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Tax implications of share transfer to family member between UK and Australia

What are the tax implications of an Australian residing in Australia working as a director on a board of a small private UK company transferring shares to a family member in Australia. The shares ...
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How to measure how the Australian dollar is faring independent of the US dollar

When I watch the finance section of ABC (the Australian one) news, they talk about how the Australian dollar is faring against the US dollar plus a handful of other currencies. The problem is, I don't ...
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Would I need to pay income tax in Australia? US citizen living in Thailand working for an Australian company

I am a US citizen living in Thailand. The company I work for is based in Australia. I do not work in Australia. Do I need to pay income tax in Australia?
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How can I make sure I can add my none-US bank account to PayPal?

What I am trying to do is add my bank account to my paypal account, but they keep prompting me with "Add your US bank account." I asked few friends and they said it is because my address is in Jordan. ...
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Which denominations do ANZ Bank ATMs in Australia dispense?

ANZ is one of the major banks in Australia. I can't seem to find on their website or via Google which notes their ATMs dispense. In particular, if I have a balance below $20 will I still be able to ...
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Do any Australian banks allow PayWave/PayPass over $100?

I use PayPass regularly on my MasterCard. I knew there was a $100 limit on contactless transactions, but I always thought you could go above that - and you'd just have to enter your PIN to authorise ...
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Interest on American dollars in Australian bank account

I have American dollars in an Australian bank account, which doesn't accrue any interest. Is there a way of getting interest on it?
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Do “crossed checks” work in the United States?

I grew up in Australia, and learned that when I write a check, I should generally cross it with two diagonal lines with Not Negotiable written between them. The idea being that this signifies that ...
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Is it better to hold cash in a mortgage offest or term deposit account long term?

I am refinancing a variable rate mortgage (current rates are low and expected to fall further in the next 12 months - currently 4.25%). I have a cash sum equivalent to about 20% of the full loan ...
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(Why) are all Australian mutual funds REITs or bond funds? [closed]

I wonder why Australia does not promote the big and global fund houses to introduce mutual fund schemes for people to have an option to invest in, instead of just the property/related choices. The ...
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Is getting paid monthly better than getting paid weekly?

I live and work in Australia and I've been offered a contract that pays $1000 a day (including super) and the contract says I would be paid weekly. I've always used http://www.paycalculator.com.au/ ...
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Can I fully deduct capital losses against discounted capital gains?

I have shares in 2 Australian stocks that I am thinking of selling (at least partially). I am an Australian resident for tax purposes. Let's call these stocks; Stock ABC Stock DEF I have owned ...
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How much CGT due after moving and renting out primary residence in Australia?

I currently live in my primary residence with an outstanding mortgage, but will be moving out and relocating for work in a few months time. The initial post is for 2 years but may be extended ...
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Lending to SMSF

I have owner occupied/investment property. I have $2M loan on my property, and $2M sitting on my offset account, therefore paying no interest. Can I use my cash in the offset to lend to my SMSF to ...
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Australia SMSF - using it to offset the interest owning on my personal home-loan

I'm quite sure I know the answer to this question however, I need to ask to confirm my own findings. Can I use my SMSF to offset the interest owning on my personal home-loan? Obviously, I can't ...
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How is negative gearing a good thing?

In Australia investors buy investment properties that are negatively geared to save tax. A lot of articles on property investment say that one of the cons of having a positively geared property is you ...
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What happens when they run out of letters?

All the companies on the stock market are represented by three characters. Assuming 26 letters and 10 numbers, this results in 46656 possible combinations (unless my math is wrong), which is a lot ...
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Has NAB CEO taken up his entitlements of new shares early this year?

Does anyone know whether the NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn has taken up all his entitlements for the new shares (i.e., increasing the amount of NAB shares he owns) during the capital raising early this year?...
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Does girlfriend have too much savings, time to invest?

My girlfriend is quite frugal and has successfully maintained an emergency fund of about $15,000 with an "incidentals" account that sits around $3,000. She does not earn a lot of money, about $35,...
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Should I invest when in debt?

I have just consolidated my debt and am thinking where I want to be in the future. My payment plan is to be debt-free in three years. It is not an extremely aggressive plan; I still want to have a ...
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Investing Superannuation Australia

I am 31 and have just consolidated all my super funds in to my current provider. I have about $70,000 all up and it is getting topped up by about $10,000 pa. I feel like I should start managing this (...
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Tax deduct rental property expenses in future

I'm an australian doing postgrad in australia, and my current government awarded income is tax-exempted. I would like to know if in a couple of years when I start working, I can tax-deduct the ...
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Investing savings in the UK vs Australia

I have been living in Australia for 4 years now, and although I don't intend to live here forever, I will be here for the foreseeable future. I have savings in the UK and here in Australia, and am ...
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International Stockbroker

I live in Australia, but have shares in the UK. I inherited the shares so have no experience in buying/selling. How do I find a stockbroker who could sell the shares for me? My father left me several ...
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Is there a cheaper way to get money from a Chinese bank account to an Australian bank account than using the bank's SWIFT service?

My friend has arrived in Australia from China to stay for a year on a working holiday visa. He wants to transfer some of his money from his Chinese bank. If it makes a difference, on the China side ...
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Why do Australians get charged more for Internationally available Goods and Services?

