit rates have increased this financial year!

For taxpayers who own a business in machinery, plant, equipment and heavy vehicles, you’re most likely dealing with fuel expenses. You can claim the fuel tax credit for those expenses.

The ATO announces new business rates for the fuel acquired from 1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019.

Below you can see the new fuel tax credit rates. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the tax-free threshold for 2018?

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The first $18,200 of your yearly income is not subject to tax.

That sounds great, doesn’t it? This is known as the tax-free threshold. However, this only applies if you’re an Australian resident for tax purposes.

You can claim the tax-free threshold to reduce your tax withholding during the year. Find out if you’re eligible by reading on.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2018 tax-free threshold.
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How to Lodge Your 2018 Tax Return!

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1 July marks the start of the 2018 tax season!

Keep your eyes on your calendar!  The 2018 tax season runs from 1 July 2018 to 31 October 2018.

However, don’t get this confused with your financial year dates. In other words, you are lodging your 2018 tax return from the statements you received from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Read on to find out how you can lodge your tax return, at your convenience.

Here’s what you need.

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What are the Income Tax Rates for 2018?

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What are income tax rates?

With the 2018 tax season approaching on 1 July, many taxpayers are looking for their specific tax rate for the 2017-2018 financial year. Income tax rates 2018 determine how much of your income will be subject to tax.

Read on to find out your tax rate to prepare for the 2018 tax season!

Take a look at these income tax rates for 2018.

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The GST and Low Value Goods

What is the GST?

The ATO has announced a new tax law on the goods and services tax (GST) before the 2018 tax season. You may be wondering, what is the GST? The GST is a tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items that companies or other entities sell to Australia. We actually consume most of these goods!

New Tax Law

From 1 July 2018, the GST will affect businesses that sell low-value goods who import to consumers in Australia. Low-value goods have a customs value of A$1,000 or less when the price is under the agreement with the customer. However, any tobacco products or alcoholic beverages do not have the GST tax since they will be charged at the border.

Here’s the breakdown of the changes.

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Hobby vs Business: What is the Difference?


Everyone enjoys a good hobby.

From photography, scrap-booking, cooking or even horseback riding, each of these hobbies can turn into a business. With that in mind, when it comes time to lodge your tax return, your hobby could possibly be your business. Taxpayers get confused about whether or not they should be reporting their hobby as a business. Of course, you want to avoid being penalised if you’re not declaring income to the ATO, right?

Find out if your hobby is actually a business by reading below!

What is a hobby?

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