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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 »

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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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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Accommodation Allowances & Your Taxes

Traveling for work? Deduct your accommodation costs!

Are you missing out on your friend’s barbie to travel for work? No doubt, we know that work can be a drag if you have to travel, especially if it isn’t for vacation time. On the other hand, you could enjoy being pampered for a few days and get away from home. Luckily, whether you enjoy traveling for work or not, you can deduct most of your accommodation costs on your tax return if you are responsible for all of your up-front business trip costs.

Let’s take a look if you’re eligible to deduct these expenses and how to do it.

 

Did your employer issue you a travel allowance?

First, if your employer issues you a travel allowance for accommodations, you need to report it as income on your tax return. In other words, you do not need to declare the allowance on your taxes if:

  • The travel allowance is not on your payment summary.
  • The allowance is a deductible accommodation cost.
  • You can count meal and incidental expenses.


So, if it’s not included as income, then you can’t report it. It’s as simple as that! 

 

Follow this 6 Rule Checklist:

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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 *

1-28

$170
29-56

$340

57-84

$510

85-112

$680

113 and up

$850

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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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Tax Return Due Date 2015 Is 31 October

Make sure to lodge by the 31 October Tax Return Due Date

Each year, the ATO deadline for lodging on time is 31 October.

If you haven’t lodged yet, you should start the process now. Don’t procrastinate any longer.  Why? E-Lodge makes lodging easy. There’s no excuse to wait any longer.

Keep in mind, the 2015 tax return is for the financial year running from July 2014 through 30 June 2015. That means, any income you received during this time period, you’ll report on your 2015 tax return.

Not sure what you’ll need to lodge? Check out our Tax Preparation Checklist.

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Who Has to Lodge a 2014 Tax Return?

Figure out if you have to lodge a tax return for the 2013-2014 financial year

Much as we all may hate it, the fact remains that most people need to lodge a tax return. There are some exceptions, but they are few and far between. If you think you may be one of those few, those happy few who don’t have to lodge, keep reading. We’ll help you figure out if you do in fact need to send a return in to the ATO.


Use an online tool

The easiest way to figure out if you have to lodge is to use the ‘Do I need to lodge a tax return?’ tool on the ATO website. This will take your specific situation into account and tell you whether or not you need to file a return.

Be aware that there are separate tools for each financial year, because each year the filing requirements are slightly different. There is a tool for every year from 2007-2008 through the current tax year.

Common cases

Here are a few common cases in which you almost definitely need to lodge a return: Read the rest of this entry »