It seem that when the same good or service is available in Australia as it is internationally, we always end up paying more for it in Australia. Even when you take the effects of the exchange rates ...
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Australian retirement (super) for permanent residents leaving Australia permanently

I am an Australian permanent resident. I am considering leaving Australia permanently. Under Australian immigration laws, I would eventually no longer be an Australian permanent resident. I am ...
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What to consider when loaning parents $50k to pay off investment property

I am looking for the potential pitfalls I could be about to fall in, and ways to mitigate them. I live in Australia. My fiancee and I have roughly $100k in savings, which we want to use to buy a ...
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How do I best time my currency conversions between Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain?

I have over AU$20,000 in savings in an Australian bank account, currently earning me 1.75%. I am now living in NZ where my savings account earns 3.75%. In about a year I will be transferring the ...
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Superannuation drawdown for non-resident

I'm an Australia citizen but not a resident. I worked there for ~10 years and have a considerable amount of money in my (compulsory) superannuation account. It's consolidated and relatively low fee, ...
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How do I bring money overseas?

I am Australian and am going to Malaysia in a few weeks. Now obviously I would like to bring some money with me so I can buy things like food and the such. What would be the best way to go about ...
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What should I do with my money?

I'm a final year University student with about 50k (AUD) in the bank earning interest at 2.8%. I have nearly finished my paid full time placement which is why I have a lot of money currently as I ...
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How can I get more interest than the 2.8% my bank is offering me on my $60,000 AUD? [closed]

I have recently been given a $60,000 AUD for the deposit on a house. I have since discovered that I am not earning enough to get a good enough mortgate. I think if I wait a couple of years I'll be ...
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What to do with copper coins in Australia

I've got a handful of Australian 1 and 2 cent coins, which are no longer regularly used (unlike the scenario in How do you get rid of your spare change?). Much as I like feathertail gliders and ...
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Austrailian tax resident earning salary in the UK - how much tax do I pay on foreign income?

I'm British citizen now living in Austraila (NSW) and am classed as a Australian tax resident. I have a full time (remote) job for a UK company who pay my salary into my UK bank account. I pay no UK ...
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Are Australian mutual fund fees large compared to US?

I've lived in the US and have mutual funds through vanguard where the management fee is around 0.2% (see link). I've moved to Australia, and I'm looking at fees of almost 1% (see link). Why is this? ...
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Beginning investment

I'm 24, live in Australia, married (no kids) and renting. My wife studies and works a well paying, flexible job. I work in an unskilled government job that pulls in $50k-$60k per year. Currently we ...
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Credit card company forgot to reflect a returned payment in my balance. It only showed up after I closed the account. Am I obligated to pay?

I made a payment about 9 months ago to pay off the balance of my credit card. For some reason the payment never went through. I didn't notice. The credit card company also didn't notice that the funds ...
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Taxable income on full-time job + business earnings

If I have a full-time job and a business on the side, will the full-time work and the business both contribute to the total taxable income or will only the business contribute. i.e. If business is ...
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I was paying my tenants' water usage without realising - how to recoup the money?

I live in Australia. I had some tenants living in my investment property for approximately 18 months (they moved out a few months ago). I have since sold the property and settlement is in a month. I ...
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What is the psychology behind the Dead Cat Bounce Pattern and how can it be traded?

With the turmoil that hit most markets in the last two weeks followed by a small recovery late last week, are we seeing a classical Dead Cat Bounce appear infront of our eyes? Looking at the charts ...
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Australian Tax Rates for overseas residents?

I am an Australian living in Turkey. My old boss in Australia wants me to do some policy work for him. What's the tax issues if I do it?
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Current salary plans - criticisms and suggestions for improvements for a 21 year old

Hi everyone. I am 21 years old, working full time for the government as a Web Developer, and I'm looking to make the smartest decisions for my money. Assuming I get $2100 per fortnight, my planned ...
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Is Superannuation fund held in Australia, taxed in India for Australian national residing in India?

If a person is an Australian national, residing in India (OCI) for past 3-4 years. Has a Superannuation Fund in Australia (Equivalent of a PF in India). This Super Fund was created when the person ...
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New super account does not show up on Tax office info

I have an old super with a fund which we will call FOO, I was generally dissatisfied with their performance and service, so when I started a new job, I change to their preferred super-annuation ...
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Is a public company allowed to issue new shares below market price without consulting shareholders?

A small public company I own shares in recently advised the market it has completed a share issue to raise money. The new shares were priced significantly below the current market price and there was ...
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If I have form a partnership which has done nothing but lose money, do I need to declare anything on my Tax?

I formed a partnership 6 month ago, with a ABN and a registered bussiness name. It is a very small affair, it has less than $1000 capital in total (across all partners). So far it has just lost money,...
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I plan to buy a car soon and I have the cash. Should I use my credit cards to pay for them?

I have enough cash to pay off a car I'm planning to buy. However, instead of using cash on a debit card, I thought of using my credit cards instead so I can earn points on them. Are there any ...
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How do I determine the performance of my retirement fund with regular monthly contributions?

My retirement fund [Australian Superannuation fund] can be checked at any time. The fund invests in shares, which can go up - or down. Money is going IN regularly [monthly]. At any given time, how do ...
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Australian stocks - any dividend tax or capital gains tax?

Can someone please provide some information on this? I would like to invest in Australian companies and want to know about the tax rates. Am a foreigner who is non-resident.