Got your car log book ready?
When claiming for work-related car expenses, many taxpayers miss out on maximising their claim due to inadequate record keeping. But also, failing to maintain a valid car log book can cost taxpayers dearly in a Tax Office audit. The car log book is an important piece of tax substantiation for those who use their vehicle […]
Building a new home? Is it exempt from CGT?
There is a concession in the CGT rules that can allow a taxpayer to treat a property as their “main residence” even though it does not yet have a habitable dwelling. It is a widely recognised fact that a capital gains tax (CGT) exemption applies to a taxpayer’s principal or main residential property. And one […]
Investment Property owners: understand how valuations can affect your tax
Estimates are most commonly used in apportioning expenses between private and business use. More important however is the use of valuations to work out the cost of transactions that are not at arm’s-length or when no actual cash changes hands. A common example is in respect of property transactions. Why are valuations in property transactions important for […]
How Australians spend their tax refunds (and why you should consider Tax Planning)!
We are part-way through May, with the final siren due to ring for the end of financial year only a mere 49 days away. The 2014 MoneySmart poll provided a great insight into what Australians actually did with their tax refunds in the 2014 financial year. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of taxpayers used the funds to […]
Super contributions caps for the 2015/2016 year
As the end of the financial year rapidly draws to a close, have you thought to check your super contributions? Below is a brief overview of the superannuation contribution caps for the 2015/2016 financial year – don’t leave it too late! Concessional (before-tax) contributions 2015/2016 A concessional contribution is a contribution that is made by […]
Tax office makes new ruling for property investors
A new Tax Office ruling clarifying the criteria for deductions on income earned through specific lease arrangements may limit property investors who incorrectly claim losses on their properties. The ruling, issued mid-September, sets out parameters for claiming losses on properties that are let at arm’s length or to relatives, or on properties that are used […]
What can a XERO add-on do for Melbourne businesses?
Xero is truly an incredible product. Not because it is a bookkeeping program that makes you coffee, does your tax returns or magically improves your cashflow, but because of the way in which it integrates with other complimentary products known as ‘add-ons’ to automate business processes. What is an add-on I hear you ask? Basically, […]
Maddern Accountants – Your new XERO partner in Melbourne
At Maddern Accountants in Melbourne, we are very excited to announce that we have recently teamed with XERO to become a XERO Partner. If you are a small to medium sized business owner in Australia and have not heard of XERO, you soon will. Xero is revolutionising business financial management by offering to its users […]
Helping Melbourne small business cashflow – how to encourage customers to pay on time
It is a courageous and credible decision to give up the certainty of a salaried wage paid on the X day of the month, every month, in return for the responsibility (and freedom) of running your own show. However, managing small business cash flow can sometimes be a juggling act, and it is certainly stressful […]
Accounting and Medical Advice for new Doctors, Dentists & Medical Professionals in Melbourne
You have slogged it out at University for many years, survived days without sleep, countless unpaid placements and the internship years. Finally, you have started (or finished) your residency placements and the real dollars are starting to flow in to your bank account. Many Junior Medical Officers & Dentists start their careers with a base […]