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Tax Deadline 2018 is 31 October!

tax deadline 2018

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 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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How to Lodge a Tax Return after the Tax Deadline

Wake up and smell the coffee. You’ve missed a tax return deadline. 

It happens to the best of us! Remember the former prime minister, Paul Keating?

So now what? First, it may not be the smartest decision to keep putting it off. If you owe money to the ATO, you’ll want to lodge your late tax return before waiting for a personal invitation. That’s because once the ATO reaches out to you, your chance of being hit with a penalty fee increases.


How the late lodgement penalty works

If you lodge your tax return after the deadline, the penalty fees increase by $170 every 28 days. This accumulation begins 1 November. To put that into perspective for you, here is a breakdown of how quickly these fees add up:


# Days Past Deadline

Amount Owed in Penalty Fees *








113 and up


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E-Lodge & Trustpilot partner to spread the word!

For tax season 2015, E-Lodge has partnered with Trustpilot, an accredited online customer review website.


We already know our customers think we’re brilliant… and fast, but you don’t have to take our word for it. You can see for yourself!

Here are just a few among many of the positive reviews left about E-Lodge since the start of the 2015 tax season:


“Has always been simple, quick & easy! Return in my bank

within the period stated and no fuss at all.”


“I have used E-Lodge for the second time this year, I am impressed with the layout and easy to follow process. I found it simple to follow and finished my return in 25 minutes.”


“Efficient and good communication of status of return.”


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Why Customers Select E-Lodge To Prepare their Tax Returns

It’s time to lodge your 2015 tax return. Before starting your tax return 2015, you should first ask yourself one question…

Ask yourself; “Do I really want to do my taxes with the same tax service I used last year?”

Here’s 5 reasons why countless customers believe E-Lodge is the better choice…

1. We’ll show you how easy doing your taxes online can be.

Doing your taxes doesn’t have to be frustrating. Instead, we make it effortless.

In fact, 2014 tax return customers found E-Lodge easier to use than any other tax service out there. Here’s what they had to say;

“Very easy to use. Last year I tried to lodge my taxes using the program “e-tax” and gave up. With E-Lodge it’s simple!” 

No matter what your age, you’ll find that it’s easier with E-Lodge; 

“I am a 70 year old who has just retired and find this system great and easy to deal with. Would recommend to anyone. With E-Lodge there is always someone to help if you have a hiccup”


2. You’ll have your tax return done within 15 minutes on E-Lodge!

If you’re a first time E-Lodge customer, you might find it shocking how quickly you can complete your tax return 2015. If you’re a returning E-Lodge customer, you’ll  also be delighted to see a new feature which auto-fills your prior year account information.

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Save $5 on Your 2014 Taxes With an E-Lodge Coupon

Hey there Australian Taxpayers, here’s how to save $5 this tax season!

Tax season is here. What’s better than completing your tax return within minutes?

Completing your tax return within minutes while saving money! After all, time and money are your most valuable assets.

Here’s a $5 coupon to use towards your 2014 tax return;

E-Lodge Coupon Code= ELODGEBLOG14

You deserve it. In fact, you can take advantage of the coupon and lodge your 2014 tax return today with E-Lodge!

How to use the E-Lodge coupon and save $5 on your 2014 tax return 

What good is a coupon if you don’t know how to use it? You’ll need to enter your coupon code on your E-Lodge account in order to save yourself the $5.

To do so follow these three steps;

  1. Create a 2013-2014 E-Lodge account
  2. Enter your information into the tax application and select your payment options
  3. On the Payment Summary Page, enter the coupon code ELODGEBLOG14 and click “Submit”

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How to Lodge a 2017 Tax Return

Time to lodge your 2017 tax return.

This tax season runs in between 1 July to 31 October. With that in mind, when the time comes to lodge your 2017 tax return, it can make you feel like your mind is running a marathon and the finish line is nowhere in sight. Luckily, there are a few ways to lodge your tax return.


How do I lodge my taxes?

Taxes get complicated but keep in mind that you have more than one option for lodging your taxes.

  1. Lodge online: You can lodge with a registered online company.
  2. Lodge with a registered tax accountant: You can visit your local tax office to lodge with a tax agent. Tax season can be busy so be prepared for lengthy waiting times, steep prices and consultations.
  3. Lodge through the ATO: You can lodge on the Australian Tax Office (ATO) website or MyGov. Keep in mind that your return will be self-prepared using MyGov.

You might be wondering if you could make this process simpler.
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What You’ll Need In Order to Lodge Your Taxes

Knowing exactly what you’ll need to lodge your 2014 tax return will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Feeling overwhelmed is awful. The chaos of a busy day can make your head feel like it’s reached it’s maximum capacity. Luckily, we’ve found a way to reduce the chaos and stress in your life.

We’ve created a tax preparation checklist to make your tax season a little easier.

Checklists are awesome. Here’s why;

  1. Lists help us remember: Instead of keeping everything inside of your head, writing it down will prevent it from being forgotten.
  2. List bring order to chaos: Let’s face it- we are all part of an overstimulated era. Lists help re-focus our attention.
  3. Lists help us save time and even relieve stress: Without a list, we often procrastinate what needs to be done. Writing out a list allows you to plan effectively.

Without a checklist, you’ll waste time running around searching for documents.

Instead, staying organized with a checklist will allow you to have everything you need upon starting to lodge your taxes.

In fact, you won’t even need to write the list yourself. We’ve done the hard work for you and made the list. Feel free to download it, save it, print it or share it with your friends.


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