Tax Planning for Investors or Retirees

Cryptocurrencies – The tax consequences of using Bitcoin

17 August 2022

Wikipedia defines a cryptocurrency (also known as crypto-currency, or crypto) as a digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange through a computer network that is not reliant on any central authority, such as a government or bank, to uphold or maintain it. Bitcoin was created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto as the…

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Can I deduct the cost of travelling to see my tax agent?

18 October 2021

A taxpayer can claim a deduction for the cost of travel to obtain tax advice. This travel includes:  Using a taxpayer's vehicle to visit their accountant's office. This can be calculated on a cents per km basis. Out of pocket transport costs incurred, such as airfare or taxi fare. Accommodation and meals incurred visiting their tax agent. (This…

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Structured settlement contributions

17 August 2021

Structured settlement contributions are payments an individual has received and contributed into their super fund. Structured settlement payment is a payment arising from a personal injury claim where two legally qualified medical practitioners have certified that it is unlikely the individual can ever be gainfully employed in a capacity for which they are reasonably qualified or trained.…

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Maximising the $1.6m Pension Cap

17 December 2019

From 1st July 2017, the amount of capital that a member can have in the tax-free retirement (pension phase), is limited to $1.6 million. This means the pension earnings exemption only applies on $1.6 million of the member’s superannuation balance, and the earnings on the excess superannuation balance is subject to the normal 15% tax.…

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Can a Racehorse Beat the ATO?

14 October 2019

The first tax issue to consider with owning a racehorse is whether you are operating as a hobby or a business. Generally, it is difficult to demonstrate to the ATO that you have a racing business unless it is associated with breeding or training activities and is of significant scale. The tax benefits of owning…

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Tax Savings Strategy 221 | Bitcoin

16 April 2019

Bitcoin was created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto as the world’s first cryptocurrency and is the biggest. Currently there are 669 cryptocurrencies in the world. Bitcoins are a digital currency so can be used to buy things electronically (and in that sense are similar to conventional currency). However, Bitcoins most important characteristic is that it…

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Tax Savings Strategy 220 | Non-Geared Unit Trust

19 March 2019

Non-geared unit trusts (NGUT) allow taxpayers to co-invest with their SMSF in property. The benefits of the NGUT structure include: Enables a SMSF with limited funds to co-invest in large property purchases. The SMSF can purchase additional units in the NGUT from related parties (at market value). The NGUT has flexibility in issuing and redeeming…

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Tax Savings Strategy 217 | 60% CGT Discount for Affordable Housing Investments

22 January 2019

From 1st January 2018, a 60% CGT discount applies for Australian resident individual’s investing in qualifying affordable housing. This also applies if the individual invests via a managed investment trust. The conditions to access the 60% discount are: The housing must be provided to low to moderate income tenants.  Rent must be charged at a…

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Tax Savings Strategy 215 – Super Contributions from Downsizing

22 November 2018

A person aged 65 or over can make a non-concessional contribution into superannuation of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their principal residence (if they have owned it for at least 10 years). This is available to both members of a couple for the same home. This strategy is available from 1st July…

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Tax Savings Strategy 213 | Boats & Yachts

20 September 2018

This strategy involves using the entertainment facility leasing provisions of the FBT Act to make owning and operating a boat or yacht as tax effective as possible. To achieve this, it should be structured as follows: Individual owns the boat or yacht. Individual leases the boat to the business entity on an exclusive basis for…

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