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How to Save $10 As a Backpacker in Australia

Are you a backpacker in Australia? Here’s how to save $10 with E-Lodge!

A wise man once said “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”

As a backpacker, your life is a model of these words.

You’re an explorer, adventurer and always ready for a new adventure. Most importantly, you have no qualms or fear of the unknown. We want to reward this fearless attitude.

How to Lodge an Australian Tax Return As a Non-Resident

While backpacking through Australia, you may have experienced a few must-do-Australian activities like;

  • surfing the Gold Coast
  • diving in the Great Barrier Reef
  • sailing to the Whitsundays

To cover the costs of these Australian adventures,  you may have been forced to work a few side jobs while backpacking. If so, you’ll need to report this income on an Australian tax return. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Fun Ways To Spend Your 2014 Tax Refund

If you’re expecting a tax refund this year, you’ve probably already given some thought to how you plan to spend it.

Before you begin planning out how to spend your tax back money, you’ll first want to have an idea of how much you’ll be receiving from the ATO. With the E-Lodge tax return calculator, you can do just that.

Don’t have a minute to waste and want your refund ASAP? You can skip using our tax calculator and complete your 2014 tax return within 10 minutes with E-Lodge.

After doing so, you’ll not only know exactly how much your refund will be, you’ll also have peace at mind knowing your refund money will be in your account within two weeks (to use towards something fun and exciting)!

5 Fun Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund (as if you needed our help)

Once you know the total of your tax refund, you can start to plan your spending. Although you probably don’t need any help in this area, here’s a list of five common and fun ways to spend your tax refund money on;

1. Travel: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”. There’s a whole world out there, why not explore it?

Whether it be a trip to Fiji resort, a visit to a Bali beach, or a looooong flight to the USA, using your tax back money towards a vacation translates to memories made and a chance to finally unwind. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Reasons To Use a Tax Back Calculator Now

Use a credible tax calculator to instantly see your refund amount

There are countless ways you’ll be able to use your tax back money. For example, you could;

  1. Finally take that (much needed) vacation
  2. Throw a party for your friends and family
  3. Buy yourself something nice
  4. Surprise your kids with that puppy they’ve been begging you for
  5. Anonymously send your nerdy best friend that first edition Harry Potter book set
  6. Pay off your (education, credit card, medical) debt
  7. Deposit it into a savings account

Although most are tempting, saving the extra money or opting to pay off your debt would make your mother proud (or your spouse).

We’ll let you decide how to spend it, but first you’ll need to know how much you’re getting back. To get the job done and calculate your estimate refund, use an accurate tax back calculator.

3 Reasons Why it’s a Great Idea to Use the E-Lodge Tax Calculator

Before you start planning that future vacation or the details to the party your hosting, you’ll first need to know how much you can spend (how much you can expect to see in tax back).

Naturally, you might go to the Australian Taxation Office website or another tax calculator site you may have heard about. Be careful.

Use tax calculator tools with caution.  Use a credible, reliable and comprehensive tax calculator. Use the E-Lodge calculator. Here’s three reasons why;

1. It’s quick! You’ll only need 5 minutes.

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How to Use the E-Lodge Tax Return Calculator 2015

E-Lodge’s tax back calculator can estimate your tax situation before it’s time to lodge your 2015 tax return!

Wondering what your tax refund or tax due will look like this year?

No problem. Each year, E-Lodge releases an updated tax calculator allowing you to get a sneak peek at your tax refund or tax due total.

In fact, the E-Lodge tax return calculator is now available for the 2014-2015 financial year!  

Thanks to the E-Lodge tax calculator, you’ll have a heads up on how much you’ll end up forking over to the ATO this year or how much the ATO will be forking over to you (via a tax refund)!

Then, once the 2015 tax season begins,  you can create an E-Lodge account and lodge your 2015 tax return

Is the E-Lodge tax return calculator 2015 easy to use?

Easy-to-use is an understatement. The tax calculator takes only a few minutes to complete and contains three basic steps:

  1. Income and Personal Information – such as gross taxable income, deductions from income, total tax withheld, etc.

  2. Income Test Items – such as reportable fringe benefits, employer superannuation contributions, tax-free government pensions, etc. Read the rest of this entry »